The Great Interview Experiment Returns


We’ve all seen interviews on blog posts.  The Great Interview Experiment (GIE) is different.   It is a celebration of blogging and a challenge to those who talk about community in abstract terms.   How often do we acknowledge the existence of the larger community, including those who are different?

Two years ago, when I first started this project, my view of blogging was more idealistic than it is today.   The GIE motto was “Everyone is Somebody,” and was a response to the hierarchies that were undermining the democratic nature of this modern form of personal expression.   Didn’t we all have unique stories to tell online, not just a select few?   Over time, as I began to focus more on “quality” writing, I became a snootier individual. everyone who opens a blogger account instantly tranforms into a Shakespeare.   Some just have more talent or a bigger personality.   This does not contradict the fundamental truth about the blogosphere.   We are all binary numbers zooming along the internet tubes, side by side, sharing the same home.   We are all individuals, pioneers in this new medium, expressing ourselves in a way unheard of in the previous generation.

So, like Don Quixote, I remain a sucker for unrealistic, impossible dreams.   In my mind, I visualize a permanent interview site where Dooce would interview a clueless newbie, a liberal would interview a conservative, and a religious fundamentalist would interview a feminist lesbian.   It wouldn’t matter if you liked or agreed with other person.  We would still be neighbors, in a Mister Rogers sense.

The interviews are random. You may be paired with a Nobel Laureate or an insane person — and it doesn’t matter.

Here’s how it will work —

The first commenter will interview me.

The second commenter will interview the first commenter.

The third commenter will interview the second commenter.

And so on.

I will send you an email confirming who you should interview, along with his contact information.

Contact that person and say hello.

Read that person’s blog.

Come up with five to ten creative questions and email it to him.

When you receive the answers back, post the interview on your own blog, introducing your readers to a new blogger.

Email me to say that the post is up so I can add you to the list.

Answer the questions you receive from the next commenter, your interviewer, and email it back.

Try to keep this entire process under two weeks from when you first sign up.

If you don’t hear back from your interviewee or interviewer within that time period, contact me and we’ll find you someone new.  Just remember, this is not a professional operation.  I’m just some guy doing this in my underwear.  So, be patient.

GIE was conceived mostly for personal blogggers.   I have the right to reject any blog that is too extreme or too commercial.

Wouldn’t it be cool, if for one day, we really did believe that everyone really did have an important story to tell online?

Here are the bloggers who participated last year.  Feel free to sign up again.


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246 Responses to The Great Interview Experiment Returns

  1. Heather says:

    Oh I totally want in on this! What a fantastic idea, and what a great way to get different folks involved in the Greater Good. You’ve got a good soul–and it is emerging more and more…

  2. Mel says:

    Am I it? Do I get to interview you? Aaah, shitters… If only I hadn’t filled in my info, I could have been first.

  3. Ok, I give, who’s my victim?

  4. Carla says:

    Hello! above me… and Hello! below me…

  5. Tatiana says:

    Was fun the first time around. Sign me up again!

  6. MamaKaren says:

    I’m in! I had a good time reading prior interviews, and look forward to participating this year.

  7. Michele says:

    Oh yes. I would love to participate. Thank you for your idealistic awesomeness, Neil.

  8. alejna says:

    I’m so glad to know you’re doing this in your underwear, Neil.

    And count me in! (For the interview. Which I may or may not do in my underwear.)

  9. Becky says:

    I saw/read/heard about it last year and missed the opportunity. I’m joining early this year.

    Sign me up and find me a victim interview subject

  10. Heather says:

    Sign me UP! I’d LOVE to do something like this! :) What an excellent idea, Neil! :)

  11. kateanon says:

    Oh, yes please! I thought this was great, and can’t wait to continue it again this year.

  12. Nat says:

    I’m in again… :) Love this thing.

  13. Jane says:

    So much to say and another place to say it… sign me up, too.

  14. ozma says:

    This is what I liked about the blogosphere when it was just getting started–that kind of random getting to know people. The intimacy plus anonymity. So I think I’d like to do this.

  15. Oh yeah, I want to try this!

  16. Sarah says:

    I’d love to try this!

  17. Vidalia says:

    skip until blog is verified. STILL WAITING ON THIS ONE – NEIL

    I’m in. I no longer keep a public blog but write for a music and entertainment blog and Twitter more than Courtney Love. I suggest not adding me to phone alerts.

  18. Erica M says:

    It was fun the first time around with my old blog. I’d love to try it again with my new one. Thanks!

  19. Headless Mom says:

    I’m in! Bring it, baby!

