To be honest, it was a bit of a rollercoaster, I love the hacktoberfest premise, but wow what a lot of negativity around it.
I can't and won't believe everyone is just out there for the shirt, though it's a cool add on.
I loved being part of it, I finished my 4 pull request + more, and here are my key takeaways
The main thing for me was learning new things, not just coding-wise, but also in how to contribute, how to write proper tests, and even make clear what my pull-request was about.
The projects I've worked on were very good at helping and communication, so big kudos to you!
It was fun doing something non-work related, almost refreshing to be able to provide value to open-source.
In the beginning, I was afraid it would be a long learning curve, but it's actually easy to get started with a small issue.
For me yes! It took quite a lot of side-time for me, but what I picked up was more than worth it!
Also, see my article about hacktoberfest
Here are the projects I worked on: