The sole purpose of my trip to San Francisco was the geeky (and awesome) DrupalCon! Drupal is an open source platform that allows you to build, manage, and organize content on a website. I started using Drupal a little over a year ago when my boss told me to “build a website.” As my baby blues widened and out spilled “WHAT?” then “I don’t know how,” he quickly came back with “Google it.” After I had a mini heart attack, I took on the challenge, as I would with most things, and I started to learn about Drupal.
Considering my major in college was Marketing, most of my development work has been trial and error. Over the past year, I have kind of just put on my Drupal wings and soaked up as much knowledge as I possibly can, singing the Drupal song in happy moments and cursing it in dark moments.
As I started attending more and more monthly meetings with my local Drupal community, I started to WANT to understand Drupal more instead of it being a guessing game. Drupal was quickly growing and I wanted to be a part of this great community. I found out about DrupalCon last summer when it was in Paris. As I mentioned before, I knew I couldn’t swing Paris, so I set out to attend the next one. Added bonus: it was in my #1 place to visit before I die (morbid, sorry) – SAN FRANCISCO!
So, last week began the chaos of DrupalCon San Francisco! Almost 3,000 attendees from all over the world came to San Francisco for this conference. I knew I was going to be overwhelmed but I also knew I had my friends from the Florida Drupal community to help me out if need be. I was excited to meet friends from Twitter and new people in general. With all the talk of code, modules, themes, Drupal 7, design, PHP, and anything else geeky you can imagine, the days went by rather quickly.
The conference events at night were a great place to extend the networking and conversation and of course enjoy a frosty beverage or two (or five). Oh and who could forget a little karaoke?
There was a part during the conference when I realized I really WAS a part of something greater than I could have ever imagined. For something that started purely because my boss said to me, “build a website,” has landed me in a really amazing community that I am truly happy to be a part of. I learned a lot at the conference – especially how I can give back to the community. I have my pages and pages of notes and my beginning PHP writing that I honestly can’t wait to start.
Do I have a long way to go? Yes, absolutely. But at least I’m taking steps in the right direction to get to the level I want to be at. Baby steps, right?
Cheers to a successful DrupalCon, a great community, and for taking professional development into your own hands!