How to contribute

If you'd like to get a story or an editorial on Perlbuzz, I need the following:

  • The text of the story
  • A short bio of you, probably two to five sentences, to run at the bottom of the article.
  • A URL you'd like me to link your name to

For example, see Selena Deckelmann's article Git Is My Hero.

If you're simply letting me know about something thinking "That should get mentioned on Perlbuzz," then all I need to know is the link. However, it's all the more interesting if you give me a few sentences about why you think the story is interesting. Your take on the news story becomes the story's angle.

If you're not sure if it's something I'd like to run on Perlbuzz, please email me at andy-at-perlbuzz and we can discuss. My #1 question is going to be "What's the angle?"

What's the angle?

Everything that runs on Perlbuzz has to have an angle. The angle is the part of the story that says "This is why this is interesting to you, the reader." Basically, there has to be a reason that a story is interesting, not simply a recitation of facts. There has to be a hook, a reason for the potential reader to see a headline, or maybe the first paragraph, and say "Huh, I'd like to read that."

Here are some examples.

  • Bad: Devel::NYTProf version 2.04 got released, here's the change log. No angle, very boring, unlikely the reader will pay any attention to the story, if she even clicks it in her feed reader.
  • OK: Devel::NYTProf v2.04 got released, and it now uses 90% less disk space by using the Zlib compression library. Sort of interesting, because the reader can say "Huh, that sounds like a cool hack. Still, what's the effect on the reader?
  • Good: Devel::NYTProf v2.04 got released, and it uses 90% less disk space, because Nicholas Clark was trying to run NYTProf on the entire Perl test suite and ran out of disk space, and he worked with Tim Bunce on a patch. That's an angle because it tells a story that the reader can relate to.
  • Great: Devel::NYTProf v2.04, and it uses less space, because Nicholas Clark was running the Perl test suite against it, and here's a link to the findings from that research. Bingo!

Make sense? Can you tell I married a journalism teacher?

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