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October 2011

26 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Interviews


Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge list of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Interviews

Right now, we’ve been posting a ton of speaker interviews, videos, and guest posts in preparation for #BWELA. Personally, I love it. Interviews especially give you the chance to really get to know the other person. Adding them to your blog will only strengthen your content.

I also recommend doing interviews if possible. Like guest posting, it’s a great way to get some exposure for yourself and your products. Today’s brilliant blogger links cover both topics: how to be the interviewer and how to be the interviewee. You might also want to check out this recent post on interviewing right here on the BlogWorld blog!

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

From Tim Ferris to Seth Godin: How to Interview and Build Relationships with the Most “Influential” People in the World by David Siteman Garland

If you only have time to read one post on how to interview people, make it this one. David’s post isn’t just about what kinds of questions you should ask or how you should go about contacting a-listers; it starts at the very beginning with tips on how to get to know these people in the first place. Want to interview the most influential people out there? Start by reading this post. You can also follow David on Twitter @TheRiseToTheTop.

How to Use Interviews On Your Blog by Darren Rowse

This post is actually the first in a three-part series on interviews on Problogger. I highly recommend checking out the other two as well: How to approach others for interviews for your blog and How to be interviewed as a blogger. They’re several years old, but still filled with good tips! After reading his advice, you can follow Darren on Twitter @Problogger.

5 Blog Video Interviewing Tips by Ian Harris

This guest post by Ian Harris on Marko Saric’s blog is a great resource if you want to add video with your interviews. Video still scares me a little, so I really appreciate Ian’s tips! You can follow Ian on Twitter @twilovideo and Marko is on Twitter @markosaric.

Even More Brilliant Advice:

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about publishing on interviews? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: Blog Design

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

Is This The New Gmail?


It looks like Gmail, Google’s email system, is getting a facelift. The company accidentally posted a video on their YouTube channel with shots of a new Gmail interface. The video is now private, but thanks to the quickness of this Google blogger, we have the shots and a good look at it.

If you’ll recall in August, Google launched a new Google Labs featured called Preview Pane. I used it for about a week and then reverted back to the old Gmail I know, love and am used to. These new shots are based on Preview, but definitely have a lot of changes.

Here are a few of the changes noted:

  • An action bar that uses icons instead of text labels
  • A completely new interface for conversations
  • Profile pictures next to contacts
  • A flexible layout that adapts to any window size
  • Display density options like in Google Docs
  • Resizable chat/labels sections
  • New high-definition themes
  • Updated search box that includes advanced options

You can see all of the pictures from the new interface here.

As for the accidentally leaked video and when we might see this new interface, a Google rep told ReadWriteWeb, “Oops, you weren’t supposed to see that. Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing more info on Gmail’s new look soon.”

What do you think of the new design?

Part of the Avengers Movie Shot with an iPhone


For those of you wondering just how amazing the camera on the iPhone is, this might answer your question. It’s good enough to shoot footage with and include it in a movie. A movie as huge as “The Avengers” that is.

Seamus McGarvey, the cinematographer from The Avengers movie, revealed in a recent interview that some of the shots were taken with the iPhone and included in the final film cut.

He said, “The beauty of photography or cinema is that you make every choice based on the content at hand. On The Avengers, I did a couple of shots on the iPhone and they are in the movie. In fact, they are in the trailer! I understand that sometimes there is no choice and you have to go for the cheapest option, but if you are limited for choice, you can still make poignant decisions that will effect the look of the film.”

Of course, this does bring up the question “Is it the equipment or the person behind the camera that matters most?”. Just ask Nikon this question.

I am very curious to see which shots were taken with the iPhone. Here’s a trailer from the film, which arrives in theaters May 4, 2012.


Exposed: When Blogging Gets Too Personal


Session: Exposed: When Blogging Gets Too Personal
Speaker: Anissa Mayhew


The panel I’m participating in is obviously about pole dancers.

It should be great.

The end.

In all reality it gets a little intimidating when you’re part of a conference that boasts a line-up like Darren Rowse (@Problogger), Chris Brogan (@ChrisBrogran) and Lisa Stone (@LisaStone).


As a fellow presenter, an attendee and potential learner THESE people should be wondering what THEY can contribute to YOUR life to make it better.

Don’t be intimated by a person who obviously has better “numbers” than you.

