25 Bloggers Not Giving Advice on Blogging | A Different Blog Interview


25 bloggers blog interviewBloggers are being interviewed all the time and somehow there are questions that are being asked over and over again. Sure, I want to learn some extra tips but I also want to get some good movie recommendation :)

So I decided to ask my favorite bloggers questions that will allow me to make a new “books to read” and “movies to watch” list. And just take a little step away from blogging and towards them as people.

Note: there is a song at the bottom you can play while reading this!

I asked them 5 questions:

  1. Favorite book?
  2. Favorite movie?
  3. Favorite music (or a band, singer, song…)?
  4. Favorite social media?
  5. Which blog you wish was yours?

Before you start reading, I want to say that I did not explain these questions at all (for example what I mean by number 5) so the answers are different from blogger to blogger.

Tia Peterson from Bizchickblogs:

  1. Live What You Love, Bob & Melinda Blanchard
  2. The Devil Wears Prada
  3. No favorites, really.
  4. Facebook
  5. So, so, tough. I usually do not covet things or wish they were mine. But if I have to give an answer, I’d say DivineCaroline.com or something similar :)

Lisa Irby from 2 Create a Website:

  1. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  2. The Color Purple
  3. En Vogue
  4. Facebook
  5. WebdesignerDepot.com – I just love their header! lol

Francisco Perez from Iblog zone:

  1. The Hunt For Red October – Tom Clancy
  2. Star Wars Series – All Of Them
  3. Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer, And everything Vivaldi
  4. Twitter
  5. Chris Brogan’s

Dino Dogan from DIY blogger:

  1. The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness (both by Nassim Taleb), Outliers and the Tipping Point (both by Malcolm Gladwell), everything by AJ Jacobs (The Year of Living Biblically, My Life as an Experiment, The Know-It-All…), Way of The Peaceful Warrio by Dan Millman…way too many to list.
  2. 12 Monkeys, Pulp Fiction,  Fight Club.
  3. Zaz, Andrew Bird, No Smoking (Unza, Unza, Time!), Way, WAY too many to list…
  4. Twitter. I’m so over Facebook.
  5. I don’t have blog envy but I do have traffic/momentum envy. So, I’d take traffic and momentum of any of the top blogs if they’re transferring it.

Bill Dorman from Bill Dorman:

  1. I read a lot and it’s hard for me to remember a title so I’m going with a recent one that’s business related: Never eat alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  2. Field of Dreams (hands down best sports and father son movie ever; I lost my father about the time this came out).
  3. Linkin Park (I know, pretty scary………)
  4. Twitter, hands down.
  5. I will have to go with LifeforInstance w/ Lori Gosselin because it fits my style. I could jump right in the seat there.

Gini Dietrich from Spinsucks:

I can only choose ONE of each?!

  1. The Fountainhead, Ayn RandCrud.
  2. I don’t know.
  3. I love me the Pandora Glee station.
  4. Twitter. Duh.
  5. Yours! Um…I don’t know. I love a lot of them. Yours (for real), Ingrid’s, Danny’s, Marcus’s, Schaefer’s, Falchetto’s, Dino’s. It’s hard to choose just one.

Tristan Higbee from Blogging Bookshelf:

  1. Crime and Punishment. The least worthless class I took in college was a Russian literature class (yes, you read that right!). I’d lived in a couple former Soviet countries, had visited Russia, and could speak Russian, but had never read any real Russian literature. This book blew my mind.
  2. O Brother, Where Art Thou? It’s clever and hilarious.
  3. Radiohead is probably my favorite band right now, though I also love trashy music that is fun to dance to.
  4. Twitter. It’s short, sweet, and to the point. It’s also an incredibly powerful tool for driving traffic and building relationships.
  5. Oooo. Great question. The answer would probably change depending on the week you asked me, but now I’d have to say MatadorNetwork.com, which is the world’s largest independent travel magazine. The articles there are just really fun and unique.

