Let’s be honest, most of us with blogs wouldn’t mind being internet famous. We try to produce content that we believe others would like and read and retweet to their friends. However, it’s only once in a while that someone has the talent and vision to create something that truly takes the internet by storm. Today, we are going to talk about one of those people. Her name is Jen Yates. She created and continues to run the awesomeness known as Cake Wrecks, and she is our Geeky Woman Role Model for the month of October!
First, a brief history of Cake Wrecks. Jen describes it like this: “Jen started this blog in May of 2008 one night when she was bored. She honestly never thought anyone would read it. She’s also not very good at picking Lottery numbers.”
Clearly, this time, she picked the right numbers. Rather quickly, the site was found and linked to from numerous places and many articles were written about it. Its popularity soared and about a year ago Jen even turned the blog idea into a book.
Jen still continues to update Cake Wrecks with what she calls “any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate – you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it’s simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons”.
However, although having a cake blog is great, and a book (and wall calendar!) is even better, Jen is a Geeky Woman Role Model in even more ways! Jen has a second blog where, instead of laughing at crazy cakes, you can learn all about the rest of her passions, hobbies, and amusements. This is where we, and the world, really get to know Jen, or her blog alter-ego, Epbot (the Experimental Prototype Blog of Tomorrow!).
First, let’s talk Geek Cred. Jen has more Star Trek books than I have ever seen in one place. She loves steampunk, enough to redo her dining room in a steampunk theme. She has some terribly interesting Star Wars art. Also, she was a Disney Jungle Cruise skipper, and you know what that means: hippos. These are only a small sampling of her geekiness which is obvious in every reading of every Epbot post.
Jen is super crafty, in a fabulously geeky way. She has a collection of smashed Disney pennies that she made into some pretty awesome jewelry. She also redid her desk in pennies. Homemade steampunk is one of her staples.
Jen is more than just an amusing blogger, she is someone who when given the spotlight, uses it to help others. This goes back to an early age when in middle school Jen was a puppeteer with a group called Kids on the Block which taught children about diversity and tolerance with disabled puppets. She still knows how to give back, organizing a massive effort in small donations last Christmas for a variety of causes. For two weeks, Jen and her husband John donated to a different place and asked their readers to do the same.
One of the coolest things I think Jen has done lately was start a small movement to give love to fellow bloggers who cheer you up when having a bad day. It’s called turning a bad day into a B.A.D. – blogger appreciation day. When you find someone on the internet to cheer you up, drop them a line and let them know! I’m sure many of you have been cheered up by Cake Wrecks before, and Jen would just love it if you would drop her a note when that happens.
So, Jen has two awesome blogs, a book, one of the most creative homes I’ve ever seen, and still takes the time to care about the blogging world and the big, bad world. Wow! Even though she says (from behind the autograph booth) that she’ll “never be a celebrity”, we say who needs to be a celebrity when you can be a Geeky Woman Role Model instead!