They didn’t start with those statistics.

Don’t compare yourself to the “success” someone else has.

You don’t know what issue you may be dealing with that they have no hopes of handling.

I love to meet someone who considers them self “a big deal”.

As the mom of a cancer-survivor, three-time stroke survivor, a person who learned to type with her left hand so she could write this post I get to tell everyone that THEY ARE A BIG DEAL.

Part of what I’ll be talking about with Erin Koteki Vest (@QueenOfSpain) & Cecily Kellogg (@CecilyK) will be how we took issues that could have affected anyone and made the choice (hard as it can be) to make it public.

I hope that if you can, you’ll make time to be at our panel 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM – Fri. Nov. 4th “Exposed: When Blogging Gets Too Personal”

FYI, I have 45.000 less twitter followers than Cecily and 12,000 less than Erin.

Guess what? They still like me.

Learn more about BlogWorld LA and register Here!

Andrea Metcalf Talks Yoga & Lifestyle


Session: Finding a Better Fit
Speaker: Andrea Metcalf

Andrea Metcalf will be speaking at BlogWorld LA about fitness and lifestyle and how to transfer from traditional media to social media – and back.

This will be her second time attending BlogWorld and says the sessions are great, but the people you meet are even better!

Hear what else Andrea has to say:

Watch more videos and see why other speakers are attending BlogWorld LA. See all Speakers here.

Learn more about BlogWorld LA and register Here!

Google Analytics Introduces Flow Visualization


This morning, at the Web 2.0 Summit, Phil Mui and Susan Wojcicki unveiled Flow Visualization for Google Analytics. After listening to feedback from their users, the analytics team took into consideration their tools didn’t sensibly group related visitor paths and pages, or track how visitors were flowing through a site.

Flow Visualization helps Google Analytics users better analyze the way visitors flow through their sites. The team announced starting this week, “Visitors Flow” and “Goal Flow” will be rolling out to all accounts.

Here’s a look at Visitors Flow.

The Visitors Flow view provides a graphical representation of visitors’ flow through the site by traffic source (or any other dimensions) so you can see their journey, as well as where they dropped off. You’ll find this visualizer on the left hand navigation menu, where you’ll see a new “Visitors Flow” link under the Visitors section.

And here’s a look at Goal Flow.

Goal Flow provides a graphical representation for how visitors flow through your goal steps and where they dropped off. Because the goal steps are defined by the site owner, they should reflect the important steps and page groups of interest to the site. In this first iteration, we’re supporting only URL goals, but we’ll soon be adding events and possibly other goal types.

Both of these new tools seem extremely useful for people (like me) who rely on Google Analytics for the success of their sites. To be able to see visitors’ journey through your site, as well as if your goals for where they end up are being met, makes this Analytics user very happy.

Do you see the value in these new features Google Analytics unveiled?


Steve Jobs Was Working On Next Apple Product


It’s no secret that Steve Jobs was an incredible man who had a mind for technology. He knew the products people would want, before they even knew they wanted them.

It doesn’t surprise me that news came out today Steve Jobs was working on the next Apple product the day before he died.

PCMag broke the story.

Masayoshi Son, CEO of Softbank, was talking with Apple CEO Tim Cook the day of the announcement for the iPhone 4S. While they were talking, Cook received a call from Jobs.

Son said, “I visited Apple for the announcement of the iPhone 4S [at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California]. When I was having a meeting with Tim Cook, he said, ‘Oh Masa, sorry I have to quit our meeting.’ I said, ‘Where are you going?’ He said, ‘My boss is calling me.’ That was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. He said that Steve is calling me because he wants to talk about their next product. And the next day, he died.”

He was dedicated to creating brilliant products up until the day he died. He had a passion and love for Apple and their products. This latest story proves that.

Now the question is, what was he working on? I can’t wait to find out.

The BlogWorld Community – Places to Connect Online


Isn’t the internet a wonderful place? One of the things I love most is the various types of communities around. You’ve got Flickr, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so many more! It’s pretty great that you can choose to be part of one, ten, or twenty different communities on any given topic.

That being said, I’d like to introduce to you the BlogWorld & New Media Expo Communities with some official links to get you going. Personally, I’ve got them all bookmarked in a folder on my toolbar, so I can simply select, “Open All in Tabs” and whammo – there they are!

