So, it's been just over a year since I posted my first (and, up to now, only) diary entry, offering my services as coder to any Free Software-type person that wanted to take me on. Time to summarize.
A kind soul took me up on it almost immediately, and I have been working on his pet project. In the process, I have improved immensely as a coder, and chipped in on other projects, as well as continuing to work steadily on Jellybean. More importantly, the connections made through my diary entry led to some very special friendships that will last a lifetime.