User:Andrerodriguex/log/Think About Your Audience

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In my experience, one of the hardest parts of getting into open source is the first contribution. Usually, you don’t have a clear path of how or where you should start, and it can be really intimidating as a newcomer. For that reason, it’s important to create connections and reach out to more experienced people, so they can guide you through the vast field of open source development.

As a Wikimedia intern, the first thing I’ve had to do is understand the complexity of Wikimedia Foundation, not only as an open source project but also as this global movement with large communities that are involved in so many activities with the goal of expanding knowledge worldwide. I believe that most people only know about Wikipedia, as I did in the past, but Wikimedia has much more to offer, and it’s worth participating in this rich and multifaceted environment, or just getting to know more about it.

The LGBT+ community is one of many represented within Wikimedia Movement officially through Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group, assuring that Wikimedians from gender and sexual minorities (as well as its intersections) have a place and that projects around this subject are cultivated.

As I stated in previous blog posts, my project in this internship is to help with planning, organizing and executing Queering Wikipedia 2023, a hybrid conference where people from the LGBT+ User Group, as well as allies and guests, will gather and share about their projects for the organization. Although this is my main purpose in the internship (which I’m very fond of), during talks with my mentors and doing my tasks I’m understanding each day my role as an open source promoter, making sure that, as much as proprietary platforms have their influence, we can always find and consider free and open source options.