The best thing I did for my career was creating a podcast with no listeners and invite startup founders and engineers to join me for a 30 min conversation.
In 2017, I worked as an engineer and developer advocate at Netlify (yes, I had two jobs). Like Netlify, folks were starting to learn who I was, and it was starting to get easier to get on stage speak at conferences. I was also beginning a renaissance with content by shipping a blog post a week.
Looking back at that time, I was doing a lot, but the only thing that I can show for it is a Free Code Camp course and the Jamstack Radio podcast. Quite a few of my blog posts are also still viewable on the site.
I am greatful for the oppoortunity I had at Netlify, but I also can’t help to think about the content I created and the impact it had on the growth of my career.
With all this said, I realized I had very little to stand on when I left Netlify. Initially, when I joined GitHub, very little content and knowledge transferred. At the time, the closest comparison to Netlify was GitHub Pages, but it did not make sense to create content around the feature since it was not a focus for the company.
I instead rebuilt my DevRel presence around the GitHub API and Integrations. I built a network of content to build GitHub Apps using Probot. The launch of GitHub Actions has propelled me back into doing regular DevRel engagements and content.
I am now rethinking in my approach with content and owning portions of it. While I am now growing a YouTube presence, I realize I have videos that I created pulling in 40k + views, but unfortunately, those videos live on other channels that I do not own. I am all for building up the company I work for, but I also want to ensure the content I produce is sets me up for success 5 years later.
If you are building content for your company, I implore you to also share on your blog and channels.
Suppose you know of folks looking for podcast, streaming, or conference guests. My calendar is open. I am looking for places to share on open source maintenance, GitHub Actions, and content creation.
You can find me in Discord.
Here are more of my thoughts in a recent blog post.
Did you know you can customize your video streams with code? Break out of the standard Zoom University!— GitHub Education (@GitHubEducation) March 16, 2021
March 16 at 9am PT, @bdougieYO talks using the GitHub API, webhooks, and open-source projects like OBS Studio to bring octocats to Twitch.
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Learn how to set up your GitHub Profile for success, learn automation through GitHub Actions and how to get your PRs reviewed and collaborate on an open-source team.— Andela Talent (@AndelaTalent) March 11, 2021
Join us as @bdougieYO takes us through this master technical workshop.
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🚨 Trying something a little different next week! We’ll be hosting @swyx for a discussion with @bdougieYO and @idangazit about the evolution of devrel into “Developer Community” roles— GitHub Next (@GitHubNext) March 10, 2021
📅 Mar 18 at 9:00a Pacific, streaming on https://t.co/0vEQUaDRuZhttps://t.co/u67RqYMCX9