Community Pulse is the spot for Developer Relations and Community professionals who are looking for information on building technical communities. Community Builders and DevRel veterans Jason Hand, Mary Thengvall, PJ Hagerty, and Sarah-Jane Morris interview experts in the field of Developer Relations and Community Leadership on a broad range of topics related to building community.
SJ, Jason, and PJ sit down to discuss their recent conversation with Marjorie and Wesley. What started as a simple conversation about online communities turned into an opportunity to learn from experts at a time when our entire industry seems to have been turned on its head. They then pivot into what makes something ephemeral versus what sticks with you and has a lasting impact on your career as well as those around you.
Developer Advocate. Community Engineer. Developer Evangelist. Community Manager. Technical Writer. All these are job titles in DevRel, but what do they mean, and what do people think we do based on our titles? Jason, Mary, and PJ are joined by Bear Douglas, Director of Developer Relations at Slack, and Jeremy Meiss, Director of Community at Solace, to chat about the various roles within DevRel and what makes them all unique. Is it really all in the name?
Jason and Mary talk about content that we produce for our personal brands as well as our corporations. What lines do we draw to maintain the boundary of our personal versus professional lives? And if that line gets blurred, how do we push pause to be able to recoup our energy and prevent burnout? We also touch on the importance of producing content that’s specific to your learning style even if that topic has already been covered, because other folks likely learn the same way you do.
We live in a world where you need to do something different in order to stick out from your competition. Written content abounds and podcasts are now a dime a dozen, but video content seems to be something of a frontier still (tho growing quickly!). Dan Thomas joins us this month to talk about how to create stellar video content and build a following through vlogging.
Mary and PJ recap the conversation they had with Marshall Kirkpatrick and Rachel Happe in Episode 35 and continue to chat about the difference between popularity and influence. As DevRel professionals continue to gain influence in various fields, it’s important that we have conversations around the expectations for those influencers: Should they be held to a higher standard? Is it fair to do so? We also talk about how to elevate other folks who may be new to the industry or have a smaller platform but have good insights to share.
Part of building and participating in a community is the influence we have on others. With the advent of social media and more personal interactions, people have risen to levels heretofore unexpected. Influencers help to sway the activities of a community and stars arise that influence at the highest level. Rachel Happe (Co-founder of The Community Roundtable) and Marshall Kirkpatrick (Vice President, Influencer Relations, Analyst Relations, and Competitive Intelligence at Sprinklr) join Mary & PJ to talk about the difference between influence and popularity, and what it means to be an influencer.