Open Thread: But what if I want to hear about more than 10 terrific tech blogs?

BlogHer has a post listing 10 Terrific Tech Blogs (written by women). We’re even included, as is my university friend Gail! I enjoy seeing these lists and learning about a few new blogs, but it always makes me wonder… what other great blogs am I missing out on?

A related thought about missing out: I know my technical blog doesn’t particularly mention my gender, so it’s not likely to make a list of women bloggers unless I put myself on it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who “suffers” from this side effect of indeterminate names/pseudonyms.

So here’s your chance to brag about your own blog, or rave about awesome blogs you read. The ground rules for this link love-in are that the blog must have a woman author, and the subject has to be geeky. If you can, try writing a little paragraph about why we should check this blog out and give us a quote like the BlogHer article does — I know as a busy person, I rarely click on links unless there’s some reasonable context there to make me interested.

But this is also an open thread, in which you can discuss older posts, ask questions, tell stories, suggest other link round-ups, or anything else that takes your fancy. Go!

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About terriko

Terri has a PhD in horribleness, assuming we can all agree that web security is kind of horrible. She stopped working on skynet (err, automated program repair and AI) before robots from the future came to kill her and got a job in open source, which at least sounds safer. Now, she gets paid to break things and tell people they're wrong, and maybe help fix things so that people won't agree so readily with the first sentence of this bio in the future. Terri writes/tweets under the name terriko, enjoys making things and mentoring others and has a plain ol' home page at http://terri.toybox.ca.

21 thoughts on “Open Thread: But what if I want to hear about more than 10 terrific tech blogs?

  1. Judielaine

    My blog at http://www.grey-cat.com/curious meets the two criteria you offer, although it hits a diverse area of geeky. There’s local environmental geek content about once a month as i post information about my watershed: Stevens Creek, which drains into San Francisco bay. Then there are genealogy geek posts which might be of interest just to those “local” to my DNA.

    The general geeky content addresses digital libraries, GIS & GPS, and now identity related issues (tying together previous interests in privacy and social graph issues).

  2. Mary

    Poking my own feed reader for blogs that are mainly geeky and by women (which is interesting actually, as many blogs by women I read are too genre jumping for you here):

    ginger’s thoughts by Silvia Pfeiffer is a technical blog largely about multimedia, in particular multimedia on the web and HTML5.

    All The Modern Things by Brianna Laugher is a Free Culture blog about Wikimedia projects. Since she’s not active in Wikimedia much now I’m not sure how much she will update in the near future.

    Kimberlee Weatherall at LawFont.com blogs about intellectual property law in Australia, particularly although not only that affecting the Free Software and Culture communities.

    Karen Healey at Attention Rebellious Jezebels is probably more famous than us, and blogs about young adult fiction writing and fandom among other things. She hasn’t updated Girls read comics (and they’re pissed) in a long time, but it is about comics fandom.

    Brenda Wallace at coffee.geek.nz writes about her many coding projects, and copyright activism, especially in New Zealand.

    Raven’s book reviews at Song of a Traveller: the courtesan’s salon focus on all kinds of geekery, but especially martial arts, history, poetry, emergency response and fantasy fiction.

    1. Terri

      I was inspired by the premise of the blogher post, but I’d love to have a link-love-in for other blog genres in a future open thread. Everyone, please feel free to suggest other categories for a future one if you’re so inspired.

  3. Helga

    I want to take the chance to brag our blog – allthough only 3 out of 8 authors are female, they have written almost 60% of the articles on that blog and they are in charge of maintaining design as well as content.

    We are blogging about our daily web application development work, about technical details and technologies as well as about our experiences with agile methods. Posts range from code centered tips / examples and book reviews to stories from our everyday work life and funny things we ran into. So http://www.realdevelopers.com/blog is kind of exactly what you would expect from a developers weblog.

  4. Shauna

    Taking advantage of the openness of this thread: I’ve been wanting to contribute to an OSS project but am wary of picking the wrong one. Can anyone suggest a project that is welcoming to ladies and newbies? My programming strengths are HTML/CSS/PHP/mySQL, although I know some Java and Matlab too.