  20. Ginny says:

    I would like to get in on this. Because I NEVER miss an opportunity to talk about myself. Oh yeah, and meeting new people, cool experiment, etc., etc.

  21. Quadelle says:

    I’m completely in. I’ve been looking forward to it since you mentioned it a while ago, and I’m glad it’s finally here.

  22. headbang8 says:

    LSL, you look very interesting. I’m in.

  23. Did it the first year, then slacked off, now in again!

  24. Hollis says:

    …I’m in also.

  25. Jack says:

    I’ll do it again.

  26. jess says:

    what the hell…

  27. Otir says:

    Didn’t it drive you crazy last time? and it was two years ago, really? how time flies!! I really enjoyed reading those interviews. I think having a mediator to tell one’s story throughg someone else’s questions is a great storytelling tool!

  28. Vicki says:

    Would love to participate for the first time, cynicism or not :)

  29. Gayle says:

    Would love to join the fray! Thank you!!

  30. iamthediva says:

    YEEEAH!!! i love LOVE LOOOOVE the Great interview experiment! I am IN!

  31. I’m really looking forward to this, it should be great fun!

  32. wn says:

    please sign me up Sir!

  33. Sign me up, please! I will try to come up with the snazziest questions ever. 😉

  34. barbetti says:

    This was fun the first go-around! I’m in!

  35. so excited to join this year!

  36. mommymae says:

    totally in this year.

  37. -R- says:

    I’ll sign up.

  38. mamie says:

    looking forward to finding out more about TC. :)

  39. Natalie says:

    I’m in – sounds like a jolly good time

  40. Sounds fun! I’ll play! :)

  41. zeptimius says:

    I may have done this once before… but what the hell.

  42. abdpbt says:

    Oh Jeez, Neil, this sounds like a lot of work.

    Just kidding, count me in.

  43. Denise says:

    I think I’m up for the challenge…

  44. Emma says:

    I’d like to play too.

  45. Erika says:

    Totally count me again. Looking forward to it!

  46. Unlike Don Quixote, your dream may just come true!

    Love to join in.

  47. WackyMummy says:

    You and I are both Redneck Mommy stalkers, so Yay!

    I’m in.

  48. Cid says:

    Just read “drowning in kids” interview. Loved it, so bring it on.

  49. wench says:

    This sounds like fun! I’m in

  50. What a wonderful idea, and a great way to get to know some new bloggers…

  51. abigailroad says:

    I loved doing this last time…so I want to play again! :)

  52. sarawr says:

    I’m definitely down for this again! I haven’t been feeling the blogging mojo lately; maybe this will even give me a kick-start.

  53. Laurie says:

    Sure, I’ll do it. Hi there. :)

  54. SciFi Dad says:

    Oh sure. I’ll try it.

  55. Eliz says:

    Yes! Let’s shall.

  56. I’ve just starting lurking around here but if you don’t mind a newcomer…I’m game!

  57. Blaiser says:

    This is the coolest! I’m new, too, and totally down with it.

  58. Kelly says:

    I am feeling too commercial, but I am in!

  59. I had so much fun last year, I can’t wait to do it again.

  60. Jayne says:

    Too much fun! Sign me up!

  61. I’m in again…carried out my interviewing last time, but never got interviewed. Looking forward to talking about myself!

  62. I’m In – Great idea!!

  63. Velma says:

    I failed miserably the last time I signed up. I’ll do better this time, I promise!

  64. Jenipurr says:

    Ooh, this could be fun. I’ll give it a whirl.

  65. Corina says:

    YES! I am in this year! I am actually excited. Time to meet some new fantastic bloggers.

  66. Loukia says:

    I’ll play, sure! :)

  67. Veach Glines says:

    I would like to interview and be interviewed. Please and thank you.

  68. Wow, I’m person #100! This is a popular even. Thanks for hosting it. I’d love to participate :)

  69. Elisa says:

    I loved my experience the last time I participated!! I’d love to do it again.

  70. kealan says:

    Great idea. I’m in!

  71. ballerinatoes says:


    I’m in if I can interview Gorillabuns.

  72. Tifani says:

    I think I should like to play, too!

  73. Mary (MPJ) says:

    I had an awesome time doing this last year, and made a new friend in the process. Thanks so much. I’m definitely up for it again!

  74. Aunt Becky says:

    Wait, is it too late? Because I’m late for every party I go to or throw because that is the way I party, motherfucker.

  75. Siera says:

    Count me in please!

