Seven Months Later: My Developer Advocacy Journey So Far
In February 2021, I began a brand new function as Developer Advocate right here at IBM. Previous to this, I had labored as conventional software program developer and this new function was HUGE departure from what I used to be used to. I wish to share a bit about my expertise and what I’ve discovered and skilled alongside the best way.
Simply to present you some perspective, here’s a fast snapshot of the previous few months for me. It has been an absolute whirlwind. It has been an absolute blessing and I am unable to consider how a lot has occurred and the way unimaginable the journey has been to date.
Past something I may have imagined!
- Began new function as IBM Developer Advocate
- Joined Dev.to and Launched First Weblog
- Co-hosted First Webinar
- First Weblog with 1000+ Views
- Hosted First Webinar Solo
- Second Weblog with 1000+ Views
- Launched sixth Video on Youtube
- Visited Raleigh-Durham, NC for the primary time and signed a lease (Deliberate transfer from Baton Rouge, LA)
- Two Blogs attain 3000+ Views
- One-year anniversary of being married (Your boy is a newlywed)
- Made 13-hour drive (over two days) from Baton Rouge to Durham, NC
- Revealed fifteenth weblog to Dev.to
July/August/September 2021 (All these months felt like one month 😅)
- Hosted and/or Co-Hosted eighth Webinar on Crowdcast
- Two Blogs surpassed 6000+ views mark
- One weblog featured in weekly “must-reads” record on Dev.to
- Had second wedding ceremony with shut household (Me and my spouse had been unable to have a ceremony with household after we initially obtained married due to COVID)
- Speak Proposal Accepted and will likely be Speaker at DevRelCon2021! (Will probably be saying particulars quickly on my Twitter and LinkedIn 😁)
As you would possibly be capable to see, loads has actually occurred in final 6+ months since I began as a Developer Advocate again in February 2021.
The largest issues I’ve actually taken from my time as a Developer Advocate and dealing within the Developer Relations realm, is that being your self is vital. For many of my profession, I’ve tried to be as “inoffensive” in all that I do. Due to cultural fears, societal fears, and any concern you might think about bleeding over in to my profession journey, I used to be all the time holding again. I by no means tried to be “too artistic”, or “too sincere” or “too myself” as a result of I feared the backlash I’d obtain (some fears coming from unreasonable expectations and different coming from classes discovered and experiences within the office). However Developer Advocacy has allowed me to faucet into my true self.
It is so unusual to say, however that is probably the most “Me” I’ve ever been in my skilled profession. All of my hobbies, passions, expertise, and experiences have actually come to bear on this function.
Think about this! I’ve used my audio modifying/recording, video modifying, sport development, writing, presentation and developments expertise all on this ONE function! I really feel that by my time as a developer Advocate I’ve been in a position to faucet into elements of me I’ve been hoping to deliver to the desk within the office for years.
Probably the most wonderful a part of all of it, is that every one these expertise that I’ve been blessed sufficient to achieve through the years are getting used to help others in their profession journey! I will convey data, share life classes, and basically assist developers and people trying to develop their expertise on a regular basis.
And as you learn this, I hope it conjures up you to take probabilities and go after your aspirations. You by no means know the place you will land and the place in your profession journey that you’re going to start to really feel dwelling.
In some ways, I do not know what the following years of my profession journey will appear like, however I do really feel that Developer Advocacy is step one of many that may enable me to perform the goals I aspire to.
As all the time, Thanks for studying my weblog!
And earlier than I’m going, Let me go away you with a quote from the American Pianist and luminary, Thelonious Monk, that conjures up me to be my most genuine self every day:
Due to all my IBM workforce and everybody who has inspired me and impressed me on my journey to date. I could not have presumably made it this far with out you all pouring into me. I hope to make you all proud!
Onwards and Upwards My Buddies!
Nonetheless cannot consider I drove this Mega-truck + my automotive midway throughout the nation. 😲 That is from midway by the journey.
Cannot consider it! We lastly obtained married (once more) yall! Some blessed to share this time with family and friends regardless of the instances.
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