Facebook Page

The BWE Facebook page has (as of my typing this) over 5,000 members. It’s where we push out links to our blog posts and updates, communicate with fans and attendees, have random and not-so-random discussions, and in general is where people interact with each other about various topics, links of interest, and so on. I probably currently spend most of my time here right now.

Facebook Event RSVP Page

This is the page we’d love to see our community use some more! Facebook events are great things, because you can RSVP there and show all your friends and colleagues that you’re planning to attend BlogWorld! You can also use it to invite others to attend as well.

Twitter (official accounts and #bwechat)

When I’m tweeting for BlogWorld (which is all day, every day), you’ll find me on @blogworldexpo, which is the official BlogWorld account, and the place to go if you have any questions or anything like that. Deb Ng, our wonderful Conference Director, also runs a weekly #bwechat there, every Wednesday night at 9pm EST. We often feature special guests like some of our speakers, or active members of the community who have something to share. You never know who may show up, so don’t miss it!

BWE Forum

I’ll be working on the BWE Forum quite a bit in the coming months. Ideally, I’d like to see this community grow to a place where “newbies” and “veterans” can come together to learn, teach, share, and explore. I’m not thinking, “All BlogWorld, All The Time” with this one (*gasp*), but more so for it to become a great place to connect and support each other in our endeavors as bloggers, podcasters, vloggers, and content creators, all year round.

LinkedIn Group

Did you know we have a LinkedIn Group for BlogWorld? You can use this tool to network with other attendees and fans, connect on LinkedIn with people you know or would like to get to know, and share thoughts and ideas freely in there! Networking at the conference event is a crucial activity, but with the LinkedIn group, you can keep in touch with those you meet at the events, or find people you’d like to meet at the next one!

Flickr & YouTube

We also have some great places you can check out photos of our events, speaker videos, and more, with our Flickr and YouTube accounts! We’d love to see you share your BWE photos in our Flickr pools too!

So there you have it – all the places you can go online to connect with us, with fellow attendees, and with our speakers. Come join us, hang out, learn and share. See you ’round the interwebz!

Need a Reminder About Being Careful on Social Media? Take This Lollipop


Usually, I don’t get too freaked out by social media sharing. I keep my Facebook profile set to “friends only.” I don’t have any friends on Foursquare or Gowalla and only use it for things like finding people at conferences. I’m careful about what I say on Twitter, especially in terms of my location. I figure, if some creepo out there really wants to find me, they’re going to find me whether I’m even more careful online or not.

But sometimes we all need a reminder just how serious social media privacy really is. Check out Jason Zada‘s new site, Take This Lollipop. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Woah. That’s seriously scarey, right? It’s a good reminder for all of us to be diligent with privacy settings and think before we post or allow apps access to our profiles. After all, even if you have your privacy settings pretty tight, you don’t know who is behind those Facebook apps you’re using. It’s relatively easily to create an app and people don’t think twice about allowing access.

Little know fact: before I got into writing and new media, I was a research assistant for my college’s Institutional Advancement and Development office. Basically, that’s the office that helps raise money for the school through donations from alumni, parents, and community members. As a research assistant, my job was to find as much information possible about potential donors so that staff could know how to best reach out to them and convince them to donate. I liked to say that I was a “professional stalker.” This was back in 2004 – 2006, and even then, you would be amazed at the stuff I could find online about people – everything from home values (with addresses) to favorite hobbies to social security numbers. YES – social security numbers. And like I said, this was several years ago. Imagine all the new stuff online now.

Please don’t stop using social media sites. They can be fantastic tools for not only marketing your blog or business, but also connecting with awesome people from around the world. Just think before you post. There are some bad apples out there and you don’t want to put yourself or your family at risk.

Chris Brogan and Guy Kawasaki Team Up to Present Google+ Track Keynote


Two of Google+’s biggest supporters are coming together to present a track keynote called “Google+ for Business.

Chris Brogan

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki and Chris Brogan will share the reasons why Google+ is their social network of choice as well as why they feel Google+ will become a force to be reckoned with over the next few months.

Do you want to get ahead of the game? Drop in to their track keynote on Thursday, November 3rd at 9:45 to learn how both bloggers and business owners can use Google+ to succeed in business.

Please visit BlogWorldExpo.com for a complete rundown of all our speakers, sessions, workings, networking events, track keynotes and keynotes.


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