    1. Mary

      To me the Drupal project is the most obvious one you could consider. They have a pretty active and visible minority of women contributing.

  5. Mirabai Knight

    I write the blog for my current FLOSS project, Plover:

    http://plover.stenoknight.com/

    It’s the first open source, cross-platform steno software, which works with both a $3,000 steno machine and a $60 anti-ghosting gaming keyboard (http://stenoknight.com/plover/RGsidewinder.jpg). Concurrently, I’m developing a “teach yourself steno” series, which is a crash course on how to write 225 words per minute in real time. There’s also the “What Is Steno Good For?” series (http://plover.stenoknight.com/2010/03/how-to-speak-with-your-fingers.html), which tries to lay out a few of the reasons why steno is intensely useful and cool for a variety of applications. My co-developer/Python tutor and I have been developing the program since last November, and it already works fairly well with the included 117,000-entry steno dictionary, though there are a lot more cool things we’re planning to add to it.

  6. Mary

    I’ve asked that discussion of vaccination in general move from comments on my post to here, just noting in case anyone wonders why a vaccination thread suddenly pops up.

    Kim asked:

    So what are your takes on varicella? That’s the only one I’ve held off on my toddler getting.

    My answer to this is actually grounded in emotion rather than reason so much, so I’m not being a great advertisement for science-based feminist parenting, but my children will receive this vaccine (which is on the schedule in Australia) unless specifically contraindicated. I had an immunocompromised child in my family back before there was a vaccine and we were on eggshells about whether another child would pick it up at school and infect the ill child with terrible consequences. My husband had primary chicken pox as an adult and we spent some time worrying about the pneumonia that is not rare in adult chicken pox patients. So to me varicella is actually A Big Scary Disease.

    A paediatrician promoted the vaccine to me purely on economic grounds: parent and child don’t both have to take time off school and work when the child gets chickenpox any more, if the child is vaccinated. That would horrify many anti-vax parents, but provided that the vaccine has rare enough side effects, an economic justification actually makes some sense.

  7. Rick

    There are a lot of mind-numbingly awesome women blogging out in the test-o-sphere. Here are three; follow their blogrolls and you’ll find many more.

    Marlena Compton is up to some awesome stuff with data visualization.

    “There is something interesting going on at Facebook that has nothing to do with their exceptionally awful privacy policy. It does have something to do with data visualization and everything to do with test automation.”

    Lisa Crispin is one of the preeminent practitioners of and writers about agile testing. The test world would look a lot different if it wasn’t for her work.

    Catherine Powell’s blog is one of my favourites; a steady stream of testing tips and reality checks.

  8. Mary

    More immunisation discussion, replying to Mike:

    A lot of the people who die of flu _can’t_ get the shot, because they’re immonocompromised. They depend entirely on herd immunity…

    Source? The flu shot (as opposed to the nasal spray available in the United States) is not a live vaccine. It can be given to immunocompromised people. It’s probably less effective in them (see here for a press-release-ish discussion) but it’s not true to say that for influenza they must rely entirely on herd immunity.

    1. Brenda

      that’s interest – I tried to get the flu vaccine while pregnant, but was refused. That year i was relying on those around me to not give me the flu (it’s awful being sick while pregnant, as there is pretty much nothing you can take to deal with the symptoms either).

  9. Mary

    ptp asks:

    (As an aside, is there a way to preview my posts before I submit them? I like to proof-read posts like the one above a few times before finally posting, and preview windows help me catch things I often miss in editor windows)

    I wouldn’t mind this feature myself, I’ve asked our web wranglers if there’s a suitable plugin we could have installed.

    1. ptp

      Awesome, thanks! And sorry bout the vocab slip-up. That’s one of those things I try to proof for, too :(

  10. Melinda

    I’ve have a little blog at MissGeeky.com. It’s more about the non-techy side of geeky (although I do have a techy background), so movies, TV, games, comics etc. Need to check out the others have mentioned above!

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