DEV Community

Cover image for 🌟 #DEVImpact2023: My End of Year Reflections
Ayu Adiati
Ayu Adiati

Posted on

🌟 #DEVImpact2023: My End of Year Reflections

Hi friends! πŸ‘‹

I can't believe that 2023 is almost come to an end. There are many ups and downs throughout the year, personally and professionally. Due to something that happened sometime this year, I let things go where they took me because my motivation faded.

But many surprises and opportunities came to me along the way and gradually brought my motivation back. So, yes. This year is such a blessing. πŸ’–

Proud and Grateful Moments

Podcast Guest

At the beginning of the year, I pushed myself to leave my comfort zone and became a guest on the Women Who Code podcast. I talked about "The Power of Communities for Self-Taught Developers".

This episode got into the top five viewed/listened to episodes of the WWCode Career Nav podcast in 2023 on the WWCode YouTube channel! πŸŽ‰

I also did a podcast at Virtual Coffee with @dominicduffin1. We talked about Preptember, Hacktoberfest, and open source.

Open Source Projects Maintainer

At the beginning of this year, I talked with a friend. She told me that she wants to learn to be a maintainer of open source projects. And I told her I love open source environments and contributing to open source projects. But I'm unsure if I can be a maintainer, especially for code-related projects. However, I want to be one one day.

Well, friends, dreams do come true!

dreams do come true gif

In August this year, when preparing the Preptember challenge at Virtual Coffee with the team, we came up with the idea of having a repository for our members to practice open source before Hacktoberfest comes. I created and prepared the repo to be ready for contributions for the first time. And that also marked the first time I became a project maintainer!

GitHub logo Virtual-Coffee / vc-preptember

A repo for Virtual Coffee members to practice open source and to list VC-verified repositories.

Welcome Preptember!

This is a special repository for Virtual Coffee members to prepare themselves for Hacktoberfest by practicing open source and listing VC-verified repositories we can recommend for Hacktoberfest.

πŸ“’ Only PRs from existing Virtual Coffee members will be accepted.

You can watch our video walkthrough to learn more about this repository and how to contribute:


🀝 Contributing

See our contributing guide for detailed information and instructions on contributing to this repository.

πŸ’­ Do you have questions?

Whenever you need help, you can ask for it in the #open-source or #help-and-pairing channels in Slack. You can also read our guide on how to ask questions.

We're here to help you! πŸ’™

β˜• Join Virtual Coffee Community

If you're interested in joining our community, you can learn about us through our website and join the waitlist.

βš–οΈ License

MIT Β© 2023 Virtual Coffee

The following month, I got the opportunity to become a maintainer for all projects at the SheSharp community with Sara and Mariah.

I also got to maintain some projects at @saucedopen with @bekahhw, @cbid2, and @codergirl1991.

And recently, I co-maintain one of @nickytonline's projects together with @satoshi-sh.

I'm looking forward to collaborating more with these incredible people and what 2024 will bring to my open source journey!


I'm very grateful to be one of the participants who was granted a scholarship at the SheSharp community! I will use this opportunity to pick up my front-end development learning and dive into the testing world. πŸ’™

Getting Featured

DEV Community

I was thrilled when @michaeltharrington reached out and told me that DEV would feature me as Mod of the Month in August. Little did he know that August was my birth month. So it was a lovely birthday present! πŸ˜‰


CodeNewbie has always had a special place in my heart. So, when one of my articles, "How to Communicate Better in Open Source", got featured in the Top Featured CodeNewbie Posts (8/17/23), I was so happy! πŸ’œ


It was a surprise that the first-ever article I've written on freeCodeCamp, "How to Contribute to Open Source Projects – Non-Technical Things You Should Know", got into @ossia's newsletter! 🀩

And it was an honor for me to be listed as one of the Publication Top Contributors in freeCodeCamp's Top Open Source Contributors of 2023. ✨


I had fun sitting with Nick Lioudis from Polywork for an interview about my journey in tech and communities. πŸ₯°


I joined SheSharp not long ago and feel immediately welcomed and included in the community. It warmed me to be featured as October Sharpie of the Month. Thank you! πŸ’š

Community Initiatives

Virtual Coffee

Hacktoberfest this year was the first time I participated as a mentor during the "Virtual Coffee Hacktoberfest Initiative".

