Ask HN: What is your blog and why should I read it?


My blog is my comments here on HN as responses to economically active workers reporting or gossiping – I do not comment often because constant activity becomes encumbered with redundancy (in the form of responses without new experience – I tend to exercise responses with random workers IRL by word-of-mouth in different industries while performing physical labor before making them permanent text on HN).

I’ve left 2 comments tonight so I am bending the rules a bit (whiskey + quarantine keeping me out of Tesla production).

I don’t have a blog but this is a great idea and I would love if it was a a regular thread. I would also love any tips on how people are currently going about the task of wrangling a list of favorite blogs into a feed. Does everyone still have an RSS? How do I find the url for it?

> I sometimes wish there was a variant of Hacker News that only had blog posts written by individuals

I agree I tried to do it here :

Basically I’m taking all the links published into HN and I’m filtering the domains which are news domains or appear too frequently, but that is still a lot of links, so I’m not calling it a success yet

That’s cool! At some point, I myself thought about making a clone of HN that just filters out everything that is not a blog post. However, I couldn’t come up with a solid filter criteria.

I agree that your method is not quite there yet, still a lot of large domains (,,,…), but you started and that is already more than I ever did 😉

I would suggest including the HN metadata, such as the number of upvotes and comments. These are, in combination with the title, important criteria for me whether I click on something or not.

Thank you, the filtering is the issue, and as you I haven’t found a way to filter all big sites.

The filters I’m using are :

– the same user who post too often

– domain too frequent

– a list of blacklist words in the title

– a list of blacklisted domains

I already filter about 80% of links I would say (which is few enough to go through the list every day, about 200 posts)

About the HN meta data, I don’t think it is a good idea to keep the upvotes, because this is exactly where the issue is, if you see a post with low upvotes people tend to not read it, doesn’t mean it is not interesting, and for the comments same for not displaying the number, but you can still access the hn comment page by clicking on ‘hn link’

> I sometimes wish there was a variant of Hacker News that only had blog posts written by individuals.

I’ve been thinking about the same thing. Something styled along the likes of HN (Eg super minimal), but focussed on technical/HN-crowd topics and every post on the front page is a blog post, and every user profile shows all those user’s posts.

Akin to Medium or but minimal and very technical.

Of course it’s easy to make such a site, but getting enough people to contribute and get it going will always be the hard part.

For me, part of the excitement is to see personal blog sites.

So anything like Medium,, InfoQ, DZone, etc. is not really what I was getting at. It would have to be a link aggregator like HN that either has an army of editors, a disciplined community that flags invalid posts, or a technical way to filter for personal blogs.

I’d be careful about wholesale dismissal of Medium. It has many, many personal blogs; some, rather badly-written. The platform may be slick and polished, but the content is a different matter.

Some of the best tips and techniques that I’ve learned, have come from Medium.

My own presentation tends to be highly-polished, but that’s because I’ve been writing all my life (never professionally). Not many folks read my writing, but it’s something in which I take some pride, so it comes across in a fairly slick manner.

It will document my 10 year journey as a Police Officer in Australia and transition back into the real world. (plus it gives me a document of my time before is dispaears into eternity)

The other half will be interviews/profiles of other former officers that have moved on / medically retired with pstd and how leaving the force has effected them.

It may not be the most admired occupation by some, but the after effects can often lead to suicide, so I am to hopefully make it a place that may offer some others some hope.

Feel free to sign up, hopefully should have posts coming this week. I write mostly about career moats.

I wrote a post about the Metagame that was on HN’s front page a few weeks ago. But the context in which that post exists is actually in the context of smart thinking in one’s career.

My hard rule with the blog is that I should (as much as possible) write only about things I can verify through practice. None of that ‘it sounds insightful because it is novel, but actually I came up with it in the shower and I’ve not actually tested it in real life’.

It makes it a little difficult to write these days, as I’m doing a lot of thinking, reading, and experimenting around the recession. I should have more in a few months.

I love your blog. Since that metagame post I’ve had you in my reader and get excited when a new post appears. I just read some of your cashflow post and that is interesting, actually I’d like to comment on it so adding comments would be nice or at least have a HN thread for each post.

I have a personal blog that I posted a couple of times on HN thusfar. It’s over at
Usually I write about things I’m working on (if I can), planning to write more about a bunch of stuff, nothing too specific tho!

