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Discussion on: What are your programming goals for 2017?

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Kyle Welch

My biggest goal for 2017 is to be more engaged in the community. I hope to do so by blogging experiences, speaking at conferences and meetups, and more contributions to open source.

This past year I have dipped my toe on some of these but I want to submerge myself and commit to it.

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Ben Halpern Author

And I think you're doing a great job with it, and as you know, Jess and I are here to help you make the most of our channels.

May I ask why you decided to make this a focus? Have you tried to deliberately do much of this stuff in the past?

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Kyle Welch

Open source is something I attempted before but I consistently felt I was not good enough to take on any of the issues and didn't dedicate enough time to it. After attending my first conference (since HS), I found my place or to put it better I found my passion. I took my first steps toward speaking this year on a FP panel at a local conference and also gave a talk on RRv4 at a local meet up.

I think mentoring/teaching has always been a strong point for me but it was typically focused to within the workspace. My self-awareness has gotten me past any of the imposter syndrome I had, which has me ready to share with a larger audience.

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