Monday, December 22, 2014

Meg Hourihan

Meg Hourihan

Meg Hourihan is the co-founder, along with Evan Williams, of Pyra Labs, the company that launched the Blogger personal blogging software that was acquired by Google. She published weblogs at Megnut.com and meg.hourihan.com. She co-founded Kinja along with Nick Denton of Gawker Media.

She is the co-author of We Blog: Publishing Online with Weblogs, and a frequent speaker at technical conferences concerning online journalism and the role of women in technology. Hourihan was named a Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future in 2003 by MIT’s Technology Review magazine. PC Magazine named Evan Williams, Paul Bausch, and Hourihan (the Blogger team) as People of the Year in 2004. She was a member of the RSS Advisory Board from 2006 to 2007.

Hourihan married fellow blogger Jason Kottke on March 25, 2006. Their son, Ollie, was born on July 3, 2007. Their daughter, Minna, was born September 21, 2009.

At this point, I’m going to take a spot of “Literary License”, which I am normally reluctant to do with the posts found in “The Sunday Morning Post”. I’ve always thought that I would let the facts just stand for themselves. However with Meg Hourihan, I have to stray from that intent just a bit, as there is so little hard information on her technical career. In fact, Meg Hourihan has had a fragmented, if not colorful career. With so little known, and the absence of an interview to fall back on, one has to be careful in filling in the blanks. So I offer these observations with trepidation.

Meg is “the” pioneering Pro-Blogger, maybe the best. While doing my research for this very small piece about an otherwise complex personality, it is easy to see how she naturally rose to high levels in technology. As her prominence increased, from the obscure and quaint, to the spotlight of popularity, Meg Hourihan has slowly faded into the background of New York and the privacy of Family Life. By all appearances, it looks like something between “You’ve Got Mail” and “When Harry Met Sally”.

Her two Blogs that are named above have fallen into a quiet neglect. Meg.Hourihan.com celebrates the birthday of a popular Blog on May 2, 2006 only to post three more times before falling silent on June 2, 2006. Her most active Blog, Megnut.com, began to fade somewhere between the births of Ollie and Minna, dropping off in October 2007, dormant in 2008 and only active in June, July, and August of 2009. Her last post was this past February 17 with the post “No Favorite Food For A Toddler.”

I like to drop-in on my subject’s Twitter accounts to see what they are doing the very day that I post their articles. A quick view of Meg Hourihan’s day shows her response to her husband’s Tweet that “Kottke.org” (Jason Kotte’s Blog) is 12 years old today, Her response: @jkottke Golly!

What a perfect ending to this post! :)

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