My current profile
I’ve had my Github profile for a few years now and it’s always been more or less very bland. I never really invested any time and effort into ramping up my Github. Honestly, I feel like I have to start doing it for 2020.
This does not look good right off the bat, and it certainly does not look attractive. In the next section, I’ll discuss what I plan to do for my profile.
Alright, my profile picture is the first to get changed. I plan to take an up-to-date picture to replace my picture that has my professional head-shot for several years.
This might be a small step but it makes a big difference. People will see a new face rather than the same picture that I had and I will definitely feel better myself as well, as it signifies a “refreshed presence”.
More projects == more repositories
Obviously, this is something I have to look into. Currently, 2 repositories do not really make my profile stand out, so I will have to think about what projects I will upload to Github and show off the code.
Personally, I don’t feel comfortable showing off code. Some of my projects I feel I could spin into a business or something for fun. If someone sees my code, it also reveals a lot about me, such as flaws and coding style, which I am not always confident about.
My target for this year would be probably 10 repositories and as much green as I can get into my monthly Github contributions chart on my profile. I barely have any green squares on the chart so I hope to make a virtual lawn on Github (^-^).
I don’t think I will necessarily do any open-source contributions on other projects like Mozilla or the Bitcoin Core source code but I might consider if I feel passionate about something.
Passion is a good drive and I think that once I find a project I use and that needs a patch, I will have some motivation to contribute, such as a library or framework.
My skills are mainly in PHP, Java, C++, Python, and MySQL. Both of my projects on Github are HTML, CSS, and PHP stacks, so I definitely have to look into growing my skill set and what I build my projects with.
LAMP stack is one of the fastest to deploy, but MEAN is gaining traction and I have to look into it eventually to keep up-to-date with the latest trends.
More online presence
Online presence! I can never forget about that! I am trying to use Twitter and my other Instagram account more for odd tech and events I go to in order to build more presence.
For 2020, I’ll have to keep working at trying to grow my online presence and popularity on Github, as recruiters and fellow developers will have a greater chance of seeing my projects.