Moving to another country means starting a life from zero. I knew that before getting myself into it, but you only realize how hard it is when you actually do it.
For this year’s self-centric-review I would like to take a step back and highlight the amazing moments that happened. Make yourself confortable and enjoy the ride!
2015 has been an incredible year for CustomElements.io.
I’m incredibly proud of every single step we made as a team and extremely grateful for having such a vibrant community around us.
This story is about how we went from this image below to what we have now and what are the plans for 2016.
On Monday I open sourced a SUPER simple Copy to Clipboard library.
Today is Friday and there are more than 5,000 stars on that GitHub repository.
Good documentation, readable code, great performance, intuitive APIs. These are few things that differentiates a successful open source project than just another GitHub repo that nobody cares. But what if you’ve done all that and still nobody is paying attention?
Unless you’re a rockstar developer or a well-known company, you’ll need to promote your new thing. I know, I know, you’re an engineer, “promoting” is a curse word for you. Well, I’m sorry to tell you that but “build it and they will come” doesn’t work these days.
Once you accept that promoting is a necessary “evil”, there are many ways you can explore that like sharing on social media, reaching out influencers, writing articles, recording screencasts, and so on.
You can even go a tech conference and give a talk! Sounds scary, right? I know, I know, public speaking is tough and talking in front of other people can be intimidating. However, if you face that fear you’ll see how it’s actually a pretty rewarding experience.
Conferences are unique opportunities to promote your thing because there’s a lot of excitement going on. Attendees are simply eager to share something new to their followers and peers.
But how can we prove that? How can we demonstrate that creating an open source project + giving a talk about it = growth of community interest? How can we evaluate interest after all?
Driven by my endless curiosity on to how to measure developer relations success, I did some data mining to find out how the answer. Let’s explore two relevant open source projects from two big players in the tech industry.
Today, we’re not only analyzing what happened from April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015, we’ll also compare those numbers with Q1 to check what we did right and what we can improve.
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