About Georgie

Hey, I’m Georgie!

I started blogging around 2002 when I did pixel art and filled up too many physical notebooks with personal diary entries. I now have no patience for pixel art and my job as a user interface engineer makes it easier for me to do most of my writing online.

What I write about on my blog stays true to my blogging values. 🌟 I describe Hey Georgie as a nicheless blog where I write about whatever I feel like, but hot topics are usually recounting events in my life, travelling, fashion, health, thought posts on relationships and personal development, and women in technology (check out my Hey Girlfriend! interviews). You’ll see the occasional post on mental health, food, minimalism, or stories from my childhood.

I love and respect people who read my blog. For this reason, I introduced a general rule in July 2018 that blog posts with photographs should not exceed a total of 50 images per post, and any Fashion Friday posts should not exceed a total of 10 images per post. I can’t promise the same for word count, because words can be really important 💕 but I try very hard to reduce waffle and the need to skim (although I love eating waffles, and I’m lactose intolerant, so skim milk ain’t that good either).

I’m also working on a more consistent regular blogging schedule, which I hope to announce in 2019.

A woman sitting on a concrete step of a grassy area. She has her legs outstretched towards the camera with both hands at her sides for support
Me in Sydney, 2018. Photo taken by Nicholas Cooke

Other stuff about me

I work at Campaign Monitor, where my blazing trail consists of multiple features for the email builder product, an internal design system (always being iterated on 🤩), and co-hosting a program called Bread Talks to encourage and help fellow coworkers with public speaking.

It’s pretty easy for me to say that my worlds of work and leisure don’t see much of a separation – I enjoy coding when I’m not at work, and I’m one of those lucky people who love their job. At the same time, I secretly want to ask my coworkers if we can not talk about work when we go out to lunch. Also, “work/life balance” is a myth because it is your life. Apparently this philosophy has angered people in team retrospectives. You’re welcome. 😄

I’m a confident introvert, so despite how many talks I’ve given, or how energetic I am when you start a conversation with me, or the fact that I run codebar Sydney once a month – on a weekday night I’m probably recharging at home or watching videos or movies with this guy. ♥️

In my spare time I’m probably lifting weights, rock climbing, reading articles or coding on my laptop, or cleaning and re-organising my wardrobe.

About ‘Hey Georgie’

“Hey, Georgie!”
“That’s my blog!”

The name Hey Georgie is a reference to my favourite band, Hey Geronimo. I’ve seen them play thirty-four times live, have probably lost count, and they actually played at our wedding. 😍

I began blogging in 2002 but my post archive only goes back to 2009. A lot of people will know me from my most popular website Heartdrops.org, where I wrote many Photoshop and WordPress tutorials alongside my blog. Before that, my blog was titled Out The Window and Consolation in a Jar.

Thank yous

Ash Vadolia designed my incredible logo.

Kassy has been hosting me since 2008.

Geoffrey, Nicholas, Seb and Pat have contributed their wonderful photography skills to my Fashion Friday segment.

Non-credited images are sourced from Stocksnap.io. Other photographs were taken by me, or friends who have allowed me to use them on my blog. Please contact me if you would like to use one. All poetry on my blog has been written by me.

The design of this blog (apart from the logo) is my own. I also coded the design from scratch by myself. This blog runs on WordPress and I am the sole maintainer.