Welcome! 👋

Welcome to our first DevRel Weekly issue of 2020, and a particular welcome to all of our new subscribers! Apologies for the odd release date of this issue. Despite best-laid plans, my intent to have this issue curated, written, and scheduled by Wednesday evening fell to the wayside last week due to unexpected meetings (adjusting to a full-time job is, well, a full-time job!) and then an unexpected illness (during which I learned a new German word, thanks to Erik Riedel).

All that said, I'm glad to be back and feeling (mostly) functional again, and even more glad to be sending out all of this fantastic content to you! I hope your new year is off to a great start and that your holidays left you feeling rested, relaxed, and motivated to tackle new challenges.

In addition to all of the excellent content from the last 3 weeks, I wanted to highlight 3 quick items:

  • Tom Johnson is once again conducting his annual Developer documentation survey, and I know from personal experience that DevRel professionals have lots of opinions about documentation! Take a few minutes to fill it out this week.
  • Vanilla Forums released a great list of 5 community-related books to add to your reading list this year! While not all are focused on technical communities, I can attest to the fact that many of these books are gold when it comes to principles and strategic tips.
  • Lastly, David Spinks made a proclamation that simply confirms what all of us have already been saying: the DevRel industry is exploding and 2020 is going to be our year. It's an awesome confirmation to hear this from someone so highly respected in the broader community industry!

So with these declarations in mind, let's head into 2020 with our heads held high, knowing that the work that we're doing is good and important, and that it will bring value to the companies we work for! Let's make 2020 the year that the tech industry starts to truly understand the value we bring to the table.

As always, if there's any way I can help further that goal, don't hesitate to drop me a note.

Best,
Mary (@mary_grace)
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