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Blog it Forward – Sofie Graham

/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/wht_482110.jpgHi there!

I was blogged forward by Laure Cetin. This blog is a part of the “Blog It Forward” challenge. Follow and update the Blog It Forward Chain once you post your BIF blog.

Who is Sofie?

I have recently joined SAP’s community collaboration team as an Intern. Currently I’m helping out with gamification, moderation and the overall community, and so far I’m having a blast!

Born in Ireland, raised in Zambia, worked in England and now living in San Francisco. I love travelling and discovering new things, but I’m bit of a tech geek at heart. Prior to SAP I worked as a game designer in England, with roles in Disney Interactive Studios, Codemasters and a social game startup. It was during these years that I grew to love consumer behavior and data driven design, so when SAP offered me a position which infused these passions with my background in games, I just couldn’t say no!

In my free time I love drawing, digital painting, photographing wildlife and of course I’m still a big gamer when I have time./wp-content/uploads/2014/06/58680_587881676021_75454_n_482111.jpg

Name the person who affected you most in your career/ way of thinking and why?

When I worked at Codemasters in England I met Nick Harper, the design director of the studio. Nick was an amazing mentor to me. He had worked for many years as a designer and his enthusiasm for games was infectious. He taught me a lot about user mindsets, and how to influence behaviors with clever design.

If you were not in your current position, what/where would you be and why?

That’s a tough one, I think if I hadn’t landed a role here in California I would probably be off exploring positions in Australia or Canada. I would hope to still be working in a user behavioral or gamification field. If all else fails, I’ll take on gaming full time and become an international E-Sports champion. 😉

If you were given by your work a full day every week to do whatever you feel like, what would it be?

I love learning, so I would probably use the time to gain new skills and chow down on some Coursera courses. My skillset is very visually oriented, so doing something more technical would be awesome. I’m currently working on my SEO and analytics skills, it would be fun to have more time for that. Oh, and I’d love to learn french! Je comprends un peu, mais je ne parle pas beaucoup!

Share a fun fact/story about yourself that people don’t know

Growing up my childhood hero was Steve Irwin, so I would spend a lot of my time chasing after critters in Zambia. Once I caught a wild snake and called him ‘Fluffy’ (an obvious name for a snake right?). I took him home and hid him from my mother because she was terrified of them, but eventually she found out and said I wasn’t allowed to keep him until I found out what type of snake it was. I did, and it turned out to be a Twig Snake; a highly venomous hemotoxic species with no known anti-venom. Luckily I’d handled him well enough to not get bitten, but needless to say I couldn’t keep him. I’m still fascinated by creatures though, but I capture them with my camera lens now instead of my hands./wp-content/uploads/2014/06/9506835937_fe2e8e9e28_b_482112.jpg

What is your personal life dream?

This question gets asked a lot, especially here in California since it’s full of big dreamers, but I think it’s an interesting one because I have actually already achieved my life dream. For me, the most important thing is to achieve happiness, and I do that every day, no matter how bad things get. It might sound cliché, but I feel like it gives me the freedom to enjoy life and put my whole heart into everything I do, rather than stressing about achieving one specific goal all the time.

If you could be a super hero, who would you be?

Teleportation Girl. Hands down teleportation is the BEST. POWER. EVER. I mean think about it: You could totally teleport ‘home’ to some sunny beach-house off the coast of Africa and escape these ridiculous bay area rental prices! I’d also teleport into the sky a lot, just to experience free falling hundreds of miles per hour above the world, then I’d teleport safely back to the ground…oh wait, is kinetic energy transferred when you teleport? Does that mean I would collide with the ground at a hundred miles per hour? I’d ask this question on SCN but I haven’t seen a ‘Teleportation Space’ anywhere yet.

So that about sums me up! I’mlooking forward to connecting with the fantastic professionals here on SCN, so please feel free to shoot me a line any time.

Thanks Laure for BIFing me, I would like to blog it forward to:

Caroleigh Deneen, the newest member of our gamification team.

Colleen Lee, our most recent member of the month.

And here are my questions to her:

  • What was the most fun project you ever participated in and why?
  • What is the best lesson your parents taught you?
  • If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

Remember the rules of the game:

– Follow the Blog It Forward Chain in order to be updated when the people you blog it forward to post the links to their “Blog It Forward” blogs.

– Read Moshe’s blog again to make sure you follow the rules in your own blog:

  • Provide an introduction to yourself
  • Provide a fun fact about your country or yourself
  • Add a cool picture of yourself or your homeland/town
  • Answer specific questions that were “Blog It Forward” to you
  • Answer 3-4 optional questions from the bank of questions provided below. Or choose to answer questions you make-up on your own.
  • Create 1-2 personalized  questions you would like to blog forward
  • List at least 2  people who you are blogging it forward to. Share why you choose them. Link to their SCN profile by typing @  and then their name (e.g @HisName).Be sure to get their approval and verify that they haven’t joined BIF yet.
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      Author's profile photo Colleen Hebbert
      Colleen Hebbert

      Thanks Sofie

      Nice to read about you. Steve Irwin's Zoo is about an hour north of my place. Sadly, I have never been there but will fix it as a family member is visiting Australia from England.

