A year ago today was the first time that one of my patches was accepted into WordPress core. Just a few days after submitting my first patch and opening my first ticket.
In the past twelve months I have submitted hundreds of other patches and been involved with a few other projects outside of the core. I have also helped it with, if not been one of the causes of, the past four security releases — sorry folks.
It has been truly amazing to be involved with the community and to know that I have helped make software that is used by millions daily. It is also the first time that I can honestly say that I was glad to have had revision to do. In trying to procrastinate and put off doing said revision I decided to contribute to an open source project. I chose WordPress.
My goals for the second year? Firstly to be more involved with the WordPress community; for starters I need to attend my first WordCamp as I feel that I have really missed out on that front so far. Second, to help get more people contributing to the project. This is currently taking the form of being a GSoC mentor this year. Last, and definitely not least, to continue contributing as much as I can to WordPress. This means many, many more patches as well as finding the time to work more on the WordPress API reference.