Blogger Interviews

San Diego Blog Carnival: Carnival of Cities

Friday, May 11, 2007 17:53

There's a Carnival of Cities going on, and all San Diego writers are invited to participate. A blog carnival is a round-up of posts around the blog-o-sphere, all relating to a certain topic. ...

El Oso, interviewed by Leah Peah

Thursday, February 9, 2006 12:35

Leah Peah interviews El Oso (a contributor to San Diego Blog!). That dude's pretty cool. David Sasaki might not be someone you’ve heard of yet unless you live and blog in San Diego or are a regular at Global Voices. He’s one of the best kept ...

Interviewing San Diego: Joelle Reeder

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 6:00

Joelle is one of our favorite San Diego bloggers. She's the driving force behind this year's Rock The Walk event, designs killer blog skins, and runs her own blog at Tenth-Muse. She's sassy, and fun, with with a pinch of snark. Find out more about Joelle below: Blog Birthday: Well, I've been "blogging", unbeknownst to me, for years, manually in notepad on my old website,, but Tenth Muse was born January 22, 2003. I also run a weight-loss community blog called Put Down the Donut which was born sometime last fall. Why do you blog? I moved out of San Diego to Dallas for 5 years, so I think it was originally started as a way for my friends and I to stay in touch. My friend at recommended I start blogging and well... there you go!

Blogger Interview: CriticalMAS

Tuesday, September 7, 2004 5:00

I first became aware of MAS several years ago. MAS (it's short for Michael Allen Smith) has been blogging for many years. He's one of the first I added to the San Diego Bloggers site. If you like coffee, you might like his; and geeks in the audience may enjoy his webprogramming site: Digital Colony. He loves Elvis, fitness, and sure does keep busy. He's opinionated, funny, and smart. This is the magic combination that makes him one of our favorite web logs. In addition to all that, he is also a contributing writer to San Diego Blog. We recently interviewed him by email: SDB: Blog Birthday: 4/19/2000. Prior to "Chicken Soup For the Rectum", I hand-coded updates in HTML. My first pre-blog web site dates back to December 1995. On 9/29/1997, The Tampa Tribune did a full page story featuring my site as one of the best in Tampa Bay.

Interviewing San Diego: Andrew Phelps

Thursday, August 5, 2004 5:05

Andrew Phelps is a digital raconteur, bon vivant, and man about town. Well, sort of. Andrew has one of those easygoing blog voices that makes some envious. A quick wit, a big afro, photography, and memoirs of an interning journalist at KPBS. Full Disclosure: Once, he complimented San Diego Blog overmuch. He also writes here, occasionally. His most recent post here is San Diego Convention Center is Tops. We swear that the interview was no more or less favorable despite this clear conflict-of-interest. So let's get to know Andrew: Blog Birthday: The birthday for my current weblog is the same as my own: April 9, 2004. (Well, I wasn’t born in 2004, silly!) originally launched October 1, 2000, but it was a pseudo-weblog-before-I-knew-what-blogging-was deal. Why do you blog? I love to communicate to large audiences. It’s thrilling, powerful, and somewhat erotic. I write and edit for newspapers, and I used to work for a TV station. I record radio ads. As of June, I’m at a radio station. A weblog is a natural medium to extend this fascination. Which radio station do you work at and are you enjoying it? I'm at KPBS-FM in San Diego right now, well not right now, but you know what I mean. I'm enjoying the crap out of it! The greatest gift it's given me a much better knowledge of San Diego. Since I live in North County, it's harder to follow Southern goings on. What do you talk about? I usually talk about everyday life stuff –- random experiences or personal opinions on whatever’s current. This has become a general no-no in the Blogosphere in recent years, but for me, it works. I say that because of the response I get. My last weblog became really popular because I wrote about things that matter to me. Usually the things that matter to oneself don’t matter to anyone else. But I tried to write in a natural, honest style, and that attracted people. Add to that the fact that my life is quite crazy, inane, and downright kooky, not to mention always busy. So I don’t write this stuff; my life fills the pages for me. My favorite thing to write about (as well as photograph) is people. There are billions of them, and you can never run out. People are what make my life so damn interesting. And of course confusing, frustrating, and challenging. I’m also a technology enthusiast, and I envy the “A-listers” who only blog about tech. I’m a nerd. I think about this stuff all the time. I want to write about tech all the time. But people just don’t read that. It’s like I have found this (growing) audience of “normal” people and I can’t shake it -- not that I want to.

Interviewing San Diego: Chuck Hartley

Wednesday, July 21, 2004 0:01

Chuck been blogging since 2001 and writes about his faithful companion Pongo, his life, his thoughts, the law, and everything else. He has a laid-back style that seems at odds with his profession. He's a lawyer. But don't let that fool you, Chuck rocks. Last year he blogged about a diagnosis that was pretty scary. Chuck continued blogging, and remains a great read. Blog Birthday: May 12, 2001 Why do you blog? It was a place to vent, ramble, and spout off at a time when my life was going through a lot of changes and I was losing touch with a lot of my real life contacts. My job was being eliminated (or I was being eliminated from my firm, a question of perspective I guess) and I was moving somewhere (uncertain at the time, but ended up in San Diego). It also seemed like a simple way to expand the site and make it a bit more dynamic. What do you talk about? My life, a bit about politics and law, my dog. What don't you talk about? Why? Sexual positions and partners. Words don't do it justice and this isn't a photo blog. Also the privacy issues and the fact that my parents are aware of the site necessitate a bit of discretion.

Interviewing San Diego: Mikey

Sunday, July 18, 2004 7:00

Mikey is our second interviewee in our goal to talk to interesting bloggers based in San Diego. Mikey, formerly NerdBoyMikey grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, went to ASU in Tempe, Arizona, then to Chicago with a stop in Las Vegas and ended up in San Diego. Mikey is an incessant blogger since 2002 and has a devoted readership. He's an "award-winning" blogger: In 2003 he won "best tagline" award from the Bloggies. "Cool, like the other side of the pillow" was the tagline. (Hmm... maybe San Diego Blog needs a tagline?) We asked Mikey the boilerplate questions, and here are his answers. Blog Birthday: Ah. Well, the birthday of my current blog on the domain is March 12, 2002. I had a blog before that over at before I unwittingly let the registration lapse and some porn search engine in Hong Kong snatched it out from under me.

Interviewing San Diego: Brian Dear

Thursday, June 24, 2004 7:42

Brian Dear, whose name I misspell 'Brain' more often than not, is our first in the Interviewing San Diego series. Brian has been involved with computing and online communications since 1979. He is a software/Internet entrepreneur interested in social networks, online communities and making computing personal and interpersonal. He is currently writing a book about the history of the pioneering online community PLATO. His prior work experience covers names like eBay, Eazel (Linux),, Flatworks, Progressive Networks (RealNetworks) and Coconut Computing, Inc. He was mentioned on San Diego Blog previously when he had a month's worth of posts reprinted by The Reader.