The HackerNoon Blogging Fellowship is a free online remote writing program where you can be mentored by a seasoned editor and build your writing portfolio. We asked our first group of Blogging Fellows to tell us what they thought of the program, the challenges they faced and the value they got from it. This discussion thread from Limarc Ambalina, JeffreyHarris, Jack Boreham, Jose Hernandez and Nicolas Ng occurred on the official #gaming slogging channel and has been edited for readability.
The HackerNoon Blogging Fellowship is a free online remote writing program where you can be mentored by a seasoned editor and build your writing portfolio.
To help us improve the program and give people a taste of what to expect from it, we asked our first group of Blogging Fellows to tell us what they thought of the program, the challenges they are having. faced and the value they got from it.
This discussion thread from Limarc Ambalina, JeffreyHarris, Jack Boreham, Jose Hernandez and Nicolas Ng occurred on the official #gaming slogging channel and has been edited for readability.
JeffreyHarris Jose Hernandez Jack Boreham Nicolas Ng, as your scholarships run out, what have been the most difficult parts of the program for you in terms of learning curves or general difficulties?
Plus, what were the most rewarding moments that made you happy to have joined this program?
In terms of learning curves, adapting to the CMS and the online publisher and getting used to its eccentricities and idiosyncrasies. It uses embedded videos and tweets in a pretty peculiar (but simple) way that I wasn’t used to.
The rewarding moments were taking part in the Hackernoon group’s gaming podcast to talk about political themes in video games, which was a lot of fun. Also, the meetings with Limarc and the great encouragement he offered as supervisor were very edifying. Limarc knows how to offer constructive criticism and direction when needed, as well as compliments and encouragement that makes him a top notch manager and supervisor. I was very happy that I was able to let the creativity of my stories run wild and less editorial oversight due to my editorial skills, which was also incredibly uplifting and encouraging for an intensive gaming scholarship.
For me, adjusting my writing style to fit an online article / reporting approach was tricky. I come from an academic background, so the adjustment was not easy. Likewise, making sure my work was well polished was a challenge.
On the flip side, my most rewarding moment was when an article would do really well, which I spent a lot of time on. Watching my writing skills grow over time has been another rewarding moment. I agree with you Jeffrey Harris. Limarc Ambalina, you couldn’t have been a better manager / supervisor – great encouragement and constructive criticism that shaped me as a writer. Writing for Hacker Noon has been a pleasure, due to the positive vibes and energy of fellowship and leadership.
Like Jack, I struggled to find this style of writing professional, professional, and learning to relax. At the same time, I always wanted to have good, consistent grammar.
There have been some rewarding moments where my articles would do well. It’s a look at how well any of your posts will perform, you can have fantastic keywords and still get below average views. So when one of my posts had great views, it felt good.
Like Jack and Jose, my biggest challenge has been to adapt my writing to the new demands of writing websites. Learn to weave keywords into normal paragraphs and adjust the structure to include more keywords,
Learning to research keywords was another thing to get used to. There are a lot of things to consider that I have struggled to fully explain when researching sometimes.
Fortunately, Limarc Ambalina helped me a lot to learn how to improve myself in all of this.
I had a lot of rewarding moments during the market. Learning to write endlessly about modding and seeing a lot of those articles succeed was a lot of fun. Explore Roblox and play some really fun games. Having the chance to edit the podcast was also incredibly satisfying.
While my article on buying Animal Crossing Bells didn’t go very well, going through the whole buying process was really fun and I’ll laugh about it for a while.
Follow-up question. As you are all nearing the end of the scholarship, what advice would you give to new scholars joining the program? What would you like to know from the start?
My advice would be to write about the franchises and games that you are passionate about. Being passionate improves the sound of your writing and, combined with keyword optimization, can make for a killer article. Also, don’t be afraid to take risks with specific keywords and articles; go with your instincts. Some articles that I thought would rank well despite data showing otherwise, performed quite well.
I would echo what Jack said and encourage new scholars to write about what they know best. This will allow you to focus on improving your writing and learning SEO without having to worry too much about content.
This exchange is also a great time to experiment with different article formats in a relatively safe environment. Try to give your items a unique touch when possible. Experience might come in handy on the road
A tip would be to pay attention to what’s popular on social media and what other news sites are talking about. It helps to know what to write about
Thank you very much for your words of wisdom everyone! I was fortunate to have you great writers and great people overall to join the first round of our scholarship program. I hope you all continue to write on HackerNoon and I hope this program helps you land the jobs of your dreams.
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