We’re building a content community, one story at a time

Abigael Donahue
Published in
3 min readMar 12, 2020


To our Flyers,

Hi, I’m Abi. I help run PatternFly’s Medium publication, and I just wanted to send a quick word to all of you who fly with us.

I started working with PatternFly in October 2019 — so about five months ago. In that short time frame, I’ve been blown away, time and time again, by the PatternFly community. All of your talent, smarts, and UX know-how is simply unparalleled. There are many ways to celebrate this, but I choose content.


Because content brings people together.

Back in school, I learned that storytelling is everywhere, ingrained into the human race. This was sort of surprising to me, but it made sense. When we tell friends and family about our day, we’re telling a story. When we talk about our experience in job interviews, we’re telling a story. Even when we make small talk with new people, we’re telling a story. We meet people, make friends, learn new things, and grow together through stories.

And when you write all that good stuff down and publish it, you’re starting conversations with people from all over. Storytelling at its finest! This sense of human connection is the main reason I love content so much.

PatternFly’s content seems never ending. From blog articles to social media, technical documentation to learning tutorials, and website content to GitHub files, PatternFly’s content stretches as far as our community.

I have all of you to thank for that.

Thank you for contributing content, reading content, sharing content, and — above all else — making PatternFly’s content what it is today.

Of course, there are plenty of Flyers who aren’t part of our Medium following, so this thank you extends much further than just this group.

Which brings me specifically to Medium.

In the short time PatternFly has been on Medium, we’ve seen amazing growth in not only our following but also in our readership and community engagement. The only thing more exciting than seeing our numbers climb is featuring content from all different writers—developers, designers, researchers, and more. Here are a few of our most recent pieces:

And those are just the most recent. There are plenty more.

Medium calls all articles “stories,” which I didn’t really get at first. But it’s grown on me, and now I couldn’t imagine calling our content anything but. We’re a community of writers, a community of storytellers.

We share stories on Medium, but we also share stories in many other places. Like micro stories on Twitter. Technical stories on GitHub. Conversational stories on Slack. And so much more.

PatternFly has stories in almost every corner of its open source community. It’s how we share information, learn from each other, and—most importantly—maintain that human touch in our technical world.

So please continue connecting, creating, and collaborating. We’re all in this content journey together!





Abigael Donahue