Q: In two sentences, highlight your background and professional experience to date. One bonus sentence: how’d you get started blogging?
I actually came into blogging from the podcasting angle. I worked as the Communications and Advertising Manager at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The Zoo had been experiencing some financial and attendance challenges. I decided to start the video Podcast MarylandZoo.TV to begin extending the Zoo from simply a destination to an actual experience online and off. As a result I began blogging on my own — at Joel-Mark-Witt.com — to talk about the changes happening in the new media and podcasting industries. Online video has definitely driven my blogging efforts.
Q: How often do you blog? What platform do you use? Why?
I try to post at least once a week. Writing original content is a very difficult job. I would rather post less and push for quality than just post for posting sake. I know there are some who would disagree with this. But I will post when I feel I have something to say. Not find something to say because I have to post.
I use the WordPress platform right now because of the diverse themes available. I also like the community that has sprung up around this platform.
Q: How often do you leave comments on other people’s blogs? How do you find their entries in the first place?
I use Google Reader to monitor over 50 different blogs. I will also check out recommended posts from my friends using Reader. These have led to some neat discoveries of new and fresh content.
I will comment about once a week on a post that I find particularly engaging – more sometimes if I feel the need. I try not to make “me too” comments – but rather add value to the current post or further the discussion.
Q: Tell us a bit about your talk at Blogworld Expo. Topic, key points you’ll cover, etc?
I am teaming up with Michael Hoffman from See3 Communications for our session talk entitled “New Media From Inside The Organization.” Michael has many years experience helping non-profits develop online media for their organizations.
In this session we are going to lay out a roadmap for executives and managers to follow. How to use new media to create feedback among customers, re-purpose content for other uses, and ways to start using new media from the inside.
Q: How do you recommend new folk best experience a major conference and expo like Blogworld Expo?
Limit the number of sessions you attend. Spend as much time meeting people and talking in the hallways. The sessions are recorded – the hallways and networking times are not.
Q: Easy ones: Mac or PC? Ipod or Zune? Iphone or Blackberry?
Mac AND PC.
I actually use a lttle $50 Creative brand mp3 player. Never owned an iPod. Blasphemy – I know.
Great stuff, Mark. Thanks! Looking forward to your talk at Blogworld Expo at the end of this week! Man, that’s soon! 🙂 [Interview by Dave Taylor]