I know I met Gabrielle Blair at SXSW Interactive. It was really early in this blog, and she had Kirtsy with Laura and Laurie. I loved all three of them instantly and I'm proud to call all of them good friends. Then there was the time that Gabby lived in Colorado and I got to see her (slightly) more often - but most times, I just stalk her online like everyone else does. Gracious. That is one word that I have seen used to describe Gaby's book, but I would say that is pretty much her whole being. If anyone can float around the room and make you more calm with her presence, it's her. So *OF COURSE* her book feels just like that too. Even though you marvel at how she manages life with six kids. And creates such a beautiful site. With all those lovely photos. And kick-butt ideas.
I have been singing the praises of Rdio so long you'd think I work there. I share their playlists, I make people join, I listen to it all day long (with our paid family subscription). I often talk about how much I prefer the Rdio interface to Spotify, particularly in terms of a discovery service that gives me data about what my friends are listening to - and shapes my music accordingly. But lately there have been some major changes to the way albums and playlists appear in the desktop, and frankly, I am ticked off. I know I am 44 years old and have aging eyes, but the way that tech companies are catering to young hipsters (hello, iOS7) is irritating. IF anyone is doing usability testing, they are doing it with like-minded peers - and that sucks.
Ever since I went out on my own with Giese Media, I have had exceptional luck with clients. Even better, exceptional luck with clients coming back. After we launched the new Savvy Sassy Moms and Child Mode sites, their (separate) founders came back to me with a (collaborative) idea. ROAR Retreat will be a social media conference held this fall in Costa Rica, where Andrea of SSM has relocated with her family. The idea revolves around bringing bloggers together to share ideas, to get empowered and to build community.
Note: This post is sponsored by Microsoft in that they are providing the giveaways. All words are mine. While I have always been a Mac girl, I have also always used Microsoft Office. I started my professional life just as desktop computers were taking over…