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Darren Rowse interviewed at Performancing

Posted on Feb 16, 2009


Jeff Chandler recently secured an exclusive interview on PerfCast with one of the world’s most famous bloggers: Darren Rowse of Problogger.

Jeff announced his upcoming interview over at Performancing last November:

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If you’ve ever wanted the chance to ask Darren Rowse a question in real time, next Thursday will be your opportunity. The problogger himself will be appearing for an hour on Perfcast next Thursday to discuss problogging, the success of his co-authored book, monetization, blog networks, the state of advertising, community, what it’s like to be a blogging rockstar and much, much more. This episode is a week away but it already has ‘classic‘ written all over it. If you’ll be unable to participate in the show live, you can email your questions to [email protected] or you can leave a comment on this blog post with your question. It may or may not be asked on the air but it’s worth a shot.

The show will air live on Thursday November 20th, 2008 at 7 P.M. EST on Talkshoe.com.

If you would like to know how to participate in the show, please read the How To Participate In Perfcast Live guide I put together which explains everything you need to know.

And the interview itself:

Tonight’s episode featured a very special guest, Darren Rowse of Problogger.net fame. Within this episode, we discussed with Darren about his book, his new project called Twitip.com, the realities of blogging, monetization, the lessons learned so far in his career, community building and much, much more. This has become a classic show and I encourage everyone to listen as there is plenty of information presented within the episode that is sure to enlighten you.

LENGTH OF EPISODE – 1 Hour 20 Minutes

NEXT EPISODE – November 27th, 2008 at 7 P.M. EST

ITUNESClick here to subscribe to the show via iTunes

DOWNLOAD THE SHOW: PerfcastEpisode13.mp3


Jeff also explains how he secured such an interview with a prestigious blogger via some clever networking:

After the news was published that I had secured an interview with Darren Rowse for Perfcast, a number of you asked me how I did it. I responded with, “How did I do what?”. I don’t want to burst anyones bubble but how I secured the interview was by no means complex.

As it turns out, all I had to do was ask. It was that simple. However, I need to tell you at least some of the events that took place prior to the interview taking place.

While many still believe Twitter is a waste of time, I find plenty of value in the service along with the people I interact with on a daily basis. Darren who happens to love using Twitter has an account named problogger. I, like many of the other 16,121 people follow his account. Before the entire event took place, I never interacted with Darren because I thought it would be a waste of time, being a problogger and all. Much to my surprise, after I replied to Darren through Twitter via a post he published, he responded right back. This led to a few more exchanges of information and by this time, I realized that Darren pays attention and that interacting with him was worth while.

Then one night, I noticed he published a link through Twitter to the Aussie Bloggers forum chat. This chat is filled with members from the AussieBlogger.com forum community and is usually active on Sundays at 7:30 P.M. Australian time. After participating in a chat or two, I actually signed up to the forum as the community surrounding the site is awesome.

To bring things around, I had a chat with Darren in the chat room by way of public and private messages. No need to go into detail with what the discussion was about, but those chat sessions led to a conversation held over Skype. During this conversation, I conveniently asked Darren if he would be interested in being interviewed on Perfcast. He said sure, all we had to do was figure out the day and time. So thats what we did and it resulted in a great episode of Perfcast.


While I didn’t provide every gory detail of our exchanges of information, I did provide you with the starting point and the associated chain of links where I began networking with Darren. All it took was that initial spark to get things going. I find it ironic that the spark occurred through Twitter, the service that many people believe is a waste of their time. As it turns out, thanks to Twitter, I now have strengthened my relations with an influential, high profiled person.

One point I want you to take away from my experience is that, sometimes all you have to do is ask.

Congratulations to Jeff for continuing to do such a fantastic job with PerfCast.

Do also check out other recent podcasts at Performancing:

* David Peraltys solo effort:

* An interview with Micah Baldwin Of Lijit:

* A discussion with Patrick O’ Keefe, author of Managing Online Forums:

* A talk with Jonathan Bailey of Plagiarism Today:

At the beginning of January, a podcast to welcome in the New Year:

A more positive episode, reporting on the continuing venture capital funds going into blogosphere:

In episode twenty, Jeff talks about the “prelaunch” techniques you should employ when starting a blog or website:

This podcast is then naturally followed up in a discussion with David about the actual launch of your blog:

Continuing the same thread, the team goes on to discuss advertising and monetization in this episode:

The blogging series comes to a conclusion in episode 23 with a discussion on the content generation and search engine optimization of your blog:

And finally and most recently, Jeff interviews Jim Turner, organizer of Blog World Expo:

Do check out PerfCast to catch the latest podcasts of Jeff and David, as well as at the main Performancing blog.

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