The DailyJ Interview Recipe: 1 part Japan-enthusiasm, 2 parts love

Recently I had a quick exchange with Tony from TheSoulOfJapan:

  1. Tony Said,Would like to have my site added to your blogroll
    thank you
  2. The Chemist Said,Hi Tony,
    Thanks for the comment. You have a good looking J-blog. I like sites that have a niche (in your case, onsen and sake).I actually don’t have a blogroll…
    I have an interviewee roll. So as you can imagine the only way on there is through an interview. Luck for you, I would be more than happy to interview you :)
    What do you say?
  3. Tony Said,Sounds good. I am ready for your interview anytime.

I love receiving requests for interviews! (Btw, thanks Tony for stopping by and commenting and sharing your site with me). I love going out and contacting J-sites for interviews too.  But I hate not having the time to do more interviews and to do them better.

I give every interview my all, but with limited time it is hard to interact with the interviewee (sending emails back in forth) in a timely manner and give them the attention they deserve.

I want to interview everyone, the problem is time. (If anyone has a possible solution, or even a silly one for laughs 🙂 , I’m all ears)

The idea for this post (a post explaining what goes into a DailyJ interview) came to me a little over a week ago. I must have been think about DailyJ and my other projects that day because I woke up in the middle of the night with a dozen ideas in my head. So I grabbed my trusty notebook and wrote down this post. 

My reasons for writing it are twofold: 1) to try to justify my often horrible reply speed with the excuse that I put in a lot of work :)  and 2) to show how I feel about everyone I interview and doing interviews in general (i.e. my slowness is not out of disinterest or disrespect).

secret dailyj sauce  

The Secret Sauce: the DailyJ interview process

    Make The Shopping List
  1. Go out and find interesting Japan-related sites; Sites are recommended by readers
  2. Research the sites; see what they are doing and why it is cool, unique, etc.
  3. Formulate specific questions related to their site (to send along with general questions)
  4. Shop

  5. Contact with questions, excitement, and interest!
  6. Wait/hope for a reply
  7. Yay! They replied!
  8. (maybe)  Ask some additional questions/questions about their answers, if they have time for it.
  9. Examine Ingredients

  10. Digest the answers; Try to get a feel for who they are and (if applicable) what their message is.
  11. Return to the site and find any extra content that compliments the answers; Go deep; Love the site; what makes it unique from all others? Why cool/interesting?
  12. bake

    Chop, Mix, Bake

  13. Group the answers to create the best possible flow.
  14. Try to make the mission or uniqueness of the site clear through attention grabbing titles and short but informative introductions.
  15. Never edit out what interviewees say (except maybe to “bleep” over a few “sentence enhancers” :), hey DailyJ is PG 13 at most)
  16. Always ask (sometimes force <– in jest) readers to take specific actions related to the interviewee site. For example: “go read this; check this out; subscribe to this or I’ll break your arm; etc.”
  17. Review/ proofread/ make it pretty : add more pics, edit things here and there.
  18.  sushi

    voilà. bon appétit!

  19. Post! (maybe in parts, to the chagrin of some 😛 )
  20. Promote (maybe the most important part). Promoting the interviewee, not necessarily the interview
    1. Find ways to help them get the word out. Nowdays this is easier because of JapanSoc, our nifty community watercooler.
    2. Also if I see a connection between two interviewees (or just an interviewee and a site I know of) I might mention it to them. Connections are key (<–see posts that start with “Connections”).
  21. 残り物

  22. Maintaining the relationship (I have much room for improvement 😳 ): Keeping up with past interviewees blog posts; commenting; seeing if there are any new developments. This is the hardest part because of the time invovled, but it is one of the most important.

So that’s the DailyJ interview process!

It is actually a lot of work. I suppose I must be crazy to put in the effort. But I love doing it. It is one of those things that I would glad do forever for free (since none of you cheapskates will pay me 😛  j/k).

I really enjoy learning about other people’s sites and projects. And communicating with other Japan-bloggers keeps me from being a lonely J-blogger. Plus I desperately want people to be interested in Nipponster and my pet projects so I want to show that kind of interest first.

Well, I hope that I’ve interested you in a DailyJ interview (if you haven’t had one already). Or maybe I’ve just made you hungry. I know I am (stupid pictures!). On that note, I’m off to find some sushi.

Have a great day!


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