About a month ago I decided to run for the Drupal Association elections. I've been told that I'm nuts for wanting to serve in this capacity. The fact is, in many respects I've lived a life of service. This started as a boy when I sang in a Men's and Boy's choir. This choir practiced Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons after school for several hours. It then had two services on Sunday - one in the morning and one in the Evening. That started a life of volunteering that has included everything from helping families in need get shoes and meals to working with the Foster care system to serving on Boards for public schools. I believe in giving to causes that matter to me. Drupal is definitely one of those causes. So on September 6th, I popped onto the Association site and filled out a nomination form. I wasn't sure how many people would choose to run for the two spots and was highly gratified when the nominations closed and there were 19 of us. You might think, "That's NUTS, that many people makes getting elected WAY harder!" While that might be true - it meant there were 19 people who are willing to make the effort to SERVE the Drupal community. What an amazing pool of energy to tap into win or lose.
The last month I sent out over 50 tweets, 50 Facebook Messages, and 50 G+ announcements. I wrote 10 blog posts, including this one. I participated in one "Meet the Candidates" talk, listened live to a second, and read the transcripts on the other two. I answered all the questions posed through all the sessions. I ended up having a scuffle with a good friend - it had a happy ending because we are both devoted to the community and we both like each other. We were ready and willing to talk and work things out. I talked with people on Skype, through email, on Facebook, in IRC, and through Direct Messages in Twitter. The long and short is, I put a lot of energy into letting people know who I am, why I care, and why it might be good to vote for me.
So the results are in - Congratulations to Morten and Pedro! I know both of you will do a great job with the Association.
Thanks everybody for your support and I will see some of you in a few weeks at BADCamp.