Well, hello there.
Hold on — let me close my Facebook, Twitter and email tabs. There. That’s better.
My name is Monica, I’m going to muse in this space about what it means to live with technology in a place as smart, driven and connected as Seattle, and I hope you’ll join me.
Those of you familiar with my work know that I’ve been something of a tech “enthusiast” (fanatic? junkie? weirdo?) for a while now. I couldn’t tell you the specs of every new tech toy or break down the workings of every blockbuster tech company. But I will go deep with anyone who wants to follow into how our personal technologies — the things you and I actually use — are penetrating, twisting and changing our lives.
At least, I’ll have theories. You might completely disagree with them. And that’s where the fun starts.
I’m no stranger to blogs and love a good debate. Your comments online and off fueled the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Big Blog, which I created and ran for a few years as a way to make Seattle news interactive, listening to perspectives on social media and hosting weekly reader meetups around the city to connect locals who love Seattle and want to see it thrive.
I’ve also had some time to see how personal tech is dreamed up and made. The energy of Seattle’s geek scene is just plain infectious, and it was only a matter of time before it seduced me completely. For a year I was outreach director at a local startup building a new storytelling platform, then I started helping other Seattle startups better understand and develop their user communities.
Good tech chatter goes on every day here in places you might not expect. None of us has all the answers, and if the digital age has taught us anything, it’s that no good idea is better left unshared.
Follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see where I’m digging and join in. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me where you stand, share an issue you’ve been wondering about or ping me on a good story. However you want to reach out, I’d love to hear from you.
Oh, and watch for my first column to appear here and in (gasp!) the actual printed paper this Sunday.
This should get interesting. Now, back to the stream …