Understanding both communications and technology is a good thing

When interviewing for jobs, I often get many questions about my technical background. I think it throws people that, for a person who has focused mainly on communications strategy my entire professional career, I know so much and get so excited about technology. What can I say, I’m a geek!

Ever since I was a kid, I liked to take things apart to see how they work. I was never very good at building things, but always had a knack for reverse engineering devices to figure out how all the various pieces work together. I didn’t discriminate when it came to picking the type of device to take apart. I went through four or five Teddy Ruxpin dolls; ruined at least two gaming systems; and had to take the bus quite a few times after trying to dismantle my own car engine. To my credit, curiosity has neither killed, nor seriously injured, this cat.

I have always been fascinated with computers and the internet, especially websites. I took HTML class in junior high school, and have been in love ever since. As an adult, when I had the opportunity to switch over from doing community organizing and traditional communications to digital strategy, I was giddy beyond belief. I was able to do something most people dream of – make a career out of a hobby that I love. Continue reading “Understanding both communications and technology is a good thing”