Mar 23, 2021 - News

Screen Time: How Tampa Bay realtor and publisher Dex Fabian uses tech

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Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Dexter Fabian

As a local realtor for Smith & Associates and the creator and publisher of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa, Dex Fabian has overseen the growth of what's become Tampa Bay's largest independent social media network and most popular hyper-local blog. 

  • I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa cover "all things good" about St. Pete, Tampa and the surrounding areas.

Plus: Dex is a marketer with over 20 years of experience, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, a board member of The Studio@620, a proponent of environmental sustainability, and an avid Crossfitter.

So how does he interact with tech? We asked him about his habits:

  • Device of choice: My MacBook Pro. It goes wherever I go especially since taking the office virtual about three years ago. As a publisher, creative and realtor, it's really the only way to multitask efficiently.
  • First tap of the day: Shortly after the coffee maker, I enjoy starting the day with my CBS friends Gayle King and Jane Pauley. I enjoy the relaxed pace and unique topics CBS Sunday Morning brings, especially those surrounding international arts and culture. The trumpet at the start of the show makes me happy.
  • Go-to news source: I am a subscriber and avid reader of The New York Times. And, of course, I like to stay informed about local arts, businesses and our community through I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa.
  • Podcast of choice: Just recently got turned on to the Rabbit Hole by the NY Times.
  • On rotation: My music playlists are personally curated into just two sets: DexFabulous and Moody Vibes. Otherwise it's Indie Chillout on Spotify.
  • Reading list: If looking for a book, anything lighthearted and humorous like David Sedaris or Kevin Kwan. I recently finished "Qualityland" by Marc-Uwe Kling. For magazines, I enjoy Wallpaper, Vanity Fair, Bazaar, and People to catch up with the goss when I'm traveling.
  • Most-used app: Mostly Instagram and Facebook for work and personal throughout the day. WhatsApp to stay connected with family in the Philippines especially since the onset of the pandemic.

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