I've been aware for quite some time that there appears to be a whole load of web designers and developers in and around Guildford, but not so many Drupal developers specifically or even people who have heard of Drupal...
(See here if you want to get the lowdown on what Drupal is.)
Or is that just that I've been unlucky not to find you yet? :)
Perhaps it's the development learning curve that keeps other web design companies within their comfort zone of proprietary content management systems. Now, I don't mean to put down anyone else's custom built CMS (in fact before we started using Drupal we were happy with our own CMS) however... there are some great (huge) benefits that come from the whole Drupal development eco-system.
To name the one aspect of Drupal that stands out for me is the community of users and developers alike and this cannot be understated. Drupal thrives on community collaboration and sharing of ideas, however it is my impression that the Drupal development community in and around Guildford is either demonstrating a typical Surrey quietness (or politeness), or could it be that I'm totally wrong and there is a Drupal party going on right next door?
There have been attempts to arrange regular meet-ups on the Surrey group on drupal.org.uk. It appears a handful of people met up in Guildford early last year but nothing has happened since.
So..... if there are any developers, designers, themers, users..... or any body else involved in creating web sites who would be interested in getting some kind of regular meet up in Guildford (or another town close by), please leave a comment below. If there is enough support then I'll try to arrange an informal meet and greet to discuss a plan of action.
If you live in or near Guildford (e.g. Farnborough, Farnham, Aldershot, Fleet, Woking, Godalming, Haslemere, Dorking etc.) it will be good to hear from you. I don't want to exclude any place in particular so please tell me if you're interested but may be a further distance from Guildford. It would be good to get a small collective of people together before Drupalcon in London in August. Three of us from Real Life Design are going (Rob, myself and Damian) so it will be good to see some of you up there.
If you're interested in learning more about Drupal and the types of web sites that we design and develop, then I'll be only too happy to chat over some examples.
Viva la Drupal!