Introducing Spatialnode Articles

Introducing Spatialnode Articles

Publish and read top geospatial articles from the community

April 01, 20239 min read


At Spatialnode, our aim is to equip you with all the necessary tools to succeed in your geospatial career. To achieve this, we have offered a platform for sharing maps and displaying your geospatial projects. However, we acknowledge that not all geospatial project outputs are in map form, as they can take the form of reports, codes, web maps, and more. Moreover, we have recognized the need to create a more comprehensive platform for content creators, technical writers, educators, and anyone interested in reading and writing articles in the geospatial industry. This is why we have introduced Spatialnode Articles for the community.

With Spatialnode Articles, you can stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the geospatial industry, read about the experiences of other professionals, understand project workflows, publish quality content to enrich your portfolio, inspire others with your articles, and help build a stronger community of geospatial professionals.

When it comes to geospatial projects, it's typical to have inquiries about the technology stack employed and how to attain particular results using different tools. At Spatialnode, we've developed the article feature to facilitate a community-driven approach to sharing knowledge and insights. By harnessing our collective storytelling skills, we can create a platform for sharing our experiences and deepening our understanding of geospatial technology.

Why writing is important for your career growth

If you want to learn something, read about it.If you want to understand something, write about it.If you want to master something, teach it. By Yogi Bhajan

Writing helps in accelerating one's career by the fact that it reinforces learning. Below are some of the reasons why writing is important for your career growth;

  • It deepens your expertise on a subject: The process of creating written content on a subject necessitates a thorough clarification of ideas, synthesis of information, and effective articulation of thoughts, which collectively enhance the writer's comprehension and expertise on the subject.

  • It improves your critical thinking skills: In addition to organizing thoughts and reflecting on ideas, content, and technical writing also requires critical thinking skills to ensure that the subject, is fully comprehended, and adequately communicated to a wide range of audiences, including novices. Through this process, writers are compelled to clarify their thoughts and identify gaps in their knowledge, which all contribute to a deeper understanding of the subject matter.

  • It improves your research skills: Writing also fundamentally improves research skills by necessitating that the writers engage in thorough and effective research to acquire very accurate and relevant information about the subject topic being discussed. This research process involves the identification of relevant sources of reliable information, and the synthesizing of both simple and complex information into a cohesive and persuasive argument. Ultimately, the core research skills are developed as writing requires an increased ability to evaluate and assess the credibility of information from multiple sources.

  • It increases your chance of job security: Writing serves not only as a means of communicating insights and reinforcing knowledge but has also proved invaluable in helping professionals land their dream jobs, particularly in the geospatial industry. Through writing, individuals can showcase their ability to learn and articulate their experience and expertise, making them more attractive to potential employers. By sharing their professional experiences and knowledge through writing, individuals can also gain wider recognition within their field, establishing themselves as experts and increasing their visibility to potential employers. Ultimately, writing can be a powerful tool for advancing one's career in the geospatial industry, helping individuals to secure their dream jobs and achieve their professional goals.

Why you should publish articles on Spatialnode

While there are already several platforms for sharing and writing articles, there has not been a dedicated platform for the geospatial community that has given the community the building blocks to write articles and own their contents. Let's take a look at a comparison of Spatialnode Articles with some existing platforms;

Spatialnode Articles vs Geospatial Blogging Platforms (e.g. GIS Lounge, GeoAwesomeness, GISGeography and others)

  • Spatialnode gives you full control of your content WHILE on the other geospatial blogging platforms, you don't have full control.

  • On Spatialnode, you can access your article analytics and performance, WHILE on other geospatial blogging platforms you can not access these insights.

  • On Spatialnode, your articles get attached to your Portfolio immediately, keeping it up-to-date, WHILE on the other geospatial blogging platforms it doesn't.

  • On Spatialnode you can publish an article instantly, WHILE on the other geospatial blogging platforms, you are subjected to sending series of emails before getting your articles published.

  • On Spatialnode, you can edit and update your articles easily and faster, WHILE on the other geospatial blogging platforms, you go through series of emails to do basic editing.

  • On Spatialnode, you can receive appreciations and feedbacks on your articles, WHILE on the other geospatial blogging platforms , you rarely do.

Spatialnode Articles vs General Blogging Platforms (e.g. Medium, Hashnode, Dev.TO)

  • General blogging platforms are not dedicated to the geospatial community, WHILE Spatialnode is for the geospatial community. Meaning, your articles will be reaching the right audience!

