Hacktoberfest 2018: The Recap

Breaking down the numbers

Let’s comb through some numbers on what Hacktoberfest looked like for me!


I managed to land a total of 10 pull requests (some merged, others not) across projects by Microsoft, Hugo, Auth0, Hasura, OpenEBS, Nexmo, and Mozilla:

  1. https://github.com/MicrosoftDocs/Virtualization-Documentation/pull/866
  2. https://github.com/TheRedSpy15/Multi-Go/pull/4
  3. https://github.com/TheRedSpy15/Multi-Go/pull/6
  4. https://github.com/mozilla/addons-frontend/pull/6620
  5. https://github.com/gohugoio/hugo/pull/5339
  6. https://github.com/auth0/open-source-template/pull/5
  7. https://github.com/openebs/node-disk-manager/pull/167
  8. https://github.com/Nexmo/nexmo-cli/pull/184
  9. https://github.com/hasura/gitkube/pull/99
  10. https://github.com/mozilla/addons-frontend/pull/6761

Of these 10 pull requests, 5 have been merged with the other 5 pending a review.


I’ve written a total of 5 blog posts (not including this one), culminating to 2,947 words in total, with ~589 on average. Together they have captured 276 views with viewers on average reading 55% of my blog contents (not including Part 4):

Blog analytics for October from Medium.com


I’ve tweeted 5 times about my Hacktoberfest blogs:

1. https://twitter.com/SeanPrashad/status/1049361223752372224
2. https://twitter.com/SeanPrashad/status/1051562230582374400
3. https://twitter.com/SeanPrashad/status/1054115499951370240
4. https://twitter.com/SeanPrashad/status/1056405777022210048
5. https://twitter.com/SeanPrashad/status/1056770629842522113

Which translated into:

  • 8,807 impressions
  • 46 media engagements
  • 100 link clicks
  • 23 detail expands
  • 22 profile clicks


I also spoke for the first time at a conference as part of a panel 👴🏻🎤👦🏽👩🏼👩🏽👦🏻

3 Great Experiences

  • Having the creator of Hugo see my tweet and instantly merge my PR
  • Playing through Twilio Quest to learn about Twilio’s API
  • Watching friends like Mera fail and stand back up, ready to kick 🍑

3 Suggestions for Next Year

  • Do not include contributions to your own personal repos
  • Allow individuals to create a GitHub organization to track analytics for their members
  • Provide light training to participating projects that are new (what to expect, how to handle the volume of PR’s, setup GitHub issue templates etc)