Danny Brown from Danny Brown:

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  2. The Shawshank Redemption
  3. UK indie band Puressence
  4. Blogging
  5. Zen Habits

Stacey Herbert from My Lifestyle Max:

  1. S girls guide to fishing and hunting by Melissa Bank
  2. Toy story 1
  3. Marvin Gaye ( Here my dear album)
  4. Twitter
  5. Tinybuddha.com

Paul Wolfe from One Spoon at a Time:

  1. It’s impossible to choose one.  For non-fiction I’d have to go with The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.  Or The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler.  For fiction I’m going to go with Philip Pullman’s trilogy (collected in one epic volumne!) His Dark Materials.
  2. My favourite movie is probably Serenity.  It’s got everything a great movie should have – great script, great acting, great directing, great music, epic sweep.  Very, very cool.
  3. I’m going to give you the name of a bass player you’ve never heard of, but you’ve undoubtedly heard his work.  His name is James Jamerson and he’s played on more number 1 hits than the Beatles, Elvis, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson combined.  I shit you not – and his name was James Jamerson.  He was an integral member of Motown’s studio band – The Funk Brothers – from 1962 to around 1971.  Just about everything Motown produced that went to No 1 had James on (think: The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha & The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye. And the list goes on.  And on.)
  4. My favourite social media is YouTube – earlier in the year I passed a million Youtube views.  The amount of traffic it sends is insane….get video right and you’re good to go.
  5. There’s no blog that I’d rather be (other than yours of course:))  Some days I wish for the traffic of Copyblogger or Problogger.  But the rest of the time I’m pretty happy with how One Spoon At A Time is going.

Ingrid Abboud from NittyGriddy:

  1. I don’t have one per say but I still love some of the ones I read in high school like “The Great Gatsby” and “The Scarlet Letter”. I’m also gonna’ be very cliche and say I actually enjoyed “The Da Vinci Code” a lot. The esotericism theme captivates me in general. I just bought “Social Intelligence” so you never know what my answer will be tomorrow ;) .
  2. Again, I have a few like “Dangerous Beauty”, “The Count of Monte Cristo”, “The Natural” and “Remember the Titans”.
  3. Favorite Music – Okay, so either I have no personality whatsoever – but we all know that isn’t true or I’m just plain indecisive. Yup, the latter ;) . One song that I do love is “Summer of 69″. I also love Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, James Blunt and yes, the queen herself, Madonna! I listen to French music as well, but I don’t want to bore you lol. But if I must, I would say Charles Aznavour…
  4. Twitter!
  5. Hell, it’s already mine – nittyGriddy of course ;) ! But if I could just own another and sit back and watch it do it’s thing, it would be “The Huffington Post” – which of course I would rename “The Grid Post” ;) .

Janet Callaway from Janet Callaway:

  1. “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill
  2. “Something’s Gotta Give”
  3. Neil Diamond
  4. Twitter
  5. Live-Your-Love.com–Really and truly, Brankica.  Love the look, feel, content and community of your blog.

Kiesha Easley from We Blog Better:

  1. My favorite book is The BluePrint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms by Kirk Franklin.  It’s so uplifting and encouraging.  When my motivation wanes, all I need to do is read a section and I’m instantly re-energized.
  2. I have two all time favorite movies:  ”Love Jones” and “Jason’s Lyric”.
  3. One of my favorite song is “God in Me” by Mary Mary – this song is probably the most banging Contemporary Christian song you’ll ever hear with lots of bass!  Another song that I can listen to with out growing tired is Sweetest Taboo by Sade – I’m telling you that woman has a secret fountain of youth somewhere!  She looks the same as she did 30 years ago!
  4. I think of all the sites, I love Twitter the most.  I think it’s because of the brevity.  You can get so much in bite sized portions.
  5. This will probably sound cliche, but I really love Problogger, you just can’t deny the quality and I really admire the insights of Darren Rowse.

Kristi Hines from Kikolani:

  1. Zen Reflections by Robert Allen
  2. Tough. Almost anything with Angelina Jolie.
  3. Nine Inch Nails
  4. Flickr
  5. I love my blog and wouldn’t want anyone else’s!

Marcus Sheridan from The Sales Lion:

  1. Not even close on this one: Les Miserables. It’s the greatest story ever written about forgiveness, redemption, sacrifice, and love. It’s the type of book that makes you look deep within and want to be a better person. Plus, Hugo was a genius. I could literally spend hours analyzing every single paragraph of that man.
  2. OK, I’m going to get teased for this one, but who cares– Dirty Dancing. I grew up in 80s and I though Patrick Swayze was the coolest dude on the planet.
  3. Probably a 3-way tie— U2, Enya, Classical
  4. Blogging. Not even close.
  5. Seth Godin. (Nothing like having 100 word posts being retweeted 500 times ;-)

Patricia Millman from Lavender Uses:

  1. Usually whichever one I am reading at the moment.  Was always an avid reader but these days mainly read PDF on marketing, growing my business so my favourite book for the moment is the Action Guide that is teaching me heaps about building a business.  And more importantly showing me how to take action.  With the help of my mentor of course!
  2. Pride & Prejudice.  And as Colin Firth just won the Oscar for the King’s Speech, I reckon I could pick a good actor.  To me he will always be Mr Darcy.
  3. Being a child of the 60s there were so many good bands.  But the best of all time would have to be the Beatles.  And best of their songs Hey Jude.
  4. Twitter
  5. The one that I am building at the moment.  Cos if I chose someone else’s I would have to become them and I am very happy just being me.

