Here are some of my writing samples published on numerous online networks. They are mostly related to technology, but some are straight AP news samples or relate to various subject matters. These samples are not tied to the main blog on here. Some for these samples are feature stories of more than 1000 words. Others are shorter news pieces. However, they all show my knowledge of the mentioned subjects and my writing style. When I lived in the U.S. My byline or name was Mike Lata, but my real full Polish name is Maciej Duraj.
Medium Self-Published Articles:
- Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Everything in Tech
- Consumer Tech Never Ceases to Amaze with Annual Advances
- Virtual Reality Scene in Poland Analyzed – via Ar/VR Journey magazine here
- How iSpot Became the Number 1 Distributor of Apple Products in Poland
Latest Articles Published Across Various Tech:
- How AR Is Transforming the Travel Industry
- 5 Hot Technologies for 2020
- What Are the Roles of Front-End Developers?
- 7 Reasons to Hire a Software Development Team
- Interview with Unitas Global CTO Grant Kirkwood (Cybersecurity related)
Forbes (samples include my own graphic design):
Due to a recent disagreement with a new Forbes editor that took over the position of the previous one who brought me in as a contributor, most of my content is no longer visible on Forbes. I asked for it to be taken down so I can republish elsewhere or on my site here. Some have been republished by other media/sites and may still be available on Flipboard, like the sample below.
- Robotic Automation Story (republished via Flipboard):
- Sample Related to Autonomous Vehicles (republished via Flipboard):
More Story Samples:
- Story based on Robotic Process Automation–
- Foldable Phones All The Rage Now But Will They Have A Purpose? —————> – Here is my own PDF file showing the entire article with recent edits I have added post-publishing –
The Digital Enterprise
- Java: JAR Files Explained
InvoiceOcean: Financial Software (SaaS)
I ran their blog, which focuses on various financial topics and invoicing SaaS software. I also did the online marketing for the .uk and .us products pages (invoiceocean.co.uk & invoiceocean.com/us) and ran google AdWords campaigns for them. Lastly, I edited and translated majority of these two websites (offshoots or branches from fakturownia.pl).
Here is some older content much of which is standard AP-style journalism that may or may not relate to tech. Most of these will be shown under my former American name or byline of Mike Lata. I hated my last name Lata and had no contact with my father my whole life, so I actually legally changed it to Duraj last year.
Toward the bottom, some of these links may be years old, so do not be surprised if they do not work as domains changed and sites shifted.
Technical Writing (How-To Instructionals):
Tech Times (News-Based Tech Coverage):
- Sample Story (autonomous-vehicle related)
Here is a 2017 freelance feature I wrote for a Polish news site (possibly paper as well) called Kraków Post:
Newspaper Clips (published in Both Print & Web)
- Splendor in the Grass (Palo Alto Weekly)
- ‘Canvassing’ the neighborhood (Palo Alto Weekly)
- Feds award $17 million in transit grants locally (The Almanac)
IDG Consumer & SMB (Macworld & PC World magazines)
- How Augmented Reality is Redefining Entertainment (PC World) (cover feature or the day for PC World/TechHive at the time)
- Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review (Techhive)
- Razer Still Developing a Gaming Tablet (PC World — the headline is different as it was edited by someone else)
Apple Magazine (this is a digital magazine in ePub format):
Here is an entire issue you can check out where I wrote the cover story, titled “Outsourced.” The cover story was based on Foxconn and Apple’s controversial partnership that later prompted Apple to audit Foxconn factories:
Here is an infographic commissioned by Visual.ly for an independent client where I compiled all the data as a journalist through research while working with a seperat graphic designer and helping him edit some of the graphic along the way with data insertion.
Here is a simple infographic that I created from scratch using all of my own assets, from photography to graphic design (more info about it and its creation process).
Technical Analysis of Chatbots Today (they claimed I was even too technical for their marketing department in some articles I’ve written so long story short I do not write for this company anymore.)
Here is me introducing the topic of chatbots with some added analysis of my own
AI topic here with my own art included
Runnerclick athletic gear reviews:
Osperey Tempest 20 Backpack: A hiking backpack review
Under Armour Micro G Speed Swift: running shoes review
How to Remain Anonymous and Secure on iPad (privacy and security)
EBay Accounts Hacked: What Lessons Did We Learn? (TechTimes)
Flame Virus Analyzed (Techlicious)
UBM Techweb/DeusM (B2B Enterprise IT)
Most of the UBM blogs I was published at are now defunct (for a while UBM was sold or only published on InformationWeek but it seems vsrious sites resumed now), as the sites constantly change after a period of time and new editors are assigned to different topics. However, I have an archive of the work I’ve sent out to editors through e-mail attachments and here are some samples:
Agreedo4: SaaS (I used basic AP style for this piece or standard journalistic style)
Trainsignal (now Pluralsight)
The blog was redesigned and many of the old content is gone, so here I am uploading a piece I still had saved on my harddrive that was published on Trainsignal before the company was acquired by Pluralsight:
(Keep in mind below I still have my old links that may or may not show up as the blog was changed to Pluralsight as I had this portfolio for years and am now updating it as I look for new tech writing positions.)
TouchArcade (mobile game news & reviews) — Number One Mobile Gaming Site
Red Alert Online Coming to mobile (news story)
My AppAdvice Profile (stories linked)
Techopedia: IT topics and enterprises
Even though my byline wasn’t used (ghost blogging) the image below from the editor/site admin proves he published it (my work).
Some recent Yelp reviews entirely self-published:
Macworld Guide or eBook I worked on with my byline as the Assistant Editor
PDF version (scroll a bit to see my name)
The Orion Chico State Newspaper Student Stories
Unpublished Feature AP Newspaper Stories — some investigative reporting involved
TabTimes (digital tablet magazine)
Google vs Apple
Case Study About Cloud Computing (Trainsignal)
Cloud Computing Web Features
Viruses & Security Threats Features
Desktop IT Software Features
Tablets, Gadgets & Computers Web Clips
Mobile Phones and Other Hardware Features
Other Guest Postings/Ghost Blogging
Photo Editing/Digital Photography Web Clips
Stereoscopic 3D Tech Web Clips
3D Printing Web Clips
Social Media Web Clips
VoIP Web Clips
iOS Gaming Features (Published on Blogs)
Video Game & PC Game Web Clips
My Coverage of Macworld 2011 (All Multimedia Was Taken by Me and Inserted to WordPress & YouTube)
Films, Hollywood & Entertainment Web Clips
Robotics, Mechanics & Science Web Clips
Press Release Web Clips
Lana Parker (real name: Svetlana Tsukanova)
She is one of the people who recommended me on LinkedIn (her profile). I also helped Lana with the app description for Caracel Diagnosis on the App Store as part of her PR campaign, as well as wrote this top three medical apps article for the campaign.
Despite having posted many samples on this portfolio, I don’t have enough room or time to put every single piece of writing that I’ve had published online here. I also don’t always update this page right away when new samples are published. This is why I decided to post some of my profiles with many samples under my name below. I think the Trainsignal samples below best illustrate my technical content writing ability, so I put my Trainsignal profile first. The other samples below are also worth reading though and should have dates of my writing showing. If you want to get a better picture of my abilities and the way my writing continues to evolve take a look at these profiles below with my works:
Here is my LinkedIn profile with five recommendations so far from editors and Web managers: Mike Lata’s LinkedIn.