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March 31, 2010

Where Did I Get The Name TechnoBabe

My then boyfriend who is now my husband and I were living together. We converted the living room of the delightful little house we were renting into our "office/music room". I had one side of the room for my home office which consisted of my computer and 5 printer/fax/scanners. The other side of the room was conveniently sized for the boyfriend's computer and music equipment.

My Dell computer died. Boyfriend was strictly a mac guy and I had used his computer some and liked it, so we ordered an iMac for me. When it arrived, the first thing I noticed was how simple it is to plug something into it. One step (plug in) and the printer could be used or the iPod as opposed to three or more steps with the Dell.

It took a little adjusting and experimenting with the iMac to learn how easy it is but each step during the learning process boyfriend would cheer me on with "Way to go, TechnoBabe", or "You rock, TechnoBabe" each time I learned and used something on the new computer.

While we were living in that house I decided I was ready to have a blog. I had been surfing blogs for about six months and liked so many of them and felt the urge to investigate the blogging process from the blogger side. I did not have confidence in my writing ability, but I felt sure that blogging would be enjoyable for me. We talked about what name I would want and that just wasn't as important as what would be in the actual blog. Boyfriend suggested TechnoBabe and that was already familiar and comfortable for me so that seemed a natural choice. And then I added Adventures because I have had enough adventures in my life to fill ten lives and the adventures are still filling my life.

It didn't occur to me what the reader's impression would be. Some kind people have left comments on this blog voicing their surprise when they learn I have grown children and grandchildren. I have just been bee bopping along writing in my little hippie blog and not realizing that I had not made it clear that I am a mom and grandma.

Traveling around reading various blogs is a good experience. Some blogs are such beautiful pieces of art. The headers on some blogs are gorgeous and sometimes I think, Hey, that could be my little blog. I could update and turn it into a sophisticated artful blog and change the name to reflect the development. But I am sentimental. My boyfriend who is now my hubby helped me pick the name. I like a clean look on this blog. I have had so many changes in my life so it is strange that I prefer to keep something like it is. My first post was September 4 2006. During that time I changed the background once and appreciated the beauty of the background, but felt it took away from the simple look I want here.

We are each attracted to specific blogs for our own reasons. The fact that some people are reading my blog is a delight and warms my soul. Thank you.

Note: TechnoBabe is five years old in the picture.

57 comments:

Gappy said...

I first came over to you via A Free Man. I had seen your name about in his comments and it always stood out for me. The first post I read was the one about the little girl peeing under a corner of carpet. It was a thing of beauty. I've been hooked ever since.

Eternally Distracted said...

I absolutely love the pic, so cute! The blog name is great and I think it's cool that it makes people question or think about who you really are... I totally agree on the clean blog look - I really feel it makes a difference to open a post quickly without waiting for all the extras to load... but then i'm biased because my blog is naked too ;0)

Ronda Laveen said...

I love the name TechnoBabe. It makes me think of you as a cyberspace magnate. Which you are, of course. After five flippin' years, you deserve the title, TechnoBabe and Beyond. Love the photo. You are so stinkin' cute. I love your clean blog too! No fuss. No muss. Straight to the point.

Your blog truly reflects your personality. Is this you anniversary?

Shadow said...

i like your blog. and how you got your 'name'. and that what you write here... it works for me too.

Jana said...

I love the name of your blog especially in light of the knowledge that you are indeed a mom and grandmom. That picture of yours is adorable too…it has such a lovely old world charm to it.

Brian Miller said...

hey there friend...glad i came back in time to read this one...have wondered about th e name...i like the clean look and try to keep it myself...hope you have a great day!

Clippy Mat said...

I wondered about that too. I thnk I pictured you in a sort of workshop surrounded by gadgets that needed repairing, with a bank of computers against one wall.
Love the photo
;-)

janeywan said...

Sweet, as I'm sure you are now.
Keep blogging!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

I like reading your blog because it rolled everything into one :)

Plus you write good and importantly, your blog is not MESSY with needless applications. Sometimes the simplest blog is the best.

Way to go Mommy Technobabe!

