The heart of the Drupalcon experience much like Drupal itself, is the community. My biggest highlights and takeaways from this Drupalcon Baltimore centered around the people. Here are a few of my experiences and reasons why (with pictures).


I love traveling around the world attending and speaking at various conferences. They provide the opportunity to engage with the diverse and enthusiastic communities.  To share knowledge and ideas and our common interests.

Voting for the 2017 Drupal Association community elections is now open.  If you are a member of the Drupal community, you should do your part and cast your vote.  

For a recent presentation I needed a way to visually show the many skillsets that Drupalists utilize. Here is the diagram I created, thus titled; "the Brain of a Drupalist".

This year I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2016 North American Drupalcon in New Orleans. It was a week filled with all things Drupal. From sessions and conversations to networking and parties.

Surrounded by five people, there I hung. My right foot raised to eye level, angled at forty-five degrees, thinking to myself “wow, this makes so much more sense”. I was learning the proper way to perform a heel-hook (a rock climbing move) during a beginners climbing class at my local rock gym.

In December of 2015 Google announced a change to their search ranking algorithms. They are starting to index secure (HTTPS) pages over insecure (HTTP).

If you are a web developer like myself, you are always working on your professional growth. There are many tools you can use to grow your career. Podcasts are a great tool for when you do not have the opportunity to sit and read.

This year I have been fortunate enough to find the time to read fifty books. I read books not just for pleasure, but also for knowledge and personal growth. Alternating between fiction and nonfiction. There are four books I read this year which have been impactful in my professional growth.

Today marks the anticipated release of Drupal 8.0.0. The community has been working hard for the past five years to make Drupal 8 the best open source CMS.