Happy Thursday, Jackals! This week we got a chance to interview Katie Floyd, co-host of Mac Power Users. Katie opened up to us about her Central Floridian roots, real-life job, summer vacation plans, and her take on the Star Trek Reboot.
Hi, Katie. How’s it going?
Katie Floyd: I’m good, how are you?
Great! Thanks for asking. For those that don’t know, who are you?
KF: I’m Katie Floyd. On the Internet I’m probably best known for Mac Power Users, the podcast I host with David Sparks. In "real life” I’m an attorney at a small law firm where I practice general civil and real estate related litigation.
Where are you from?
KF: I was born and raised in Central Florida. But trust me, it’s really not as bad as Dan and Merlin make it out to be.
Tell us a little about your podcast, Mac Power Users.
KF: I’m incredibly lucky that I get to do this show with David. When we started Mac Power users back in 2009 there was really nothing else like it in the podcasting space. We wanted to create a show that helped people use their technology more effectively and show people how they could get serious work done. Our first show covered email and went nearly three hours (we ended up splitting it into two parts) and the geekery just kept coming.
What inspired you to start a podcast?
KF: I did a podcast before and liked the format. What inspired us to start this particular show was the topic was something David and I were both very passionate about. When we told our friends what we were up to they all thought we were crazy for starting “another Mac podcast” in an already crowded tech space. But it worked out.
Now, I'm inspired by the show itself. Each week I learn something when prepping the show, talking to David and getting feedback from our incredibly smart listeners. The show is my outlet for this kind of stuff and I’d probably do it if no one listened.
What do you do outside of hosting Mac Power Users?
KF: The day job keeps me pretty busy. I’m the only Associate in a small firm so I have a lot of bosses to please in addition to my own clients. But I’m very fortunate that I love the people I work with and most of my clients are small businesses or individuals so I feel like I’m making a meaningful impact on their lives.
What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?
KF: I’ve gotten into a bit of a health and fitness kick in the last year. I like to Spin and I’ve been strength training with a personal trainer. I also built a house about 18 months ago so I’ve been working on various projects like painting, building a patio and installing crown molding. I’ve become quite handy!
I like to keep my brain active and learning so when I have down time I’m usually catching up on my Instapaper queue, various podcasts or watching video tutorials.
What projects are you working on?
KF: Right now I’m working on building out my personal blog and website at KatieFloyd.me. I re-launched the site on SquareSpace a few months back and am trying to be more active about posting interesting and informative content there. Long term, I have a few bigger projects I have my eye on.
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
KF: In late July I’m taking a 16-day trip to Alaska with my entire family! It’s a combination land/sea trip with lots of side trips including zip lining, whale watching, dog sledding, kayaking, and seaplane and helicopter excursions. It’s really a once in a lifetime trip. My parents went to Alaska several years ago for a wedding anniversary and always wanted to go back and take the entire family.
Don’t worry, David and I are going to pre-record shows so you don’t miss anything.
What are you reading this summer?
KF: I have several things on my list. I want to re-read David Allen’s Getting Things Done. If you try to follow a GTD system, I think that’s a book that you could probably benefit from re-reading every couple of years. At the recommendation of Eddie Smith I’ve picked up Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking. I’m naturally introverted which is contrary to some of the things I do in life like the day job and the podcast so I’m curious to see what insights this book can offer. One of my law partners has suggested I read How to Argue and Win Every Time. Lastly, I still need to read Condoleezza Rice’s biography, No Higher Honor. I’m a sucker for political biographies and I especially like biographies about women in politics.
What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?
KF: I’m not a big moviegoer. (Maybe it goes back to that introvert thing.) Instead of paying an arm and a leg to sit with a bunch of people I don’t like in an uncomfortable theater I prefer to wait for movies to come to iTunes where I can download them from the comfort of my couch. However, I am a life-long Trekkie. So I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness opening weekend at the IMAX.
For the record, I’m fine with the re-launch of the series and like the new movies...so long as they fix the damage they caused to the space-time continuum and put everything back the way it was when they’re done playing with it.