Super Girl Tech/Web Junkie of @Mashable
Our #FollowFriday-worthy recommendation this week is Jenn Van Grove — one of the most prolific reporters for top tech blog, Mashable.
We at PR in Your Pajamas have nicknamed her the Super-Girl Tech/Web Junkie of Mashable, because she writes an average of 3-8 blogs daily, depending on what’s hot that day.
This may sound quite a bit from one person but given the unbelievable number of daily blogs posted on the Internet, Jenn can definitely deliver truly informative news about social media, start-ups, mobile offerings, tech-gadgets, media, business, and marketing.
Keeping up with web information has become quite daunting. Missing blogs from your favorite writers in just one day can be detrimental to your work and life in this age.
That’s why we love Jenn. She’s got an insatiable drive and passion for anything about technology and the Web. This is what makes her one of the most interesting bloggers on the Internet today.
Recently, I found myself in the habit of checking out her headlines before I retire each day. She never fails to give me something useful to know and ponder on. Her wide range of business and consumer topics are helpful intel for end-users, entrepreneurs, developers, and executives, particularly those in PR searching for a good story angle for their clients.
This dynamo also has her personal blog, where she writes about her life in San Francisco. But that’s another ball of wax! Colorful might be an understatement, but it’s appropriate. Even at the pace she’s going, Jenn constantly engages with those who follow her on Twitter. We don’t know how she does it; that’s why she has earned the title, “Super Girl.”
Get to Know Jenn
We nudged Jenn for this piece and we were so happy that she shared a side that we hardly see among our media pundits:
Laughs at: Modern Family, Arrested Development and my dad, who deserves a sitcom or reality show of his own.
Hopes: To someday be completely secure and content with who I am and where I am in life.
Thinks: What makes a good story? I’m obsessed with answering that question with each article I write.
Reveals: I was once in a car accident so severe that I was convinced, as the car was flipping end over end, that my brother (the driver) and I were going to die. We both miraculously walked away with just minor bruises and scratches.
At the time, I wrote this of the moments immediately following the crash when my brother and I were still trapped inside the car: “The trivial matters that normally consume me were no where to be found; in their place were the simplest and purest thoughts of my entire life: Life is about people.” That accident lives with me everyday, keeps me grounded and helps remind me of what’s important when I get caught up in everyday annoyances.
Dream Coffee Date: Steve Jobs. My dad, a huge Apple fanatic who reared me on Macintosh (thanks dad!), would totally flip out.
Is Inspired By: Kara Swisher. I can’t think of a stronger, more poignant female voice in technology journalism.
If you want to always keep up with what’s new, tune in and follow Jenn Van Grove. You will surely get your daily dose of information that’s useful and insightful.
Who are your favorite tech writers? Share them in the comments below, so we can follow them as well.
Liz Estrella-Basilio is Elena Verlee’s San Francisco partner at Cross Border Communications. Together they work with start-up to multi-million dollar technology companies who want to get their story heard in traditional, digital and social media.
She recently revived her Twitter account and will be out on the prowl to find those who are truly #FollowFriday-worthy on Twitter. Follow her at @lizestrellab.
Elena is founder of a technology PR agency that works with startups to billion-dollar companies. She is passionate about helping marketers and small business owners with practical publicity strategies.
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