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Benjamin Mako Hill

Earlier this month, Mako circulated an email about Iron Blogger. Sounded useful and easy enough so I signed up... and failed. I missed the first deadline and I owe $5.

Off to a bad start, but I'll try not to miss anymore. Looking forward to blogging as well as the meetup.


I want to blog frequently but usually don't seem to find the time for it. I'm not above tying myself to the mast if it means blogging more.

Iron Blogger is a blogging and drinking club based on this premise. The rules are pretty simple:

  • Blog at least once a week.
  • If you fail to do so, pay $5 into a common pool.
  • When the pool is big enough, the group uses it to pay for drinks and snacks at a meet-up for all the participants.

Nelson Elhage ran the original Iron Blogger for about a year before the effort ran out of steam. I've started a new instance with a couple people from the previous group and a bunch of folks from Berkman, MIT, and beyond.

If you live in Boston and want to join, there are still a couple of spots available. I'm going to cap the current group, at least temporarily, at about 30 people because I think that's the maximum we'll fit into a local pub. Look over the site and send me an email if you're interested.

If you don't live in Boston but want to organize your own Iron Blogger, you can use the software in Nelson's git repository (or my branch) to automate nearly the whole process of tracking posts, generating reports, and updating the ledger of debts.


hehe that maybe iron, but it's not titanium :p I usually try to blog once a day. And I fail often. More drinks!

That's a pretty good way to motivate yourself to keep writing. Besides, even if you fail, beer is a sweet charity to donate to!