The awesomeness factor isn’t really there yet I think, I’ll see if I can fit that in there sometime 🙂

You should read it if you like occasional stories from a gamedev/sysadmin/entrepeneur I suppose?

I mostly write it for myself and try to cater it to atleast someone that would find it interesting.

please, don’t limit your radius of action to curation, open source movement has a lot other news to impact positively. Also big “known” projects but covered properly will help. I will follow you for sure

To be honest, I hadn’t previously made it prominent as I thought RSS had basically died several years ago. However, based on the multiple comments in this parent thread, evidently RSS is still alive and well.
So I’ll definitely update my blog now to make it more visible!

While I have all the bloggers – please can I ask you to remember adding an RSS feed to your blog? This is what makes it possible for those like me to keep returning for the occasional new post.

If I remember correctly then patio11 argued strongly against adding anything that dates your posts and write “evergreen content” instead. From a reader perspective I never understood this: I much prefer if there is a date right at the top, under the headline. From a user perspective I also don’t like to see ads, I don’t like to be asked to sign up for a newsletter or to subscribe to a Youtube channel but I guess it’s all necessary evil that’s done for the business.

Definitely this. I don’t even read posts on tech blogs that lack a publication date because everything moves so fast, and I don’t want to waste my time using stale info.

I’ve made the move from working as an individual contributor to managing/leading in a couple of different careers, most recently software engineering.
In doing that, most of what I’ve learned has been from observing others and I write about these observations and how to be a better leader here:

My blog is here and you should read if you like free software, and real life.

I used to document projects, these days I talk about baking bread, open-source work, and the fun of raising a bilingual child.

It’s a little random, it’s not got a narrow focus. I suspect that means it is harder to be involved with, but the blogs I follow? They have real life, not just one theme. I like those best.

I have two, one that started off as a development blog where I would post my learnings for myself and others who may have the same issues. This eventually moved to a more personal blog about personal issues also written in the hopes it can help me and others with similar problems. –

And my second blog is more focused on Web Development tutorials (mainly PHP/Laravel and JS/VueJS). I’m hoping to write a course on Laravel that starts at developing an app using traditional methods and then converting it to an API consumed via a frontend language (starting with Vue and then possibly moving over to React). All with TDD in mind so you can see how that works and how it’ll change as the app changes. –


There isn’t any special reason to read it, I just write about topics I find interesting (as expected but that can be almost anything), share news about my side-projects and occasionally post some Python/Django tips.

Adding it here just in case someone ends up finding something useful there.

Nice to see these sort of posts popping up on HN. I’ve been enjoying HN the past few weeks – a lot of community related posts and engagement.

Honestly I don’t have much worth reading on my blog. But I see a lot of posts about the “best way to store knowledge” – org-mode, roam, zettelkasten, markdown etc.

My blog isn’t worth reading because that’s exactly what I use it for. If you’re looking for a way to [1] take notes, [2] keep track of links you enjoyed reading, or [3] save links to things you want to learn about in the future, then I recommend doing it in your blog.

At the end of your life you’ll be able to look back at your own personal wikipedia of knowledge.

Posts (maybe) worth reading:

* Design tips for developers: (was fairly controversial when I posted it previously)

* My previous company’s tech stack:…

Also a currently-unmaintained site:

> Nice to see these sort of posts popping up on HN. I’ve been enjoying HN the past few weeks – a lot of community related posts and engagement.

Haha, I’ve been noticing the smae thing.

Have you tried TiddlyWiki by the way? You can Google me on it. I have a couple comments about it on how I’ve used it to give myself a daily questionnaire.

I really like the design of your page!

It has very clear navigation and the side menu makes it easy to jump between posts and even get an overview of the current post. This is something a lot of blog sites lack.

I don’t claim to be awesome but I use my platform to _show off_ my learning journey of different technologies. Luckily, the blog also became the reason of earning as well.

I mostly write about Python but not limited to it. It especially targets programmers.


Like many in tech, I made a blog when it was time for me to find a new job. And in typical fashion I paid for an overpriced .io domain instead of the equivalent .xyz or .dev. The blog only has one post and will probably only have one post for the foreseeable future (until I leave for my next job, I imagine).

