Geek Girl Blogger - Damana

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Name: Damana Madden
Screen Name/'s: Damana + Mana + Geek Diva
Personal Blogs:
Geek Diva -
Personal -
Girl Geek Dinners Sydney -
Other Blogs She Contributes To:
Sydney Nrrd Grrls -
Girly Geekdom Blog -
Guy Geekdom -
Social Networks: Facebook, Twitter, linkedin, YouTube.
Current Employment: ThoughtWorks -
Location: Sydney, Australia


What is your reason/motivation for blogging?

My personal blog is an easy way to broadcast to family and friends, what I am doing. I started it when I moved to Sydney. My geek blog was the result of having too much computing stuff on my personal blog and boring my friends and family.

Blogging is a good way to rant about the ideas and opinions you have. For me, writing it down and explaining an idea helps me form it and understand it better.

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

I blog about everything. I'm high disclosure. Twitter is good for microblogging  what I'm doing or thinking or reading. My personal blog holds all the social things I do and lots of photos of events. My geek blog has a lot of thoughts of women in IT; interactions with the crazy geeks I encounter; and ideas about geeky world.

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?

Short and at random times when ideas hit me. I have a huge list of half written blog entries that may never see the light of day. Some are even one liners that I go back and read and wonder what I was going on about.
My blogs have video, text and lots of photos.

How Damana became a Geek Girl Blogger:42-15530438

I don't have a step by step story of how it happened. The Internet has always been a part of my professional life. I used to have a geocities homepage in the early days of the web that I updated with all sorts of stuff. It was an early blog, I guess. When I came to Sydney, it seemed the best way to let everyone know what I was doing, if they were interested. Those "dear everybody" emails always annoyed me because they are impersonal and you send them not knowing if they'll be read or not. A blog is a soap box. A way of expressing yourself and sharing ideas. I have always had a lot of opinions and this was the logical place for them.
I started blogging about geek girls and went on to start a branch of Girl Geek Dinners in Sydney because there was a vacuum when it came to information about geek girls. Since then, it's grown and even exploded. There are more geek girls out there then I ever realised. Yay!
The best idea for those who want to start is to just start. You'll work out what you want to say as you try things out. It's nice if you already have an audience in mind but if not, talk about what you know about and don't hold back.

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