Over the past month, I set out to share a new tip GitHub Action tip every day of February. My job at GitHub exists to create other advocates from the GitHub community. I do this by educating folks and providing opportunities.
The inclination in developer relations is to build a platform where you can showcase yourself as an expert. The majority of developer relations have done this through non-stop conference speaking, which I love, but have not enjoyed the traveling part.
In 2020, I found myself in a bit of a renaissance. I created multiple streams (Twitch) and platforms to showcase my work; This all came from the lack of travel.
I wrote a tip for GitHub Actions each day because I now have a consistent schedule and available bandwidth to commit to things. Every morning I woke with an idea for a tip; these usually came from previously created actions. The framework I used was to write the blog post and then record the video. The video must be constrained to 2 mins, mainly because Twitter will not auto-play videos over 2 mins. The time constraint prevented me from rambling or adding unnecessary context; this also helped me timebox the entire production process to under 60-90mins.
From this experience, I have tripled my DEV following and 4x my views there. I have not been this consistent with content since my first year as a junior developer.
I plan on doing similar series on other things. My goal is to do a shorter series this month on Codespaces. I also like the model and might do something on a topic I am interested in learning in the future. I would love to source tips from the community as well, I am not sure how this would look but it would great to grow this platform with space for others to share.
More on those thoughts in the coming weeks.
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