I woke up this morning...🎶
No, I'm not writing a blues song and actually this was yesterday but I coudn't resist that opening line.😄 I awoke to find a text message telling me I had a donation via GitHub Sponsors! Who was this and which project had sparked their donation? Once I grabbed a coffee I investigated...
It turns out I'd missed a recent email from GitHub Sponsors telling me I would receive a payment from GitHub itself. GitHub hosted Maintainer Month in June, an event for open source maintainers to gather, share and be celebrated. This included conferences, meetups and podcasts where maintainers shared their knowledge and experience. It was also a chance to reflect on the challenges that face open source maintainers, which aren't always technical and can come with a lack of boundaries, vacations or emotional support.
As part of Maintainer Month, GitHub wanted to celebrate and give additional support to the open source projects they depend on to build and run GitHub and all the software they maintain. So they are distributing $500,000 to over 900 maintainers of their open source dependencies who are also signed up with GitHub Sponsors!
So I knew who and why but which project was harder to determine because the GitHub Sponsors programme doesn't tell you which project your sponsor uses. Looking through the dependency graphs for my open source projects I was able to determine that GitHub are using Code Coverage Summary, my GitHub Action that reads coverage files from your test suite and outputs a summary to give you immediate insights into the health of your code.
This has been a tough year for me personally and GitHub's donation put a smile on my face and really made my week so I want to thank them for supporting me and the other people who also received donations as part of Maintainer Month.
Thank-you GitHub! 🥰