“What’s my plan?”
I’m not sure how to respond; I’m trying to figure it out, as I go along. Lately life has supplied a bushel of lemons, and I’m familiar with the saying “When life hands you a lemon, make lemonade” but what I’d really like to know is how do I make it into a slice of lemon pie?
For years, I’ve been delving around on the internet trying to get published. But working full-time and raising a family limited the time I spent and some sites that offered me a steady readership, PNN (defunct) and Yahoo, byline offered anemic compensation.
But I’ve also seen some succes. There was a “Name Us” on-line contest, an experiment that went viral with international submissions. I entered the name “Pxyl” and won. The company has since been named to INC Magazine 5000 list, as one of America’s fastest growing companies, maybe there’s magic in a name. I won a Kindle (I still have it) and they’ve mentioned my name a few times.
The MIT Age Lab in Cambridge, MA selected me to participate in a driving study. I was exposed to new technology, and discovered that age does have its perks. I was given the keys to a specially equipped vehicle, and connected by electronic leads to external computers, while video cameras mounted in the interior of the vehicle recorded me driving along the highway. The data and my responses were gathered, collected and uploaded to a Cloud in real time.
The world is fast changing and I’m interested in everything! This past August I was invited to Maine for a huge tech conference and saw first hand how the business IT landscape is changing. And yes, I noticed that it was mostly men, so I was happy to write about the many doors that are opening for Girls Coding. Meanwhile, the open platforms, the cost of processors (dropped) and the Internet of Things is real and it’s all rather amazing!
I’m a technician at heart. My mind is trained to always approach a problem by getting on its good side, and the only dumb question, is the one that wasn’t asked. So I started to ask questions on the internet to anonymous engineers. I took a free on-line coding class, I read and wrote and realized I was becoming more and more unemployable. Social media seemed appealing, so I decided to become a brand.
In April of 2014, I created a pseudonym, both tech savvy and internet friendly, named TechnyGal. I started a blog, first on the WIX platform and then here, on WordPress. I opened a Twitter account and tied them to Facebook. I purchased a few domain names Technygal.com and PinkisTheNewGreen.net and then I started writing.
Two months later I received an email from the Washington Post Live, inviting me to a forum in Boston, I accepted. The next day, I received another invitation to attend a 3 day conference being held in Boston, by AARP 50+ Life Reimagined. I graciously accepted.
While seated at a Press only luncheon, I leaned over and confessed to an executive VP, that I had no idea of how I had gotten there and that I was humbled and overwhelmed. She smiled and replied, “Just keep doing what you’re doing.” So I have…
It’s been less than a year, and I’m thinking more and more of what direction I’d like Technygal to go in, and I’m thinking it includes girls coding, selling lemonade and getting bigger slices of pie. But like I said, I’m not sure of how I’m doing what I’m doing, there’s just this steady movement always forward.
Your suggestions are welcome…