In my college courses, one of the student assignments is to interview someone within the WordPress Community. The WordPress Community is a broad field of participants and activists, from users to professionals building their career on the spine of WordPress.
Your two month combined current events exercise is to find someone in your industry working on the latest and most current aspect of your industry, and publish it on your site.
If you are a parent blogger, who is the current disruptive force in your arena? Are you a blogging chef, sharing recipes and tips with your audience? Then find someone who is pushing the boundaries with food today and talk to them.
Living in the United States? Thanksgiving is coming up. Why not interview a turkey farmer? Or look a little further ahead and interview a Christmas Tree farmer. Where we live, we’re surrounded by at least 20 of them.
Blog about a company or a company representing your industry? Find someone in the company making a difference or changing how your industry will work in the future and talk to them.
Intimidated? Remember that they put on their pants one foot at a time, so quote my mother, and give it a try.
You don’t have to go to famous. Go for up and coming, someone making waves that hasn’t been acclaimed as “famous.” Sometimes the newcomers are the future leaders. Look around for the noise makers and quiet trend setters and share them with your readers.
It may be a video interview, online or in person, an audio interview or podcast style presentation, a Q&A done on phone, online, or email, whatever works for both of you. The more you can do this at their speed, making it easier for them, the more likely they are to agree.
As part of our monthly current events we’re combining two months in one for this Blog Exercise, and encouraging you to share someone in your industry with your readers.
Keep the interview timely, and help your readers learn more from someone’s perspective, possibly different from your own.
Remember to include a hat tip link back to this post to create a trackback, or leave a properly formed link in the comments so participants can check out your blog exercise task.