Introducing June Lin and her blog

by Chuck Westbrook on March 16, 2009

Hello world. I love Chuck’s mission to help under-appreciated blogs and am thrilled to be part of it!

1. Who are you?

I’m June. Currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin studying finance and operations engineering. I’m an Internet person. If I had to live anywhere, I would live in the Internet so that I can be connected to the thoughts and experiences of brilliant people. Instead of frat parties, I go to geek parties (LAN festivals, blogger parties, TweetUps, etc.). Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a frat party in my life (and I go to the number 1 party school in the nation or something like that). We’re also supposed to be into something called football, but I’ve never been to a game either.

I am constantly doing things, have an incessant need to be busy, and can’t stay in one place. Right now, I’m “focused” on finishing my last year of school, working on a start-up, working at a wind energy company, and trolling for more shoes on the Internet. In my life, there’s not really a concept of work/life balance. I also love modern art and fashion; my favorite artist is Kandinsky and my favorite designer… that’s a hard one but, if I had to pick one, it would be Oscar De La Renta. You can read more about me here .

2. How would you describe your blog?

I write about a lot of random things like entrepreneurship, financial markets, strategy, school, food, shoes, and dresses. I guess you could integrate all of these things to describe it as a techie nerd’s musings on fashion and business. I don’t claim to know everything (or anything), but I make a genuine effort to share the knowledge I accumulate through my studies, workshops, and experiences.

Even though my blog is highly personalized (hello, it’s my name [dot] com), I sometimes pretend that future employers don’t read it and try to sort out random thoughts about my life. Right now I’m primarily focused on my startup, so I’m going to be blogging a lot about my thought process, what we learned, how it’s affected my life… so that I can later look back and laugh at myself. After all, I’m just a n00b.

3. Why do you blog?

In the beginning (like 6 years ago), I blogged to release my teenage angst upon the world and because all my friends were doing it.

I think I’ve matured since then, and now I blog to share information, expand my horizons (it forces me to do research about things I want to find out about), and encourage discussions. I’m very analytical, so my self improvement process involves reflecting on past ideas / situations / experiences, thinking about all the antecedents that attributed to the outcome, and trying to figure out how to improve next time. Blogging helps with that.

4. What blogs do you love?

I subscribe to a ton of blogs on my Google Reader, but my favorite ones are

  • Mixergy – I love hearing about other people’s ventures and adventures, and this is one of the best sources
  • Seth Godin’s blog – this man is genius.
  • Penelope Trunk’s blog – I love her candor and unconventional approach to things. Her story is also amazing.
  • Politicoholic - I love her attitude
  • Valleywag - A reminder that even smart people do dumb things (all the time).
  • DABA – Guilty pleasure; it’s like really bad reality TV: blog style.

5. What’s something interesting about you that has nothing to do with blogging?

I used to play World of Warcraft and do ballet. Weird combination, I know, but I’m eclectic like that.

6. Which 5 of your posts would you recommend for new readers to start with?

I’ll give you a taste of everything:

  1. Be the Change you Want Through the Power of Technology
  2. Recession: The Sound of Settling
  3. 10 Reasons Why You Should Blog
  4. New York Fashion week (part 1 , part 2)
  5. My IPOs [Used to] Bring all the Girls to the Yard

Please feel free to leave a comment because I am always learning and would love to get your feedback =)

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jenx67 03.16.09 at 8:57 am

Yea!!!! I knew when I read the word “startup” she was going to be a Trunk fan. (Points for that.) Good job, Chuck. You’ve brought all of the PR practitioners and would-be novelists running ramshackle over the blogosphere (including yours truly) an engineer - and, one who writes about fashion!

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jenx67 03.16.09 at 9:04 am

finance and operations engineering - that’s engineering, right? hahahahahahaha!

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June 03.16.09 at 9:34 am

I’m majoring in both operations engineering and finance. Sorry if that wasn’t clear… And yes, I know operations engineering isn’t “real” engineering ;)

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GEMMERZZ 03.16.09 at 10:16 am

Sweet — I’m excited about this one! :)

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Nisha 03.16.09 at 1:38 pm

June! That’s so exciting that you are featured here, you totally deserve it! And thanks for mentioning me :)

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Akhila 03.16.09 at 5:40 pm

June, I enjoy your blog and you seem like a cool person. Exciting that you were featured here =)

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faryl 03.16.09 at 8:15 pm

Can’t believe it’s been another two weeks already!

June - looking forward to checking out your blog!! Technie nerds + fashion = good reading in my book! :-)

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Zoe 03.17.09 at 10:32 pm

Looks excellent… nice to meet you, June!

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June 03.18.09 at 12:57 pm

Thank you so much (Chuck and readers) for all the support and kind words :)

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