Greetings, Planet GNOME. I’m Jim, one of the members of the documentation team. Alberto Ruiz suggested that I write an post to introduce myself to all of you. I have been around for a bit, but only recently requested that my blog be added to Planet GNOME.
In terms of how I contribute to GNOME, I write some of the GNOME user docs, and maintain documentation for gedit. I also have in-progress branches on gitorious for Rhythmbox and Seahorse (aka Passwords and Keys).
Along with Meg Ford, us Chicagoans are also doing a fair amount to organize GNOME hackfests in the city. We’re having our fourth monthly hackfest onthe 19th of January. I’m working on a write-up of our most recent hackfest. I should have that posted later tomorrow, but while you’re waiting for that to appear here, you can make plans to join us at our next event. : )
As for how I got into GNU/Linux and documentation, it is a bit of a long story, but I studied communication in school, and was a member of our speech team, so working on docs brings me back to those times. I also feel a sort of affinity with the values of the GNOME project - making your best work available to others, regardless of their own ability to pay or contribute.
Professionally, I work as an HRMS Business Analyst at an excellent hospital in Chicago. For fun, I like yoga, doing stuff with friends, and have recently started making beer. I also know where to find a good slice of pizza in almost every neighborhood in Chicago.
If you want to be in touch, you can say hi to me on identi.ca (errrr . . . pump.io?), twitter, and IRC as j1mc. Cheers!