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15 Minutes of Fame: Interviewing wordpress.com Users

While people are chasing invites to wordpress.com, I’d like to know who is using wordpress.com and how you are using wordpress.com.

If you have a blog on wordpress.com, leave a comment telling me something about you and what you intend to do with your wordpress.com blog. I will choose 5 lucky people to interview and share their stories on this site.

This invitation doesn’t come lightly. As a long time writer, I’ve interviewed some famous and well-traveled people over the years for various magazines and newspapers.

So, post your comments and impress me with why I should interview you – the only criteria is that you have an active wordpress.com blog – which means you better get to work blogging in order to show off how you intend to use your wordpress.com blog.

UPDATE: The contest continues. If you want to be interviewed, get your comments in here!

20 Comments

  1. Posted September 4, 2005 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    I saw this and figured I’d drop you a comment since I have a wp.com blog – right here. I don’t think I’d ever even planned to get one, but Podz was sweet enough to invite me and I couldn’t turn up the offer, so after not much debate I just decided to move my blog right here. Which sort of gives me an excuse to use WordPress at my website for all manner of new and different things.

    Hmmm, a bit about me…well I’m in graduate school, I graduate with my School Counseling degree this December. And…hmm, something interesting…well, I’m blind! And this goregous beast is my guide dog. :)

  2. Posted September 7, 2005 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m completely brand new to the concept of blogging and have only recently gotten into it thanks to an invite I received from a friend who was convinced I’d be good at it. I’ve been active so far, updating it daily during the week. As for the use of it, well I guess I just plan to post whatever comes to my mind each and every day. I’m not sure how many people that will attract, but I guess I’m hoping the randomness of my thoughts mixed with my ability to write with some humor might bring in the readers. There’s little doubt that some of posts will be much weaker than others, but it’s tough to be brilliant day after day. In an ideal world, someone will spot me and recognize my potential. It seems that a really cool thing to have would be a syndicated humor column. It’s important to dream, isn’t it?

    I’d love to be interviewed if you think I might be what you’re looking for.

  3. Posted September 7, 2005 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    For some reason clicking on my name will take you to Negative Waves instead of my WP blog. NW is a site some friends and I work on. You can find my WP site here assuming I entered the link correctly.

    Like I said, I’m new to this. I just recently mastered pencils and erasers, now I have to figure out this stuff.

  4. Posted September 7, 2005 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Whatever website you entered when you left your comment as your URL Address will show up as the link in your name.

    I’m going to pick the five that impress me the most, so get busy folks and start impressing with WordPress ;-)

  5. Posted September 8, 2005 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    As you probably know, we, Flock.com, are building a new browsing experience, a social browsing experience. Blogging is of course, a substancial part of this, and thanks to Matt and your WordPress.com team, we are able to add WordPress.com as one of the blogging options in the browser. Choice is important, and WordPress.com is a choice because of it’s usability!

    I can’t wait until we are ready not to be in a private beta.

  6. Posted September 8, 2005 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Today I received an invite from Ben Riga (that was very nice of him) and just created my blog here. I already maintain a technical blog here, and I was looking for another blog where I could write down my thoughts on things that fascinate me other than technology. This will also be a place where I can practice my writing skill (which is not so good). Meanwhile, I’m playing around with wordpess options and trying to figure out how to change the fonts and tweak the template :).

    Cheers

    Amar

  7. Posted September 8, 2005 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Ah, FYI, you can’t tweak fonts or the template in wordpress.com. See What you can and can’t do with wordpress.com.

    So, what you CAN do is provide content. And that’s what I’ll be looking at. ;-)

  8. Posted September 9, 2005 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for the link, that was quite informative and got my doubts cleared on why the limitations as of now. Got a mail from Matt also for the same.

    And yes I have some contents copied from from other blog (didn’t want it to look empty). I’ll be writing more as and when I get time or I’m in mood ;)

    Cheers
    Amar

  9. Posted September 9, 2005 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I am one of the few Flock beta testers, and have been blogging for a while now.
    Of course i have a wp.com blog http://tech.wordpress.com , and I think I am helping wp.com fix some important bugs before the thing goes live.
    Oh, and i’d like to get interviewed.
    That’s about it :)

  10. andy
    Posted September 11, 2005 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    The backstage of wordpress blog serive is a vague encouragement of being content-oriented blog for me ;) later when the top blogs appeared in the dashboard, it looks more or less as a sign of the exsitence of a true community. what else … i am not proficient with tweaking the system or writing good blogs, tho’. maybe just a stray for any kind of blog/community. Without much confidence, i still cannot help dreaming of appearing on the top blog for one day :D although i’m not quite sure what’s the criteria of being top.

    Oh, let’s just don’t forget the yellow fade technique. It’s another positive sign. Can i wildly guess wordpress is aimed to soft-core geek blog?

    In a word, i feel quite comfortable blogging in wordpress.com so far. But i wanted to keep this casualness as well – i.e. without the obligation of thinking what certain thing should i use wordpress blog for. Interiew me i’ll tell you more :) (It doesn’t matter if you have five other better candidates since i’ve already said too much ) and yes, thank you for reading.

    – a reluctant wordpress blogger :)

  11. Posted September 14, 2005 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Hey Lorelle,
    My wordpress.com blog is called Space Photos Its not much just a collection of images taken by spacecraft of bodies throughout the Universe. Also since most NASA sites do not have a RSS feed I figured some of us Space geeks out there could us my site as a feed to know when new images are released.

