Geek Girl Blogger - Jenine Beekhuyzen

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We have the GGB survey of Jenine Beekhuyzen for you…

jenine Name: Jenine Beekhuyzen
Screen Name: jeninebeek - or a word for a Mayan serpent god, Kukulcan
Personal Blog:
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

What is your reason/motivation for blogging?

I blog to promote my book 'Tech girls are chic, not just geek' - 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.

What is it that you find yourself blogging about, mostly the same stuff or does it vary?

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.

What style of blogging do you tend to use: short and regular, or not so regular but long, other? And is your blogging  text + photos or do you also use audio/ video?

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 (

42-15530438  How Jenine became a Geek Girl Blogger:

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.

Thanks for reading our latest GGB survey…

If you are a Geek Girl Blogger, or know that you probably are one even if you don’t consider yourself to be one, and you’d like to be featured in our series, then please contact us and we’ll get back to you. We’re always on the lookout for some new GGB’s so don’t hesitate if you’re interested. We’d love to feature you!


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Anonymous's picture

Of course I am a GGB and I

Of course I am a GGB and I will be contacting you pretty soon!

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I must say that Jenine

I must say that Jenine Beekhuyzen have an iconic personality that especially inspires freshers who have been struggling as blogger.Her dedication and hard work to her profession on blogging have been supporting to achieve her expected goal.