Happy 1st Birthday to DevRel Weekly! It's hard to believe that this all started a little over one year ago with a few RSS feeds and a lot of late nights pulling together just the right links. Over the past year, I've hired a part-time Content & Sponsor Strategy Manager, learned more about Zapier tasks and filters than I would have ever imagined, and sorted through an average of 600 links every week to bring you this newsletter.
I've also gained an appreciation for data and connecting behavioral patterns with the overall maturity of our industry. This issue looks fairly standard from here on out, but for those of you are curious about what's happened in the DevRel industry in the past year and where I think it might be headed for the next 52 issues of DevRel Weekly, you'll want to check out this new blogpost from yours truly.
If you make it all the way through the post, you'll notice that I've included some information about future plans for this newsletter toward the end. (Don't worry -- it's not going anywhere!) TL;DR: I love this newsletter and I love this community. I’m so grateful that I took the leap and decided to start this newsletter a year ago. However, I’ve also realized in the past year that creating a weekly newsletter is difficult and I'm looking for ways to make it more sustainable. You'll want to read the blogpost for the full story, but the short version is that I've launched a DevRel Weekly Patreon in an attempt to make this project more sustainable from a financial standpoint.
On the surface, nothing will change. The newsletter will continue to go out on a weekly basis for free to anyone who subscribes. But for those of you who are willing to take things one step further, I ask that you become a patron. With your help, I can properly prioritize the work and also afford some much-needed assistance. Your monthly donation will offset the hours and money spent creating a high-quality newsletter every week and will allow me to continue producing content that advances the Developer Relations industry as a whole. With your support, I can continue to create this newsletter as a free resource for others just like you and me, who care about our technical communities and want to do our best to advocate for their needs.
As always, your support and encouragement mean the world to me. Thanks so much to those of you who have reached out over the past 52 issues to let me know how much the newsletter and the DevRel community means to you! Together, let's continue to change the DevRel industry for the better.