Leap Podcast Episode 3: Web celeb Gia Milinovich

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As a blogger and tech journalist working in 2005, Gia Milinovich was something of a hero of mine. She wrote about all manner of nerd things and introduced me to this bloke Professor Brian Cox (her husband and some kind of physics whizz, apparently).

In 2009, when she agreed to write a column for ParentDish for me, I was pretty chuffed.

So imagine my joy when in 2015 she agreed to let me come round her house, meet her Devon Rexes and sit in her kitchen recording episode three of the LEAP podcast.

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More podcasts on their way soon! Next up we have the erudite, insightful and slightly sweary Joanne Mallon. 

Life Exists After Parenthood – My New Podcast!

Katie Lee Podcast

Just when it looked like I’d vanished completely off the internet, I go and launch two new projects! As well as my new eCourse (sign up, it’s free and also a bit silly!) I’ve started a podcast.

The LEAP Podcast with Katie Lee!

ITunes LEAP Podcast - Jo Behari.pngI’ll be interviewing top business owners about their experience of having children while on the job, how it affected their confidence, what they did with their childcare arrangements, and how they continued to be supreme beings even when there was a bit of vomit on their top.

First up we have the incomparable Jo Behari, entrepreneur, parent, all-round excellent human (and funny to boot).

Let me know what you think! And if you’d like to be interviewed, or if you know a fabulous female entrepreneur who can tell me some tales, please get in touch!

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Update: It’s now on iTunes! Subscribe! Review!

I’m one of Hiscox’s Small Business Stars! Check me!

ShinykatieThe other week, I featured on Hiscox’s Small Business Stars blog for my work as agency founder and entrepreneur of my digital media agency, Miramus.

I was chosen to appear on the blog to talk about my experience of the industry and the importance of having contacts in the blogging world.

Here’s the part where my natural modesty leads me to conclude that I magically stay abreast of the industry via some form of osmosis as yet unknown to science:

“Sometimes I think I’ve fallen behind with stuff, but then I go out and talk to normal humans and get my perspective back. I read the C_ncentrate newsletter every week and then I’ll do a quick scan through of Smartbrief every few weeks to see what’s going on. I also just absorb information from friends in the industry and Twitter, as well as reading other industry sites.”

Read my full interview here on the Hiscox blog.

Pinterest: more popular with “women” than normal people

mood boardAsk me if I’d like to give my opinion for something and I will free-associate on that theme for the entire afternoon.

So, it’s perhaps lucky that I didn’t get my thoughts over to Hannah in time to get featured in her piece about the popularity of Pinterest for the Guardian. She kindly created an extended cut for her blog, however, adding in some of the other stragglers.

Hannah asked me why I thought Pinterest appealed so much to women. As we all know, I am always more than happy to speak on behalf of my entire sex despite the fact that I am a massive geek who thinks films with swords in are cool.

Here’s what I said:

I think this gender thing is a little bit disingenuous. There would be NO articles about why a social bookmarking site was mainly populated by males…
However, there’s no doubt that the design of the site is geared to be female-friendly, unlike more masculine-looking social curation sites like Digg or Metafilter. The “about” page is also very female-focused (although I’m sure there are plenty of men who quite fancy sharing all the “beautiful things” they find on the web while they “plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes”).
But I would argue that most of the social curation and social bookmarking sites started out as sites created by men for men. I doubt it was a conscious decision for many, of course. But, since so many of them were created to serve particular communities, it often worked out that way.
If the population really is more female than male, it is because Pinterest has been picked up by the craft, design and cookery communities online and because it was in closed Beta for long enough to get a very focused set of communities.
But it won’t be long before there are just as many virtual pinboards filled with cars, technology and whatever other stereotypical things men are supposed to be interested in.
And if that doesn’t happen, so what? It doesn’t make Pinterest freakish if it attracts the other 50%.

Pinterest – why the new social network is gaining so much interest. (Hannah Waldram’s blog)

Pinterest piqued in UK for ‘creative, pretty and completist’ social network (Hannah’s article on the Guardian website)

And here’s my cue to give you a link to my Pinterest boards, which look fairly moth-eaten and aren’t anything like as excellent as my Wists account. Why couldn’t Wists have been Pinterest? That would have saved me a whole heap of effort.

Also: Dork Adore’s Pinterest

Image: JM2C

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.

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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.