Also, this year, I officially became a Monthly Challenge Lead with Dominic! πŸ™Œ

The Collab Lab

I never had the time and courage to volunteer as a mentor at @_collab_lab. This year, as in the years before, I volunteered as a Code of Conduct responder for a couple of our teams.

One thing led to another: I stepped in in the middle of the cohort to be a mentor for a team! I am super grateful for my great teammates and the lessons I learned as a mentor. πŸ€—


It was a very exciting moment for me to be part of SheSharp's pilot Hacktoberfest Initiative as the Hacktoberfest support! 😍

DEV Contributions

This year, I mostly wrote about open source for beginners at DEV. It always gives me a good feeling when I hear my writing can help someone. πŸ₯°

I didn't moderate as much as I wanted this year, but I plan to do better next year! πŸ™Œ

Brilliant Fails

The most challenging thing I encountered this year is pretty much the same as many others: getting rejections in job searching.

I took this as an opportunity to be more active in open source and communities and to sharpen my skills.

Hopefully, next year will be much better for me and many others! πŸ™

Celebrate the Numbers

2023 DEV wrapped Ayu Adiati


Many people have supported me in my journey, not only this year but also in past years. And I'm forever grateful for them! πŸ’–

It takes the whole community to support and help me become a better developer and person. I'm taking this opportunity to give shoutouts to these extraordinary communities.

Here it comes in no particular order:

  • Virtual Coffee

    Thank you for all the support during my down times and the cheers for my wins. I'm very lucky to have an extended family! πŸ’–

  • The Collab Lab

    Thank you for your endless support and for making me a better developer! 🫢

  • OpenSauced

    Thank you for the opportunity to maintain our projects! I learned a lot and am looking forward to learning much more! Stay saucy! πŸ•

  • SheSharp

    Thank you for all the opportunities, and I look forward to contributing more next year! πŸ’š

  • DEV Community & CodeNewbie

    Thank you for all these lovely years, for making me part of the awesome mod team, and for being welcoming and inclusive communities for all devs worldwide! I've grown so much together with you all! You rock! 🫰

Future Goals

I might only achieve some things here next year, but knowing what I aim for is always good.

So, my future goals are:

  • to be a better open source maintainer and contributor,
  • to be a better documentarian (is this a word?), as it is my forever happy place,
  • keep being active in tech communities,
  • learn more and sharpen my skills in frontend development,
  • start learning testing and accessibility (yes, I'm also interested in QA engineering!),
  • get that one job in tech!

Final Words (in GIF)

I'm ready GIF

πŸ–ΌοΈ Credit cover image: Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash

Thank you for reading! Last, you can find me on Twitter, Mastodon, and BlueSky. Let's connect! 😊

Top comments (10)

bekahhw profile image

I’ve seen you grow so much this year, Ayu, and I’m really proud of you. Your attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and meticulous eye for consistency has inspired me. You’re thoughtful and kind when you communicate, and you do an excellent job of helping other people in a way that’s always uplifting. Thank you for setting the standard in open source.

adiatiayu profile image
Ayu Adiati

Thank you for the kind words, Bekah! You, too, have inspired me a lot in so many ways. Thank you so much for being such a great friend! I'm blessed to have you in my life ❀️

michaeltharrington profile image
Michael Tharrington

Wow, what a fantastic year of achievements, Ayu β€” nice work and major congrats!! πŸ™Œ

And woot! So siked that I choose you for Mod of the Month when I did, haha! Happy belated btw! πŸŽ‚

adiatiayu profile image
Ayu Adiati

Haha, thanks, Michael!!! πŸ˜„

cbid2 profile image
Christine Belzie

You’ve done a lot Ayu! :) It's been wonderful working with you and @bekahhw on OpenSauced! :) I can't wait to work with you again next year! :)

adiatiayu profile image
Ayu Adiati

Thanks! Let's rock 2024, Chrissy! πŸ’ͺ🏽

yuridevat profile image
Julia πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» GDE

Congratulation to all these amazing experiences and successful moments you had this year, Ayu. πŸ₯³

If there ever is something I could help you with landing your first job in tech let me know.

adiatiayu profile image
Ayu Adiati

Thank you, Julia! Also for the offer! ❀️

frankiefab100 profile image
Franklin Ohaegbulam

A wonderful year filled with accomplishments. Congratulations @adiatiayu πŸ‘

adiatiayu profile image
Ayu Adiati

Thank you!

Some comments have been hidden by the post's author - find out more