This from Stehpanie Hurlburt:
I say this occasionally to normalize it:
I’ve never put code on GitHub
I’ve never done coding in my spare time for fun, side project, or portfolio
I’ve had a successful career as a developer
If you have done those things— great! Maybe I will too one day. But it isn’t necessary.
Before I had children I contributed to an open source project or two. I also still do the occasional coding for fun (but mostly for pay). I have never put anything on GitHub but I also consider myself successful as a software developer.
The notion that these things are necessary is silly.