As open source communities we need to keep each other energized and engaged.Many people contribute on volunteer time. Squeezing in opportunities to code around children and career.
Committment takes love and energy. We allowed a narrative of the loner coder pushing commits from a dark basement to define us for far too long. Let us redefine what open source communities look like in more inclusive terms. Let's build in supports for each other.
Blogging can provide this cathartic release for open source contributors. Yet, how do you we harness a digital hug, encourage friendly games, or allow for creative venting without putting undue pressure on an already busy day?
Use the blogs to uplift the community through fun. Make them simple. Design relevant task.
You can add weekly, daily, or monthly challenges to your community or classroom. These challenges have existed since the dawn of the web. Both open pedagogy classes and open source communities have used have effectively used challenges to keep members engaged.
In #DS106 this began with a daily shoot with a challenge to post a photo everyday. We ee similar types of games in social media streams all the times, but when playing along from a blog you can rest assure that contributing to your project doesn't mean social media silos get to suck up all of your data. They now have the infamous daily create bank that randomly tweets out a challenge every day.
Challenges You Can Try:
- Six-word memoir-Post your reasons you open source in six words.
- Daily quote (stay away from picture quotes to allow for inclusion..better yetteach accessibility rules first)
- Hardest/Latest/First thing you learned
- First/Latest/Most proud contributions
- Daily photo challenges
- 150 words a day/week/month
- Parent challenge-Share memories or rants of open source work and parenting
You have to create a community around yoru code. Do not expect contributors to stick around pushing commits without the contaigon of fun.
To help try and provide a communal release in your open source community try blogging challenges.