Elsewhere on the Web – Interview Edition

By Selene M. Bowlby in Web Design on June 23rd, 2009

Elsewhere on the Web - Interview Edition

Today’s post started out as a short one, to thank the Geek Girls Network for asking me to participate in their interview series. But I soon realized that I’ve been interviewed several times in the last year, and wanted to share those with you, as well.

Most of the interviews focus on my experiences as a web designer, business owner, and as someone who has recently taken the freelance plunge.

I’m honored to have been asked to interview by so many great bloggers – they all ask some very interesting questions, which give you a bit of an insight as to what makes this “geek girl” tick…

Geek Girls Network Interview

Geek Girls Network

By Kristin Riley – June 26, 2009
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  • When did you first become interested in Web Site Design?
  • What has been your favorite/most memorable project that you have worked on?
  • When did you decide and what factors were involved in making your decision to start your own business?
  • Do you feel there are any pressures in this industry because you are a woman?
  • What tools/skills have you acquired that you feel are vital to your success in this field?
  • What has been your worst web design experience?
  • What message would you give to geek girls just starting out in the web design industry?

Phire Design Interview

Phire Design

By AJ Troxell – March 19, 2009
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  • How did you first get involved in graphic design, or what was your first experience w/ it?
  • When did you know that this is what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?
  • Did you always plan on doing design as well as development, or did it just factor in over time once you realized there was a need for people or companies to get those two things in one place?
  • Why did you make the decision to go freelance? What was in it for you that you wanted to have?
  • What thing in what you do, brings you the most satisfaction?
  • What would you say makes you and your company different, or sets you apart from the rest?
  • Who or what would you give credit to for helping you become the designer that you are, if you had to say?
  • What’s your favorite part of design itself? Logos, type, color theory, etc.?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about design or web development or your company, or any advice you’d like to give to anyone looking to go freelance?

BPease Design Interview

BPease Design

By Bob Pease – January 16, 2009
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  • What brought you to the wonderful world of web design?
  • What was the first site you designed?
  • How do you break designer’s block?
  • How does the ‘real world’ inspire your web creations?
  • You are very active in the design community, which social media site has been the best tool for you?
  • Who do you admire most in the design community?
  • What apps do you use when designing a site?
  • What is your favorite platform/language to develop with?
  • A question I see floating around all the time – Music while you work, is it good or bad?
  • If you had to give up design, what you choose for a career?

SparkPlugging Interview

SparkPlugging

By Wendy Piersall – July 3, 2008
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  • Selene, you have been hanging around my site now for around 9 months or so, and I’ve watched you grow from anonymous blogger – WAH(Web)Mommy – to ‘freelance moonlighter’ blogger, and now to full time work at home freelancer. I know you sometimes struggled with some decisions along the way, too. How long have you wanted to run your own business from home, and what were the reasons why you wanted to do so?
  • When you finally made the decision to work for yourself, what was your plan of action to transition from employee to self-employed? Did you create milestones for yourself, and if you did what were they?
  • What were some of the ’surprises’ along the way? Did anything pop up in this process that you weren’t anticipating?
  • Did you have your husband’s support during the transition? How did that influence the process?
  • What role did blogging and social media play in reaching your goal?
  • What resources did you use to research, gather information, and prepare yourself for running your own business?
  • Now that you are truly “free”, what advice would you give to other people looking to make the jump into full time freelancing?

Where It All Began

While the interviews above pose some great questions, you might still be wondering more about my background and upbringing. If so, feel free to check out my short biography, or if you’re brave enough, the incredibly long-winded version… your choice, LOL.

Back To Our (IR)Regularly Scheduled Programming

I realize that much of my recent writing activity has been focused on other blogs more than my own, but don’t worry – we’ll be back to our irregularly scheduled design, development, business, marketing and work-life balance posts next week! ;)

About the Author

About the AuthorSelene M. Bowlby is a web designer and front-end web developer with over 15 years of professional experience in the design industry. As the owner of iDesign Studios she specializes in creating custom WordPress driven web sites for other small businesses. Follow Selene on . more »

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3 Responses to “Elsewhere on the Web – Interview Edition”

  1. Nicole says:

    Looking forward to more posts, Selene! :D

  2. Arulmurugan says:

    Nice artical in GGN. Looking for more posts. I am following you on twitter.

    Thanks

  3. Very nice. Actually would you be interested in granting me and interview for my blog?

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