As a systems admin a few years back I decided that I needed to figure out a way to understand networking. I could do basic things, but how do you figure out what you don’t know? That’s when I started listening to podcasts. The first podcast I came across was Packet Pushers and I haven’t stopped listening to it. It gives a great perspective on what networking is and what networking should be. I wasn’t working in a large enterprise, but with every episode I took away something I could apply to my own company. Since then podcasts have become a very important part of my technical career.
I started blogging for TechRepublic almost two years ago. I wrote a blog post about upgrading to VMware vSphere 5.0 and a reader wrote in about it. My editor sent her comments to me and she was asking some great questions. At the end of the email she said that she was a little intimidated by the forums because it seemed like everyone in the forums knew what they were talking about and they were mostly men. I wrote back and answered her questions. I also told her that the forums were generally friendly and she should definitely feel comfortable asking questions there. It troubled me a bit, though. So, I asked Mike Laverick of VMware and Jane Rimmer of Hiviz-marketing what they thought I should do. Eventually we all came together to create AdaptingIT.
AdaptingIT is a podcast where I essentially interview and converse with women in the IT field. It’s not all about women in IT. It is women in IT talking about IT. I interview women from different companies, fields, countries, etc., and we just talk about their IT passions. I have to admit, I probably learn more from the podcasts than my guests do and I’m hoping all of the listeners learn a lot, too. If you’re interested in listening to the AdaptingIT podcasts please click here (http://www.adaptingit.com/#!podcasts/c1pna) and if you’re interested in being a guest please click here (http://www.adaptingit.com/#!contact/cluw). I also welcome any feedback! Thanks to Ethan Banks and Greg Ferro for all their support.