Gina Trapani got into computer programming because she was broke. In college, she was in a long-distance relationship but didn’t have a car and couldn’t pay her phone bill. Someone at the career services office told her the computer lab was hiring.
“I was always kind of awkward, which I think is kind of a requirement for any geek, so I spent a lot of time there,” Trapani said.
She was hooked. She pursued a graduate degree in computer science, started blogging and wound up programming for Gawker Media, a leading blog network that became incredibly popular last decade. In early 2005, she began editing Lifehacker, a popular blog about using technology to be productive. Trapani helped turn it into one of the leading voices in the field. She spent four years as Lifehacker’s editor until she stepped down in early 2009.
Now, at 34 years old, she’s one the foremost bloggers about Google and other technology issues. She continues to write for Lifehacker, co-hosts a weekly podcast about Google, co-wrote a book on Google Wave (a new Google collaboration tool) and does freelance technology writing.