About one year ago, we shut down our open source community’s blog and moved everyone over to Medium.

Since then, on this Medium publication,

  • 214 contributors
  • have published 460 stories
  • which have each been viewed an average of 17,000 times.
Our community’s publication now gets more than a million views per month.

Half of all the stories we’ve published have been viewed at least 5,000 times.

An average of nearly 27,000 people visit our community’s Medium publication every day.

Over 12 months, our community publication — which focuses on development, design, and data science — has become the 12th largest Medium publication, and the largest technical one.

Readers spent more than 7 million minutes reading our publication over the past 3 months.

How did our community’s publication manage to grow so quickly?

Reason #1: Deep thinkers who are good at writing

Hundreds of developers, designers, and data scientists — who share our vision of open source education — have published stories here.

Adrian shared what it was like to be a developer over 40:

Being A Developer After 40
This is the talk I have given at App Builders Switzerland on April 25th, 2016.medium.freecodecamp.com

Haseeb shared job offer negotiation advice that helped him land a starting compensation package of $250,000:

Ten Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer
When the story of how I landed a job at Airbnb went viral, I was surprised at how infatuated people were with my…medium.freecodecamp.com

Preethi wrote what is now the standard-issue primer on JavaScript modules:

JavaScript Modules: A Beginner’s Guide
If you’re a newcomer to JavaScript, jargon like “module bundlers vs. module loaders,” “Webpack vs. Browserify” and “AMD…medium.freecodecamp.com

Robby talked about how he started OhMyZSH, one of the most widely used open source development tools:

d’Oh My Zsh
Story of how I unexpectedly built a monster of an open source projectmedium.freecodecamp.com

Jonathan explored the aesthetics of Korean Pop music videos and related them to design:

What k-pop can teach us about design
Five characteristics of good design taught through k-popmedium.freecodecamp.com

Bill channeled his decades of development experience into this guide for preserving your time and sanity:

Finding Time to Become a Better Developer
There’s no time for anything. At least that’s how it feels doesn’t it?medium.freecodecamp.com

Parisa shared her candid advice on whether information security might be a good field for you, and how to break into it:

So, you want to work in security?
Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from an eager stranger asking for advice on how to have a career in security…medium.freecodecamp.com

Petr defined one of the most confusing technology terms in plain English:

What is an API? In English, please.
Before I learned software development, API sounded like a kind of beer.medium.freecodecamp.com

Swagat probed the secrets of the very tool you’re using right now — the browser:

Things you probably didn’t know you could do with Chrome’s Developer Console
Chrome comes with built-in developer tools. This comes with a wide variety of features, such as Elements, Network, and…medium.freecodecamp.com

Kevin explained development concepts through every-day analogies like this one:

CSS Positioning Explained By Building An Ice Cream Sundae
If you’ve made an ice cream sundae before, then you can understand CSS positioning.medium.freecodecamp.com

Michael wrote about how campers have shipped over a million dollars worth of code, pro bono:

How I made my first million dollars (in pro bono code)
I gaze down at the Potomac River from a glass-walled conference room.medium.freecodecamp.com

We also published a lot of success stories, like Andrew’s:

From Carpenter to Front End Developer in under 5 months
I went from being a carpenter with zero tech experience to a front end developer at a global advertising agency.medium.freecodecamp.com

We even announced results from a survey of new developers here, and released its public dataset:

We asked 15,000 people who they are, and how they’re learning to code
More than 15,000 people responded to the 2016 New Coder Survey, granting researchers an unprecedented glimpse into how…medium.freecodecamp.com

Reason #2: Readers like you

There are a million things you could be doing right now. You’ve chosen to invest your time learning about technology by reading our publication.

You’re the reason we’re all doing this.

In the year ahead, we’ll continue to publish stories that are worth your time.

Thank you for reading!

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