TechnoBabe said...

Greetings, Gappy. Glad you are comfy in my little hippie blog. I like yours too!

Eternally Distracted, my dear! Thank you for your kind words. I know you and I see things similarly. I enjoy your humor on your blog so much!

Yo Ronda, the chick with the cool cars! You have always been so encouraging to me and I thank you.

Shadow, I take it to my heart that you like my blog. Your work is always magnificent.

Jana, my dear, the picture has old world charm because it is indeed old! Smile.

Brian, my friend! I like the clean look on your blog as well. Hug your cuties from me.

Clippy Mat, actually the surroundings you describe are pretty accurate. We love lots of machines and gadgets here. We got rid of more than half when we moved here. Thanks for your lovely comments.

Janeywan, thank you. I want the best for you. I hope things get better for you real soon.

Shadowthorne, my blogland son! Thank you, my dear, for the kind comment. Ever since you turned 31 you have turned into a real sweetie.
Smile and hugs to you.

Jeanie said...

I like what Ronda said "Technobabe and Beyond". The little girl in the picture has come a long way. Thanks for sharing where your title came from.

DJan said...

I figured the name came from your ability to fix these dang computers, and I was right! And I too, because of the name, thought you were much younger. Five years as a blogger, and yours is one I love, partly because of its unpretentiousness, and partly because of the excellent and thoughtful comments you leave on mine!

Betty said...

I was wondering about your name. Glad you explained that.
You started commenting on my blog and I´m glad you did. Would like to get to know you further.
How old are your kids and grandkids?

TechnoBabe said...

Jeanie, hi! You are welcome. Thanks for your blog friendship.

DJan, buddy, thanks for always sharing your wonderful life stories on your blog. YES, it's important to me to be real and write in the blog just as I speak. Nothing fancy here but it comes from my many times broken heart!

Hi Betty! Same here. I have been enjoying getting to know you better on your blog as well.

Kathy M. said...

Great photo! I've often wondered about the name. Thanks for sharing. I like the simplicity of your blog. I think it is artful in its content. It's one I enjoy visiting. One more thing we share in common: I once had a Dell computer, but I've been an iMac girl for some time now.

BTW, concerning your question on my blog: Sonicare is available in stores. I buy mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

What a CUTIE you are! I love that you chose to keep the nickname your boyfriend-now-hubby gave you - that kind of sentiment is something I truly appreciate as well. ;) I didn't realize you've been blogging for so long - you ROCK! :)

Oh, and BTW - you won 2 of my giveaways... ;)

Ms Hen said...

I love how you got your name.

I'll write and tell you how I got the name Hen another time on my blog..lol.. but I love your story the BEST.

me... ms hen

willow said...

Bee bop on, TechnoBabe!

She Writes said...

I have always wondered about the name!

Kristina P. said...

I like the name. I am a fairly new reader to your blog, so I didn't realize you were a grandmother either!

You are definitely very hip. Not that grandmas aren't hip, but you know what I mean!

Big Dave T said...

Cute picture. My pictures have always been, well, un-cute--even when I was five.

People who like macs REALLY like macs. Now I know why.

Jeni said...

Love the photo on this post -really adorable -and I very much enjoyed reading how you selected the name for your blog too. I see we both started blogging around the same time as well. I started in mid-to-late September that year and another blogger (who I also follow) -Skittles -started blogging around the same time too. I don't recall though how I "found" you -if I found you or you found me -but I'm glad that came about, by whatever means as I've had you on my Reader I think since I started using the Reader about 2 1/2 years ago now.
Peace.

jill said...

Funny...I would have never guessed you being old enough to be a grandma! Thanks for this post because it is so nice to get to know your blog buddies a little bit at a time!

Cheryl said...

I like how your blog came to be named and of course the fact that you blog. And wow...I didn't know you were a mom and grandmom! See, I learned something new today. I truly enjoy following your adventures. Keep up the good work!

TechnoBabe said...

Kathy, thanks for the info. Yep we have lots in common.

Stacy, wow, two giveaways. I am blessed. Thank you.

