New found inspiration with Do It With Drupal
Just got back from Do It With Drupal which was hosted by the Lullabot crew in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Despite staying up until 4am one night working, 2am the following night, and working through a couple sessions I still managed to have a great time, meet/catchup with a lot of people, and get totally re-inspired!
There was a good mix of sessions, and between the good job presenters did and the back-channel opportunities to chat with other attendees or questions to presenters, via IRC or Twitter, both newcomers to Drupal and those with more experience had a variety ofl ways to send and receive information and thus get something out of the sessions. (the IRC rooms and/or Twitter interactivity of the sessions was totally awesome - hopefully Drupalicon and/or DrupalCamp organizers will take note!)
For Drupal developers out there wondering about the value of going to something like this, or other Drupal conferences, I highly recommend it for more than just the value of what you'll learn directly in the sessions - for me, it was the being around other people who are intensely passionate about what they're doing with Drupal, as well as the personal conversations that really made the trip.
Thanks to everyone at Lullabot and all the sponsors who put on such a great show, and looking forward to seeing everyone at DrupalconDC.