Name: Lori MacVittie
Screen Name: Lori MacVittie (I don't use pen names/pseudonyms)
The Application Delivery Network -(http://www.theapplicationdeliverynetwork.com)
Two Different Socks - (http://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs)
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Current Employment: Technical Marketing Manager @ F5 Networks
Location/country: Green Bay, WI
On a daily basis it's part of my job, so that's a huge motivation. On my more personal blog, which is also focused on the same technology, I started blogging to "keep my fingers" in the industry and give myself a place in which I could express my opinions without concern for how it might impact my employer. My last position was with CMP Media as a Senior Technology Editor for Network Computing Magazine where one of the industries I followed was application delivery.When I joined F5 I still had all the same knowledge and insight into the industry, and wanted to continue sharing it with the market and its followers. I just love the technology; it's fascinating because it mashes up networking and application expertise and watching it change through the years has been very exciting. I'm actually a developer by trade and education (my M.S. is in Computer Science), so whenever I get the chance to apply that to something I get very excited.
One of the things I've learned over the years is how to associate the seemingly mundane and the exotic with technology. So while I'm always writing about application delivery in general, there's always a twist. I've applied World of Warcraft, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, airline travel, and stars with bodyguards to technology in the past. That means that the underlying technology is the same, but what I'm writing about isn't always the same. It also gives me a chance to sprinkle a bit of "me" into my daily blogs. Infrequently I'll blog in broader terms about some technology-related topic that isn't necessarily relevant to my employer, but that I have a particularly strong opinion on that I feel like sharing. When I'm writing on my personal blog it's almost always about the same "stuff", but many different companies and endeavours, so I get to mix it up a bit. I also sometimes write things a bit more personal on my personal blog (go figure) so that adds some flavour.
My blogging style for F5 is regular and somewhere between short and long, depending on the topic. My personal blogging style is long and irregular. On personal blogs I do text only, but for F5 I've done some audio and slidecasting, which is pretty cool. "Back in the day", as they say, I did short video pieces for The News Show, a VLOG for CMP Media. While I didn't hate it, I didn't like it, either, so I tend to stay away from video.
I've been a geek since I was very young and I've been a girl, well, all my life. I started blogging 5 or 6 years ago when it was required by the magazine I worked for at the time. I found I enjoyed it, and was pleased to be able to integrate blogging as part of my current employment and to start blogging on my own.