Interview with Carolyn Mohr from WonderOfTech

Carolyn Mohr

Please meet Carolyn Nicander Mohr from The wonder of Tech.

Biography of Carolyn Nicander Mohr:

I am a lawyer, mother to three teenagers and a wife. I live outside Philadelphia, PA in the US and write for The Wonder of Tech which appears at my own website and at the website for The Philadelphia Inquirer. I have been living in the UK for almost 4 years, but moved back to the US in 2010.

10 questions I have asked Carolyn

1. What model was your first computer?

MyFirstComputerCarolyn: An IBM 386 X desktop with a 5 ¼” floppy disk drive amber typeface. That was radically different than the green typeface that  most computers had.
I bought it from a guy who advertised in the newspaper. He sold computers out of his home and I brought along my brother because: a) my brother knows tech and b) I was going to a stranger’s home. The guy was really nice and as we were chatting he mentioned that if he could upgrade the computers anywhere, he would upgrade the computers at a local law firm. He didn’t know it when he said it, but the law firm he mentioned was the law firm where I worked. If my brother hadn’t been there to witness that conversation, no one would have believed that coincidence.

2. Why did you start blogging and why a blog about technology?

Carolyn: I started blogging to help everyday people discover and learn about personal technology. I was an American living in England and used tech to keep in touch with people back home. People hadn’t heard about Skype or GPS (sat nav) units back then so they were very excited to learn about those and other new tech. I gave speeches to organizations about how to use tech to make people’s lives easier. When I moved back to the US, I wanted to continue to share my tech knowledge with others so I started The Wonder of Tech.

I blog about technology because it’s a passion of mine, people are curious about it, people are intimidated by it, and people can benefit greatly from learning about tech. I also love to write so writing a technology blog combines my passions, which is pretty cool.

3. Have you always been a fan of Technology?

Carolyn: Yes, when I arrived at that law firm I mentioned in Question 1, I was hired to advise tech companies about corporate law and intellectual property. I didn’t know tech so the law firm had their tech department train me. I really took a liking to it so they taught me more than they were asked to cover. That was the beginning of my passion for tech.

4. How is it to be a girl in a niche that is still so much dominated by men?

Carolyn: I’m used to being in a male-dominated field. When I started with my first law firm, only three of the one hundred lawyers were women. I now play racquetball with a group that’s mostly men, many of whom are police officers. People might not take me seriously at first, but as long as I deliver, then I fit right in with the guys.

5. Which of your post are you most proud about and why (please include a link)?

Carolyn: I am most proud of the articles I write that help others, especially those with disabilities. Because my blog is not income-producing, I don’t have to depend on traffic to my blog. I will write an article if I believe it could help even one person. I write articles that may have a very narrow audience, but that audience might benefit tremendously by learning about tech.

One such article was Marlee Signs – Learn Sign Language from an App! Marlee_signs-learn_signlanguage about an iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch app that uses videos by Marlee Matlin to teach sign language.  I wrote the article in October last year and the day after Christmas Marlee Matlin appeared on a TV talk show to promote the app. The traffic to my blog was through the roof that day, giving me the heaviest traffic to my blog all year.

So the lesson for bloggers is to write what you think will help people and don’t worry about traffic.

6. What is your favorite app on your smartphone?

Google-maps-app-iOS6Carolyn: Google Maps. I really missed it when it was gone. The app has many functions, but I find it to be especially useful when showing traffic. A creek near us floods a lot and one glance at Google Maps will tell me if the road over that creek is closed due to flooding. 

7. What is your favorite website, except from of cause 😉

Carolyn: The Wonder of Tech

8. What is your favorite movie?

Carolyn: Titanic. I saw that movie four times in the movie theaters, twice when I was pregnant with twins.

9. What is your favorite tech device at the moment?iPad tablet
Carolyn: My iPad. Every time I leave home without it, I inevitably regret leaving it behind.

10. What are your goals for your blog in 2013?

Carolyn: To continue to bring exciting and useful tech to my readers. I have been very fortunate to interview leaders of tech businesses about their new tech. I love discovering this tech and bringing news of it to Wonder of Tech readers.

Which do you like the most?

• PC or Mac?

Carolyn: I use and like both but right now my primary computer is a MacBook Pro.

• iPhone or Android phone?

Carolyn: Again, I like and use both, but my current phone is an iPhone 4S.

• Twitter or Facebook?

Carolyn: I enjoy Facebook more because of the personal interaction but Twitter brings me much more traffic to my blog.

• Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer?

Carolyn: Chrome.

• TweetDeck or HootSuite?

