My First Pull Request: Anna Ossowski

This is the first story of our “My First Pull Request” series where we share stories of open source contributors and their first pull requests. Read more about it here.

Anna works as the Pinax project community manager. She is a former director of the Python Software Foundation, PyCon US Open Spaces-Chair, DjangoCon US Communications Chair, and group leader of the PyLadies Remote group. Anna is very passionate about diversity and community outreach and wants to encourage more women to learn programming because it’s awesome!

Here’s Anna’s first pull request story:

The first pull request I ever made was fixing typos and little language and grammar mistakes in the Django Girls organizer manual. That was 1.5 years ago. Since then I’ve made a lot more pull requests but I haven’t actually contributed code (yet), yet all my contributions mattered and helped improve the projects I contributed to. Making my first pull request was a very cool feeling and I’m so glad I did it back then even though I was a little scared because it was something I’d never done before and I had to learn how the process works, etc.

I’m sharing my story because I want to motivate others to make their first pull request and start contributing to open source as well. As you can see from my story, you don’t have to contribute code to make a meaningful contribution, all contributions matter.

If you would like to make your first pull request, whether that may be to Pinax or any other open source project, and you need help, please feel free to reach out. I’d love to help in any way that I can :)

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