Blogging for Perls, EPO announce Iron Man Blogging Challenge
The Enlightened Perl Organisation, dedicated to "ensuring Perl's future as a enterprise-grade development platform", has launched an Iron Man blogging challenge. The aim of the challenge is to create a more visible Perl blogging community and in turn promote Perl "to the world outside the Perl echo-chamber".
The idea behind the competition is to get people blogging about Perl at a regular rate, with levels of activity qualifying the bloggers as Paper, Stone, Bronze and Iron Men (or Women). Each month, a committee of invited Perl writers and bloggers will then select a "post of the month" which will win the author a limited edition T-shirt. EPO board member Matt Trout, who's idea the challenge was, is not eligible for a prize, but will be blogging as well. Once any other bloggers get to Iron Man status, they will select a hair colour and talk title for Trout to give at the next YAPC:EU (Yet Another Perl Conference) or YAPC::US.
The light hearted approach to the project belies the EPOs aim, to create a less insular Perl community and to promote what it feels are the good parts of current Perl and Perl best practices to a wider audience. The blogs involved in the Iron Man challenge are being aggregated on the EPO site.