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An Update from the Editorial Team at Hacker Noon

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@natashaNatasha Nel

👋 I'm the VP of Editorial Strategy here at Hacker Noon. I also make podcasts and write stories.

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Hey there, 

Natasha from Hacker Noon here. 👋

In August news from the team behind the internet's best place for tech people to publish things: 

  • Some sexy (and some less sexy) improvements to the text Editor for Writers
  • Just launched the Noonies on Product Hunt!
  • An exclusive hint around the big ticket 2.0 platform feature we'll deploy next

First up, an apology: I'm sorry I've been ignoring you. It's been a couple months since my last letter to Hacker Noon's writers — and, well, I know it's probably the number one thing you have to look forward to right now, and/or always.

Just kidding. 

If you've been feeling neglected, it's only because I've been very busy and important: 

(a) recruiting and onboarding not 1 but 2 (!) new Hacker Noon Staff Editors, and 

(b) getting YOU the recognition you deserve this year by launching V2.020 of Hacker Noon's Annual Tech Industry Awards: The Noonies (check us out on Product Hunt!)

Are you a Top Writer in one/more of Hacker Noon's Top Tag Categories? 💃 Congratulations on your nomination/s! 💃 It's not too late to get someone else (or yourself) a last-minute Noonie Nomination: check out all the awards here.


Next up: How to be the King of Nonsexy but Extremely Important Tasks on Your Team

Our fullstack hero Austin has been leading by example, as always. 
Practicing delayed gratification and working on some "nonsexy" stuff deep down in Hacker Noon's Editor, promising to to make it:

  • easier to extend, with new embeds for example
  • easier to work with and fix bugs
  • easier to add options like markdown
  • easier to create a publishing api

That's right, Writers: we hear your manic cries for Markdown. 


On the subject of LOVE: ✨ 2,656  of you are officially Web Monetized Hacker Noon Contributors! 

(The rest of you: learn how to add your Coil metatag to your Hacker Noon stories.) 

In other Product News: Hacker Noon's shiny new dev, Richard Kubina, has been making mad improvements to how Editors sort and schedule story submissions, which is helping us work through the lockdown-induced backlog of new stories

PRO-TIP: Aim to Write a Hacker Noon Top Story to get your next story published faster

Storm's been pretty caught up in the Noonies, and Austin and Dane have been working on (among many other things) that super secret new feature for which we promised you an exclusive hint...

Here it is:

Look, we're not saying it's going to be half as good as Morning Brew. BUT: we are saying it's going to be a lot more personalized.* 
(*without resorting to the abuse of your personal data!**)

Annnd that's about all I have time for today, folks. 

Don't forget to check out our shit on Product Hunt and upvote it if you want (yes, I know I'm not supposed to say that. #FTP #YOLO ❤️ 🅰️ 🖤 )

See you on the internetNatasha from Hacker Noon ✌️

**Definitely not accusing any newsletters, named or unnamed, of this indisputably awful practice. This is a reference to publications with paywalls and/or targeted advertising. That is all. 


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