Happy Thursday, everyone! My apologies for the lack of newsletter last week. If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that my wonderful nephew passed along a nasty stomach virus that had me saying no to a lot of things in favor of getting the rest that I needed. Now that I'm back on my feet I've got a jam-packed newsletter for you today! You may have seen on Patreon that I was wading through dozens of links on Wednesday, trying to pare everything down to share the best possible articles.
There was a lot that happened in the greater tech industry this week, from Microsoft announcements to Google's launch of their Community Leads Platform in addition to Jack Dorsey's TED interview and potential political legislative changes to Section 230 which could impact those of us in the US in the future.
But before we jump in, I wanted to give a quick shout-out to our new sponsor Samsara. They're hiring a Lead Developer Advocate with an IoT focus to help them build their community. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Check out the sponsorship page for more information.
Have a great rest of your week and a restful weekend.
Conversations about Community are Everywhere
One of the things that I've appreciated about this newsletter over the past year is that it's opened my eyes to how many community-related talks are given at conferences that aren't "DevRel conferences." These two quotes from a MediaX event at Stanford caught my eye recently. Thanks to Christian De Neef for capturing them!
When do online groups become #communities? It’s the sense of belonging, connection, the feeling of safe space, and the willingness to invest (energy, interest, time) and the #trust that make the difference!
Communities are NOT intended to serve the brand, they have to serve the people! Communities aren’t brand strategy, they are #businessstrategy! (the @Airbnb CEO is also in charge of community)
“What interests my boss fascinates me!” Good advice for success from @odell_carla #APQCKM
As I said on Twitter, this is a key point for DevRel professionals. Discovering what is of interest to your boss, to your boss's boss, and to other stakeholders throughout the company can make a significant difference in how our work is valued. By figuring out what they care about & how to draw a line from that to the day-to-day work you're engaged in, proving our success becomes much easier.