Geek Girl Blogger - Lori MacVittie

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Name: Lori MacVittie
Screen Name: Lori MacVittie (I don't use pen names/pseudonyms)
mePersonal Blog’s:
The Application Delivery Network -(
Two Different Socks - (
Social Networks: 
    Slashdot (no user link)
    Fark (no user link)

Current Employment: Technical Marketing Manager @ F5 Networks
Location/country: Green Bay, WI

What is your reason/motivation for blogging?

On a daily basis it's part of my job, so that's a huge motivation. On my more personal blog, which is also focused on the same technology, I started blogging to "keep my fingers" in the industry and give myself a place in which I could express my opinions without concern for how it might impact my employer. My last position was with CMP Media as a Senior Technology Editor for Network Computing Magazine where one of the industries I followed was application delivery.When I joined F5 I still had all the same knowledge and insight into the industry, and wanted to continue sharing it with the market and its followers. I just love the technology; it's fascinating because it mashes up networking and application expertise and watching it change through the years has been very exciting. I'm actually a developer by trade and education (my M.S. is in Computer Science), so whenever I get the chance to apply that to something I get very excited.

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

One of the things I've learned over the years is how to associate the seemingly mundane and the exotic with technology. So while I'm always writing about application delivery in general, there's always a twist. I've applied World of Warcraft, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, airline travel, and stars with bodyguards to technology in the past. That means that the underlying technology is the same, but what I'm writing about isn't always the same. It also gives me a chance to sprinkle a bit of "me" into my daily blogs. Infrequently I'll blog in broader terms about some technology-related topic that isn't necessarily relevant to my employer, but that I have a particularly strong opinion on that I feel like sharing. When I'm writing on my personal blog it's almost always about the same "stuff", but many different companies and endeavours, so I get to mix it up a bit. I also sometimes write things a bit more personal on my personal blog (go figure) so that adds some flavour.

What style of blogging do you do, short and regular, or not so regular but long, other? And is your blogging just text or do you also use audio or video?

My blogging style for F5 is regular and somewhere between short and long, depending on the topic. My personal blogging style is long and irregular. On personal blogs I do text only, but for F5 I've done some audio and slidecasting, which is pretty cool. "Back in the day", as they say, I did short video pieces for The News Show, a VLOG for CMP Media. While I didn't hate it, I didn't like it, either, so I tend to stay away from video.

42-15530438 How Lori became a Geek Girl Blogger:

I've been a geek since I was very young and I've been a girl, well, all my life. I started blogging 5 or 6 years ago when it was required by the magazine I worked for at the time. I found I enjoyed it, and was pleased to be able to integrate blogging as part of my current employment and to start blogging on my own.

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Anonymous's picture

Wow..I love to blog..but this

Wow..I love to blog..but this is so interesting that you have so many sites to be connected to you. great job.

Anonymous's picture

I read your blog about

I read your blog about Exchange 2010, and I cannot figure that you have ever touched it in person. It read like an upper-level manager wrote it, it wasn't technical, and much of it didn't remotely reflect the actual migration process. You even said 'leveraged.' Ugh.

jethro's picture

i presume you are referring

i presume you are referring to Lori's article. This comment would be better on her blog not mine.