  • On Spatialnode, your articles will get attached to your Spatialnode Portfolio instantly, keeping it up-to-date, WHILE on general blogging platforms you have another link to worry about.

  • On Spatialnode, we promote your articles on our Social Media platforms to reach a wider audience , WHILE the general blogging platforms rarely do that.

  • Reading and writing of article is FREE on Spatialnode.

  • You can read an article without Ads distraction on Spatialnode.

  • Your content on Spatialnode is SEO Optimized.

With the industry's diverse and rapid growth, there is an urgent need to consistently share content to empower professionals, discover new trends, follow best practices, and become better professionally. This is the gap Spatialnode articles feature intend to fill.

Spatialnode provides a platform for the geospatial community to share their knowledge and expertise with others. By publishing articles on Spatialnode, content creators, technical writers, educators, and professionals in the geospatial industry can easily reach an active audience and gain exposure. Spatialnode is specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of the geospatial industry, making it an ideal space for individuals to share their ideas, insights, and experiences.

How to publish an article on Spatialnode

Accessing and using the new Spatialnode article feature is straightforward and easy. Simply log in to your account or sign up to create one, within your dashboard, click “Articles” on the sidebar. 

To start writing articles page, click on the “Write an article” button, and you’ll be directed to a user-friendly article editor where you can write your content and add images, videos, or other multimedia as desired.

Some of the features of Spatialnode articles are highlighted below;

  • Powerful Article Editor: Below are some of the capabilities of the Article Editor;

    • Embed videos: With the ability to embed YouTube videos directly into your articles, you can showcase your geospatial projects in a more dynamic and interactive way. This makes it easier for others to understand your workflows and see the results of your work in action. You can embed links to a video on YouTube, which can better explain your content , provide more insight into the topic and grow your YouTube views and audience.

    • Add images: Adding images to your articles can help break up text and make your content more visually appealing. You can use images to illustrate key points, show before-and-after comparisons, or simply add some personality to your writing. You can also use images to ensure the audience reading your articles are not bored with the text. 

    • Code blocks: For technical articles, code blocks allow you to share your code snippets and give others a deeper understanding of how you achieved your results. This feature is especially useful for those who want to learn more about the programming languages and tools used in geospatial development.

    • Add cover images: Cover images are the first thing readers see when they come across your article. By adding an eye-catching cover image, you can make your content more appealing and encourage others to click through and read your article. If you forget to add a cover image, the platform will autogenerate one for you to make your articles appealing when shared on social media platforms.

    • Bullets: Bullets can help break up long paragraphs and make your content easier to read. This is particularly useful for tutorials or step-by-step guides where you need to present information in a clear and concise way.

    These and many more tools are available on the Article Editor, to enable you easily create high-quality geospatial content on Spatialnode. 

  • Analytics: Analytics gives you an insight into the traction and traffic of your articles. This is specifically useful to understand the articles you wrote that were particularly loved by people and the keywords that made them stand out.

  • Feedback: Comments in the form of feedback can enhance readers' understanding of articles, facilitate the exchange of insights, and promote collective learning. However, it is crucial to adhere to community guidelines and maintain respect in all interactions.

  • Preview before publishing: With the ability to preview your article before publishing, you can ensure that everything looks and works exactly as intended. This helps you catch any mistakes or formatting issues and ensures that your content is presented in the best possible way.

  • Saves as draft automatically: If you're working on a longer article or need to take a break, the auto-save feature ensures that your progress is saved automatically. This means you can pick up where you left off without worrying about losing your work.

Publish Your First Article

If you're excited to start sharing your geospatial stories, tutorials, or case studies, you can easily publish your first article. Simply log in to your account and click on the "Create Article" button. From there, you can start writing and using the various features to create an engaging and informative article.

But what if you already have articles on another platform or in a different format? No problem! In the future, you will be able to import and share your existing articles. We will let you know when this feature is available!

By publishing your articles on Spatialnode, you can reach a wider audience of geospatial professionals and enthusiasts, get feedback on your work, and contribute to the growth of the geospatial community. Plus, with the user-friendly article editor and powerful features at your fingertip, it's never been easier to create and share your geospatial content. So what are you waiting for? Start sharing your expertise on Spatialnode today! We are looking forward to reading, sharing, and learning from your quality articles!


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