Q. What was your first website?
A. Oh god, I cant actually remember my first specific site. I started work in a web design company and was working on about 4 or maybe 5 projects simultaneously and this was about 10 years ago so none of that work remains online, at least none that I worked on directly.
Q. What is the biggest tip you would give to a newbie blogger?
A. I offer lots of different advice to new bloggers at http://www.justinparks.com , over a range of different subjects related to blogging and social media but if I had to sum it up I would say make sure the subject is something you are passionate about, dedicated to and be prepared to spend long hours over a keyboard writing up content and copy!
Q. What do advertisers do that you wish they wouldn’t?
A. Treat people like a number and neglect the personal touch that makes something really special.
Q. What do bloggers do that you wish they wouldn’t?A. I think the most annoying thing a blogger can do is ignore comments on a post and not get involved with the visitors.
Q. Where do you see growth in the blogging field?
A. The corporate side of blogging has seen some serious growth over the last 6 to 12 months as business takes up the mantle of two way communication. I can see serious growth in this as they develop their blogging presence but they do need to realize that the interaction is key to success on a blog which requires dedicated blog admins and representatives to personify the company.
Q. What new ideas are advertisers coming up with to take advantage of new trends?A. Social Media is the big hype word of the moment with one to one interaction and the realization that inbound marketing is much more productive and rewarding than something like spam or cold calling. I think advertisers are realizing the high value of interaction and targeted users/followers via the medium of social media and are beginning to implement strategies to address it, although this method is still in its infancy today.
Q. What do you do to improve the world?
A. Educate. It’s the key to all our problems. Be honest, be straight and tell it like you see it as best you can.
Q. What do you do that is green?
Aside from being Irish? 😛 I never print anything if I can help it so reducing the use and waste of paper is where im most definitely environmentally friendly.
Q. What is one thing about you that not many people know?A. I hate sandals and socks together. (sorry all you crazy tourists!)
Q. What’s your favorite book?
A. I have to writers I love to bits and read all their work. Terry Prachett who wrote the “Disc World” Series and Robert Jordon (god rest his soul) for the “Wheel of Time” Series
Q. What is on your iPod?
A. Stiff Little Fingers are the most played group without a doubt, and lots of alternative types of music and differing genres.
A. What are your contact details (email, company, blog, facebook, myspace, forums, etc)?
Mob: 0034 617 325 727
Follow me on Twitter:
and all the rest of my social profiles are on my blog or available on my Social Media The Big Picture page.
Q. How do you prefer to communicate?
A. I prefer voice so Skype, mobile or face to face ideally but am more than comfortable using Email, FaceBook and Twitter or any other medium you can think of.
Q. Who would you recommend, and why?
A. I would recommend http://blog.webdistortion.com . Run by Paul Anthony its definitely an excellent resource for great information on other aspects of the internet, not just Social Media. Paul writes excellent and interesting posts that I find myself book marking and referring back to continuously.
Q. Who would you NOT recommend, and why?A. It all depends :P.