Hi everyone 👋🏻
Welcome to Awesome Developer Diaries by Megha Pathak and Victoria Lo.
If you are coming across us for the very first time, then let us start by introducing ourselves, and then we can introduce this newsletter and what we are going to do here.
First, I am Megha Pathak, a full-stack developer at Hashnode. I'm an artist at heart. Apart from building our developer community-centric platform at Hashnode, I also write on my own blog - meghapathak.com.
I'm also a part-time Indie Game developer and love spinning new ideas via code, art, or both. And I love spending my time building and nurturing some tech and product communities both online and offline when I'm not spending my time either building software or communities; I just dissolve myself in art.
Next, I am Victoria Lo. I'm a solutions engineer at PayPal and a technical blogger/ freelance writer at the side. My personal blog is lo-victoria.com. I publish my articles quite consistently there. So if you're interested in web development or self-improvement topics, be sure to check out my blog!
In my spare time, not only do I love to write my blogs, but I also love to share my knowledge with the tech community. You can usually find me responding to comments on my blog, occasionally tweeting on Twitter, or participating in hackathons, where I meet new people and build awesome side projects with them.
So with that, I think we can move on to sharing about Awesome Developer Diaries and why we started this newsletter.
Because this is the first newsletter post, maybe we can share our TMI on how we met. Megha was Hashnode's representative and invited Victoria for a Happy Hour Session on Discord. Before the start of the session, we talked online for the first time for the dry run of the session and instantly hit it off. We were both nervous during the live session but kept on exchanging fun conversations to make each other comfortable. The audience and both of us thoroughly enjoyed our chemistry and the session itself.
After that, we somehow consistently discussed with each other and discovered that we share many similar interests even outside of tech, such as everyday science, literature, psychology, art, history of music, games, and so on. It was really mind-blowing, considering our interests are so diverse yet so parallel. We kept exchanging words in terms of our curiosities and interests. This is what we would like to call mutual learning. And that's how we wanted to take it to the next level with ADD.
Awesome Developer Diaries is a newsletter about empowering individuals from all walks of life as they embark on their web development journeys.
In this newsletter, we will mainly share our learnings about the various experiences from our own tech journeys and from the ones around us, along with discussing various tech and non-tech topics along the way that are not a google search away for you.
Our main goal is to become more well-rounded developers ourselves by sharing our stories and hearing yours as well.
The primary reason why we decided to do this together is that we're always fascinated with each other's depth of knowledge and our mutual thirst to seek new challenges constantly. And so we think by doing this together not only gives us a lot of strength and courage to keep this going, but the mutual learning that comes with it is immense.
Our newsletter's acronym, ADD, is our overall motto. We strive to add value for anyone who needs the knowledge and support that we provide through this newsletter.
At the end of the day, our goal is to learn and grow with our audience as we navigate through the challenges of being developers in our daily lives.
Ultimately, we would like this newsletter not just to be a one-way street of communication. We want to receive your feedback and stories, too, so we can grow together and connect with more and more of you.
ADD aims to build a wholesome community of genuinely interested individuals to learn from each other and share their Awesome developer stories. If you are interested in our mission and the value we bring, please consider subscribing to our newsletter.
See you again,
Megha and Victoria