Not Only Perl

I worry that I live in a Perl Monger bubble.  That the only things I hear about Perl come from a small group of people that I often refer to as the Perl Community.  To try to change this I have started to attend conferences that cover other topics along with Perl.

In November I will be attending OSDC Australia.  I am giving a modified version of the talk I presented at YAPC::EU.  I had always planned to change some of the words but today I realised that I also need to change some of the pictures.  The talk is about volunteers.  It’s a topic that’s relevant to most Open Source projects.  But the images I use are more suited to the Perl community than they would be to any other.  When I attend a Perl conference I expect nearly everyone in the room to recognise a picture of Larry Wall.  I can put up pictures of Jesse, Ingy, and Matt, and people understand my point.  That’s not going to happen at a general Open Source conference.

I’m certainly not planning on cutting out all references to Perl but I need to spend some time thinking about the audience.

3 Responses to “Not Only Perl”

  1. Jessica Marie Says:

    Actually, I have a LOT to say about Perl, but nobody ever asks me…*sigh* 🙂

  2. Matt S Trout Says:

    Jessica – don’t wait to be asked, tell. Iron Man signup is

    and you’re welcome to sign up even if you haven’t decided if you want to take part in the weekly challenge.

    You say you have a lot to say? Ok. I want to hear it. I read the entire feed every day, even if I don’t comment as often as I might. Say it, and we’ll hear you. Or I will at least, and I give you my word I’ll pay attention to your entries.

    So consider yourself asked. I look forward to seeing you on the planet.

    — mst, out

  3. karen Says:

    I’ll remember to do that the next time I see you 🙂