I have been tagged.
Friday afternoon, someone named Ghazala Khan left the following comment:
Hello Dear and Respected,
I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.
We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at gmail.com”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.
The Pakistani Spectator
How can I resist someone who finds that I am both “notable” and “carrying on great work”? She is obviously very perceptive.
A while back I discovered Jordanian blog tagging. The Jordan form of blog tagging is not too serious. The tagger asks a series of questions, mostly frivolous social questions, which the taggees can then post on their blogs, along with the answers. The effect is upbeat and carries the flavor of Jordanian style conversation.
This Pakistani blog is a lot more serious. They have several writers and deal with weighty political questions. The blogs tagged…er, interviewed, are serious and the questions asked of them are serious questions about politics and technology. The interviews are a regular feature, and several are published every day. The blogs featured are from all over the world.
If I was blogging to make money–and no one I know of on a WordPress subdomain is making money–this would be an opportunity for a little search engine optimization. As it is, maybe it will just be an interesting cross-cultural glimpse.
Well, anyhow, I sent an email telling Ghazala Khan I would be happy to answer some questions for the Pakistani Spectator, and within two hours, received the questions from halfway around the world. Isn’t the internet awesome? Here is the reply:
Dear and respected , thanks a lot for your consent. Here are the questions for the interview. Please also send us a brief bio of yourself, and URL of your site. Please send the answers at your earliest convenience.
Here are the questions please:
Would you please tell us something about you and your site?
Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?
I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?
What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?
What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?
Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?
What do you think sets Your site apart from others?
If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?
What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?
What is your favorite book and why?
What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?
Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?
How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?
Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?
What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?
Who are your top five favourite bloggers?
Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?
Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?
What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?
What is the future of blogging?
You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?
What are your future plans?
Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?
The Pakistani Spectator
Some of these questions are really easy, but others I’m going to have to think about. I suspect the questions will give more illumination than the answers.