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.