Article for the Times

I wrote a piece for the Times Bricks and Mortar section recently. Not my area of expertise usually, but since you can’t stop me bleating on about how great Crystal Palace is, it had to happen some time.

Crystal Palace Times Article

It’s strange talking about “housing stock” and “local schools”, though I guess it’s not much different from harping on about “storage capability” or “processing power”.

While I was grabbing the link, I found this article from 2005, which I don’t remember ever seeing. I was a bit of a gadget girl rent-a-gob for a while there – until Shiny Shiny writers flooded the market and lady tech writers stopped being such a novelty – and 2005 was a vintage year for flippant Lee-quotage .

For Katie Lee, founder of the female-friendly gadget site Shiny Shiny, laptops mean “I can do all my work in bed, wearing jimjams and eating Hobnobs”

Which is *exactly* what I’m doing right now – right down to the eating Hobnobs part. It’s like my life has come full circle!

I’m like Proust, but 90% more shallow.

Leaving Shiny Media

Get your hankies ready because it’s true: I’m no longer working for Shiny Media. I was very sorry to leave such a vibrant, fun and brilliant business (OK, I know I’m biased), but after four years it felt like the right time to move on.

I’ll be announcing a couple of new ventures/projects in the coming weeks and in the meantime, you can still find me in Look magazine, and (of course) on Twitter.

Stay tuned for more news!

From the press release:

We also announce today the departure of our editorial director and co-founder Katie Lee from Shiny. Katie played a massive role in developing Shiny and in particular several of its hero blogs. She has now decided that the time is right to leave the business. She does however remain a significant shareholder in Shiny and we are very grateful for all she has done over the years.

Look Magazine – Life Consultancy

I’ve been writing Look Magazine’s gadget column for the past year now. I’m really impressed that a women’s magazine has not only included a regular, weekly gadget and tech column, but that they have allowed me to write some really quite geeky things without complaining.

Thanks Look Magazine people!

Telegraph Christmas Gadgets Feature

Katie Lee Telegraph
Once again, I was wheeled out to assist with the Telegraph’s Christmas gadget extravaganza. You can view my contributions here:

Gadgets For Girls this Christmas:

Young Teens
Teens & 20-somethings
Over 30s
Over 40s

They seem to have added in some typos especially for the online edition, so consider that a special extra treat.

Sorry about splitting people up into gender and age demographics. They made me do it. Just be glad that I didn’t make all the gifts for over 40s geriatric aids.

Gadgets for girls and boys in the Telegraph

Here’s a rather smart rendering of the Christmas gadgets piece I did for the Telegraph, with a slideshow and everything.

Read Article

Current Freelance Stuff

Since running Shiny Media now takes up most of my time, I don’t do quite as much freelance writing. However, regular stuff I’m still doing includes:

Observer Woman – gadgets column
Voyager – BMI’s in-flight magazine – gadgets column
Custom PC Big in Japan column

And lots of stuff for Woman & Home magazine.

I’m also working on a special new project for a big publishing house. More details to come!

Katie’s Yoga Flames – For the Indy on Sunday Review

I made a video for my Independent on Sunday Review photography column. This month it was about shooting video on your digital camera and here is my attempt:

Regular Column in Observer Woman

Just a quick note to say that I’m now doing a regular gadget section in Observer Woman magazine, the latest monthly mag from the Observer.

Guardian Article

I’ve written another piece about moblogging, this time for the Guardian magazine.

Oh, and I also did a round up of snazzy gadgets at the same time.

And while I’m on the subject, here’s a link to a piece about a Virtual Beauty pageant by Simon Creasey in which I proffer my opinion.

Radio One – Oneclick/Future

I’ve done a couple of podcast type things for Radio One recently for their oneclick/future shows. You can listen to the current one here.