We make jokes about Renaissance men, but I’d like to introduce you to a Renaissance woman in the truest sense of the reference. Maria Langer is a lot of things, in addition to a dear friend. Even before we were on a first name basis, she was a mentor and inspiration to me. In honor of the 8th anniversary of her first blogging attempt, I’d like to introduce you to her.
Maria Langer is a commercial helicopter pilot. She owns a helicopter tour and charter business near Phoenix, Arizona.
She’s a writer. Not just any type of writer. She’s a prolific writer.
In addition to articles in manages ranging from aircraft to computers, she’s the author of more than 75 non-fiction books including one of the first books on WordPress, WordPress 2: Visual QuickStart Guide in 2006.
She’s authored many technical guides such as the Visual QuickStart Guides covering Excel, Mac, Outlook, Mac OS, Quicken, Quickbooks, Word, Filemaker Pro, PageMill, AOL, and much more. Other books include Putting Your Small Business on the Web, Macintosh Slick Tricks, Murphy’s Laws of Macs, Mac Power Toolkit, and Dragon Dictate 2.5: Visual QuickStart Guide (due soon).
Her first book was published in 1991 – exactly TWENTY years ago so congrats on that anniversary, too – so she’s seen the amazing evolution of books from print to digital and stuck with it as one of the earliest published authors in the ebook market.
Maria did some ghostwriting for John Dvorak as well as for numerous other software and computer experts, so you might have been touched by work of another that could have been hers!
She writes, narrates, and creates video training materials for a variety of software and clients.
She’s also a web developer, creating websites and blogs since 1997.
She’s a photographer. Her beautiful work rotates in the header art of her blog, An Eclectic Mind.
She’s a frequent guest on podcasts, including MacVoices and WordCast Conversations.
She’s a popular speaker, dazzling the audience at Macworld Expo and other web and software conferences.
She’s a teacher of software applications for online universities including as a long time popular teacher with Lynda.
She’s also a good friend and wonderful person, reaching out and mentoring so many, always willing to go that extra mile to help and give unconditional support.
She goes on long trips on her motorcycle, and if you show up at the right time of year, you may find her not home but camping or out in the desert riding a horse.
Maria started blogging on October 9, 2003, and now runs seven different blogs. I couldn’t even begin to estimate the thousands of blog posts she’s added to the wealth of information and knowledge on the web, not counting all her activity on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, and other social sites.
And she isn’t stopping.
This isn’t a eulogy. It’s a celebration. One long past due.
Maria is traveling and working all the time, sharing her expertise and love for computer technology, flying, traveling, animals, and nature as far as she can.
Help me recognize and honor this amazing blogger and educator on her 8th blogging anniversary! Give Maria a shout out and let her know if you’ve been influenced or helped by any of her work over the past 20 years!
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