      When you mentioned Fluffy as a pet name I thought about Harry Potter movies.

      Laure Cetin - it seems you are spreading the word to convince me. I'll add write a BIF to my list of things to do (I won't say how long the list is to remove expectation that it'll be done this week)



      Author's profile photo Laure Cetin
      Laure Cetin

      hehe 😉 Glad you got the not-so-subtle nudge!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Does that mean I would collide with the ground at a hundred miles per hour?

      Linear momentum is conserved in Portal game. To avoid colliding with ground, you would have to direct the target portal towards the sky so that gravity reduces your speed.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Good point (and great game!) perhaps I would need to specify direction of teleportation re-entry. If I'm a super hero, I presume that is within my powers of course.

      Author's profile photo Moshe Naveh
      Moshe Naveh


      Great BIF!:)

      Welcome to SCN and BIF family:)

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Moshe! I really like the initiative, the BIFs are very interesting reads.

      Author's profile photo Chandra Shekhar Agarwal
      Chandra Shekhar Agarwal

      Nice BIF, Enjoyed reading it.

      Thanks for sharing about yourself. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Jose Antonio Martinez
      Jose Antonio Martinez

      Dear Sofie:

      Welcome to the BIF family.

      Awesome story about Fluffy 😉

      Regards Antonio

      Author's profile photo Audrey Stevenson
      Audrey Stevenson


      So interesting to read. I thought I learned a lot about you during our interview, and now I found out all sorts of other stuff. 🙂

      So glad to have you on the SCN team!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Audrey! I'm very happy to be part of the SCN team! I'm sure I'll have more stories to tell you over lunch soon. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Tom Cenens
      Tom Cenens

      Hi Sofie

      I really enjoyed reading your BIF blog, nice to hear you joined the SCN team as well! Hope we'll have the opportunity to meet at some point in time. I always love meeting up with the SCN team.

      Best regards


      Author's profile photo Naveen Vishal
      Naveen Vishal

      Hi Sofie,

      Welcome to the BIF family !!

      Nice to know about details about you. Wish we could see some more of your work on wildlife photography and digital paintings. 🙂



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks Naveen! It's a good family to be part of, and you are very welcome to check out my Flickr if you like animal photography, you can also see my paintings over here, but to be honest these are all pretty old now.

      Take care!

      Author's profile photo Naveen Vishal
      Naveen Vishal

      Wow Sofie..! really I was not expecting it to be so much detailed and so well maintained.

      Great collection, nice clicks, awesome paintings (beautifully drawn Krishna, of-course is my favorite 🙂 ).

      Keep up the good work. ➕



      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt

      LOVE this BIF entry.  Can't wait to meet you. If not here we could always go to "Second Life". ( I have to admit that I got very caught up in that Teleportation thing back in 2003 when Second Life was launched but I'm a recovered addict).

      If your travels bring you to the exotic Island of Manhattan, do give a shout out.

      Otherwise we will definately engage virtually.

      Warm welcome!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Sophie,

      Cool pictures.Nice to know about you.Good work 🙂



      Author's profile photo ' MoazzaM '
      ' MoazzaM '


      Welcome in  SAP world and in this community. Most interesting this in your blog is your fun fact story. As far as I know snakes are not human friendly in first interaction and they can bit easily. How did you catch that and how could you bring him to your home? How old were you at that time?

      I always get scared whenever I see such creature. Thank God there are no snakes in my town.


      Author's profile photo Pedro Freitas
      Pedro Freitas

      Awesome blog Sofie!

      I love traveling too, so I got kind of jealous when I read "Born in Ireland, raised in Zambia, worked in England and now living in San Francisco."

      Although I have to say I didn't do so bad as well, born in Brazil, raised a bit in France, a bit in Brazil, a bit in the States, studied in France, traveled around Europe and now living in the south of Brazil.

      What is it with Canada and Australia? If I had to go abroad to make a life, those are my 2 favorite countries too...and I haven't been to any of them yet!

      Crazy story with the snake...made me remember one time we were at a farm and my brother got a snake and started turning it around his head and throwing it at was dead though, your story was much crazier!!!

      And you beat me on the superhero..I chose IronMan because I thought it would be nice to be able to fly anywhere I wanted...but teleportation is much better 😛

      If you'd like to check my story, here it is Blog It Forward - Pedro Freitas