When I first started my journey into web development, I sort of knew about open source. It seemed more like a vague thing at the time that I didn’t see myself capable of doing. Like everyone else, I did consume open source pretty heavily, I appreciate all the technologies and tools out there for those that don’t have a lot of resources to use proprietary software.
I started working professionally as a web developer and was officially introduced to Drupal. I knew about CMS and WordPress but didn’t dive deep into development with them before. My experiences started to lead me closer to the open-source community surrounding Drupal specifically. It started to appear clearer and less impossible to involve myself in the community and contribute. Still intimidating, though! More of an internal turmoil rather than the community being uninviting. Like, thinking things “Oh geez, I don’t feel like I belong here. What can I contribute? Am I able to add value?”.
Plus, I didn’t have a lot of support from my workplace to spend time giving back to the Drupal community. I had to pitch in on my own time, which is tough! This year, 2020, has been full of turmoil – but I was able to attend events that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to attend in-person! This let me get more deeply involved in the community and catch up with the state of Drupal. Introduced me to some big opportunities and changes in my life as well.
Now I have support to give back to Drupal more openly, freely, and improve myself as a developer. I want to become more knowledgeable, give back to Drupal, and help others along the way making the same journey. I also would love to explore other open source communities, but that seems super far away for me right now!