It's been a year since I quit my job to work on Drupal and play with Jack. Many amazingly special things have happened to me. I still remember falling off my seat when Dries asked me to be a committer and lying awake all night with excitement whilst I "slept on it".
It's amazing how the Drupal community has come together to raise funds for me on Gittip. So far I've received nearly $7000 in total. Without these funds, I would have been unable to meet my costs over the past four months and devote so much time to working on Drupal 8. On Gittip giving is anonymous, so I have no idea who to thank individually -- so thank you all!
Last Monday I was sitting in #drupal-contribute and a few people were discussing gittip as a method to support people who worked on core. In March, I quit my job to work on Drupal 8 and then Dries asked me to be a maintainer. Since then I've spent over £15,000 of my own savings and I've relied on my partner's maternity pay as well. So gittip was pretty interesting.
This is not about conference keynotes and sessions. I went to all the keynotes and some sessions and you can peruse and listen again at https://portland2013.drupal.org/. If I was to pick just one that people were still talking about 3 days later and will be influential beyond the con… this is it.
This is about what I enjoy at Drupalcons and why I keep coming back.
I'm honoured to accept Dries Buytaert’s invitation to become a Drupal 8 co-maintainer.
This blog is built on an unreleased CMS called Drupal 8.
Drupal 8 even now is a joy to choose. Without downloading any additional modules I get a decent editting experience thanks to a wysiwyg editor. Since views is in core preparing the blog for Drupal Planet is a cinch. Creating a listing with all by posts tagged with Drupal and a feed has never been simpler!
This January Jack arrived. Since then I've been constantly surprised and amazed by the little one. I'm sure before I was a parent I dismissed a lot of the guff parents say about having children. In my head I know Bill Hicks is right... in my heart well just look at that smiling boy to the right :)
In 2012 I finally stepped out of the audience and started speaking about Drupal.
In September 2012, I was fortunate to be invited to speak at Symfony London Live 2012 (thanks for thinking of me Robert!) where Nathenial Catchpole and I introduce Drupal 8 and how and why we're integrating Symfony components.