I've been thinking about how I feel about this DrupalCon a good bit and I'm still having a hard time deciding. The event itself really does seem to be fantastic, well organized, and generally a high end
event. I feel like the Drupal Association and everyone that put effort into the event should get a pat on the back for making it happen and really making it a fantastic conference.
Juggling the event and work however has been a serious drag. I haven't made it to but a few sessions because of obligations. All the sessions I did hit were in the DevOps track and they have been great but a little too niche in some cases. That just happens though and is likely the case across all tracks. I'll be spending this weekend and next week playing though all the sessions on my TV, oh how my girlfriend will love
that. Because now the recordings are done so viewing at home is great so I don't feel like I have really missed anything.
So what I've gotten out of the con more than anything is a rejuvenating shot of Drupal Serum. I didn't get to go to DrupalCon Denver and I think I really missed the energy recharge that comes from the event. It really comes to mind like drinking from the fountain that can only appear at a DrupalCon. The vibe is uplifting and contagious and damned near a religious experience. You just get caught up in it and feel like you should start proselytizing to everyone you know--which I already do.
The bonding time with my teammates has been the real boon for me all week. As a distributed company that is growing fast we have (IMO) some difficulties in keeping a team culture. Several of my coworkers live close by but due to various factors we rarely ever see each other and we dont talk unless we end up on the same project together. Most of us have been loner freelancer types so we're just use to doing our own thing most of the time anyway but I've been feeling that I need to start some initiative to kick up the communication level between all of us be it a hangout, IRC, forum or whatever. Just something where we can at least chat about what we've been doing or anything cool or interesting.
Having time this week with eleven of all together for the con has reinforced that. I've had a ridiculously fun time hanging out and in general getting to have a bit of team camaraderie going with everyone. I've never been blessed to work with such a great group of people and getting together for a week where we are a team has actually made me feel a little competitive in an us versus them kind of way. I want to do more to help everyone be better equipped for their work, make their lives easier and make my company into something even better than it already is.
So yeah, DrupalCon rocked. #drupalcon #drupalconportland