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Preptember Diaries: Gearing up for hacktoberfest 2023!

Hey there, fellow techies! 🍁 With October rolling in, we're greeted by the crisp orange leaves of fall, the comforting aroma of pumpkin spice, and of course, the much-anticipated Hacktoberfest. Whether you're a seasoned contributor or taking your first steps into the world of open-source, there's something for everyone. And guess what? We've got some exciting news!

πŸŽ‰ We're Participating in Hacktoberfest 2023! πŸŽ‰

This October, it's more than just code and commits; we're spicing things up with exclusive rewards. Be among the first 20 to get their PRs merged and snag some exclusive swag from our TBD shop β€” we're in the midst of uploading new swag! And for a bit of fun competition? Keep track of your contributions with our leaderboard issues. Ready to climb the ranks?

πŸ“… Mark Your Calendars! Our Hacktoberfest Launch event is on October 2nd. Stay in the loop and don't miss out on any of our events by checking our events-and-updates channel regularly.

πŸ“Œ What is Hacktoberfest?

For the uninitiated, Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open-source software. It's sponsored by DigitalOcean, GitHub, and other partners.

πŸ”— Newbies Alert!: Check out Hacktoberfest's official site for more details and to register. Registration is from September 26th- October 31st.

Guidelines for Winning at Hacktoberfest:

  1. Topic Check: Contribute to projects that have the hacktoberfest topic. This ensures your PR counts towards the official Hacktoberfest prizes.

  2. Label Insights:

    • Starting with an issue labeled hacktoberfest, no-code, or good-first-issue? That's a solid choice.
    • Got the hacktoberfest-accepted label on your PR? WOOHOO! One down, three more to go! πŸŽ‰
    • Got slapped with a spam label? Reevaluate your contribution.
  3. Code and Conduct: Adhere to our code of conduct and ensure your PR aligns with the repository's goals.

  4. Community Vibes: Engage with fellow contributors on our Discord server for all the Hacktoberfest gossips, and a getting started checklist!

  5. Seek Help: If in doubt, don't stress! Connect with the maintainers by commenting on the issue or ping us on Discord.

🎀 From a First-time Contributor:

I remember my first-time contribution jitters. Every step felt like a monumental task, and the fear of making a mistake? Oh boy! Here’s a snippet from my Twitter thread on my first contribution experience:

"... I made all of the changes locally, and then opened a PR. Looked over it a zillion times, because, you know, it's in the public's eye! Yikes! And despite all the caution, I still goofed up my first PR. πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ But guess what? The community stepped in, guided me, and boom! PR merged. It was .."

You can check out my complete thread and the roller-coaster of emotions I went through here. If I could do it, trust me so can you!

Hot Tip: Pair up with someone from our hack-together channel on Discord. Two heads (or more) are always better than one.

🎁 Rewards, Events, and Excitement:

  • Swag Alerts:

    • Made it to the top 20 contributors with merged PRs? Secure your swag from our TBD shop. Keep an eye on your progress via our leaderboard issue.
    • As for the top 3 contributors, brace yourselves for some custom Hacktoberfest swag. Stay tuned for the reveal!
  • Event Highlights:
    Dive into our bustling Hacktoberfest schedule! Whether you're keen on learning or just here for the fun, we've got you covered:

    • September 22nd: Hacktoberfest: best practices live stream is now available on our YouTube channel.
    • October 2nd: Set the tone with our Hacktoberfest Launch event!
    • October 5th: Brush up with our Intro to Git Workshop.
    • Every Friday: Engage with us for PR reviews, live Q&A, and more interactive sessions.
  • Never Miss Out: Keep a tab on our events-and-updates channel - we're always brewing something new!

πŸ“‚ Dive into Our Repos:

Not sure where to start? Hacktoberfest isn't just about addressing existing issues. If you spot a bug, typo, or see room for improvement, feel free to create a new issue or dive in with a fix! Explore these repos and see where you can make an impact:

Hot Tip: Not a coder? No worries! We have non-code related issues up for grabs. Check them out on our repo.

More Resources for First-Time Contributors:

πŸ”„ Fellow community managers, did I miss anything? What are you doing for "Preptember" and Hacktoberfest? Share your insights and strategies in the comments! Happy Hacking everyone! & Cheers to Hacktoberfest 2023! πŸŽ‰

Let's Connect

  • πŸ’¬ Got a question or just want to chat? Leave a comment below or hit me up in discord.
  • 🀝 Fellow community managers or tech enthusiasts looking to collaborate? I'm all ears! DM me on Twitter.
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  • πŸ”” And if you're as excited as we are about Hacktoberfest 2023, make sure to share this post with your network!

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