Daniel Snyder from Info Carnivore:

  1. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Back to the Future
  3. U2 every single album
  4. Twitter
  5. Iblogzone.com by DiTesco

John Garrett from Hypertransitory:

  1. “The Lions of al-Rassan” by Guy Gavriel Kay. Anything by GGK is stellar work. He usually works in the fantasy genre, but he researches different historical periods and cultures to build the world in which the story takes place. You always come away with a deeper understanding of the history of the real world. GGK can really make you care about those characters, too. At the end of this book I was trying hard not to cry like a punk BYATCH. Did I succeed? I’ll never tell.
  2. Believe it or not, it’s the movie Breakin’ from back in the 80′s. Man I loved those dances. I used to try to do them all them time when I was a kid. Oh, who am I kidding, I was still trying to do those dances LAST WEEK.
  3. I guess my favorite music would be old-school soul/funk and some r&b rap stuff. Sometimes it’s kind of shocking when I’m driving and bumping Earth Wind & Fire and then some 50 Cent rap song starts blasting right after it. G-G-G-G-G-G UNIT!!
  4. Any one in which I can get people to listen and pay attention to me. So right now I hate them all! No, seriously, though…for me Facebook is a lot more social and Twitter is where I actually learn a lot from the links I see posted.
  5. The blog I wish was mine would be Andrew Price’s Blender 3D training blog Blenderguru.com. The massive success of his blog just goes to show that if you put in the work on something you’re passionate about, you can truly build it into something special.I couldn’t pull that off though since I don’t have his level of Blender skill. When I post about Blender on my site it’s about how I *can’t* do something. If I posted about my Blender successes then I’d only have one post!

Alex Whalley from Alex Whalley:

  1. Bill Bryson – A short history of nearly everything (or any of his travel books for that matter).
  2. Shawshank Redemption
  3. Music is all over the place, proven by the fact that my favourite two artists are Queen and 2Pac (yeah go figure) I am also a huge fan of Michael Franti (with or without spearhead).
  4. Probably LinkedIn. I see more potential here than any other social media outlet.
  5. Problogger of course. Who wants to say no to a blog that runs itself and makes more in Adsense everyday than I make in an entire year through every income stream!!

Michele Welch from Newbizblogger:

  1. The Millionaire’s Secrets: Life Lessons in Wisdom and Wealth by Mark Fisher of course! :)
  2. The Matrix – don’t laugh.
  3. Jay Z and Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind – yea, yea!
  4. Go Twitter go!
  5. Tough one but I would have to say it’s between InOverYourHead.net and SocialMediaExaminer.com. Damn they are good. ;-)

Davina K. Brewer from 3 Hats Communications:

  1. Don’t have. Enjoyed a lot of Anne Rice back in the day, some John Grisham too. How ‘bout comics, like Dilbert and Calvin and Hobbes?
  2. No way to pick just one. I’ll give a list that people might not expect. I love classics like GWTW, Casablanca, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Like everything from action to comedy to drama to scifi, but less a fan of the chick flick. See… Matrix, Fight Club, The Blind Side, War of the Roses, Hangover, Firefly/Serenity, Iron Man.. Just looking randomly at DVDs.
  3. Mostly strummy alt rock like Lifehouse, Trading Yesterday, Safetysuit, Florence and the Machine, but really my iPod has a little of EVERYTHING. :-)
  4. Blogging first with Twitter a close 2nd. Guessing you mean SM network or tool or platform.
  5. Great question! Gini’s for the fame. Mark Schaefer’s for the fortune. Marcus’ for the community. Danny’s for the Zen. Erika’s (Redhead) for the bite. Ingrid’s for the yowza. IDK.. I like my little blog, think I’m taking a page from everyone.

