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. Robin says:

    Throw my name in too!

  2. Gidge says:

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

  3. 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!

  4. amber says:

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

  5. 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?

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

  7. Natalie says:

    Is it too late for me to sign up?

  8. Julianna says:

    Sign me up and count me in!

  9. Am excited to participate!

  10. elizabeth says:

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

  11. Robin says:

    I’m in, sign me up Scotty!

  12. Jen says:

    I want to be part of this!

  13. Jess says:

    Count me in holmes!

  14. tysdaddy says:

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

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

  16. ByJane says:

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

  17. 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. :)

  18. Jenny says:

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

  19. Kirsty says:

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

  20. 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!

  21. Sus says:

    Loved it last year. I am in for sure!

  22. maya says:

    Definitely in! I’m so excited!

  23. Amanda says:


    I’m definitely interested! Count me in :)

  24. Lisa says:

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

  25. I would love to give this another go!

  26. 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.


  27. Queenie says:

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

  28. 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.

  29. Jill says:

    I want to play too!

  30. Jack says:

    I am jumping back in.

  31. Melissa says:

    in-like-flynn, sign me up!

  32. Alissa says:

    sounds fun, count me in.

  33. wendy says:

    This sounds very cool. I’m in.

  34. Barb says:

    Sure, I’ll do it.

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



  36. 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!

  37. amie says:

    This sounds like fun. I want to play.

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

  39. I like this & I wanna play too.

  40. 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!

  41. ggs_closet says:

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

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

  43. mosey along says:

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

  44. Jade says:

    Please sign me up!

  45. GirlGriot says:

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

  46. JQ Brat says:

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

  47. stephanie says:

    Yes, hello. Me, too, please.

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