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Geeky Girl We Love: Katie Lee of Shiny Shiny

Last month we featured some of the cutest geeky couples and bachelors in the blogoshere, which left many of you wondering - what about the women? Fear not my fine friends, we were just saving the best for last. March is Women's History Month so I figured there was no better way to celebrate than to highlight some of the smartest, most creative and successful women on the internet.

Katie Lee is the editorial director of Shiny Media, the UK's biggest blog publishing company. She edits Shiny Shiny, a spunky, smart and fun UK gadgets blog that every geek girl should put on her "must read" list. For the full interview with Katie,

Geeksugar: Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you become a blogger?
Katie: I was a technology writer working at What Laptop magazine and felt like gadgets weren’t really being covered in women’s magazines. It seemed crazy to me, but after getting one tiny piece in Marie Claire I was still frustrated by their reluctance to feature technology. Then I met Ashley Norris (another technology writer) at a press launch. He already had Tech Digest, which he’d set up with Chris Price (yet another tech journo) and I was a blogging obsessive – reading loads of them when I should have been working. So it seemed natural that we should set up a partnership, which is how Shiny Shiny developed. I joined them in the freelance world and we set up Shiny Media, which we ran in our spare time until this year when all three of us went full time.

Geeksugar: What are your hobbies besides blogging?
Katie: There are things beside blogging?! Actually, I’m fully hobbied up: I like crochet, yoga, reading, playing computer games, cutting things down in the garden, DIY, going for long walks, watching LOTs of TV. Occasionally I hit a guitar and attempt to sing along.

Geeksugar: How many hours are you online everyday?
Katie: I’d say anything from 9-15 a day.

Geeksugar: Your first computer was a ...
Katie: One of the old green screen Amstrad PCWs. We had one at home so I used to show all the other girls how to do stuff in the IT classes. I was (then, as now) an insufferable know-it-all. Before that, my primary school also had an old BBC Microcomputer which I was totally besotted by and used to stay late to play on. Sad sad sad.

Geeksugar: What are three things you featured on Shiny Shiny that you really want?
Katie: I’m really lucky to have pretty much every gadget my heart desires, but there are a couple of things left that I’d like. An HD JVC Everio would be nice, one of Denon’s obscenely expensive sound systems and I’d also really like an electric car or scooter so I can attempt to kill myself on the mean streets of London (or spend the rest of my adult life sitting in traffic, which is more likely).

Geeksugar: What is your favorite thing about your job? What is your favorite thing about Shiny Shiny?
Katie: When I worked on a magazine I used to feel terrible about the amount of time I spent skiving off on the internet. Now that’s my job. Yay me!
My favourite thing about Shiny Shiny? The fact that it’s a funny website for women – turns out women do have a sense of humour (something I’ve long suspected).

Geeksugar: Any funny stories about being a blogger?
Katie: There’s nothing we love more at Shiny Towers than a morning spent comparing the levels of craziness represented by our various web-stalkers. And we like the hate mail on YouTube as well.

Geeksugar: How many blogs are in your RSS reader?
Katie: Well, I have quite a few different RSS readers now (which, on reading this back, I realize makes me sound like even more of a saddo), but my Bloglines has 142 blogs in it. I’m not sure if that’s a lot or not. I still go crazy and actually *visit* some of the blogs I read (sheer madness, I know).

Geeksugar: Describe a typical day at work for you.
Katie: Get into the office at 9ish, read emails, read blogs, type lots of emails, send lots of Skype messages, phone a few people, go to some really boring meetings, occasionally actually *write* a blog entry (don’t get to do that as much these days), meet up with new bloggers, old bloggers, journos wanting to blog, non-bloggers wanting to blog, check on new blog launches (design, copy etc), read more blogs, chat to Shiny girls, have a pointless argument with Susi about something trivial, mock one of the Shiny girls for being a geek (or vice versa), drink tea, eat food, have a disagreement about what music to listen to, laugh at something on YouTube, send more emails. Then I go home and read more blogs, write the odd blog posts, watch TV (on computer or on TV), fanny around on the internet. I live a full and varied life.

Geeksugar: Who do you think are the top 5 sexiest male geeks in the world?
Katie: Surely the two are mutually exclusive?! I have no idea what he looks like, but Joel Johnson is my geek hero – for making Gizmodo so funny for so long.

Geeksugar: Who do you think are the top 5 sexiest female geeks in the world?
Katie: Gizmodo put me in their top ten blogging babes list. I wasn’t best pleased (though, perhaps perversely, I felt all fuzzy when Nandini picked me).

Geeksugar: Name a blogger you admire and tell us why.
Katie: God, where to start?! Tom Reynolds for writing a blog that’s endlessly compelling, shocking, exciting, funny and passionate. Eurotrash, for sharing too much and making me laugh. And the Underpaid Kept Woman for writing a blog about being a mother that is funny even if you don’t have/like/want kids.

Geeksugar: How do you feel about being called a “geek”?
Katie: I did the Geek test and only came up 36.09 geek. I felt cheated.

Geeksugar: What is the geekiest thing about yourself?
Katie: The fact that I wanted to score higher on the geek test.

Geeksugar: What is your goal for Shiny Shiny?
Katie: I'd like to teach the world to sing.

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