Yey, another Hacktoberfest post. 🥳
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I'm pretty active in twitter, and some of my friends posted every year about a thing called hacktoberfest. Two years ago I tried looking into it:
Free shirt? sign me in!
Contributing in open source? uhhh...
I had experience with GitHub, but not so much with contributing in other people's repositories. I was not ready.
Last year I tried again and went looking for the hacktoberfest tag, after skipping a lot of big projects (or at least too big for my confidence level) I managed one PR. Very disappointing, but I had to start somewhere.
This year I was ready, I had been checking out telegram's bot for first issues for some time already, so I knew in which kind of projects I wanted to contribute.
Even though I ended up more busy than I would like with my job, I did submit the four necessary PR. I can't say I'm not proud about it, even though they were in quite simple projects. 🎉🎉
It would be great to write that I will now start contributing to open source on a weekly basis, but that's not what's going to happen.
I yet need the confidence -and time- to contribute in bigger projects, but I can say that I learnt a lot during this month -although I still have some questions: what I'm supposed to do when they ask to fix something in a file, but the rest of the file is also full of errors? Do I fix them? Do I create an issue?-.
I might not be ready to contribute in everything I'd like, but I'm keeping an eye on some interesting projects and I guess the anxiety of contributing will decrease with each new PR.
And now, until next year! 👩💻