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Writing Superpowers for Developers

Writing Superpowers for Developers

Want a better development or design job, but don't want to be a "self promoter"? It's time to become a real writer!

Although they taught us nice handwriting and made us write essays about how we spent our last summer in school, it’s fascinating that they forgot to teach us how to really - write well! Although most of us might not want to become journalists or authors, we write - A LOT.

In the 25 minute talk, Ivan explains why Croatian developers and designers are failing to share their experience and knowledge not just with the community, but potential employers - and gives actionable tips how to finally write and publish regularly.

The talk is based on Ivan's more than 13 years of writing experience, as well as 8 years editing articles written by other geeks as the Editor and Chief of Netokracija.com. You will learn: - Why writing is the right way for designers and developers to show their skills; - Why most techies s*ck at writing and can't build and audience; - Why a platform isn't a medium isn't a publication... - How writing articles and essays will improve the way you write code; - How writing regularly will help you communicate with clients and colleagues; - ...

As Dustin J. Mitchell wrote: “Good writing skills are an indicator of an organized mind which is capable of arranging information and argument in a systematic fashion and also helping (not making) other people understand things. It spills over into code, personal communications, instant messaging (for those long-distance collaborations), and even such esoteric concepts as professionalism and reliability.

Presented at Webcamp Zagreb, the largest independent developer conference in Croatia, in October 2018.


Ivan Brezak Brkan

October 06, 2018


  1. presents Digitalni mediji: 
 Kako uspjeti bez 
 laži, sisa

    i guzica Writing Superpowers for geeks
  2. Ivan Brezak Brkan Email: ivan@netokracija.com Twitter: @ivanbrezakbrkan Instagram: @ivanbrezakbrkan

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  4. Today I’m Your editor

  5. Section #1 Why we write

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  7. When you ask your boss for a raise

  8. When you answer troll comments?

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  13. When you want to speak your mind

  14. When you want to write tidy documentation.

  15. When you have to communicate bad news.

  16. When your release is late ⏳

  17. Section #2 How to start writing

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  22. Make an outline

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  25. Multiple topics from one idea?

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  28. Section #2 Edit

  29. Write drunk, 
 edit sober!

  30. Don’t edit while writing.

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  32. Turn off that spellchecker.

  33. Section #3 The good parts

  34. Your title matters.

  35. Your “headings” matter.

  36. Short.

  37. To the point.

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  39. Lucijan likes burying the lead.

  40. Intrigue your audience.

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  45. Convey emotion.

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  48. Write the at the beginning or the end?

  49. What do you think Croatian media and even development blogs

    miss, and Americans more than enough of?
  50. So far you’ve had the facts.

  51. Have an opinion.

  52. In your case: an informed opinion!

  53. Maybe even multiple opinions.

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  55. The end? Ready to write?

  56. Writing is work.

  57. Topics are the hardest

  58. Two (2) steps.

  59. 1. Make a note of a topic

  60. 2. Make a note of an event.

  61. Can Split be a tech center?

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  68. Give yourself time.

  69. Give yourself time.

  70. Give yourself time.

  71. Do you have time for writing?

  72. Block out time.

  73. Need a place to write?

  74. Pitch your article to info@netokracija.com

  75. Thnx! Qs? Email: ivan@netokracija.com Twitter: @ivanbrezakbrkan Instagram: @ivanbrezakbrkan