Ms Hen, I like to hear about names too.

Willow, you rock, we can bee bop together.

Kristina P, I know what you mean. It just shows I haven't grown up yet.

Big Dave, I really like my iMac. You are right, once a mac lover it is never ending.

Jeni, I remember you from back in Sept 2006 and I am glad to have found your blog too.

Jill, yep, I am a grandma. I had my kids young and they had theirs young too. Thanks for knowing the philosophy of getting to know each other a little at a time.

Cheryl, it is so much fun to find like interests and things to admire in each blog. Glad you enjoy the adventures here.

Sassy Pants Freckle Face said...

You are a cute lil' Technobabe!
I love your name because I like Techno the music, gets my spirit movin' Cheers to a beautiful week filled with a starbucks drink ;)

Ina in Alaska said...

The header picture is "TechnoBaby"

I also believe my next laptop will be a Mac

xoxo

Margie said...

Oh, TechoBabe, I always wondered about your name.
Now, I know, great to know.
And that picture of you, well you were just the most beautiful little girl!

Always such a pleasure to visit your blog my dear as you warm my soul!

Margie :) x

secret agent woman said...

What a cute photo. I alway hear techno in the context of my son's love of techno music, so interesting to hear where it actually came from.

Personally, I'm glad that there is so much variability in people's blogs. Makes it way more interesting.

Maggie said...

What an adorable picture!!

It's very beautiful how you got your name for the blog! It's actually pretty catchy and upbeat just like a song! I love it! It's always nice to get to knoew bloggers a bit more. :)

terri said...

You were a beautiful 5 year old!

I loved reading the story of your blog. I get sentimental about mine too. I don't know why I picked my blog name. It just kind of stuck in my head, so I used it. It's really not fitting. It has no history. But I've had it for 3 years now, so I keep it.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love your blog and relate to much of the content, especially your slant on it.

My blog began in June 2006 although the stats say it was January because I commented with the same avatar on others for 6 months before I had the courage to attempt my own. I have never looked back and really love the exchange of ideas occasioned by comments from people who often feel like friends.

I also admire the elegant appearance of some blogs but don't have the savvy to convert my own, so I truck on with my original boring template.

TechnoBabe said...

Sassy Pants, thanks for the warm smiles and good wishes. They are always welcome and you are too.

Hi Ina, I have never ever regretted switching to mac. Love my iMac.

Margie, I am glad I wrote this post about my name. I didn't know many people would be interested in it.

secret agent woman, I too like techno music. Hubby's music is some techno, some fusion, some ambient, some jazz, it is his own style.

Maggie, yes, I so enjoy getting to know bloggers little by little.

Terri, thank you. I know what you mean, we pick a name and we like it.
I like the name of your blog.

heartsinsan francisco, I don't think of your blog as boring not in the least. You started your blog a few months before I did! And I too surfed the blogs for many months before I even commented on them.

lisleman said...

Checking from road on iPod so keeping it short
Thanks for sharing n macs rock

Shanel said...

Oh Technobabe I loved reading this blog.... I knew that you were older... and a hippie.. and you know I LOVE MY HIPPIES..... I wondered where your name came from... it's sooooooooo cute.... you must keep it and keep the simplistic look of your blog... I love it too..

Suldog said...

You have grandchildren? You're a marvelously well-preserved TechnoBabe, I must say!

TechnoBabe said...

lisleman, I appreciate that you check out my blog even when you are on the road. Here's to mac's!!

Shanel, Yep I am a left over hippie. And proud of it! Smile. Glad you like hippies too.

Suldog, yes indeed four grandchildren so far! They call me a "cool grandma".

BrightenedBoy said...

I would have had no idea that you were a grandmother. If you tried to explain a Mac to my grandmother she would have no idea what was happening.

It's nice that you kept the old name. I kind of understand that.

Nezzy said...

What a sweet picture of your little girl self. I just assumed that you were 'TechnoBabe' because you were some kind of tech geek. I love the look of your blog. I think our blogs match our personalities each unique in it's own way.

