Sidebar links can be anything from an article, to a beautiful porfolio, to a cool CodePen demo. Here are a few pointers to boost your submission's chances of making the cut.
Note that posting your own content is fine as long as it follows the guidelines below.
It's easy to create a new Medium account and write out your thoughts about design, but we try to avoid featuring this kind of content on Sidebar. Instead, we prioritize the type of content that requires time and effort: case studies, tutorials, and so on.
We also discourage cookie-cutter content like list posts or articles that simply link through to original content.
New Content Only
Only new content is featured on Sidebar. This means if the link you're submitting has been around for longer than a few month or so, it probably won't be accepted (unless it hasn't received any exposure at all).
A good way to verify when a piece of content first appeared is to check when it was first tweeted out.
No Paid Products
Sidebar generally avoids featuring paid products unless they offer a free or demo version that can be useful on its own. On the other hand, submitting a case study about a paid product is fine as long as the case study itself provides value to the reader independently of the product.
Exceptions to this rule include releases of major design software (Photoshop, Sketch, etc.) that are newsworthy in themselves.
Easy To Consume
Generally speaking, links that require a heavy download or a plugin install will not be featured. This includes links to app stores, to PDF files, etc. Videos are also rarely featured as they are harder to consume compared to textual content.