I blinked and six months are already gone since I plunged head first into Developer Relations as a single Developer Advocate at a small startup.
In hindsight it was clear that it would have been a lot easier with a whole team already in place to learn from 😋
But at that time it was exactly what I needed: The freedom to learn in every direction possible and expand my knowledge in all of the ways in an area I deeply care about!
I got to do so many things:
- Building Developer Docs from the ground up using Docs-As-Code
- Giving a ton of presentations at conferences and on company workshops
- Hosting events
- Sketchnoting our Meetup
- Hosting a podcast and learning about the distribution of it
- Creating a 15 Episodes strong YouTube short-form series about the companies product by doing everything from scripting to thumbnails to postproduction and promotion
- Writing a ton of technical blog posts
- Passionately advocating internally for our users
- Improving the developer experience as much as I possibly could
Helping humans to succeed is the best possible feeling you can get in my opinion 🥰
Doing it while also being allowed to work with code and docs is the perfect combination! Nothing beats being able to geek out about machine-learning stuff on a podcast, then getting feedback from users on how to improve your product afterwards. Finding a quick fix for it you can document quickly in the docs and then communicate the overall problem to product/engineering for improvement.
It is this mix of cross-functional skills and impact you can have when you do it well that feels like a superpower.
At the same time it can make you feel helpless because all you can do is try to influence without the assurance it will actually achieve your desired outcome.
So now that I know what I enjoy and hopefully also excel at, I will work hard to professionalize it.
At the moment a lot of things are not automated and time consuming. Publishing blog posts for example means publishing them manually on every platform. Then doing the social media posts manually.
I also hope to build more. By learning all the basics building time with our tool and also coding in general was not enough. Not losing touch with coding is a major challenge I want to solve by actually building stuff consistently.
Also a goal will be to do a talk at a meetup or if even possible at a conference about DevRel. I really enjoy geeking out about docs and metrics and I believe this is something to explore further and talk about.
So if you want to geek out about DevRel, docs, metrics or anything else: Hit me up and I am happy to join!