God bless and have yourself the best day!!!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Okay, so, this is amazing for me to learn all of this about you! Since I'm new to your blog and I didn't know your background, I thought you were 32-35 years old. I had no idea you were a grandma.

Your posts touch me deeply. Especially the one about the little girl at the table. I had a bit of a break down after reading that one that day. I couldn't stop crying. I hope for your sake you were not that little girl too.

Hugs!!

LL Cool Joe said...

I've seen your name around the place and just recently on Talon's blog so I thought I'd pop over to see your blog, and I'm glad I did!

I'm a mac user too. I'd never use anything else!

Great to read about how you gained your name too.

otin said...

I really did wonder where the name Technobabe came from!

sometimes I wish that I had a cooler looking layout, but then again, It really doesn't matter in the end.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Adorable photo, I am partial to the old ones! You have so many curls and such a nice smile! Your blog is a great place to visit..you have to remember it is your room and you should write for you. :)

Kazzy said...

TechnoBaby is very cute!

I think your style works for me because it isn't full of fluff so thick that there is no honesty.

cinner said...

Hi TechnoBabe, I am so glad you posted about this today. I have wondered why you chose the name. I am so glad you are in blogland, I think you are too young to be a grandma. lol. I hope you got your water tank working, I read it on someones blog. Have a great weekend and I am glad to be able to visit you again. take care my friend.

Unknown Mami said...

I love the name of your blog and I'm glad that it defies preconceived notions.

TechnoBabe said...

Brightened Boy, I know some grandmas are not into computers at all. I have been using computers for so many years I wish I could get others to understand how they make things faster and easier.

Nezzy, I agree that one of the fun things about blogging is our different personalities showing in our blogs.

GEM, I am sorry my post made you so sad but yes I am that little girl sitting at the table.

LL Cool Joe, thanks for stopping by. Nice to meet another mac user.

Otin, I can only speak for my but I return to blogs for the content more than the look.

Far Side, Yes I had curly hair and it was white for many years and then more blond.

Kazzy, The honesty and openness is the way it works for me. Actually in all things in my life, not just the blog.

Cinner, you are back from your visiting family. I didn't know anyone would be interested in the origin of the blog name, so this has been a fun post.

Unknown Mami, Love your comment. Thanks.

Syd said...

I like the name. I could be your counterpart as TechnoDude because that is something that I like to do--mess with electronics and computers. Glad to have found your blog.

Spencer L Casey said...

I love the story of your name, TB. The best names are acquired like this, casually and from those we love.

Cheers,

SLC

gayle said...

I really enjoyed reading your story!! I didn't know or remember that you were a grandmother!! Love your blog!!

gayle said...

Forgot to say I love the cute picture of you!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

And that's why I love your blog-- it's about the blogging, pure and simple.

Yours is one of the few blogs that I read every single post on-- Even when I've been away and unplugged, I come back and read everything-- Otherwise, I'd have missed your sweet 5 year old face and the story of your blog name.

More please!
xo

TechnoBabe said...

Syd, Well, TechnoDude, here's wishing you keep up the fun on your blog as I do on mine!

SLC, I just finished reading your 22 in Time. Really like it!! Hubby will read it now too.

Gayle, thanks for your nice comments and I appreciate that you like my blog.

Joanna, your warmth comes through even in your comments. Thank you for all your encouragement.

Spencer L Casey said...

Glad you like the book TB. I love writing short-stories. It's probably my favorite format. Thanks very much!

Lola Sharp said...

Oh, that picture of the young you! Those eyes.

Another honest, wonderful post.

Happy Easter,
Lola

Robert the Skeptic said...

Wonderful to hear the back-story on your handle and blog. I find myself often wishing that I had the time to go back and read all the past posts that have been written by some bloggers (yours among them) - the curiosity over what I may have missed before discovering them leaves me with some level of regret. "the brilliance you've missed" is the header over my daughter's posting archive. Apt in your case I believe as well.

Stinkypaw said...

Thank you for clarify this, I too, thought of this young chick, ah! I'm not saying you're not! And I do love the simple look of your blog. Too many are "noisy", simple is good.