Elise Moreau from Elise’s Review:

  1. My favorite book is probably “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. I read it in high school and it reminded me a lot of the story from “The Old Man and the Sea,” which I loved as a child. The book has a fantastic ending and the story is very meaningful and conveys some really important life lessons.
  2. I think it has to be The Little Mermaid or the Lion King. Don’t laugh! I love Disney! :)
  3. I like all music, but I’ve always really loved rock and grunge. Is that weird? I’m a big fan of the Foo Fighters, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus. And being a pianist, I also love classical piano.
  4. YouTube! I’ve basically thrown out television entirely for my YouTube subscriptions, and I got to meet a couple YouTube celebrities last year when they visited my city. There’s a huge potential for community on YouTube and a lot of the people I watch are huge inspirations to me.
  5. I guess I’d say TechCrunch. I think it’s my favourite blog to read. I’m a sucker for tech news, even though I’m not exactly the most technologically savvy person. The comments are also hilarious to read and very insightful. There are some smart people on that blog!

John Falchetto from Expat Life Coach:

  1. Hard to pick one but since I have to Le Petit Prince by St Exupery
  2. Apocalypse Now
  3. Queen , best song Bohemian Rapsody fist song to mix rock and opera But I have to also say Eminem
  4. Twitter
  5. Danny Brown

Marlee Ward from Marlee Ward:

You can quote me in saying this is the hardest interview I’ve ever done. I’m a person who LOVES options, so I don’t think I gave you a single straight response!

  1. That’s a tie between Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis and Crime & Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (go figure!)
  2. The Bourne Triology
  3. I have an unrelenting level of music appreciation so this is borderline torture to answer. If The Roots, Rage Against The Machine, Outkast, Paul van Dyk, Phish, Bob Marley, Sublime, Metallica, Brooke Fraiser, and Lady Gaga formed a band I’d pick them. ;)
  4. Blogs. You get both interaction and insight.
  5. I wouldn’t wish for any one particular blog, but I’d gladly take the biz model behind the likes of a blog like Chris Brogan’s. Hey Chris! I’m available if your looking for a successor, lol. ;)

There were several comments in these responses asking if I will answer these questions, so why not:

  1. The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett
  2. “Man on Fire”, “Tropa de Elite”, “300″, both “Sex and The City”
  3. So many different ones, a lot of Serbian music and RnB, House, etc.
  4. Personally Facebook, business wise Twitter.
  5. Lisa Irby’s, because her stuff overall rocks!

I want to say THANKS to all and I am sure all people on this list know how much I appreciate them and love them!

Here is one of the songs that was listed here that I adore :)

Hope you enjoyed this and learned something new about one of your favorite bloggers. I would love you to leave a comment and share this post.

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  1. Just trying to work out if that image you used of the 25, is similar to one of those one’s that tells if your color blind or not. :P Don’t know how that one came to mind though.

    Great post and it’s interesting to see what people are interested in outside of their blogging niche’s. :)

    • Brankica says:

      Yes, that IS the image :) I thought not many people will notice, in my country they only show it to you if you are like joining police or something, lol.

      Glad you liked the post!

      • I recognised the graphic cos I used to test the high school kids for colour defects and had the dubious job of telling them if they had passed or not! Meant there were jobs they couldn’t do like be an airline pilot or an electician!!!

        And to the bloggers who answered. Some interesting replies. Great idea Brankica. I was wondering when this would be posted. You can tell I’ve been busy cos didn’t even come visit till now! Enjoyable read.

        Patricia Perth Australia

        • Brankica says:

          I guessed this might be an interesting read but can’t believe how many comments in such short time. I hit it twice in 2 weeks, woo hoo :)

          • You have some really innovative and creative ideas. Thinking outside the box and as some other commenters say; good to have some interviews/questions that are not about blogging ;-)

            Patricia Perth Australia

  2. HAHAHA! Marcus said Dirty Dancing and Enya. LOL!!!

    This is super cool – getting to know our friends on a different level. Love it!

    • Brankica says:

      Glad you do, Gini, I really wanted to make this fun and different.

      Lol, yeah, Marcus said Dirty Dancing :)

      • Ya Marcus said Dirty Dancing!
        Thanks for this interview Brankica, I discovered a whole different side to people I never knew existed.
        Danny Brown-Zen habits?

        • There has to be a story behind Dirty Dancing. It’s not a good movie so he must have had a good make-out session while it was on or something.

          • Actually its only because Patrick S (RIP) was in it that he likes the movie.

          • Brankica says:

            You two totally figured it out!

          • First of all Aunt Gini, you’re not allowed an opinion on this matter because you don’t have a favorite movie!!