I think there are parts of the above article that could use some work, but overall I’m actually quite happy with it. But, as you might expect, actually writing the blog post did not make a huge difference in my job search.

Given that my blog will only sporadically have content, the timing of that content corresponding to career moves, I would not recommend reading my blog since there won’t really be much to read.

But hey, at least I’ve taken part in the time-honored tradition of the “oh shit I need to find a new job, better create a blog”-blog.


Why one should read it? – The articles try crystallizing the market structure of various software verticals – Blockchain, NoSQL, Big Data, Cloud Robotics, etc.

Feedback (both on syntactic and semantic matters :)) is welcome. You can reach me on my email: khatribox+HN (at) (Google’s mailing service)[1]


Hello HN, long time lurker here, first time posting. I blog over at

My blog covers topics that are rarely covered or looked at by MSM in the Caribbean. For example, I’ve been collecting and compiling murder rates and fuel prices – going back a few years – for one island (and slowly branching out to another). I’ve also looked at the number of KFC’s per capita across the region, and also compared prices for a Zinger sandwhich across the Caribbean in USD Dollars (something similar to the Big Mac Index, helpful for PPP analysis but not conclusive as its just one item).

Recently, I’ve been looking at COVID-19 in the Caribbean and have a few articles up (doctors per capita, tracking confirmed cases via:

Be safe!

I have worked in transport for over 5 years in software and have read most of the technical books in the internal London Underground library. I generally have read >50 technical books a year.

In my blog I collect and distill what I have learnt. I write about transport, software development and things I feel others should know.

Mine is:

Where are all the blogs, or am I in a minority for deciding to go with a simple

Granted my blog’s pretty small and I may change my mind as it slowly grows bigger.

It’s mainly for documenting dev experiences/projects, so if that’s your jam, go ahead!

I’ve mostly been blogging on Medium these days.

Rather than link to my index, here’s a post that I wrote about Defeating Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior (At Scale):…

If you enjoyed that one, you’ll probably enjoy my writing. If you didn’t, you probably won’t.

I might move my efforts to something self-hosted soon, but I’m more likely to be targeted by malicious script kiddies (due to being openly gay and a furry), and that thought has instilled a lot of inertia with me.

I was going to reply mentioning Destin’s YouTube series on ‘Manipulating the Algorithm’ Only to be pleasantly surprised that you linked to it right in the beginning. Keen to read it when I have a moment!

Edit: typo (RSS available)

I aim to produce high-quality, mostly long-form and tutorial-style technical blog posts on topics that interest me, e.g.:

– the space between hardware/software: physical OS switcher

– Robotics: ROS2 & Kerbal Space Program

– PCI-passthrough/VFIO/VT-d: notes from challenges I ran into

– Networking: WPA2 Enterprise at home

– home-assistant related stuff: coming soon 🙂

[edit: formatting]

I write about infrastructure and AI (subscribe to get emails once a few months

In particular I write posts about setting up your own servers (one about hosting your website from your Raspberry Pi at home and WireGuard is coming up) and about handling massive loads as well as interesting AI topics such as how Transformers work or new and exciting AI papers.

You can check it out here: and subscribe for infrequent emails here:

I’ve only started posting regularly more often recently, at I’ll be using it to document a new app I’m building in the Knowledge Base space.

After a new post I publish the same post to Medium, as the possibility of attracting new readers there is greater, but there’s often a time lag there as you wait for a publication to pick it up or not.

I’ve started it recently and I’m writing about computational statistics and programming-related stuff. The idea is to write things that I would have liked to read about (I do computational stats, and also like web development).

So far I’ve written about a goodness of fit test for MCMC code, a D3 visualisation for the gypsy jazz scene around the world, and a classic “how to implement natural numbers from scratch” in OCaml.

Most write out of authority, authority in the field. I don’t. I am a learner. I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself. ― C.S. Lewis.

I write at as a way of learning. Writing is part of thinking out loud for me. This year I’m learning about customer experience, business of technology and technology of business. I’m also planning to launch my coaching program. All of those find their place in the blog.

Mine is (or, if it’s easier to remember,, since my name is pronounced “Gotham”!).

My elevator pitch: I’m curious about many different topics and have had some unconventional experiences, and I share them through writing. A reader would hopefully learn many interesting things along the way.

