👋 Meet Me!

It is always hard to get started and write the first post. There’s a lot to share but hard to figure out where to start. One thing I have learned being a part of TheDevCouple editorial team is that you can only do it by start writing. Getting started to write is more important than writing perfectly. With this in mind, let’s get over this first post.

Header Image of Intro by Saqib

🎩 Introduction

I am in my senior year of Computer Science degree at University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore and will probably graduate by next year — period to the fun college days. I love pixel-perfect designs, WordPress, dev-tools, open source,  JavaScript, and modern technologies. Prefer to code for the good, watch TV shows, and design for fun. And family and friends mean world to me! 

I have been involved with the open source for over 2+ years now. My journey with open source community began with WordPress translation back in 2016. I have been contributing since then to lead 100% translation of WordPress into Urdu in all the major releases which include v4.7,4.8, and 4.9.

⚡️ Blogging

To hold myself accountable, I’ll be honest here. It’s probably the third time I am pushing myself to start a personal blog and update it regularly. Every time I start a blog, I end up ruining I for not giving proper time. Which probably indicates the fact that I need to improve my time management and organize things in a better manner.

With this belief, I am committing myself to start once again. Start to make-up for my shortcomings and maintain a regular blog 💯. This place will act as a repository to my learnings and experiences.

🔥 WordPress Origin Story

I stumbled upon WordPress around 5 years before as an open source software to quickly and easily develop the websites. Back then, I used it for building sites using pre-made plugins and themes with a little bit of customization. I found it to be a powerful platform to get started in the niche of web development.

Through WordPress, I got to know Ahmad Awais via his extensive open source work and contributions in the WordPress community. Later on, I became one of his apprentices and joined the TheDevCouple team. He proved to be one of the best mentors I could ever wish for. In fact, way more than a mentor — a brother, and a friend — who helped me grow as a developer, writer, and person. That’s why you might see most of my ideas and choices are inspired by him.

🎖 Part of Team TheDevCouple

For almost a year now, I have been a part of the amazing TheDevCouple Team. As a part of TheDevCouple Team, I wrote extensive reviews of some great WordPress products, organized open source meetups, and contributed to the open source software. It helped me grow as a developer, open source evangelist, and writer. Details to a few of the meetups linked below:

🥑 Ambassador

Being a great academic scholar, I got multiple opportunities in the past couple of years to be in an advocate. In 2016, I represented Pakistan in colleges and communities of Great Britain and Europe. These colleges include big names like Oxford, Cambridge, KTH, TU, and Edinburgh. 

In 2018, I was selected as a cultural ambassador of Pakistan to the United States. Currently, I am enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, as an exchange student. Being here, I got to represent Pakistan on various avenues including various clubs, meetings, and gatherings.

These experiences helped me develop an understanding of different cultures, skills to interact with people from various cultures and adapt myself to adjust in a new environment and be successful.

✈️ Traveling

Being an ambassador of Pakistan, I got to visit a bunch of places around the globe. Somehow it developed a passion for traveling in me. You can imagine from the fact that I have traveled to more places in other countries than my own.

Now, I find visiting new places, interacting with new people, and getting to know the place as an invaluable experience. I love hiking and plan to visit more areas not in the world but in my own country as well. A shameless plug — a vague list of places I have been to so far in the world 🙈 — California, New York, Nevada, Minnesota, Washington D.C, and Wisconsin in the United States, Denmark, Germany, and Sweden in Europe, and United Kingdom.

🎒 Freelancing

For a year or so, I did freelancing on platforms like Fiverr and Upwork. Mostly I did projects in the field of Graphics Designing and Web Development. I managed to earn around 150+ clients in a span of less than a year.

Eventually, I realized most of the work at those platforms was repeated. I was not satisfied with my learning curve and I found it to be hindering my progress. As it was hard for me to manage my studies, do freelancing projects, and learn the new stuff.

So, I left those platforms as a full-time freelancer for the good. Now, occasionally I take one or two projects to keep it going.

🦄 Projects

One of the things I wish I had realized earlier in my journey is to open source the projects I undertook as an independent and as a Computer Science student. I did a plenty of good projects which I didn’t document or open sourced and unfortunately I don’t have the source code anymore for plenty of reasons. But it’s better late than never. 

Now onwards, I plan to document all the projects under the projects page. Also, I will be adding a short description of the fun projects I have done before. 

✉️ Get in Touch

Say 👋hello to me on Twitter, drop an email at me@saqibameen.com, or find me on LinkedIn, GitHub, WordPress, Instagram, and Facebook.

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