            As for the story, sorry, there were no make-out sessions. It was just the right movie at the right time for a 12 old chubby kid wanting to be cool like Patrick S (I sucked at the school dances…poor soul). Plus, it was really my mom’s doing. We didn’t have cable and stuff, so she bought that movie and we watched it over and over again– Her, my brother, and me. To this day, my older bro, who is in special ops in the army and kills terrorists for kicks knows every stinking line of the movie As for me, I only know about 99% ;-)

            But that’s OK Aunt Gini, I’ve got you figured out now– Ms. “All Work, no Play”— No favorite movies and obsessing over Howard Roark’s ability to change PR in the architectural industry— yeah, yeah, I get it lady. ;-) Ha!!

          • HAHAHAHAH! I just read that part about your brother to Mr. D. SO FUNNY!

            I know, I know. I don’t have a favorite movie. When you meet me next week, you’ll also learn I know NOTHING about pop culture. In fact, this past weekend, I was told to turn in my pop culture card because it’s so bad.

            We were raised without TV so I rarely watch it…and that includes movies, unfortunately. Now I’ve given you something to use against me.

          • Puhleeeese, I’ve had enough of this no cable, no TV. We were so poor I had to watch TV thru my neighbors window and they only had 3 channels and it was a black and white TV………..

          • Like not even Tom and Jerry or Alvin and the Chipmunks? The retarded Brady Bunch? The Fonz? The Sound of Music? Annie? Huh?…..

            Of course – I’ve only heard of those shows because I wasn’t even close to being born until YEARSSSSSS later ;) .

          • Brankica says:

            The movie I watched like that, about 2 times a day as it was the only video we had was Kickboxer with J.C.V.D.

            But you don’t see me calling it my favorite, do you?

          • OK then Bran, how about we glass knuckle fight then, you and the LION!! ;-)

          • Brankica says:

            Any time, just don’t forget that I was paid for years to do stuff with fists, knuckles and guns :)

          • Davina K. Brewer says:

            Just make sure you give us plenty of warning for the Bran-Lion Rumble ‘n da Jungle .. Gotta get the pool going and place our bets.

          • Muwahahahaha! A good make-out session hahahaha!

  3. Interesting to know what bloggers are after. As you say, it would have been a “regular” interview if there had been questions about blogging. Brilliant you!


  4. I so like this very much Brankica. I follow more than half of these awesome bloggers and it is great to know some things more “personal”. It gives you a glimpse of what a person’s personality could be :) Love all the answers and it is quite interesting to see that Twitter appears to be the preferred choice. Kristi’s choice is very interesting and Daniel made my day, lol. Actually wants my blog, wooot. Thanks Daniel :)

    And yeah, I saw that one favorite movie of your too and I like it “muito”, although I am all about real good “fiction” movies…

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to be amongst all these stars ;-)

    • Brankica says:

      Kristi is a photographer so it really makes sense that she likes Flickr. I actually love it and it is great to even generate some traffic. You better watch out for Daniel now, lol.

      And I knew you will notice my movie :)

      P.S. You definitely deserve to be on this list!

  5. Hi Brankica,

    Why don’t i have been counted in this interview? Just kidding :D I know that it will be a long journey until I can proudly stand beside these awesome bloggers.

    @Marcus: I really really love Enya too. Have you listened to Hayley Westenra? If you haven’t, check her albums out. I am quite sure that you’ll fall in love with her immediately :)

  6. This was a creative post and I bet the bloggers loved to answer something more then internet marketing crap..because i surely get tired of it.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  7. Hey Brankica. Thanks for asking! :-) … looks like I got some good books to read coming up!

    • Brankica says:

      Yup, exactly the thing I planned to do when I asked all these questions!

  8. I love it Brankica… how much fun! What a fabulous idea. Was really cool to get a sneak peak into the personal worlds of likes with these bloggers. We are so often all about business and it’s really nice to take a load off and show your personal site sometimes.

    Thanks for including me. This was a great start for the week. :-)

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Michele, no way I would forget about you :) And as you can see I had a little special video surprise for you, I love that song!

      • Haha, no I didn’t miss that …. thanks! I cranked it up and my daughter came over to dance. Such a good way to start the day. ;-)

  9. Hi Brankica!
    What an entertaining list! Now, I’ve got some books to check out.
    And Tristan is right about “O Brother Where Art Thou” that movie is so good, had my family singing that Saggy Bottom Boys song for weeks. And I can’t laugh at Michele – I love The Matrix, too. So much so, I wrote a paper about it in college… I know :) .

