It was a long time in the making but the DWC finally launched on May the 1st, and the month one has seen some amazing activity already. Every month I will be sharing a brief piece with some random thoughts on the contest from both a personal point of view and in general from what I have seen from contestants and participants, and maybe in the world of denim generally.
To begin on a personal note, I did not end up choosing my ride along contest jeans until the very last moment, but I could not be happier with the choice. The Iron Heart UHR denim is breaking in really well and I am convinced that I could perhaps finally get some of those sweet honeycomb fades which have always made me so jealous of others, I do bend my legs honestly.
Over on the forum I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s introductions in the appropriately named “Introduce Yourself” thread. We have a huge variety of people from all over the world and working in all fields which certainly adds to the contest experience, and I am so pleased that people are so open in sharing their personal experiences in this contest format, it’s what makes this thing so enjoyable I think.
Threads of note for me in the first month have been those posted by Pudaspriest, Broark and over in the artisan challenge Endrime really dropped a bomb with their ultra-detailed mega post. Some of us, mainly me, lead pretty boring lives so when competitors share their adventures and travels it is immensely interesting to many of us. I’m going to be doing my best to get out and have some adventures to share myself.
During the first month we have had three technical issues with the DWC website, hopefully these are now sorted. The first issue involved posting pictures which Tjarco kindly sorted with his excellent guide to posting pictures. The second was caused by a huge and unannounced background update by wordpress which killed usability of the site for a couple of days, and then we had an issue with some ISP’s taking issue with the site’s host server for a day or so. Just to say that the site is completely backed up in a number of places regularly, so it will never disappear completely and will never be unrecoverable. Don’t worry, any problem is a temporary problem.
Coming up in month 2 we have the first set of challenges for those wishing to take part. Each set of challenges will last 12 weeks and then be replaced by the next set, and I’ll come up with a nice surprise prize for the most active challenge participant.
Just to add a sincere thank you for all you guys who are supporting this, let’s get out there and have some fun with this.