Keeping your finger on the (digital) pulse

Whether you are building your own presence, or representing a brand or employer online, it's useful to know what people are saying! Keeping up with all those possible places you should look for news or mentions can be pretty laborious and when things are busy, it's difficult to keep up with this work unless you have some decent tooling in place. There are some great automation offerings around but here's my very basic strategy.

TL;DR a bookmarks folder in my browser to open a bunch of saved searches all at once. Continue reading

Considering Developer Relations as a Career Move

I think that Developer Relations is a fabulous career, and I'm often asked how I got started, or how someone else could get started. There are a lot of people hiring for Developer Relations roles just now (including me!) so here are my tips.

There are so many different Developer Relations roles (called "DevRel") that I am definitely going to fall short of covering them all in any sort of detail! My own background is in Software Engineering, and I've mostly worked as a Developer Advocate since making the move into DevRel, so that's my context here. Continue reading

Best Things About Developer Advocacy

There are some excellent articles around about what a Developer Advocate does, but have you ever wondered WHY we do what we do? I tried to articulate this when chatting with another developer lately, and I'm still thinking about it! So I thought I'd write it down to share a little more widely why I love this strange, misshapen career as much as I do. Continue reading

Digital Developer Relations: Past and Future

I work in Developer Relations, or "DevRel", and 2020 was a strange year with travel restrictions that meant that the entire industry did everything online, or digitally. I see this as a very positive progression of the way we work as DevRel professionals, and I understand that might be controversial, but I'd like to back up my position so hear me out (and then let me know what you think!). Continue reading