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So you’ve just implemented an offbeat and interesting solution to a particular coding problem. You’re pumped. You decide to create your own tutorial to pass along your knowledge to the rest of the world.

You dream of hundreds of comments and thousands of retweets because, after all, it’s the unicorn solution every developer has been looking for. It’s the next clearfix and responsive design, all rolled into one, only much better and smarter. It might even get retweeted by Jeff Zeldman or Jen Simmons!

But it probably won’t.

The reality is that the internet is saturated with tutorials. Readers have short attention spans, often skim articles, and if the first few sentences don’t hook them, they’re moving on. We’re lucky if readers get past the first paragraph before scrolling down or fast forwarding to look for a code snippet to solve their problem.

Heck, you may have already given up on this post.

As tutorial creators, it’s our responsibility to provide a problem and solution for our readers in a unique and clear fashion. As an avid consumer (and sometimes writer) of coding tutorials, I’ve seen the good, bad, and the ugly. I’d like to share, in no particular order, some pathways to success when forging ahead on your next tutorial.

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