  76. Dude. Do I really get to interview Aunt Becky? Because that would kick ass.

  77. joy says:

    What a creative idea Neil. Did you see Tanis Miller’s latest post? She catches you dancing around with a tiara and says she’d marry you, i guess if she weren’t already married.
    I’m interested. sounds like fun if I weren’t too busy staring at you dancing with the tiara on your head.

  78. I’d like to participate, if there is still room for people…..

  79. Niqui says:

    I’d love to participate if you’re still accepting people.

  80. fatboyfat says:

    I’m in! Again. Who wants to interview me?

  81. natalie says:

    “and a religious fundamentalist would interview a feminist lesbian.” wow…i could pretty much interview myself if that’s the case.

    the old blog is still open, but the new blog is the one i want to make my home.

    so there you go.

    all right mr. de mille, i’m ready for my close up.

  82. Lindsey says:

    I love this idea, and would love to participate!

  83. Carmen says:

    I would love to do this again – it was so much fun last year!

  84. Alexa says:

    I’m in, if it’s not too late…

  85. palinode says:

    Sign me up and whatnot.

  86. Marie says:

    I’ll play, too!!

  87. rhea says:

    I want to play too!

  88. Alright matchmaker! Match me up! 😉

  89. Kellz says:

    WOW! I came cross this via Ginny. Clever idea! Okay, hook me up with my buddy!

  90. late to the party, per usual, but I’ll play, too:)

  91. Deb says:

    Very cool idea and I would LOVE to participate! Sign me up.

  92. Kim says:

    Throw me in with the rest if the laters…. : )

  93. ZDub says:

    I would like to play, if it isn’t too late!

  94. Count me in too, please :) I manage a news blog about the events that are happening in my tiny community of Akwesasne.

  95. TJ says:

    I would totally like to play.

  96. marymac says:

    I’m in but would like to apologize in advance to the next commenter who has to interview me, because I will probably be in my underwear like Neil.

  97. Karen Murphy says:

    Me, me, me! I’ll play!

  98. Jenifer says:

    I’m in! I’ve been a reader of this experiment but I was too chicken shit to participate. Guess who decided to come out of the excrement and be a participant?

  99. Laurina says:

    I love your slogan: “Everyone is Somebody”! I’d like to play, too.

  100. Rammi says:

    Is it too late to join in?

  101. A Free Man says:

    I’d love to join in if it is not too late.

  102. Me too! Me too! I wanna play! Can I play?

  103. Rootietoot says:

    I’d love to do this!

  104. Karl says:

    OK, please put me in the hat for an interview. Love this experiment.

  105. richard says:

    Having bumped into the GIE on a number of blogs, I am feeling a little left out and, if it is still open, I would like to throw my name / hat / blog (?) into the ring as well.

  106. Robin says:

    Throw my name in too!

  107. Gidge says:

    Oh I am so IN! Bring it! GREAT experiment!

  108. Okay. I’m in. The first round brought Anissa into my life. I can’t wait to see who gets stuck with me this time!

  109. amber says:

    Well, since there seem to be recent comments, I’m guessing it’s not too late? Count me in!

  110. mepsipax says:

    This is a great idea. I have done a guest post on a friends blog and am trying to get others involved. But this is epic. Can I get in?

  111. This is a really neat idea. I’m down.

  112. Natalie says:

    Is it too late for me to sign up?

  113. Julianna says:

    Sign me up and count me in!

  114. Am excited to participate!

  115. elizabeth says:

    I really don’t have enough to do and want to do this instead.

  116. Robin says:

    I’m in, sign me up Scotty!

  117. Jen says:

    I want to be part of this!

  118. Jess says:

    Count me in holmes!

  119. tysdaddy says:

    I’ve seen this around quite a bit lately, so sign me up . . .

  120. Add me to the list…. if there is still room on the bottom.

  121. ByJane says:

    Just found out you were doing this again, so sign me up, Scotty.

  122. Laura says:

    My personal site is sort of vegetating but this one is active. I like the idea of a random interview, on both sides of it. :)

  123. Jenny says:

    Love this project! Can’t wait to participate! :)

  124. Kirsty says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I look forward to participating (there have been some great interviews!).

  125. Mad Woman says:

    Oh I’m in! I did this last year and had so much fun. I found one of my favourite bloggers this way. YAY! thanks for doing this again!

  126. Sus says:

    Loved it last year. I am in for sure!

  127. maya says:

    Definitely in! I’m so excited!

  128. Amanda says:


    I’m definitely interested! Count me in :)

  129. Lisa says:

    Oh, Pick me! Pick me! I wanna play. Ohhhhh ohhhhhhh ohhhhhh PICK ME!

