Learned the basics of Perl in 1994. For years I mostly did simple basic things with Perl like scripts for forms and server logs. In 1999 tried to learn more. In 2003 I tried again and even made a japh. I'll be quiet mostly, read and vote, and learn a lot. So that's what I wrote my first Meditation about: Where and how to start learning Perl. I made a Dutch translation, slightly adapted.
Still not feeling comfortable to answer questions. Most of my own questions I answer myself, using the immense amount of books, websites, monk and monger stuff, usenet and documentation that's available. The things I can't figure out myself, I ask liz, who's my colleague and partner and wife (we married March 1, 2005)(yes, in The Netherlands it's possible for 2 women to marry).
Monk history (it's a silly game and I use it as such, nice toy)
I was amazed at the ease I gained XP, that I even became a rather high ranking Saint (well, in the old system, before October 2005). Completely undeserved, because my Perl skills were (and still are) not even enough to work with modules or databases. At some point, I started to dislike this XP game. I decided to start over, so I visited thepen and lost XP. My downfall:
I was planning to stay at novice-level until I would feel more confident about my Perl skills. My skills improved a little bit, and because the ranking system changed in a very interesting way, I thought I'd stop using thepen for a while.