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2017 in Photos

In an attempt to get better at photography, this year I started and shared a photo a day to it (the total was 366… so I guess I shared one extra but I’m not sure when). I also shared these photos on Instagram. I wasn’t a huge fan of Instagram at first and was irritated […]

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Another Break

Last year I took a month off blogging. I live by the schedule, but sometimes it seems oppressive. I don’t want to break it arbitrarily, but if I’m so busy living by the schedule how do I understand what it does for me, and what should change? Last year I didn’t get the desired effects. […]


A Break

I’ve been blogging 3x a week for ~2 years now. It’s been really good for me. I really believe in a schedule, I think it’s made me a better writer, and kept me on track. However for a while now I’ve been contemplating… taking a break. I didn’t want to do it for the wrong reasons – […]

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Some Thoughts on Blogging

Things I’ve Found Have a Backlog I always give the same advice when people ask me about starting a blog. I say: put together a month’s worth of content first. As far as I know, no-one who has asked me this has actually started a blog, so maybe it’s bad advice. Or, maybe it’s good advice, […]

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Being Yourself On The Internet

I’m Cate, I work for Google as a Software Engineer (on mobile Gmail). For fun, I’m a qualified ski instructor and I love to kickbox. I was the Instigator of Awesome at Awesome Ottawa, and I do various things around getting more women into CompSci. I have a BSc from the University of Edinburgh and […]


Most Popular Posts from 2010

It’s been quite a year for my blog – the connections I’ve made, the comments you’ve left. I’m blown away by the stats. Thank you for stopping by! Round up of my most popular posts: Interviewing @ Google – comprehensive list of what I did to prepare for my interviews. Presentation Slides for “Conversation 2.0: […]

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Sharing Lessons From Stories We Can’t Tell

Last week, I wrote that things have been a little bonkers lately. I have not spent seven days straight in Ottawa since the start of August and I’m stressed, discombobulated, and overwhelmed. Normally, I figure things about by writing about them. Lots of work on? How can I be more organized/better at delegating/manage my time most […]

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Working for The Man

I keep reading people who’ve quit their job in order to make a living as a blogger. There’s all this stuff about minimalist life, and freedom from routine. Is routine so bad? Is stuff so bad? I like to live in different places, but I like to live there. And I like having stuff. If […]

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Would You Give Up Your Blog?

I have this fear: when I graduate I will have nothing to blog about. But reading about Forrester’s move lately has left me pondering a different question – what if taking a great job, meant ending my blog. I don’t think I would – would you? Forrester is (slightly) different because it’s to do with […]

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Simple Steps that Reduced my Bounce Rate

Given that my current project is all about engagement, it’s probably not surprising that I’m more focused on engagement with my website than number of hits. Here’s my SEO strategy: write content, post regularly, give pages different names, insert images properly. That’s it. However the bounce rate is more interesting – that’s the number of […]