  12. Derek
    Posted September 17, 2005 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Why should I get interviewed? Well I considered your comment on my 15 minutes of fame post to be an invite to request an interview ;)

    Anyway, I’m a 22 year old part time college student. The only real interview I’ve every had was for a text messaging service by the name of Cellphedia. It’s kind of like Wikipedia, but dedicated geared towards mobile phone users. I was lucky enough to get a little limelight on Wired: Put Some Wisdom In Your Pocket.

    Aside from being a contributer at UNEASYsilence.com, I try my best to get access to beta web services. I’m all about Web 2.0! Yeah baby! :) Anyway, I found myself on WordPress.com via Flock. I wrote a little snippet about Flock and was invited to test the service. I love the idea. I love the hard work these developers invest in these services… I can’t wait to see the general publics reaction when this thing goes public [both WordPress.com and Flock].

    Anyway, that’s me. Derek. I actually hate writing anything formal. Ever since I started writing knowing that I had readers, I’ve slowly forced myself to come out of my “writing shell”. I’m going to assume my “blogging” has helped improve my actual writing for all my school courses. I have to discipline myself though. Whenever I sit down to write an actual research paper, I often make the mistake that I’m writing for a blog. Sometimes blogging is not a suitable writing style for graded papers. *shrugz*

  13. Posted September 28, 2005 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    You’d probably don’t want to interview me. I’m not a professional writer. I’m practically a new WordPress.com blogger. I’ve got only one post in my newly activated WP account.. My other blog got pretty much nothing to brag about. But what the heck? Who knows? I just might get lucky. :-)

  14. matthias
    Posted October 5, 2005 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    hi,
    i just browsered your blog and found this post. I don’t know if you interview my and I’m not sure if it is necessary but anyway I like to write something about my blog.
    I’ve just started to blog. Never had one before but I thought it could be the time for it.
    Why? … I’ll go to university at this mounth and so a new part of my life starts and I thought that I could write some of my expectations and experiences down and share them with other people who make some similar experiences.
    I also would like to write something about what happens at the university like some parties or other events to inform my fellow students.

    So that’s the story of my blog.
    The problem you could have with it is maybe that it is in german so you may not understand it ;)
    but you can find it at http://campus.wordpress.com/

    greets Matthias

  15. Posted October 13, 2005 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Just wondering where we’re at on this? Do you have any finalists? A list of leading contenders?

    I’d like to be chosen, but only if you’d like to choose me.

  16. Posted October 22, 2005 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Being new to WordPress, and by far, not the techno-geek I once was, I have recently migrated my online journal from Blogger to WordPress. I’m in the midst of thinking up a catchier name than …and in the boat there was a man…. (And ten points to you if you get the reference!)

    Anyway, my wp.com is not all that impressive – it’s basically a place for me to ramble and clear my thoughts. My therapist used to always say “get it out of your mind and on to paper”, so I guess this is the equivalent today.

    A bit about me: I’m a 27yo part time university student from Melbourne, Australia, with interests in governance and representation. I currently sit on my University‘s governing Council, and by virtue of that, on a number of boards and committees. All of this puts me in contact with various people, but detracts from my class work.

    I’m likely to be a student for a fair few more years yet!

    Mmmmm, I’m not really all that interesting, so I suppose I’ll leave the rest for the interview (because you *want* to interview me now… ha ha).

    Or you could just drop by my wp.com and say HELLO.

  17. Posted October 24, 2005 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Color me guilty. :(

    Your contest/challenge got me thinking Am I a lazy writer? As an author and business coach you would think I would be immune. Think again. I am human too.

    That is no reason not to write with quality, meaning and substance.

    Therefore Lorelle, I accept the challenge and can only say… Pick me! Pick Me! But only if I am worthy!

  18. Posted October 31, 2005 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m also one of the Flock beta crowd, never blogged before, but decided to give it a go using Flock and the WordPress.com invite. I’ve always wanted to write about two passions of mine, sport and business, so i came up with my Sport Businesss blog, I’m still not entirely happy with the title, but want to get away from the stuffy websites that currently offer lots of reporting but very little opinion on what goes on – off the field. Have a look, see what you think…

    http://sportsbiz.wordpress.com

  19. Posted November 12, 2005 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Lorelle shared a page on her site to help me with a WordPress problem I am having. What a delightful website!

    Anyway, this contest link caught my eye and I clicked and right at the top I find Cyndy’s comment and am fascinated. Cyndy is blind yet designs websites. I clicked on the link and saw her website, and also her guide dog. Haven’t figured out yet how she manages to design sites, being blind. But I think it is wonderful that you do, Cyndy.

    Sorry, I didn’t make it through any of the other submissions here. But would love to be notified, Lorelle, should Cyndy be one of those interviewed. I want to learn more about how she does all this! And to Cyndy, I say, “Way to go!”

  20. Posted November 25, 2005 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    I’m using wordpress as an organizing/presentatin tool for my college term papers. I can upload them, edit them, and let people comment on them easily. It turns out really slick– especially when I can add pages that are treated differently than categorical posts. Without wordpress, I would either have a tool that’s overkill or I’d be doing it by hand it wouldn’t have the useful features that foster community– comments and rss feeds.


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  2. lorelle is so cool!

    Im not trying to be a brown noser or anything. But when I started learning more about wordpress a couple months ago, Lorelle has done alot of work in the forums and the codex.
    Now that wordpress.com is up, she is interviewing users of wordpress.com

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