For example, my most recent post was a photo-essay showing what lockdown life is like in NYC, America’s coronavirus epicenter:…

My most popular post (hundreds of thousands, perhaps even a million views) is a step-by-step guide to rapidly improving at chess:

Here’s a preview from a book I wrote about my friendship with a well-known death row inmate:…

A surprisingly popular one was the post I wrote as a sophomore in college on creating a multiplayer Elo-based rating system. This post actually got me a great job several years later!

Another post about meeting a surfer who helped me rethink what was important to me:

I publish posts about my adventures (walking across Spain and Portugal, cycling between Lisbon and Istanbul, etc.), local peasant food recipes and projects at

Due to the offline nature of my endeavours, the posts are usually pretty lowtech-highlife.

Mine is

One big theme is owning you personal data, building infrastructure for that, and tools to work with it.
A good start to explore this might be “How to cope with having a fleshy human brain”:

Some posts are more centered about programming specifics for designing such tools, in particular, Python.

A related topic I blog about is quantified self, lifelogging, etc.

I’m also sharing ideas and half-baked notes and links on the “Ideas” and “Exobrain” pages.

In my drafts I also have some physics notebooks I’m working on at the moment!

As to why you should read it? I have always tried to show warts and all when it comes to anything technical I post. This includes where I screw up, make mistakes or work with false information. Mostly because I keep a record as I do things and don’t want to sanitise what I did and also because most posts paint a perfect picture which is usually far from reality.

Long story short. I was 18… graduated high school and knew it all. I was going to get a good job, work my way up the ladder, get paid well, and live happily ever after with the girl of my dreams, wherever she was. Yeah… it didn’t end up like that at all.

I hated my job. I wondered why I did it. For the paycheck. Until one day, after 3 years of service with the company, I asked my boss for a raise. He gave me a penny. That day changed my life. I decided to go to college. During my time at college, I studied while I was a security officer on his payroll. I did my job but now I was getting paid to educate myself.

Eventually, I’d move on from that job, work others, live in another country, live in another state, go to college in another state, volunteer in different parts of the world, etc. I had stories to tell about my life, and how all these situations, including the bad ones, helped improve my life, such as working for a tyrant boss — who helped unleash a hidden talent I had for programming. I will forever not like the man, but what he taught me, helped me stay focused and start a business.

Anyways, I eventually became a web designer. I went to school for psychology, which is what I wanted to practice, but I had student loans and no one was hiring, so I applied across the boards of Craigslist, and got a hit for a programming job, hence working for the tyrant boss above, but I was still fascinated with this question: why are some people so passionate about work while others just do their jobs? So I sought to figure it out and even landed my dream job, though it came with a lot of stipulation… almost like selling your soul to the devil.

I couldn’t pursue what I studied in college, which was a cross between social psych and IO psych… so I created the website, which keeps me connected to my passion and continues to improve my skills in web technology. The website has been a compliment to my life. If I had pursued my original goals, I wouldn’t be making as much as I am making in my field right now. So I keep doing what I do because that pays the bill, but the site keeps me connected.

It is 7 years old… millions of visitors from all over the world, and many people understood its mission and have kept it going.. i opened it up for anyone to “confess” .. no way I could have written over 2500 articles, helped evolve it to what it is today.. which is a lot of information about what we’re all doing at work, both professional and personal articles.

So the premise is: Tell me your story of what it is like to go to work as you, why you are there, why you keep going back, etc. I am fasinated with jobs and careers and how people make money. It has since evolved into much more, but that was the start.

Life happens… and you just go the direction you feel is the best for you. Sometimes you’ll make mistakes and have regrets, but it’s best you do something, then nothing at all. Live for today, hope for tomorrow, reflect on what you really want in your life.

Read more about my start here which explains the whole job situation:


I’m working as a data scientist at a Fintech company in south Asia. I primarily write about Python, its quirks and how you can use those in your own favor. Like how you can use `contextmanager` decorator to decouple your logging and exception handler logics from your core logic, turning functions into generics with `singledispatch` etc.

No reason to read it, I post quite rarely and just about any (usually technical) things that come to my mind. Most people find it from a search engine when searching for help with different things. My most viewed blog post is about a version incompatibility between PuTTY and OpenSSH. 🙂 I do have a couple of longer post ideas hanging around the back of my mind, but there’s just so much else to do in life. The eternal struggle.

