Are you an experienced writer who knows your way around the Linux terminal? We’re looking for someone just like you to write Linux tutorials here at How-To Geek.
What We’re Looking For
We’re looking for experienced writers who are fluent with the Linux command line. The ideal candidate knows his or her way around Bash and is capable of explaining this geeky stuff to normal people.
We are not looking for a writer to cover Linux news, nor are we looking for someone who only has experience with the graphical Linux desktop. You may or may not end up writing some Linux news and tutorials about Linux desktop software, but we’re looking someone with serious Linux terminal chops. If you had Raspberry Pi experience, that would also be a plus.
This is a freelance position where you’ll be responsible for writing topics that are assigned to you, but you’ll also be able to pitch your own interesting Linux terminal articles we haven’t covered yet.
Here’s what we always look for in new writers:
- You must be a geek at heart, always looking to learn more about technology and make your gadgets work better.
- You must be able to explain complex topics in a way that is clear and easy to understand, even to non-experts.
- You must be creative and have the ability to generate article ideas, take suggestions, and make topics interesting and exciting.
- You must be at least 18 years old and have your own computer.
- You must have solid English writing skills. It’s a shame we even have to mention that one.
- You should have some basic screenshot and image editing chops. HTML skills are a plus.
To give you an idea of what we’ll expect, here are a few examples of the type of work we’re looking for:
- Add a User to a Group (or Second Group) on Linux – This article explains groups and breaks down exactly how to perform common tasks, complete with screenshots.
- How to Compress and Extract Files Using the tar Command on Linux – This piece explains how to accomplish a common task but, more than that, it provides examples and actually explains what the various switches for the
- Beginner Geek: How to Start Using the Linux Terminal – Not everything is a basic How To. This is a guide that tries to make the Linux terminal approachable and is an example of the more in-depth content you’ll be able to tackle.
How to Apply
Send an email to [email protected] with the subject Linux Writer, and include the following in your email:
- Explain why your geek skills are worth touting to millions of readers each month.
- Your name and location.
- Any previous experience you have with writing and/or blogging, particularly related to Linux.
- Whether or not you are currently employed, and what you do if you are.
- A brief overview of any other topics you are familiar with, and what operating systems, computers, and devices you have access to.
- Most Importantly: We want a writing sample. If you have previous writing to showcase, particularly relevant Linux pieces that you’re proud of, include a link to it in your email. If you have a personal blog, a forum account, or a commenter account from anywhere, feel free to include that as well.
We don’t have normal office hours—or even an office—so you can be located anywhere. This is strictly a telecommuting gig.