#PSBlogWeek: PowerShell Blogging for an Entire Week

UPDATE: #PSBlogWeek submissions will end 9/14! Get your entries submitted ASAP!

Do you have a blog?

Do you like to write about PowerShell?

Do you want more exposure to your blog?

If you answered yes to these questions, #PSBlogWeek is for you!

What is #PSBlogWeek?

PSBlogWeek is a week-long blogging event we here in the PowerShell community occasionally do to train others about PowerShell but also get exposure to various blog and bloggers around the world. For a recap of the last #PSBlogWeek check out this post.

PSBlogWeek is an effort on various bloggers’ behalf to come together to promote each others’ work. A common theme is chosen, each blogger decides what to write about from that theme, and each day of the week one of the blog posts are posted. It’s that simple! As each post is ran, yourself, your fellow bloggers and undoubtedly others in the community will then promote your post as being part of #PSBlogWeek. Your blog post not only helps learners learn, but bloggers get more exposure.

This event has a hashtag up front because the marketing is primarily done via Twitter with the #PSBlogWeek hashtag. The #PSBlogWeek hashtag is what all participants and anyone promoting this event should be using.

The theme for this #PSBlogWeek

Each PSBlogWeek has a theme around PowerShell. For this week, the theme will be server management. You will be required to write a blog post on using PowerShell to solve any kind of problem with managing a server. The theme is open to just about anything as long as it’s useful to the audience. Here are a few examples:

  • Using PowerShell to create a Windows Server VM
  • Using PowerShell to install and configure IIS
  • Using PowerShell to monitor uptime
  • Using PowerShell to patch servers

How does # PSBlogWeek Work?

For this round of # PSBlogWeek, here’s what’s going to happen:

  • Interested parties will contact myself and propose a blog post. Please include the title and a few sentence desription.
  • The first ten bloggers to be accepted will write their proposed article
  • All posts will be sent to me which I will then have a professional editor review and edit
  • A compilation eBook will be created
  • A scheduled week will be decided on
  • Each blogger will be assigned a particular day and time to make their post live (2 posts/day)
  • Every participant will promote each others’ post as it goes live as will I and others using the #PSBlogWeek hashtag
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • Facebook
    • Carrier Pigeon
  • On the next Monday, the compilation eBook will be shared with the community
    • On my blog here
    • Via Twitter
    • On the participants’ blogs

What are the requirements to participate?

You must:

  • Have a reliable blog that will be available for the foreseeable future
  • Be able to write coherently, so people understand what you’re talking about
  • Write your post in English
  • Be able to schedule a post or publish it manually at a particular time
  • Have a Twitter account
  • Write on your assigned topic for at least 700 words (in depth articles are appreciated)
  • NOT be a Microsoft MVP (we’re trying to get exposure to lesser known bloggers)
  • Enjoy the extra exposure your blog gets propelling you into PowerShell rockstardom!

How to Join

Brand new to #PSBlogWeek is psblogweek.com. Here you can learn about #PSBlogWeek and submit your request to participate here. Get to submitting those article ideas! Let’s see how great we can make #PSBlogWeek this time!

Adam Bertram

Chief Automator at Adam the Automator, LLC
Adam Bertram is an independent consultant, technical writer, trainer and presenter. Adam specializes in consulting and evangelizing all things IT automation mainly focused around Windows PowerShell. Adam is a Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP, 2015 powershell.org PowerShell hero and has numerous Microsoft IT pro certifications. He authors IT pro course content for Pluralsight, is a regular contributor to numerous print and online publications and presents at various user groups and conferences.You can find Adam here on the blog or on Twitter at @adbertram.

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