Editors Note: Clinton’s comments are in Black while Tricia’s comments are in Red
Over the course of the past year there has been two common questions that have come up around this site. There’s been plenty of others, but these seem to be the top two:
1. How do you & Tricia coordinate your work on the site?
2. Are you & Tricia married?
So let’s deal with the second one first. No, we are not married. Well technically we are both married but not to each other. We have, to the best of our collective recollection never been married. In fact Clinton has been married to someone other than Tricia for 25+ years while Tricia has been married to someone other than Clinton for 7 years. We both have kids, not together, (Clinton’s kids could actually have their own TechTot age kids) and in fact our respective spouses are friends with each other. So… no.
What we do have in common is a passion for sharing our experiences and trying to help you the readers of this blog. Tricia is an award winning writer and in fact has her first children’s book coming out this September. You can read about her daily antics with her boys at Stream Of The Conscious. Clinton on the other hand is not award winning and generally brings the high quality of language Tricia brings to the site down to that of a potty-humoured 12 year old.
Everyone has a gift.
(Tangent: I am also quite well-versed in potty talk. TechTots are 4 and potty training was sent from Satan.)
That leads to answering the first most common question of how we make AlliOSNews work. To be fair, it is tricky sometimes. We
both have a busy schedule with our own families and work (yes, as a matter of fact, we DO work for the same company in our “day job.” I write stuff there too.). Ultimately it leads to a lot of time communicating and we do that through a variety of tools because visiting 1:1 in person just isn’t really an option. Clinton lives in England. Tricia lives in California. (Because we have better weather) That is roughly 5,360 miles and 8 timezones. In the past two years we have seen each other in person a total of 9 days. Nine. And what did we do when we caught up, like first thing? Go get coffee and talk Apple stuff of course!
(Damn skippy, that’s really my laptop. And for those wondering why Snow is wearing glasses – it’s because I wear glasses, so they obviously make her cooler.)
Communication for us is key in making sure we coordinate posts, particularly the TechMomTuesday posts. To do this we leverage Messages heavily. Both of us are Mac, iPhone and iPad users so getting Messages no matter where we are or which device is a huge, big deal for us. Because of the timezone differences, it is usually the beginning of the day for Clinton & the end of the day for Tricia when we do catch up on Messages or vice versa. For us, Messages is the quickest way for us to discuss story ideas, news or things we’ve seen Apple related and of course discuss our families and drink of the day. Clinton likes Martini’s for those interested. Tricia, she’s a whiskey girl.
Messages is probably the most crucial component of our communication as the majority of iOS discussion takes place not in set meetings, but in off-the-cuff snark or wonderment at “shiny object” moments during our days. You may have noticed this by the subtle series of conversation screenshots sprinkled throughout posts.