We've officially reached the 100th issue of DevRel Weekly. Whew! That feels like a moment to celebrate! 🎉 Thanks for hanging out with me over the past 2 years, everyone. It wouldn't be the same without you.
I've got a few exciting resources in the works for the next few weeks, including a DevRel FAQ that I've had in the back of my mind for quite some time now. I'd love to hear from all of you as I'm putting the finishing touches on it: what's your #1 go-to resource about Developer Relations and why? Shoot me an email and let me know -- I'd love to include it in the final product!
DevRel Weekly Patreon
Community is Powerful
Building a community isn't easy. There are so many ups & downs along the way that make you question everything you know. However, that first time you really see your people connecting--that spark--you remember EXACTLY why you do what you do. Community is powerful y'all.
Crowd-source Your Online Event
Ask your community what they want in an online event. Ask what their questions are beforehand. Think about giving away freebie downloads and don't use the term webinar, because it's not engaging.
-Lauren Hagerty, quoted by Susan Tenby
Click through to the #CMXGlobalConnect for more quotes and conversation from the recent event.
Removing Distractions can Narrow the Focus
Seeing lots of #DevRel get better ROI and clearer focus by NOT traveling. The online thing, especially for some, is working exceptionally well.
It appears that exhausting, distracting, highly pollutive, disruptive, and excessive travel wasn't that necessary after all.
Don't Build it Alone
One of the most helpful things you can do when building a community from scratch = don't build it alone. Find someone as passionate as you about it and build it with them.
Can't find someone as passionate as you about it? That's also information.
The Foundation of Community
The foundation of community: people feeling seen, being heard and rewarded for who they are. Because when people feel valued, they share. And when people share, they become more connected and valued.
Community FAQs: I don’t have budget to add new staff to my community team but I'm going crazy
How do you advocate for more head-count during a time when everyone is slashing budgets? We're all feeling the tightening of budgets to one extent or another. While it might be tempting to put in the extra hours and dive into the mountain of work, it's more important than ever that we take care of ourselves. This article from Shannon Abram walks through some of the ways you can prioritize your work and begin to advocate for additional headcount.
What is Developer Experience or DX?
If you're still new to developer experience, have no fear! This article by Ben Long walks through the principles of developer experience as well as some of the best practices. My favorite tip? Communicate: make sure your onboarding is clear, searchable, and of course, documented.
What’s Your Community’s NRG?
There's a new metric for measuring the growth of your community. Interested? So was I! Click through to read more about the Natural Rate of Growth (NRG) and how the folks at Orbit think it may be a useful metric for tracking the success and impact of your community.
Intro to Live Streaming
Interested in live streaming but not sure where to start? There are a few resources that were recently released which may be helpful!
- Streaming tech talks and training: Overview by Jerome Petazzoni
- Streaming tech talks and training / Hardware by Jerome Petazzoni
- Getting Your Set-up Ready for Streaming with Joe Nash
- Developer Relations and Developer Marketing: The Differences, the Similarities, the Partnerships with Elizabeth Kinsey and Karen White - Community Pulse
- After Pulse: Developer Relations and Developer Marketing - Community Pulse
- How Internal Communities Can Power the Remote Workforce with John Summers - Community Talks
- Change Management with Ashleigh Brookshaw and Meghan Bates - Conversations with Community Managers
- Conference Magic with PJ Hagerty - Greater Than Code
If you're anything like me, your next few months are filling up quickly with online events. Before all of your time is completely booked, see if you want to squeeze in one of these events. Know of another meetup, virtual conference, or online webinar that's taking place? Hit reply and let me know about it.
Developer Relations Jobs
This might be our 100th newsletter, but you'll likely find more than 100 jobs in our Developer Relations Jobs Collection. If you or someone you know is looking for a new job in DevRel, this might be a good place to start.
Don't forget that we have a new system in place! Looking for a particular type of role? Just put the hashtag followed by the job category in the "🔍Find a bookmark in collection..." search bar to see what shakes out.
#Individual Contributor Roles
#Technical Community Manager Roles
#Senior Individual Contributor Roles
#Dev-Rel Adjacent Roles
Check out the new functionality, and make sure to update your bookmark! 😊