  130. I would love to give this another go!

  131. underOvr says:

    I’ve been reading Christine’s blog (at Strange Pilgram) and saw the post about the GIE. If possible, I’d like to participate.


  132. Queenie says:

    I think this sounds like a really cool project, and I’d like in.

  133. This morning I am interested in talking to anyone who isn’t whining for more pancakes. That leaves things pretty open, thankfully, unless my daughter has a blog I don’t know about.

  134. Jill says:

    I want to play too!

  135. Jack says:

    I am jumping back in.

  136. Melissa says:

    in-like-flynn, sign me up!

  137. Alissa says:

    sounds fun, count me in.

  138. wendy says:

    This sounds very cool. I’m in.

  139. Barb says:

    Sure, I’ll do it.

  140. Can I still do this? I would LOVE to!



  141. Elise says:

    I know I read this before but I can’t remeber if I signed up or not. So put me down. Love the idea!

  142. amie says:

    This sounds like fun. I want to play.

  143. I’ve really loved reading the interviews I’ve stumbled upon and I want to play.

  144. I like this & I wanna play too.

  145. BugginWord says:

    Pick me! I just spent far too much time hopping from interview to interview and whiling away the daylight. What a fan-frickin-tastic idea!

  146. ggs_closet says:

    This sounds like so much fun :)…please sign me up.

  147. Hi GG’s Closet! I’m your new bff!

  148. mosey along says:

    Yes, please. What a fabulous idea and nice to meet you. (saw this on Slouching Mom)

  149. Jade says:

    Please sign me up!

  150. GirlGriot says:

    Am I too late to get in the game? If not, please sign me up!

  151. JQ Brat says:

    I participated last year under another moniker and another blog. I’d like to do this again!

  152. stephanie says:

    Yes, hello. Me, too, please.

  153. Mo says:

    What the hell. Being semi-retired and all, I’ve got time on my hands.

  154. Emily says:

    Is it too late for me? If not, I’m in.

  155. Deb Rox says:

    Loving reading the interviews. Can I join in?

  156. Summer says:

    This sounds like fun, can we still join in?

  157. Jess says:

    I did this last year and loved it. I’m in!

  158. Genie says:

    I’m now recovered from NaBloPoMo and would love to participate. Very fine idea, Neil!

  159. Ooooo! I’ve been meaning to check this out! I’d love to join in on the fun!

  160. I would like to give this a try. Weird, psycho or normal people are okay by me.

  161. Heard about this from Velvet Verbosity and thought – why not?

  162. Ry Sal says:

    I love interviewing people…

  163. kelly says:

    Looks like it’s too late to sign up, but what a great idea. Everyone does indeed have a story to tell.

  164. Is it to late to sign up…THIS IS AN AWESOME IDEA!

  165. Stephanie says:

    Hope I’m not too boring. Would love to participate. Great idea!

  166. vanessa says:

    Let’s do this thing.

  167. Sounds mostly painless…I’m in?

  168. susie_book says:

    Sounds great–I’m in!

  169. Monica says:

    I would love to participate sounds like a blast

  170. Allie says:

    Is it too late to sign up? I’d love to join!

  171. Kanani says:

    Count me in if you’re still doing this, Neil.

  172. Rose says:

    This sounds like a wonderful idea! Are you carrying it over to 2010? I’d love to participate if you’re still doing it.

  173. Altme says:

    I would love to be in on this if its not too late :)

  174. drlori71 says:

    Sounds like fun! If it’s not too late, sign me up.

  175. Neil, I feel like a fool for not paying more attention to your site recently, because I love this idea in a slightly naughty way. I’d love to participate if it’s not too late.

  176. I’d love to participate!

  177. I’d love to participate as well, I’ve seen a few people who have been a part of it and I think this is a brilliant idea! I’m just starting out, I hope that’s ok!

  178. Sarah Wood says:

    I’d like to participate if it is still going on. Please let me know – thanks!

  179. pia says:

    OK Neil. I’ve always thought this a wonderful idea but last year was moving and this year had much non blogging things. Finally some time!

  180. Hook me up! Sounds like fun.

  181. Tabitha says:

    I’d love to try this! How do I get started?

  182. Mojo,NC,USA says:

    Are you kidding? This could be fascinating. Besides, if I’m quick enough I get to interview Titanium.

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  185. alyssa says:

    I would love to do this sign me up- let me know what I need to do to get started! Thanks

  186. Jaime says:

    I would love to participate if this is still going.

  187. Karen Bannan says:

    Too late to get in on this? If not, please email!

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  189. Amelia says:

    I would love to jump on board with this!

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