The Importance of Tech-Related Advent Blogs

To this day PHPAdvent (later renamed to WebAdvent) has a special place in my heart.

I can’t remember exactly when I discovered PHPAdvent, but it was pretty early in my PHP career, so probably around 2007/2008. At the time I was a fairly junior PHP developer, and the ability to read about the work and live experiences of more senior developers was pretty life-changing. I felt like I was sitting around a campfire, listening to the stories of the tribe’s elders. Every day I read each new post with great enthusiasm, keen to hear what new things I could learn or discover.

24DaysInDecember is the spiritual successor to PHPAdvent, and I look forward to planning and sharing the stories of the PHPamily every year. This will be the 7th edition of 24 Days in December, and hopefully, by kicking things off earlier than I did last year, we’ll have another bumper year of stories to share.

It’s been such an interesting year in the PHP space, so if you’ve had a thought or idea in your head that you’d like to share with the PHP community, this is your chance.

What should I write about?

In all honesty, your contribution is whatever you want it to be about. Did you learn something recently you’d like to share in a guide or a tutorial? Do you have an opinion about the current state of PHP core development? Have you been working on something cool you’d like to share with the community? Do you want to share something less technical you learned this past year? The content is entirely up to you.

How much time do I have?

There are no hard and fast deadlines, except that we try to post at least one new article every day for the 24 days leading up to the 25th of December. If we have more contributions we keep going, but that’s our goal. Given that the 1st is just over 3 weeks away if you choose to contribute today, you’ll have at least 3 weeks.

How long should it be?

There are no guidelines here. It could be a few short paragraphs or an entire deposition. We don’t mind.

What format should I send it to you in?

Markdown is preferable, but plain text is also acceptable. You can send it in an email, as a text attachment, via Google Doc, tied to the leg of a carrier pigeon, we honestly don’t mind, as long as we can get it.

We hope to hear from you soon.

If you would like to contribute to this year’s edition, please email us at info AT 24daysindecember DOT net, or contact us via Mastodon at @24DaysInDec@phpc.social or Twitter (while it’s still viable) at @24DaysInDec.