Meet Janelle Vreeland

Meet our new Digital Content Developer, Janelle Vreeland.

Janelle, in her words

Originally from the middle of nowhere, Michigan, I traded Amish and tractors for the L and Lake Michigan when I moved to Chicago after graduating from college. The first few months were rough — made up of a combination of 3 a.m. wake-up calls for a part-time, minimum-wage job and a $15-a-day internship — but the city quickly grew on me.

For over two years, I was a contributor to College News magazine and its accompanying site. I also edited the site and publication for nearly a year, allowing me to interview such personalities as the folks behind Auto-Tune the News (The Gregory Brothers) and the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick. Now, I’ve brought my experience writing hundreds of articles on a variety of subjects and joined lonelybrand as a Digital Content Developer.

What is your favorite piece of technology?

Although technology and I have had a notorious love-hate relationship (I love it, but it hates me), I was lucky enough to receive an iPad 2 to review before it was released in 2011. I loved all the apps I discovered and was very impressed with the device itself. It even held up to my strenuous Netflix test. It’ll be very interesting to see what other tricks Apple has up its sleeve for the next-gen iPad.

What are your favorite online haunts?

Google+ – I jumped on the Google+ bandwagon early on, even though many of my friends have not, and I’m glad I did. Although I follow many people with Twitter and Facebook, many celebrities and pop culture personalities have a presence on Google+ who are visibly absent from the other social media sites. After all, where else are you treated to Wil Wheaton’s home-brewing experiences complete with “Star Trek: The Next Generation” references?

Pinterest – This is my latest obsession. The idea of creating online pinboards and collages was just too good to pass up. It’s the best way I’ve found to share random photos from all reaches of the Internet with friends and family, and has become the perfect place to store all of my apartment redecorating ideas.