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There’s a dirty little secret that I’d like to share with you: I’ve been attending Drupal meetups in Toronto.

My allegiance to WordPress has not faltered. I’m as dedicated to the platform as I’ve ever been. But when you’ve been attending the same meetups for over three years, and organizing a good number of those meetups, things can get pretty stale.

What attracted me to the Drupal group has less to do with software and more to do with community. I was curious about what the Drupal meetups were like. I also wanted to share notes with the Drupal meetup organizers. After all, you never know where good ideas will come from!

I’ve only attended three meetups so far, but I already feel like I’m achieving what I set out to do. Operation: Meet Drupalites has been a resounding success.

That’s not to say that I’m not interested in Drupal as a platform. I am, in the same way that I’m interested in playing with every CMS that I can get my hands on. (Pico, anyone?) I just haven’t found the time to dig into Drupal. It’s the same problem I’m having with Vanilla. It’s installed, but barely touched. There are too many other things to do. Incidentally, most of those things are WordPress related!

So, what’s my point? Even if you can’t dive into a new hobby or interest head-first, you can still get your feet wet.

Attend a meetup. Go to an event. Talk to the people that are already involved. Learn what you can from the opportunities you have.

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