Sarah Perez is our GGB for this week, her survey is below. Sarah is a Microsoft Channel 10 Personality.
Geek Girl Profile -
Name: Sarah Perez
Screen Name: sarahintampa
Personal Blog: www.sarahintampa.com
Professional Blogs: www.readwriteweb.com, www.on10.net
Blog Network: www.grandeffect.com
Social Networks: Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Friendfeed, last.fm,
hype machine, ma.gnolia, flickr, goodreads, stumbleupon, digg, mixx.
Current Employment: ReadWriteWeb, Microsoft's Channel 10
Location: Tampa, Florida USA
Today, I blog both professionally and personally, and the motivations for each blog I write for are different. On ReadWriteWeb, for example, I'm surrounded by really talented bloggers who inspire me to be a better writer, to learn, and to grow. To be blogging alongside these rockstars is truly amazing - and sometimes even a little intimidating. It's really an honor to be a part of a site that produces such a consistent flow of great writing and great content.
Blogging for Microsoft's Channel 10 is fun, too. As someone who came out of I.T., I'm aware that there's more to computer technology than just Web 2.0, and on Channel 10 I can explore some of that a little more. Microsoft still does a lot of amazing stuff - the R&D that takes place there is remarkable. It's exciting to be a part of that company even in some small way. Plus, getting the inside scoop on what they're up to and trying out new technologies like Live Mesh is great, too. (Note: I'm not a FTE - just a contract employee.)
Amanda says: look at Tim’s article on Live Mesh.
On my personal site, though, I have the most freedom - I would never give it up. I can say whatever I want and blog whenever I want. I don't have deadlines or content guidelines. Whenever you go pro, you have to mold yourself a bit to what that particular niche is all about. Keeping up a personal site on the side helps you stay focused on what it is you really care about. I am also able to have a more intimate conversation with other bloggers there than elsewhere, and that's still very much a part of what blogging to me is all about.
My blog focuses on technology news - more often than not, it's news about Web 2.0 and social media.
I don't use audio and video, I just write. Before I began working at Channel 10 and ReadWriteWeb, I would have said that I was a very regular blogger on my personal site. Now that I blog professionally, it's more of a challenge to keep my own site updated, but I try to post at least a couple of times per week.
I started blogging back in 2001 on Blogger. At the time, it was a way for me to keep an online journal of sorts and it was a much more private activity. Later on, when I moved to TypePad, I began combining the journaling aspect with writing about things that interested me. Of course, technology was one of my favorite topics because I was already interested in computers thanks to being in I.T. Having a platform to share news and opinions with others while also reading and responding to what those like me had to say was a great way to interact and participate in a global conversation about the new web technologies. Over time, this hobby of mine became a more serious endeavor, and I found myself blogging as just part of my daily routine. Today, I use my personal blog - now on WordPress, by the way - to continue that conversation that I began many years ago.