For some reason, I like sponsoring the Drupal events I attend. Maybe it’s an ethic I’ve picked up in my volunteer work. As a freelancer, I usually don’t have the revenue to be a big sponsor, but I’ve given what I could back to SANDCamp 2011, Drupal Design Camp LA 2011, Drupal Camp Sacramento Area 2011, and now…
I’m an Individual Sponsor of DrupalCon London 2011! (sorry if the link doesn’t work; I think only I can see it. However, take the friendly Access denied message you may receive as proof that the page does exist. It would say Page not found if it didn’t!
It’s curious that I would choose to sponsor an event that I’ve already invested a bunch in, but I think it’s that very reason that motivated me to do so. After all, what’s another £65? I’m happy to be chipping in a bit to bring worthy Drupal contributors to the conference. £65 could probably buy a one-way Ryanair ticket (maybe both ways with some of their prices…) or most of a night at a hotel! Apparently, Individual Sponsors will now also get some props and mentions – but I’ll tell you a secret: despite my Twitter exchanges, I was planning to sponsor even if I didn’t get mentioned for it.
Perhaps it’s just the “spirit of giving” that characterizes the Drupal community and makes it such a powerful product.