On Writing, Tech, and Other Loquacities

The collected works of Lana Brindley: writer, speaker, blogger

Who is Lana Brindley?

I have been writing open source technical documentation for about ten years, and right now I’m working on documenting OpenStack with Rackspace, which is an amazing amount of fun. I have business degrees in marketing and information systems, as well a degree in technical communication. I do a lot of public speaking. Mostly I speak about writing, but I also regularly talk about topics ranging from open source software to geek feminism and working in IT.

I work from my home, so I really only go out when I’m going to conferences. All the rest of the time I’m usually either reading, writing, or complaining about the weather. Or politics. You will find my writing all over the internet, in many different formats, but the easiest way to find me online is to catch me on Twitter. I used to be on Facebook as well, but I got better.

I grew up in rural Queensland, Australia, moved to Canberra in 2002, and then made the trek back north to Brisbane in 2013. When I’m not writing, I’m either curled up on the couch with a good book, or pretending I’m about to go to the gym. I have a thirteen-year old daughter who is as obsessed with books as I am. I have no pets, but I do have a Roomba, which I talk to probably more than is normal.


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I get asked to write short bios a lot, and I quite enjoy coming up with increasingly silly ones. Here are some of my favourites:

Lana has been playing and working with technology since she was eaten by a grue during a particularly eventful summer in the 90s. Not long after that she spent far too much time at university, and eventually decided to get a real job. She started out doing technical documentation for open source cloudy-type products, and now she works for Rackspace as the manager of a documentation team, from her home in Brisbane Australia. She also keeps getting elected as the documentation lead (PTL) for OpenStack, through no fault of her own. If she ever works out how that keeps happening, she’ll write the manual for that, too.

Lana Brindley has several university degrees, a few of which are even relevant to her field. She has been playing and working with technology since she discovered the Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game in the 80’s. Eventually, she worked out a way to get paid for her two passions – writing and playing with gadgetry – and has been technical writing ever since. Right now, she’s working for Rackspace from her home in Brisbane Australia, getting her hands dirty on cloud documentation, and loving every minute of it. She is passionate about open source, cake decorating, great docs, and is raising her very own geek girl. One day, Lana hopes to write the manual for that, too.

Lana Brindley has several university degrees, a few of which are even relevant to her field. She has has been playing and working with technology since she discovered the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy text adventure game in the 80’s. Eventually, she worked out a way to get paid for her two passions – writing and playing with gadgetry – and has been technical writing ever since. Right now, she’s working for Red Hat from her home in Canberra Australia, getting her hands dirty on middleware documentation, and loving every minute of it. She’s very active in the women in tech community, and is raising her very own geek girl. One day, Lana hopes to write the manual for that, too.

Lana Brindley has several degrees, most of which she’s forgotten the name of. She has been playing and working with technology since Zork II was released. Lana has moved on from writing BASIC programs on her parents’ IBM-Compatible in the 80’s to writing technical documentation for Red Hat today. She’s an active member of LinuxChix and has a lot of fun organising the Canberra Girl Geek Dinners. Lana owns a Roomba, a cat that is allergic to the Roomba, and a boyfriend that is allergic to the cat. She enjoys putting all three in a room together to see what happens.

Lana Brindley has been playing with technology since that summer in the 80’s when she got eaten by a grue. She has been writing since she could hold a pencil, and is currently writing technical documentation for Rackspace after spending six years with Red Hat. Lana holds Business degrees in marketing and information systems, and a postgraduate degree in technical communication. Right now, she’s getting her hands dirty on cloud documentation, and raising her very own geek girl. One day she hopes to write the manual for that, too.

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