Reconnecting: Drupal Association and DrupalCamps

I traveled to the video2brain home office in Graz in late September to record some more training videos (more on that in a day or so), and prior to that, I had a very intense couple of months preparing the courses and working on other projects for clients. I didn't get out much.

I did make it to DrupalCamp LA (only gave one presentation this year), but I did not make WordCamp in San Francisco. That was disappointing; the WordPress community is very large, but the opportunities for in-person meetups, at least in LA, are not nearly as plentiful as they are in the Drupal community. But between other projects, and the four weddings I attended this summer, making the drive to San Francisco that weekend just wasn't in the cards.

Things have calmed down enough that I'm getting out a bit. I'll be attending BADCamp (Bay Area DrupalCamp) this weekend, and I'm excited for it. It's the biggest camp of its kind on the west coast, drawing tons of people of all levels of expertise, including the big Dries himself giving the keynote. And it's free! I'm looking forward to meeting some people I've worked with previously, but never met in person, including some of the folks from the American arm of video2brain. I will not be giving any presentations, though it looks like that aspect of things will be admirably well-covered.

I also renewed my membership with the Drupal Association (I must have joined really early — I'm one of the first people listed. Weird!). If you use Drupal on any kind of regular basis, I think it's a really good idea to kick in a few shekels (as Marc Maron would say). The money people have donated goes to things like improving the infrastructure and website, putting on DrupalCons, and a bunch more. Considering how much help the software and community have been to me, it's an incredibly cheap way to give a little back.

Being a web guy and a music guy, it can be hard to stay as involved with these different sides of my professional, or at least somewhat professional, life. These next few days will be a lot about Drupal, though, and I'm looking forward to it.

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