These last few weeks have been difficult for many people for a variety of reasons. If it's been hard for you as well, know that you're not alone, and it's ok to not be ok. I found this image last week and even just reading it has helped me breathe a little more deeply. Another thing that made an unexpected difference for me this past week was WindowSwap. So much of what I love about travel is simply seeing new places and observing people, and the first few "windows" that I viewed full-screen on my monitor last week literally took my breath away.
Whatever it is that you need to do in order to give yourself a break this week, do what you can to make time for that. This has been an incredibly stressful, relentlessly demanding few months, and it's important for us to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Taking care of ourselves is key.
Along those lines, I've finally come to the realization that sending out DevRel Weekly in the middle of the week isn't sustainable for me right now. No matter how much I plan or organize my calendars, it just isn't happening, and the guilt of knowing I've missed another (self-imposed) deadline isn't healthy. But I'm not ready to give up this passion project just yet, so instead, I've moved it to Monday mornings. Hopefully it'll bring a smile to your faces at the beginning of the week and leave you full of exciting new things to explore during the week.
As always, I look forward to your feedback - feel free to reach out at any time!
Before we dig into this week's issue, if you need a reminder that there are silver linings, even during the gloom of these last few months, this tweet from David Spinks may help:
A friend asked me how I think communities will change from all this.
- We will value human connection much more.
- We will be much closer to replicating the in-person experience online.
- Communities will be more diverse and inclusive.
The future is bright.
p.s. If you haven't seen this video from Joe Karlsson, do yourself a favor and go watch it now, before continuing to prepare for your next online talk. Trust me. It's worth it.
DevRel Metrics: The Hot(test) Topic of our Careers
Pieces of content about metrics are once again ramping up as we're halfway through the calendar year and solidly into this new (or at least current) reality of online events, content creation, and figuring out how to prove our value in a different kind of world. In addition to Jess West's talk about metrics, here are a few of my favorites from the past few weeks:
- Eliminating Vanity Metrics from Your Developer Program by Benjamin Cabé
- KPI Community Basics: Part 2 - The ABCs of KPIs by Carrie Melissa Jones
- A Simple Community Measurement Framework by Richard Millington
- Common Developer Relations Challenges and How to Address Them from Vanilla's new resource: How to Build and Scale a Succesful Developer Community