I have been contributing to Drupal in a few different ways for a few years now. I started off by participating in meetups, and then contributing to Drupal core whenever I found time. Eventually, I was even contributing full-time courtesy of Axelerant, my employer. At the same time, I started participating in events outside my city and eventually in other countries as well. I was speaking at most of the events I attended and mentored at sprints in many of these events.
We at Axelerant have been contributing to Drupal in our own ways since a long time. In fact, I worked as a full-time contributor to Drupal a few months after I joined. This was around the time Drupal 8 was almost done and it is thanks to Axelerant I could contribute what I could at that time. At the same time, there was community focus around incentivizing contributions and there were a few website (like drupalcores) to track contributions.
As I was leaving home for the park, I wondered aloud what topic should I write about today. My daughters chimed in write about your three Drupal kids. It was an off-the-hand comment that portrayed how often they think about Drupal (more than me). But I thought, why not write about this–write about the people and how Drupal impacts them.
I missed joining the DrupalNYC meetup today. Well, I almost missed it but I was able to catch the last 10 minutes or so. That got me thinking about events and that’s the topic for today–Drupal events and their impact on my life. I travelled extensively for 4-5 years before the pandemic restrictions were put in place and since then, I have attended events around the world while sitting in my chair. These travels and events are responsible for my learnings and my professional (and personal) growth. And these are the perspectives that have given me the privilege that I enjoy.
I thought for a while about what should be the first post in this series. Drupal is many things. It is a complex system used in a variety of ways ranging from small sites with few pages to rich information portals to even applications (yes, really). Then I thought of a recent tweet by webchick about Drupal’s strength and seeing most of the replies talking about community. It is easy. Drupal is many things but nothing without its community. Therefore, it makes sense my first post is about the community, or at least my story in the community.
It has been 20 years since Drupal began its journey in a dorm room and reached enterprises. April 2021 is marked as the month of DrupalFest and many people are celebrating it in various ways. With everything going on, I didn’t plan to do anything this month but I am now tempted to change my mind, and so I have.
The meetup started at 10:30 AM with a brief introduction of every attendee. We covered some of the Drupal news such as recent and upcoming events in India and internationally. We also talked about Drupal 9 and other changes in the technology.
Another month, another Drupal meetup in Bangalore. This month’s meetup was held at Athenahealth office on Lavelle Road in Bangalore. Since the last month’s meetup was scheduled a week early, there was more than usual gap since the last meetup. This time, we had a full schedule and exciting sessions planned.
July’s Drupal meetup was held at 91Springboard in Koramangala. We are back after a long time and that’s thanks to 91Springboard for providing us with the venue. Snacks in the meetup and lunch after the meetup were courtesy of Axelerant.