Currently I’m writing… the blog engine, again. I’m moving it to a new server and decided I’d bump the deps and freshen up the technical side of the frontend. It’s made with Elixir and the Raxx framework, but it’s not an example of clean code practises, more like a testing ground.

Ridiculously infrequent (but there’s RSS of course, so who cares). Random postings about stuff that interests me (software, theoretical computer science and research, language).

The blog is purely static with no Javascript or cookies or ads or analytics of any kind.

Why you should read it: I don’t know, I’m not really looking for an audience 🙂 but I do think I qualify as an actual human being

I sometimes blog at and you probably shouldn’t read it. It’s just a collection of mostly little side projects.

I write about self powered adventures, mostly in the Colorado mountains – many of which have never been repeated. Typing you from top of some hill right outside of Boulder, right now that I rode up to and then plunked down my quilt.

I’m also a backpacking guide, sponsored mountain runner, outdoor product tester,and guidebook author.

I do computer stuff sometimes, too. I like to keep busy.

A new blog trying to collapse serendipity.

As a curious person and aspiring astronaut, I write about everything that catches my eye. From the etymology of the word batteries to a post I’m working on where I’m interviewing astronauts to get their perspective on a moment on spaceflight history. But that is to come.

Most posts will be different/unique from one another. Few will be repeats. It will go where my nose follows. Only a couple posts so far, one that made HN and Reddit front page. I mostly write about data engineering, and have some systems posts in the pipeline – experiments with Rust, Performance Analysis, debugging stories etc.


It’s not awesome, but some people have found useful and occasionally entertaining information about maths, programming, and business. There is no single compelling reason to read it.

And I’m working on the formatting. Constructive comments and suggestions welcome, simply telling me it’s crap does not provide useful information or value. Thanks.

No particular reason, but I started building websites in the late 90s and am now heading up the engineering department in our scale-up (60+ people w/ 25+ engineers). (RSS available)

Latest posts:

* ranting about bunq bank price hike / tracking

* who wants to be hired tips

* Apple privacy and advertising ID (posting it on HN got me downvoted a couple of times but I don’t know why)

* the cup of coffee pricing fallacy (which was reasonably popular on HN)

It’s partly a blog, partly a wiki about programming. I try to combine those two parts with the wiki part being (somehow timeless) definitions and the blog part covering the current trends while referencing those definitions.

I aim for concise, matter-of-fact, no fluff writing.

The website is on GitHub, so that potential mistakes could be easily fixed with pull requests.

It’s a mix of my projects (things like computer vision for face detection, and recognising knives in images), to beginner articles on JS.

I’m a former lawyer turned software engineer, and am documenting what I have learned.

I thought it was funny I read this line:

>(but who cares how many, like I don’t need to see your tweet telling everyone you read 100 books.)

shortly after I saw this line for one of the other blogs:

> I generally have read >50 technical books a year.

You should read it if you are interested in programming and product things in general – so frontend, backend, and design the stuff. That’s what I write most about.

But I also want to publish more in-depth tutorials like the DigitalOcean guides or career-tips.

> Looking for awesome new places to read things written by actual human beings.

I built an aggregator of developer and engineering blogs a while back. If you are interested checkout

Developers, if you are blog is not listed there, feel free to create an account and submit your blog 🙂 – I write short summaries outlining useful ideas, advice and wisdom that I come across in the articles and books that I read.

By reading this you can quickly consume useful / actionable information that takes many hours of scanning newspapers, magazines etc each day to source and compile.

At present this covers the following subjects: business, personal / professional development, wellbeing, science & technology, and behavioural science.

Recent posts include: Multi-tasking is better thought of as task-switching, How to reduce the influence of cognitive biases within interviews, Beyond the ‘innovator’s dilemma’

Why should you read it? Several reasons. The first is that this is where I write things that I’m passionate about! If you have ever been interested in ham radio, electronics or just in general geekiest saying there’s a good chance that I’ve written about it. I document my projects well and don’t assume knowledge when I explain things. I also own my failures and explain them in full. Lastly, I make a point to smash through the myths, mysteries and flat out misinformation regarding whatever I’m writing about. I show how normal people can do whatever they set their minds to!

