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Developer Relations Meet the Practitioner: Brena “Write to Inspire” Monteiro

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Fixate Team

November 13, 2018

Have you ever read a technical blog post and wondered how a developer made their way into writing? Are you curious about the backgrounds, inspiration and motivations of practitioners churning out blogs?

For us, it’s simple. We know by experience that our DevOps practitioners come from diverse backgrounds. Not every developer wants to write about their work (unless it is code in GitHub). There’s certainly a fear that comes with putting one’s voice out into the world. The developer practitioner who is also interested in technical writing, intrigues us. They define our concept of practitioner marketing. So we want to share our practitioners’ stories.

With that, I’d like to introduce you to Brena Monteiro — a developer who uses technical blogging tactically to organize her knowledge, and strategically to inspire other women to code.

Tell me about yourself. Your name, where you live, where you are from, your job/company, your area(s) of expertise.

I’m Brena Monteiro. I was born and live in Brazil. I am now co-founder of iMusics, a platform that helps connect people to music and helps musicians succeed in the business of music. My expertise is software development and DevOps — specifically continuous integration.

What motivated you to become a developer?

It was kind of my university’s gift to me. I wanted to study physics. I couldn’t get into that program. But the university did offer me a scholarship to study information systems. I decided to give it a try, and I liked it. I’ve been working as a developer for more than 10 years now.

What motivated you to start writing about developing?

I started writing about developing in 2009. My biggest motivation then was to share everything I learned to help others, in return for all the help I’d received from technical blogs within the developer community.

How did you find out about Fixate?

I learned about Fixate through Women Who Code. They sent out an email that Fixate was trying to attract more women in tech to write for Sweetcode.io, and I started from there.

Why do you continue to write for Fixate?

I like to consolidate my knowledge about the new technology that I try, and then do something with. Writing articles lets me integrate and explain what I’ve learned step by step.

Can you point to something meaningful that has happened for you personally or professionally as a result of writing for Fixate?

The most meaningful thing for me has been the improvement of my English. When I started writing in English, I realized that it needed improvement. My native language is Portuguese.   

What makes you interested in a client content project for Fixate?

I’m most attracted to the type of technology. I like to work with a new technology or a technology applied to a new business context that I haven’t worked in. I like to take technical writing projects that force me to learn.

How do you stay current yourself in terms of your profession?

Online courses. I try to keep up with my community of other developers. I follow them, and follow some open source projects, too.

What new technology are you most interested in/learning about?

Machine learning. I am taking a course right now. I think it is a great new technology that will help us do some great things in the future.

What have you written that you are most proud of and why?

It’s difficult to say. I like the series of articles that I wrote about the Azure platform: “Testing Azure with Ruby,” “How to Create Microscales Using Templates,” and “Authentication Applications for the Active Directory,” because it can be hard to find articles and tutorials about those topics.

One last message for our audience?

Working as a software developer is not what I imagined doing, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. My goal is to inspire more women to become developers and write about their work. I think that women reading tutorials written by other women is motivating.  

The takeaway

Brena’s generosity infuses everything she does, from her work with her startup to her writing. Her accidental love affair with developing began with a university recognizing her potential. It stuck, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her meticulous “how-to” posts are written to give back to the developer community by showing how to write code to solve specific problems — but she hopes that a quick byline check might inspire other women to keep coding.