Mar 15 2008

Blogger Interview with Mark from MeAndMyDrum.com

Welcome to another edition of Blogger Interviews. Last week we interviewed Karthik.

It was another easy decision to select this weeks interview due to their dedication to BAYB.

I’d like to introduce Mark Sierra from Me and My Drum.

I asked Mark several questions about blogging in general. Here is his answers

What is your age? Where do you live?

I’m over 40 and live in North Texas.

What do you do when your not blogging?

My day job is to implement web-based software applications for clients. These applications are meant to help in their recruiting and managing talent within their companies.

A hobby of mine is that I enjoy baking desserts and breads on occasion. I used to do it as a side business for a few years, but other interests and demands on my time have caused it to take a back seat, which I’m fine with. Cookies and brownies are something I usually bake for my family most often to satisfy our sweet tooth. Birthday cakes were the usual things I’d bake for people back in the day. One-, two-, or even three-layer cakes in all shapes and designs were quite common. It’s something I still enjoy doing when I have the time.

What are your favorite blogs? What type of blogs do you usually read?

That’s tough because there are so many I enjoy. First, I’ll start with the types. The topics vary greatly: technology, blogging, personal, make money online tips, and so on. The blogs I look for first in GoogleReader are Brown Thoughts, ThingsByMike, and Garry Conn dot com.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?

The interaction I have with my readers and authors of blogs. When my posts go comment-less I feel slightly disappointed, but then there are times that the responses I get are overwhelming and they make up for it.

How many blogs do you have?

I currently have 10. Three of those I would categorize as social blogs. The rest are niche blogs whose primary purpose are to be found by search engines and for people to click on the ads.

What is the best feature on your blog?

I’d have to say the layout is clean and attractive. But equally as important (and evident) is the interaction I have with readers. I try to reply to every comment that readers leave. I never want them to think that their words have gone unnoticed or that they’re unappreciated.

Why do you blog?

A variety of reasons. The topics that my three social blogs focus on are parts of me that want to speak out. For example, MeAndMyDrum, allows me to voice my interests in technology and blogging as well as concerns over current events.

Another blog, Family WebWatch, which was my first blog, is centered around my interest in family and helping parents be more aware of the darker side of the Web. But it’s also about providing educational and entertaining things I find so that they and their children can have a more fulfilling online experience.

When you add it all up, it comes down to helping out others and learning from them.

Do you have any upcoming projects?

I think my primary focus for the short term is to get organized and not spread myself so thin. As I mentioned earlier, I have 10 blogs, but some of those I’ve neglected because I have allowed myself to be spread so thin. So I want to polish them up a bit. I’m also a contributing author on other blogs, so I’d like to get back into those (especially BAYB) once I feel I’ve got a firm handle on things.

Why did you start blogging?

Family WebWatch first started out as a website. I wanted to help educate parents on a topic that their kids were already experts in. Then I saw the benefit of transitioning to a blogging platform, which allowed me greater flexibility and a better way to communicate.

What are your goals?

To market my flagship blog, MeAndMyDrum, to a broader audience and increase my subscriptions. Get my niche blogs to a point where they generate a steady stream of income. And maybe some day, I can make blogging my full-time job.

Where do you get the majority of your traffic?

StumbleUpon, direct, Google, and Entrecard, in that order.

We’d love your opinions of BAYB, anything you’d like to share.

I think BAYB is doing a fine job of providing useful information to its readers. You have developed a strong following here and that’s something to be proud of. It’s also great that you offer it as a platform for bloggers like me to have another voice.

As mentioned in the interview we hope to have Mark more involved here again. Keep on the lookout from great posts from Mark Sierra.

Do you think you should be interviewed? Contact us and tell us why! Next weeks interview will be with Forest Parks.

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  1. MindBlogger - turning blogs into superweapons said:

    Nice to know the personality behind one of my must-read blogs everyday. Keep up the good interviewing:)

    Cheers!

    March 16th, 2008 at 8:44 am
  2. Mark said:

    Thanks for the opportunity, Matthew!

    March 16th, 2008 at 2:13 pm
  3. Matthew Henrickson said:

    thanks for the interview! :)

    March 16th, 2008 at 3:25 pm
  4. Forest Parks said:

    Hi, I have been a little behind in catching up on my readig and just noticed that you would like to do the interview with me. Great News!

    So I need to answer those said questions? If you email me an address, I can send my answers back.

    Thanks.

    March 25th, 2008 at 7:01 am

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