Love Letters...

A couple of days ago I read a blog post on Livefyre.com. It was about David Campbell. After reading the first couple of words, I realized that David Campbell was me!

I really enjoyed what these amazing interns had to say to me, and I was in such awe that they actually wrote me a "love letter".

I really liked the fact that they took some of my previous questions and applied them or asked them to people in their office.

Here is what they had to say about me!

Dear David,

In a land of blogs teeming with repetitive information and a lot of stock images, we found your blog and thought…finally.

You’re only in 8th grade, but you’re hungry for interviews, which we love. You ask questions that matter. You understand good content. You start conversations that spark interest and make people talk. We here at Livefyre love people who talk.

You see, we love conversations. We love it when people get in a heated discussion around a blog topic. We love it when people argue about whether the Spurs or the Knicks are better, or ifTransformers: Dark Side of the Moon was better than the first Transformers, or whether or not the future of journalism really exists in only the digital realm. And we think you’re starting some pretty awesome conversations yourself, all over the Internet. Like Phillip Elmer-Dewitt said, you’re making Internet celebrities talk. There’s nothing we love more than that.

Just for fun, we picked random questions from your interviews and had people around the office answer them:

Adam Britten, Community Manager Intern Q. If I gave you a blank plane ticket where would you go and why? (From yourinterview with Jennifer Brook)

A. I’d go to Tokyo. I’ve always been interested in far east culture, and this city is the epicenter of everything eastern. On top of that, I’m a huge fan of Disney theme parks. I’ve visited three out of the five they currently have built, and Tokyo Disney Resort is one that I’m missing, and the one I most want to visit. (Plus, I love sushi.)

Colleen McMillen, Director of Public Relations Q. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? (From your interview with Phillip Elmer-DeWitt)

A. A peregrine falcon, which after exhaustive research (read: 10 second Google search) is the fastest bird in the world. I’d like to get places quickly and have the ability to avoid traffic.

Joe Bertino, Marketing & Brand Manager Q. If you could talk to any person ever, who would it be and what would you ask them? (From your interview with Hunter Lyon) A. Um, I’m taking some liberties with time travel here, but I’d love to talk to both my parents when they were in their 20′s. Maybe even before they met each other? I don’t have any specific questions, I’d just like hang out and drink beers with them.

I think this is a core benefit of social media today. Every bit of data that I create will be made available to my kids when I’m older. Some of this is problematic, but overall I think it opens a door that has never been opened before. Unless, of course, your parents were crazy scrapbookers or something.

Jeremy Hicks, Head of Community Q. If you could say one thing to your 15-year-old self, what would it be? (From your interview with Phillip Elmer-DeWitt)

A. When I was 15, I wish somebody would have explained to me the difference between ability and education. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my two years working for a start-up, it’s that talent > education. Always.

I’m by no means saying that I think an education is pointless–quite the contrary, as I’m currently back in school myself, but don’t assume that getting education means everything just “happens.” You know, a job, success, etc. Talent will almost always trump education, so I wish I would have been told to study hard, but take risks, put your innate abilities to work, and do something awesome!

Anne Dreshfield, Community Manager & Strategy Intern Q. If you could have one superpower what would it be and what would you do with it? (From your interview with Jeremy Fisher)

A. I think I’d choose to have the power to not need sleep. I’d love to be able to get things done during those nighttime hours without pesky sleep getting in the way! If I didn’t have to sleep, I’d work during the day to provide for myself and write novels at night. One can dream…without sleep!

Jake Moore, Visual Designer Q. What is the key to a great design/being a great designer? (From your interview with Rand J. Hunt)

A. Oh man, that’s a broad question, but I’ll do the best I can. First of all, you’ve got to love it with all your heart and soul. If you’re only designing for the paycheck, your work will reflect it. When you love your work, you’re willing to explore it from every angle to try and find the best way to accomplish your goal. I believe that’s another huge part of a great design: if you’ve taken the time to find all the ways it doesn’t work, you’ll be left with the ways it works best, and only then is your design great.

Any designer can be a great designer. As long as it’s your passion and you devote your time into it and are willing to never stop learning, you’ll be great. There’s no point at which you can say, “That’s it, I’ve learned everything there is about design.” Like most things, it’s constantly evolving and making sure that you’re not stuck in the ways of the past is very important.

So, now we have five of our own questions for you:

Q. What was it like interviewing your first person? Q. What has been the weirdest answer you’ve ever had in an interview? Q. What goals do you have for the summer? Q. If you could interview anyone in the world, who would you interview and what would you ask? Q. Would you like to give Livefyre a spin on your blog? Drop a comment below to start the conversation.

Let us know what your answers are. In the meantime, if you’d like to interview Jordan Kretchmer, Livefyre’s CEO and founder, just give us a shout. He’d love to talk to you.

xoxo on behalf of everyone here at Livefyre,

Anne & Adam, Community Interns

So in reply here are my answers to your questions!

Q. What is like interviewing your first person?

A. It was absolutely amazing. My first interview was with Luke McDonald. He is the guy that designed the theme my blog runs on. He is so talented and he was so open to answering questions form a true nobody. The interview was about ten questions rather than five. I think that from even that first interview to the second I got a lot better at asking more thought-provoking and concise questions.

Q. What has been the weirdest answer you've ever had in an interview?

A. I don't really like the word weird, because I really like strange and unusual answers. To me weird responses are some of the best ones. One of the most surprising answers was from Mike Kruzeniski. He was a design lead on the Windows phone. He said that at home he uses a Mac. That was very unusual to me and very telling.

Q. What goals do you have for the summer?

A. My only goal for the summer is to keep up with the blog at camp. I don't have a computer or internet access to it will be hard to do. Don't worry though, instantbight will live!

Q. If you could interview anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you ask?

A. If I could interview anyone in the world that is alive(Steve Jobs would be my first choice but, R.I.P) I would interview Jonathan Ive. To me this man is very close to the God of Design. He is so smart, and so good at what he does. I would ask him how he starts to design a new Apple product, because the start is arguably more important than the last steps.

Q.  Would you like to five Livefyre a spin on your blog?

A. I would love to. It seems like a great product. If you could help me set it up I would certainly give it a try.

Thanks so much to the people at Livefyre. I love what you guys are doing!

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