15 Years of Drupal

By Kevin, June 1st, 2022

2022 has proven to be quite the year. I did not intend to go many months between posts, but life has been very busy!

I am on the go all the time this year but here's some quick run downs of whats going on.

I attended Drupalcon, the annual conference on all things Drupal, last April. It took place in Portland, Oregon. I have been attending these conferences since 2009 and can say that this was one of the best ones I can remember. 

A large part of that is because we talked to so many people every day at the booth. This was the first in-person conference since 2019 and everyone seemed very willing to engage (myself included) on any topic that we felt like. Virtual conferences got it done talk-wise, but the interaction and networking just cannot be done virtually. Everyone seemed very thrilled to just be there in person and the sentiment was magnetic.

Drupalcon badge pins
Some pins from Drupalcon Portland 2022

I collected some pins that were handed out at the Acquia booth so people had a better idea of what I do when talking to me (the badges were absent of job titles or anything like that, oddly enough). Peep that sweet official "Speaker" pin too - this was my third time speaking at Drupalcon. It also dawned on me that I have been working with Drupal for 15 years now - I had to grab a 10 and a 5 to "make up" a 15 year pin!

Despite not creating a community profile initially, I have been working with Drupal since version 5. I assume I waited a year to create my account because the better part of the year was investigating if Drupal could replace an aging Coldfusion CMS I built. It did. It's been quite a ride ever since.

Since then I have done nearly 100 client and personal sites in Drupal and contributed back as much code as possible. More importantly I have been surrounded by and learned from several people in the community in that time and grew as a developer. I try to pay it forward as much as possible and help others out in their journey. I spend 15 minutes every morning on the Drupal StackExchange and anywhere in the Drupal Slack that I can. Despite all these years in, I am still learning from people every single day. I am no powerhouse core committer, but I am still proud of things accomplished. There is still so much more I want to do.

At Velir we recently completed work on 5 new modules for Drupal 9 & 10 as a part of a few client projects we are finishing up. I will be posting about them on that blog throughout this year.