This week's issue of DevRel Weekly brings us all sorts of great resources, from making sure you're protecting your team's time while also being responsive to your community to receiving buy-in from stakeholders throughout the company and more.
I hope you're having a great week and making a difference in your community!
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10 Ways to Improve Onboarding
Want to improve the onboarding experience you give your community members? David Spinks has a thread with a great list of places to start, including creating a welcome committee, validating participation, and teaching them how to use the platform.
The Developer Advocate's Guide to Getting Buy-In
If you've ever had trouble getting your idea adopted internally, it may be that you didn't get enough buy-in from stakeholders before you proposed the idea. Kurt Kemple has written a blogpost with all sorts of tips to getting buy-in, and there are some gems in it!
Who Answers Questions in Your Online Community?
Keeping up with all of the questions in an online community can be overwhelming sometimes, especially if you're not on the support team. So how do you balance who answers the questions (should you just wait for the community to answer?) with being accessible and available to the community members? Rich Millington has two recent blogposts which help answer some of these questions:
There's More to Developer Relations than Developer Advocacy
While Developer Advocates might be the most prevalent role within Developer Relations, they're certainly not the only one! Last week, Karan M V published a Twitter thread sharing how much of the work of a Developer Relations professional is behind the scenes -- a "thankless job" even sometimes. A blogpost along the same lines was published last week as well, emphasizing that while advocating for our developer audience is an important part of Developer Relations, it truly is a driving focus of every role within DevRel, and shouldn't necessarily be called out as a function of its own. I'd love to hear your thoughts as well!
goodfirstissue — a gateway into y/our community
This blogpost feels particularly relevant to this week given that I'm at All Things Open and there are two weeks left in Hacktoberfest (shoutout to my Program Manager Danielle Andrist who's doing a phenomenal job managing our Hacktoberfest presence!). As Aimee Fenech points out, having a subset of open issues for open source projects that let folks get their feet wet and learn your technology can go a long way toward engaging them longer-term.
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DevRel Podcasts and Videos
- Survey Says! A look at the DevRel Salary Survey Results with Jocelyn Matthews and Greg Sutcliffe - Community Pulse
- What is Developer Relations and How can I get in? by Dillion Megida (video)
- Fireside chat with Seth Godin from CMX Summit (video)
- Open Source Developer Advocacy with Cami - Inside Facebook Mobile
- The Future of Communities and Knowledge Management with Rachel Happe - APQC Podcasts
- From College to DevRel with Nitika Gandhi - Campus DevRel Show
- The Shift from Developer to Developer Communities with Aravind Putrevu - Campus DevRel Show
- The Benefits of Developing A Community Strategy with Marius Ciortea - Masters of Community
- Help Them Help You: Tips and Tricks to Leveling Up Your Organizers [Workshop] by Rachel York (video)
- Community as the New Competitive Advantage by Chris Walker, Bolji Oyejide (video)
- Hacktoberfest 2021 with Rin Oliver, Josh Wulf, and Danielle Andrist - Camunda Nation
Developer Relations Events
Something about events motivates me. I love that surge of energy that comes from hearing so many good ideas, and I put it to good use. What about you -- are you being energized by any upcoming events? If not, it's not too late. Check out our list of upcoming events and find something that inspires you.
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Developer Educator - PostHog
PostHog is a highly transparent open-core company building an open-source product analytics platform. We're looking for a person who loves being at the intersection of technical content, data science and analysis, open-source, and community. Someone with a passion for enabling others to succeed through the creation of educational resources and the engagement and support of communities. Apply today!
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Developer Relations Jobs
Looking for a change of pace? Take a look at our collection of open positions that are just waiting for the right candidate!