My name is Stacia Misner and I’m proud to be a girl geek. In my work life, I geek out as a business intelligence consultant, specializing in Microsoft technologies that help people do cool things with data. I write about it, teach about it, speak about it, and do it. I’ve spent a lot of years becoming an expert in my field.

Then one day I woke up and realized that the years were passing by FAST, and I still had a lot of things I wanted to learn about. I always said to myself there would be time next week, next month, or when I finish that next project, but then another year would go by. Or I would start to read on topics of interest, but I just couldn’t internalize what I was reading. I was frustrated that even material for beginners seemed to expect a certain level of knowledge. I just wasn’t grokking, to use a term coined by Robert Heinlein. I needed to become one with the knowledge I was seeking.

It occurred to me that one of the reasons I became an expert in my professional life was that I spent a lot of time explaining stuff to people, whether in person or in print. So why not take my strategy for success in one part of my life to another part of my life?  I’m not an expert in the subjects I plan to explore here. Just intensely curious. This blog is my way of grokking stuff from my geek girl’s perspective. Perhaps this blog can shed some light on something you’re trying to learn, too!