5 Things I Wish I did Better for HacktoberFest

As an aspiring Javascript developer, I have always been up for a challenge to try new things. Once I was introduced to Hacktoberfest I knew it was the perfect time to hone in my skills in making pull requests with an ultimate reward of a FREE t-shirt!

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Even though I completed the challenge, there are five things that I wish I did better for this challenge.

1. Not rushing into things

I can guarantee you that I did not take the best approach. I was the roadrunner racing against the coyote, aka the clock, in order to complete the challenge.

I was so fixated on completing the number of pull request, that I did the bare minimum in order for it qualify as a pull request. Even though I completed the challenge, I wish I created projects that I was proud of.

2. Finding pull request that challenged me

As a beginner in Javascript, I did the worst thing you could possibly do, I looked for pull request I was familiar with.

Through one of the repos, I came across a term called Gatsby.js. If it had anything to do with The Great Gatsby, I wouldn’t want any part of it. I know how the ending goes for Jay Gatsby ( it’s not good). Why do think I would want to endure that?

However, after Hacktoberfest, I finally summed up some courage to educate myself and I realized that Gatsby.js is a framework where it takes mobile app pages and turns them into static pages. So it had nothing to with The Great Gatsby after all and I learned something new!

3. Collaborate with other people

When I am in the zone, I sometimes forget that there is a community of people who are in the same boat as me. It reminds me that I am not alone and I can always ask for help.

4. Stop procrastinating

Even though this event is a month long, it might feel like you have so much time in the world, but you don’t. So get off the procrastination station, and get to work! You don’t realize how much time flies when you are not paying attention.

5. Create more pull requests

Even though I was drawn to this event for the sole purpose of the incentive of a free t-shirt. The original purpose was to promote the open source community. After completing the challenge, what I realized is the challenge never stopped. There were still hundreds of people who genuinely needed help with their repositories. The journey must go on, forever.