We have the GGB survey of Jenine Beekhuyzen for you…
Name: Jenine Beekhuyzen
Screen Name: jeninebeek - or a word for a Mayan serpent god, Kukulcan
Personal Blog: http://techgirlsarechic.blogspot.com/
Social Networks: Facebook mostly, I am trying to finish my PhD so my online free time is limited at the moment. Am interested to check out twitter but realise it will take up more time than I know I have! :)
Current Employment: Full time PhD student at Griffith University. Lecture at the Qld Institute of Business & Technology. Run my own business in which I do software training in Nvivo software and I also make jewellery and mosaics for sale (completely 'un-tech' which I love)
Location/country: Brisbane, Australia
I blog to promote my book 'Tech girls are chic, not just geek' www.techgirlsarechic.org - which is a not for profit project aimed at smashing the geek stereotype and encourage school girls to consider a career in Information Technology. The book is distributed free to school girls across Australia, with 8000 distributed in Australia and overseas since March 2008. I use the blog as a way to communicate the various activities that involve the book (such as careers events and expos where it is distributed for free). I dont know how many people read it but at least it is a way for me to keep track of everything that happens.
Mostly career events relating to school girls, but I also like to blog about female role models and scholarship and award opportunities for females in technology. I would like to spend more time blogging, but without being sure how many people read it, I am not sure if it is worth more investment of time. I would like to have more time to build up a readership but hopefully I will once I finish my studies. The website is still visited regularly after all this time and I have plans to add much more content to it in the future.
Usually pretty short blogs, and quite personal. I do like to add photos to my blogs, but find wordpress can be a bit fiddly with adding in images. I am not very sophisticated in my blogging, I just do what I have to do to get the message across in a readable and informative format. I like when people leave comments about posts I make. The interaction adds to the information provided by me. I haven't used audio and video but I would if the opportunity arose. I think videos are a great way to get a message across and would be happy to post them if they were relevant. I do have audio and videos posted on my own personal website (www.iinet.net.au/~beek).
I became a Geek Girl Blogger once I compiled and edited my book in March 2008. Blogging was an easy and quick way to send a message to anyone who comes to the website. And being a book about technology, I thought a blog would be a great way to communicate with readers, and it was is easy to link into my website. I did try to create a personal blog a couple of years ago but I found it a little strange to do it as I didn't see any real point in it. So this blog is much better because it has a purpose. Being limited in the online time I have available, I like to get in quick and post and do this regularly, rather than post less frequently with long blogs. I really am impressed with those people who do blog regularly and have really insightful things to say on current social and political topics. It really is a great way to communicate.