Monday, May 21, 2012

Hear Ye, Hear Ye - All About This Year's Interviews!

Armchair BEA 2012 is quickly approaching! In the past two events, the blogger interviews were one of the most popular events of Armchair BEA. Let's face it - who doesn't like learning about the eclectic and extremely large community of bloggers out there? More importantly, just because you may not be physically present at the Javits Center in NYC does not mean that you cannot meet other bloggers. Because the community has gotten so large though, visiting everyone's website has become nigh impossible and extremely time-consuming. So this year, in the spirit of promoting community, we want to change things and make it easier to achieve the true spirit of Armchair BEA - networking.

Instead of interviewing one blogger and being interviewed by another, we decided that the best way to encourage meeting as many bloggers as possible would be to run individual interviews and then have a little game. In other words, you will be interviewing yourself and then visiting and leaving comments with as many other bloggers as possible.  Who knows? There might even be a fun prize for the "winner". 

In order to even the playing field, we also thought it would be a good idea to provide the interview questions and limiting the questions answered to five. That way, everyone has to answer the same number of questions. This thereby ensures that the posts are all relatively the same length, again encouraging visiting others. Also, because the meet-and-greet is the quintessential part of any get-together, and to encouraging ongoing networking throughout the week, Introductions First is going to be the opening event of Armchair BEA 2012. Makes sense, right?

Without further ado, here are ten interview questions for you. All we ask is that you answer five of them and spend the rest of the time meeting others. After all, getting to know one another is the most important part of this process! We will have a Mr. Linky for your personal interview up for Day 1, and the comment sections will help us determine who has visited and left comments with the most bloggers. Please let us know if you have any questions between now and the opening event. Most importantly, have fun!
  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging?
  2. What are you currently reading, or what is your favorite book you have read so far in 2012?
  3. Tell us one non-book-related thing that everyone reading your blog may not know about you.
  4. What is your favorite feature on your blog (i.e. author interviews, memes, something specific to your blog)?
  5. Where do you see your blog in five years?
  6. Which is your favorite post that you have written that you want everyone to read?
  7. If you could eat dinner with any author or character, who would it be and why?
  8. What literary location would you most like to visit? Why?
  9. What is your favorite part about the book blogging community? Is there anything that you would like to see change in the coming years?
  10. Have your reading tastes changed since you started blogging? How?


  1. I LOVE this idea! Great thinking.

    Thanks for putting up an email subscribe option. I really appreciate it. =O)

  2. I know we're supposed to answer at least five questions, but are we allowed to answer more?

  3. Benji ... We do encourage you to answer only 5 so that everyone can meet as many people as they can. However, if you want to answer more, we are not going to stop you! Afterall, it is your own blog! :)

  4. not to be dumb, but where do we post the answers to the questions? on our own blog? or???
    and what is the date and time for the big event????

  5. Kevin Bayer ... There will be a link up on Monday for this post. Please feel free to link up then so everyone else will have the opportunity to stop by and visit!

    Rhonda's Doings ... You will want to post the answers to these questions and link up next Monday, the first day of the event. For more information on the agenda, I would recommend that you check out this direct link: There will be daily link-ups every day for every daily topic, including the introductions!

    Holler if you have any other questions!

  6. When are we supposed to post our answers? What date? I've got a bit sidetracked.

  7. barmybex ... Interviews can be posted and linked up on Monday, June 4th. For the full schedule, you can visit the agenda here:

  8. Hi! :) so umm how do i do this? do I just copy paste the questions? Sorry new to this blog kind of thing :) would really appreciate the help :)

  9. darkmyth89 ... Were you able to get it all figured out? If not, let me know!! (And, sorry for the delay! This one got lost in my stack!)