Are you a fairly skilled web developer? Get enough money to make ends meet, maybe have some benefits kicked in too? You’re content with life in general and is a nice person?
You know what? I think it’s time for you to give something back.
Let me take two persons as an example; both of whom I am very proud and glad that I’ve befriended and had the pleasure to meet in real life. Allow me to tell you why I have the deepest respect for them:
- Nathan Smith
- Nathan is often doing charity work just for the sake of helping out and sharing his knowledge. Why? Because he simply wants to give something back!
- Carl Camera
- Carl, in his spare time, develops the Vine Type content management software, which is free for personal or non-profit use. If you want the Vine Type Pro Edition, Carl gives half of the proceeds from Vine Type Pro to charity. Why? Because he is a very nice man full of empathy!
What I do
It is always hard to find how one can find the most optimal way to give something back. When I started with web developing, I learned how to do it properly from reading the, already then, countless resources online and from meeting other web developers willing to share their knowledge.
What I will say now is genuinely meant to be humble, and if it isn’t perceived so, it is because I lack the necessary communicative skills to present it properly. Anyway, here goes: I have now, humbly, reached a certain skill level but have also gotten somewhat of a reputation (a tiny one) on the Internet for interface web development. Therefore I try and use it to spread the word to people about proper web developing and to help them make their job as good as possible. I share code I write with people so it can either make them learn something, or simply save them the development time which they can instead put into something else.
I also organize Geek Meet together with some friends to let web developers meet and share knowledge and watch presentations from experienced web developers: all for free.
You can do it too
What I ask of you is to find a way to give something back too; how small doesn’t matter, everything you can do is significant. Do charity work, give some money to people in need, blog and share your knowledge, help new web developers to learn their trade.
Any small contribution you can do will make this a better world.