Owain is an Umbraco MVP, an Umbraco certified master and works on Umbraco projects on a daily basis. When not coding, he enjoys running, spending time with his wife and building lego!
What is the Umbraco Community?
A Wednesday would normally mean a new member being welcomed to the Community Corner but due to me being a bit all over the place just now, I was late in sending out the questions to 2 new members. Rather than miss the semi-regular blogging, I decided to take on the authoring of a post myself! Shock! Horror!
Don't worry, I'm not adding myself to the Community Corner membership list, but I am going to discuss what the Community means to me.
In short - The Umbraco Community rocks! I'll try and explain why I feel that way now.
1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
2. the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.
The Umbraco community is an open and welcoming group of individuals with a common interest. Umbraco. Now, many people might think that to be part of the Umbraco community you need to be a developer. This is not the case and it's something I hope to help address with more non-developer blogs in the Community Corner.
If you are a project manager who uses Umbraco or you 'sell' Umbraco to clients, then you are just as part of the Community as someone who has been building full blown Umbraco websites for years - and I want to hear from you all!
To be part of the Umbraco community you don't need to be on Social media either! There are so many silent heroes in the community. People who organise Meetups, people who make contributions to the documentation, people who just get on with introducing people to the CMS. These people in my eyes rock! They do what they do for the love of it. Not for the recognition or the kudos and by doing so, they improve everyone's experience and introduce more people to the CMS.
Now you know what I think the community is, I'll explain why I, personally, love the Umbraco community.
High 5, You Rock! #h5yr
Over the past couple of months, I've been struggling with a bit of depression. Nothing serious, nothing that I am taking medication for but to those who know me personally, I've just not been myself. There has been a lot going on in my life and things eventually got to tipping point.
I found myself not wanting to socialise with people e.g. I couldn't face going to meetups. I didn't want to go to my local running club training nights. I just wanted to hide in my flat.
Tipping point occurred when I received a phone call from my Mum saying that she had some bad news. She had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. She has been given two ends of the spectrum for the outcome. 1 - she has 12 months left with us. 2 - She has 5 years with us. Either option isn't great and it hit me hard. Harder than I expected.
Why am I telling you this when I am meant to be blogging about the community? The reason is because the community were there for me. I felt I had to speak to someone and so I spoke to a small group of Umbraco friends I met at 2017 CodeCabin. Out of that conversation I had some really great conversations with individuals who have offered me an ear if I need it. Some have also opened up to me about their own Cancer experiences. They have been there for me, even if it's just in a virtual manner.
Another example of how great the Umbraco community is occurred just yesterday. I tweeted looking for recommendations on places to stay in London for the upcoming Umbraco UKFest - which I'm heading to and I can't wait - and within minutes, I was being sent links to hotels and AirBnB options but I was also being offered spare beds! People were offering me a spare room in their house to help me get to the event. How good is that!?
The community is more than geeks talking code, it's more than helping out Umbraco HQ with Pull Requests. It's a group of friends, like-minded people, coming together to help each other out.
Join the Community, you'll not regret it.
As I mentioned earlier, I will be attending the Umbraco UK Festival and I'm super excited to be going to my first UK Fest. I'd love to speak to you if you are nervous about being part of this great Community or if you are just looking for someone to talk to. Come and find me and we can grab a coffee / beer together.
If you are on social media, you can find me on twitter @scottishcoder - drop me a DM if you want a chat.