New Years resolution: Give back to the developer and internet community via a donation each month and a blog post describing the motivation.
— Andrew McGivery (@andrewmcgivery) January 1, 2014
Another month, another act of giving back to the community. When I made this resolution, I was thinking about how much I take for granted the many free resources that I use on a daily basis. I wanted to find a way to give back a little bit to the community so that this flow of amazing educational content can continue for more people to benefit from.
This month, I am donating to Mozilla, the non profit organization behind Firefox. Now, admittedly, I am not a Firefox user. I am in a long term relationship with Google Chrome. However, Firefox isn’t the only thing Mozilla does. Mozilla hires some of the best developers in the world who go on to create amazing content and contribute greatly to the community. For example, people like @davidwalshblog create regular blog posts with great content and are very active on twitter. Mozilla also has a great relationship with the community thanks to @codepo8 who works as their Developer Evangelist, who also keeps a blog and uses twitter to be involved in the community and feature great content. We also can’t forget the legendary MDN.
Mozilla has indirectly and directly helped me in my career by pushing the web forward and keeping it open and awesome. My donation of $100 to Mozilla is the least I can do to give back to a company that does as much as they do.
Disclaimer: I opted in to get the Firefox t-shirt with my donation. Cause I wanted one.