Disclaimer: this comment written at the end of a very long day on very little sleep. My blog is better than that. Usually.

Some technical writing, some philosophizing over work and life in general.

Also doing some good old photo-blogging every once in a while as I find Instagram and the like too shallow. And always loved the original photo-blogs with beautiful pictures and a bit of text to get the context across.

I have two health care start-ups under my belt and currently work as independent freelance Tech Lead. Hopefully my writing can in some cases spawn reflection and plant seeds for further examination.

I write about tech stuff I find useful while working during my job. Recently I have started writing about my hobbies (gardening, short stories etc.). If anybody has some suggestions, feel free to drop a line.

Only just started so it’s ended up being about quarantine in Hong Kong more than anything else. Ultimately I hope to write about a wide range of things that I’ve done of interest to me (music, software engineering, automotive modifications, hardware hacks, fitness, mental health and reflections on working in/running startups)

I write for one of the main segments of the HN audience: The INTJ personality type.

If you…

– Tend to focus on contingency planning and anticipating future moves / events

– See yourself as a strategist

– Have something of a critic’s mindset

– Tend to Google for, save, or bookmark the next knowledge nugget, software package, or life hack

– Benefit from studying anti-patterns, sometimes more than studying patterns

– Are open to learning and experimental flexibility in the name of discovering a world of new hacks and perspectives…

…Then it might be worth your time. I’m on a bit of a blog break due to COVID-19 efforts at work but it’s been pretty consistently active for years now.
I started writing speculative and opinionated pieces about anything that catches my attention.
Also I translate P.Graham, just to pick up the mojo.
Not sure how long I will keep this up, but if it’s interesting to you, then please give some feedback.

This is my personal blog: (It’s in spanish, sorry)

It’s been active for 18 years, I was 16 when I started it and now I’m trying to write three or four times a week about several topics, mostly what comes to mind at the moment.

Mine is

It has a few good pieces about transitioning from corporate dev to freelance/consulting, as well as Clojure.

I’ve heard other people have read it to learn more about Clojure, and to help guide them away from corporate dread. Importantly, I have my contact information there and in my HN bio and I’m always down to talk to people from the internet!

It lacks the 10,000 word, fun war stories from more veteran engineers, sadly.

I mostly write about front-end programming and JavaScript. I try to write short, catchy, educational posts. I also draw an illustration for each post, since I used to be a cartoonist a long time ago. – tech stuff, and reminders for myself. Just in case my machines spontaneously combust. r/homelab and r/selfhosted did appreciate some articles: WireGuard, email self-hosting and usual VPN pitfalls.

This is my personal blog where I pen down my thoughts on Containers, DNS, bits of Devops etc. I’ve been a self learner since the time I started programming and I feel penning down thoughts and reaching to a wider audience makes me learn those concepts even better.

If you enjoy understanding concepts using an ELI5 approach, consider checking out my blog 🙂 – it has been around for a while. Started out about the Mac, then motile, telcos, iOS. These days it’s largely about cloud, some AI, home automation and random doodads I do besides working with Azure.

Mine is — I write about ML and NLP. It’s kind of new, but I use it to document what I learn while I study these two awesome topics. So if you are kind of a beginner in these fields, maybe my blog can help you.

I’m writing about high-performance node-link graph and geospatial visualizations. Although I started just recently, I have more drafted posts already. Follow me if you are interested in these topics!

1- Spanish and English posts about: development, systems design (I love distributed ones), team management, startups and projects (my own and others sold to clients)

2- You can find there things that you can’t see in any other place

3- A weekly roundup with technology news (in English) — I write about building AI products, self improvement and general curiosity.

I also have a ’10 Minute Guide’ book series — the most recent one being ’10 Minute Guide to Mental Fitness’.

That’s correct.

Most people have a narrow concept of Rust and confuse it with iron oxide, when reality is so much more vibrant. Copper oxides are my personal favourite.

I don’t have a blog and you should not read any, go out and enjoy the sun and people instead of reading unimportant stuff on the internet!

Because its guaranteed to be unique perspectives about things everyone take for granted and its written for clearing up somE of my own thinking. Especially “The problem with Problems”, “Slaves of the feed – This is not the real-time we’ve been looking for” and “The Ghost Protocol” should be interesting to anyone in the startup tech space.

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