Welcome to another packed issue of DevRel Weekly! There were so many great discussions this week, from speaking at conferences to choosing the right title for your role, and more.
Be sure to check out the newly released 2022 Community Industry Report from CMX, packed with community industry trends, benchmarks, salary data, and more!
Did you stumble on other great content that I haven't included? Be sure to drop me a note.
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Developer Marketing? Or DevRel?
While there can be a lot of overlap between Developer Marketing and Developer Relations, it's important to know the differences. Pratim Bhosale walks through some of the differences as well as the similarities in a recent Twitter thread and sparks all sorts of great discussions in the comments.
DevRel Advice Column
Okay, #DevRel Twitter. Question for y'all: how often do you try to churn out full-length presentations/talks. And how many times do you try to use that content before you either retire it or iterate on it?
Devrels, how do you speak excitedly about something that’s boring to you and first time exciting new info to the audience?
What are the building blocks of a community?
-A great discussion started by Rosie Sherry
Privacy without exclusivity doesn't make sense
The purpose of having a private community is to enable members to share information which might harm them if made public, create a sense of belonging, or ensure a high standard of contributions.
Privacy without exclusivity doesn't usually make sense.
You control the norms in your community
When you start a community or company, you create a new social bubble with new social norms.
You control those norms.
So if you’re aware of the inequality in society, and you choose not to change it in your community, then you are making a choice to perpetuate it.
The Role of a Community Advocate
Erin Mikail Staples shares why her title is
Community Advocate instead of
Community Manager in this article. As she says, the most important question to answer is what job titles works best for you, your community, and your team!
These Community Benchmarks Will Help You Build A Better Strategy
Interested in benchmarking your community in order to better understand how you're doing as well as opportunities for improvement? Rich Millington has tips on what to look for and criteria to follow in this recent writeup.
5 ways to plan effective content and programming for your online community
If you're looking to build up a content strategy for your online community, this article from Shannon Abram might be just what you're looking for! In it, she gives examples of what you should (and shouldn't) focus on, and how to run quick and easy experiments to see what will be most effective for your particular audience.
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DevRel Podcasts and Videos
- Nicolai Parlog on Developer Advocacy and Content Creation - Beyond Coding
- Web 3, Social Media and Community Platforms with Richard Millington - Peers over Beers
- Usage Metrics and Managing Communities of Open-Source Projects by Avi Press (video)
- Scaling Developer Success
- Breaking the Bias – Women at AWS Developer Relations
- If you Build a Community: They might not come - Peers over Beers (video)
- Redesigning a Long-standing Community with Chris Catania - The Community Roundtable
- Community in B2B with Jeff Breunsbach - Gain, Grow, Retain
- Being Customer First vs Function Out with Scott Wilder - Peers over Beers
If you are into Community Building, there are some great events coming up soon to check out. Come and see what has been added this week.
Do you know of an awesome event that should be added to the list? Let me know!
Senior Developer Advocate
At FusionAuth, we help developers secure their users' data and build applications faster by providing a secure, flexible, API-first, dev-friendly authentication and authorization server. We are bootstrapped, profitable, and seeking Developer Advocates to promote FusionAuth’s solution through education as well as to participate in our growing developer community. Your work will educate the world about auth (often a confusing and frustrating topic), extend our reach, and make devs' lives easier.
TileDB is looking for it’s first Developer Advocate! Spun out of MIT and Intel Labs in 2017, built by a world class team and backed by high-profile investors the company is rapidly growing. We are pioneering the industry’s “universal database,” a database that goes beyond tables and SQL to handle and analyze any data format, file, model or dashboard with any tool at global scale and which delivers unprecedented ease for data sharing, collaboration and monetization. Bold? Yes. Reality? Absolutely.
As a Developer Advocate at Render, you'll create and implement advocacy strategies that cultivate a growing and engaged developer community around the Render platform. You'll inspire developers and teams to build better products faster through innovative applications that leverage Render's ever-expanding feature set. You'll write code, publish blog posts, engage in technical discussions, and help identify developer needs typically underserved by traditional Platform-as-a-Service cloud solutions.
Developer Relations Jobs
We spend a lot of time every week sifting through various links and tracking down all of the new job openings. As a result, the Jobs Collection now has over 700 listings from entry-level to senior management. Check back every week to see what's been added!