Carolyn: HootSuite

Connect with Carolyn

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Thank you Carolyn

Big thanks to Carolyn for answering all my questions and for telling about her blog. I have learned a lot more about Carolyn doing this interview and writing this post. It is always fun to know what motivates other bloggers to blog I think. Did you know Carolyn before reading this post? Please drop me a comment below. I am sure that Carolyn will join the comments if you have something you want to ask her.

About the author:
I am an IT Professional that has this blog as a hobby project in my spare time. I have been in the IT business since 1996 and want to share some of the thing I have picked up over the years, with people who visit this blog.

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41 Responses to Interview with Carolyn Mohr from WonderOfTech

  1. Atish says:

    Good to know about Carolyn. I am happy to know that she is not blogging for money rather helping others by writing such great techs on her blog. Salute you! 🙂

  2. Carolyn says:

    Thomas, Thank you very much for featuring me here at Techwork DK, one of my very favorite tech blogs! I am very honored to answer your great questions, Thomas.

    Thanks for all that you do to help people with personal technology!

  3. Ronald Harris says:

    Great to know some of you Carolyn 🙂

  4. Carolyn says:

    Thank you, Ronald. I am honored to be interviewed here by Thomas.

  5. Wonderful interview Carolyn and Thomas!

    It’s always nice to know more about you, anytime and anywhere. 🙂

    You are an inspiration to many like us, and rightfully deserved to be called the “Wonder Woman”.

    Wishing you much joy and success – always. 🙂

  6. Adrienne says:

    Great interview with one of my favorite bloggers Thomas! I loved the questions you asked Carolyn and although I know a lot about her I did learn a few things.

    How in the world do you remember what your first computer was Carolyn? I don’t remember what mine was, I’m not good with those things.

    Thanks for showcasing the Queen of Tech Thomas. She’s my go to girl for everything. I love Carolyn’s blog.

    Great interview.


    • Thomas says:

      Thank you Adrienne. It is always nice to learn something new about bloggers you already know I think

    • Carolyn says:

      Thanks so much, Adrienne! You and Thomas are two of my very favorite bloggers too. I learn so much from both of you.

      Getting my first computer was a huge event. It was like getting my first car, I was so excited. I didn’t realize that people don’t normally remember their first computer.

      Thomas, do you remember your first computer?

  7. Gustave says:

    Thanks for sharing, it’s good to know about Carolyn. I’m charmed to have her point of view ! Take care !

  8. Bryan says:

    She is a good example of the ones who follow excellence. Success came after.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Thanks, Gustave! I appreciate your kind words. I am very honored to be featured here at Techwork DK.

  10. Joe Hart says:

    Hi Carolyn..I checked out some of your articles.They are really informative..Good to know that some people are out there genuinely helping out people without intentions of monetizing the traffic..Good luck..

  11. Karen Woodham says:

    What a great interview Thomas and so nice to get to learn a little more about Carolyn.

  12. Abhishek says:

    Great interview..I have visited the blog quite a few times and she is really good with what she is doing..Keep up the good work :).

  13. Rashmi Sinha says:

    Great conversation!!!

    It is always nice to know about people who have lot of substance and are making most of their life.
    Thanks for this sneek peek into Carolyn Nicander Mohr life….

  14. Deepak Mehra says:

    What a great interview Thomas I am really inspire with your thoughts and skills of writing.

    Thanks for share with me this learning post.

  15. Laptop Rates in Pakistan says:

    Great interview..I have visited the blog quite a few times and she is really good with what she is doing..Keep up the good work

  16. Mariam says:

    I recently discovered ‘The Wonder of Tech’ blog and really liked Carolyn’s writing style (and her friendly/good-natured replies to comments). Thanks Thomas for this interesting interview; it’s nice to know more about Carolyn and her wonderful blog.

    Thomas, I found your blog through one of your comments on ‘Wonder of Tech’. A good discovery 🙂

  17. vicky says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    I am so moved by your goal of writing to help people. It not what many people can dare and Hats off to you for your selfless contribution. I haven’t visited your blog but very impressed with you and will be following you up. Thanks Thomas for sharing the interview with us.

  18. Lei Broch says:

    Wonderful interview! Carolyn is an amazing blogger. Her blog is a great place for techy individuals who love getting updates in technology.

  19. Marketing on Facebook says:

    I adore Carolyn that’s why maybe she’s so blessed. It is so rare nowadays that you will just do blogging for helping people and not just to have money.

  20. pavan says:

    She is lawyer by profession and write blog on tech ,many people do blog for money and not for reader after reading this i visited her blog and it’s really superb and very informative

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