This weeks Geek Girl is well known internet personality Lisa Brewster. She has answered my interview questions below.
Name: Lisa Brewster
Screen Name: Adora
Personal Blog: http://www.sophistechate.com
Other Blogs: http://www.technarium.com, http://www.barcampsd.org, http://www.startupschwag.com
Social Networks: Twitter, qik, MyBlogLog, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr,
Tumblr, Technorati, DailyLit, Last.fm, 1up, Pownce, Notemine.
Current Employment: Systems Engineer for Cardinal Health, and Product Manager for Startup Schwag
Location: San Diego, USA
First and foremost I blog to communicate ideas. My first audience was myself when I started at Livejournal years and years ago, and my scope has grown larger and larger based on what projects I'm involved with. I've tried blogging for money before (paid position, not like Pay Per Post), and as passionate as I was about the topic, I never felt very comfortable (I don't blog well under a deadline). But my biggest motivation is that I have a bad memory...I'll forget my thought processes and troubles and successes all too easily, so blogging is a way for me to document what's in my head so I can have an opportunity to go back and reflect on those experiences.
Since I have so many sites, I never have a shortage of reasons to blog. On my personal site, I talk about what's going on with my life, whether it's something on my mind in a general way, a new site I think is cool, a solution to a problem, random geek humor, etc. Technarium is a broader think tank blog that a friend and I run as an outlet for our more "official" views on what we see happening to the future of the Internet and the technologies that power it. Barcampsd.org is another group blog to publish information about a local conference we throw every six months, and Startup Schwag is focused on our company developments as well.
My blogging style has varied greatly over the years. I've recently gone through a tumblelogging spell, which is a very streamlined way of linking different kinds of media that you find interesting, anything from photos and videos to quotes snipped from a site or even humorous segments of chat logs from your friends. However, I've pretty recently decided that this style of blogging generates way too much content to ask readers to consume in my main feed, so I've removed that aspect for now and am sticking to longer, less frequent, bigger ideas (with the occasional nice photo still thrown in). I'm just now starting to get involved in vlogging, so we'll see where that goes!
I'm a Systems Engineer by day and community evangelist by night who thinks about the Internet 24/7. Blogging has always been the simplest and most thorough way to communicate and document what's on my mind, whether I'm working through a personal issue or visualizing the future of social networking.
Thanks for reading, please come back again next week for our next Geek Girl Blogger.