We've all experienced the tyranny of the blank page when we're trying to create a new blog post.
We feel like every idea is either the same as we've done before or done better by a competitor.
But there is an infinite number of ways we can create interesting and valuable content for developers - we just need to get our creative juices flowing.
In this post, I'll give you 23 tried-and-true developer blog post ideas to inspire your next post.
All of these can easily be adapted to your product and preferred tech stack.
I use placeholders like [X] and [Y] throughout this post where you can insert your technology preferences.
# 1. New features from a recent or upcoming version
Most popular software will receive regular updates, be they major or minor updates.
You could do a summary of the new features or pick a handful of your favorites.
"Top 5 Features in [X] v13.2 You Should Check Out"
"The New [X] Feature in [Y] v8 and Why You'll Love It"
# 2. Summary of a recent conference
Members of your community will be attending conferences and meetups all the time.
For those who couldn't make it, why not give them a quick summary?
"4 Interesting Talks From [X]Conf 2021"
# 3. Open source projects in the ecosystem
Most popular software will have an open-source ecosystem of libraries, plugins, boilerplates, etc.
You could dig around to find some hidden gems that your community may want to know about.
"7 Cool Plugins For Your Next [X] Project"
# 4. Interesting use cases
The tech you're writing about may normally be used for one thing, but perhaps there are other interesting use cases that your community would be interested in hearing about.
"I Built A Desktop App with [X] and it Works Great"
# 5. Answers to common problems
No matter how good the docs are for a piece of tech, there will always be pitfalls that bamboozle beginners.
You could search forums or Stack Overflow (opens new window) and find a few common questions that could be summarized in a post.
"7 Gotchas When Using [X]"
"Tips and Tricks From An EveryDay [X] User"
# 6. Insight into the underlying tech
Your community may already be quite familiar with the tech you're writing about. But do they know how these features work internally?
Take one of the most loved features and do a deep dive into the source code and report on what you find.
"How [X]'s Reactivity System Works Under The Hood"
"Understanding [X] Hooks By Building Them From Scratch"
# 7. Pairings with related tools
Perhaps there are a lot of tutorials on [X] or [Y] already. But is there a good tutorial showing the best way to set them up together?
Niching down can give you a unique post while still providing value.
"Set Up [X] in a [Y] Project"
# 8. Handy resources
From GitHub projects to Youtube channels, blogs, newsletters, and Twitter accounts, there are many free resources that your community may not know about.
If you take the time to research them and put them in one blog post, it may be a valuable time saver.
"13 [X] Youtube Channels You Should Subscribe To"
"Top 10 Sites For Learning [X]"
# 9. Best practices
Often there are many different ways to do the same thing with a software product.
From experience, though, you may find there are shortcuts and benefits from choosing a particular way i.e. a best practice
"How I Write My [X] Schemas"
"Best Practices for Structuring a [X] Project"
# 10. Tutorials
Here you think of useful projects that developers will want to build using a particular tech stack and take them through each step.
This most common type of developer blog post because it's so useful.
"How to Build A Calculator with [X] & [Y]"
"A Walkthrough for Building a [X] Blog"
# 11. Optimizations
Some developers will be interested in using a particular tech in an enterprise scenario where performance is of great importance.
Dive deep into how to streamline this tech to perfection and developers will be very interested.
"How We Reduced [X] Loading Time By 78%"
# 12. A case study
Some developers will be considering adopting a certain tech for an enterprise scenario and will be interested to know how other teams have done it successfully.
e.g. "How We Deployed a Large-Scale [X] Database at [Company]"
# 13. An interview with a community leader
Some software products are pure genius and must have been conceived by somebody very clever.
Your community would love to know more about how the creators of your chosen tech thought up the idea and got it off the ground.
e.g. "An Interview with [Name], Creator of [X]"
# 14. Ultimate resources
There may already be lots of different blog posts about a certain tech, but the information is fragmented and hard to find.
For this type of post, you'll provide value by bringing all those fragmented pieces together into one essential resource.
"67 [X] Code Snippets"
"Complete Guide To [X]"
# 15. Project ideas
Some of your community members may be looking for a new challenge to expand their skills or to flesh out their portfolios.
You could put together a collection of project ideas that work well with your preferred tech stack.
"11 Weekend Projects You Can Build with [X]"
# 16. Job interview questions
If your community members are on the search for a new role, they may be keen to test their skills.
Why not put together a collection of questions to help them brush up before an interview.
"Q&A To Help You Prefer For Your [X] Interview"
# 17. Patterns
Once you start using a software product daily, you may find certain patterns that make difficult tasks easier.
Why not write a post to codify these patterns and share them with other devs.
"4 [X] Patterns I Use Daily"
"7 [X] Antipatterns and How to Avoid Them"
# 18. Shortcuts
Some readers are looking to get up and running as quickly as possible and don't want to waste time going over high-level concepts.
In this type of blog post, make sure it's easy to skim and has up-to-date code that can easily be copied and pasted.
"How to Get A [X] App Deployed in Under 15 Mins"
"Learn [X] the Quick Way"
# 19. Introduction
While the docs of a software project are usually the best place to find an introduction, everyone has a different learning method.
Perhaps you've found a unique way of explaining a technology or a great analogy that you want to share.
"WTF is [X]? A Beginner's Intro"
# 20. Targeting a sub-community
You might find in your community that there are notable sub-communities that would appreciate being catered to.
"An Introduction to [X] for [Y] Developers"
"A Quickstart for Devs Switching From [X] to [Y]"
# 21. Comparison
Developers new to a particular category of tech e.g. frontend frameworks may be confused about which product to choose especially when there are several options to choose from.
In this post type, you can compare and contrast and perhaps even give an opinion if you have one.
"[X] vs [Y], Which Is Better For Large-Scale Projects?"
# 22. Opinion piece
Rather than sticking to dry facts, in this post, you'll express your opinion about a particular technology, technique, or issue that is important to your community.
Developers appreciate it when opinions are rationally derived and data-backed.
"Why We Choose [X]"
"[X] v5 is a Regression for Most Users"
# 23. Use of different media
There may already be many blog posts explaining a particular tech, but maybe it's easier to understand with a diagram, PDF, animation, etc.
You could create a unique and valuable resource by putting the time into doing this well.
"[X], Visually Explained"
"[X] Cheat Sheet"
Thought of any topic ideas that I missed? Let me know in the comments below.