    • Brankica says:

      OK, I definitely have to see that movie, if both you and Tristan think it’s good. After watching Jeepers Creepers, everything is good for me :)
      OMG, Kiesha, you really can find a way to write about anything, lol. You amaze me every time I talk to you!

      • Thanks, Brankica! When I’m in a writing mood, yes – I think I can tackle the world. But don’t catch me on a bad day.
        I write a lot probably to make up the fact that I’m not a big talker… yeah, I’m pretty quiet most of the time (I think I bore my husband to death) – But anyway, this is more of a ramble than anything significant… :) Have a super day!

        • Brankica says:

          You know that beats driving a hubby nuts with never stopping the conversation! I swear, I am sure every time my baby boy says he has stuff to do, that is just taking a 5 minute break from me :)

  10. Awesome interview Brankica. It is fun to get to know some non-business things about these bloggers.

  11. Michael Girard says:

    Really fun blog entry to read! So much information packed in here and great exposure to new blog! My reading list just got even larger!

    Michael Girard
    Community Engagement, Radian6

  12. Thanks for putting that together. There were some funny answers in there but overall nice to see a different side of the bloggers.

    • Brankica says:

      Benny, that was my goal exactly, to meet them in a bit different light :)

  13. Well one thing I learned is that I’m a long-winded gas-bag. Boy I could have been a bit more brief there, lol.

    Anyway this was a very fun read, with some answers I wouldn’t have guessed from just knowing the “blogging personality” of some of these awesome peeps.

    • Brankica says:

      Lol, John, yours is one of the longest ones :) But hey, I didn’t put any limits or offer explanations, I just asked questions!

      And yeah, it is interesting to read something different about peeps.

  14. Love the answers and the questions!

    So here are mine since I am not on your radar “yet” ;-)

    1. Anything Stephen King, but am currently reading Ford County Stories by John Grisham and I absolutely love it!
    2. The Departed (it just went in so many directions at the end I was literally amazed!)
    3. Anything live and in person, especially local and regional stuff.
    4. I am probably equally on Twitter and Facebook personally, but for business it really depends on the niche… wrote a post about it today.
    5. As far as blogs go, my latest project is by far my favorite in years…. as far as money/traffic/envy Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income is a true Rock Star!

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Keith, sorry for missing you :) But thanks for adding your answers, we get to know you better! And yeah, that is a great blog to want, lol.

    • Way to bust in brother; I would have been off pouting……..:) and ask B, that’s not a pretty sight………..

  15. Now I know why I get along so swimmingly with Dino and Gini…. LOL

    Bill – made me cry on a Monday. Now you’re in for it! I cry every single time I think of the scene where Doc rushes off the field to save the little girl. Oh, and I played catch with two of my sons this weekend.

    Danny and Alex – great choice with Shawshank – definitely in my two and depending on the day I’d also list it as #1 – what does that say about our collective desire to hear stories of redemption? The only movie on this list to receive multiple votes as #1. Hmmmm.

  16. Such a good way to find out other things about our blogging friends. In lieu of comment bombing, FWIW:

    I’m with @Gini .. Marcus cracks me up, he’s admitted liking DD before but listing it in a fave?! We need to rickroll him with DD videos or something. ;-) Like you it makes sense to me that @Kristi likes Flickr in that she also has a photo site, yet it didn’t occur to me as much about @Paul and music/YT. Duh. And Paul is a browncoat fan like me, so that rocks. Hmmm.. sorry @Tia didn’t like TDWP. Like @Dino on #5, well-said.

    @Bill’s movie pick is great b/c he shares the personal connection with us. @Tristan.. not sure if it’s the same, but I too like ‘trashy dance music.’ @Danny and @Alex .. Shawkshank is certainly a fave, one of many I failed to list. @Ingrid.. you’re not the only indecisive one I promise.. my lists could have been much longer. ;-)

    @Patricia .. I also loved the Keira Knightley version too, think Firth was a great Darcy in the BBC “P&P” too. Loved King’s Speech, just always liked him. @Daniel there is a lot of U2 in my iTunes, must admit. @John.. You said Breakin’! I even liked the sequel and love to do funny riffs on the ‘Electric Boogaloo’ title. ;-) Like that @Alex picked LI, different choice for network.

    @Elise I love Disney (and Pixar) the movies, WDW.. have most of the DVDs, just a grown-up kid myself. @John F.. also have some Eminem and Queen, that’s just classic. @Marlee, also a Bourne fan.. interested to see what they do with the spinoffs. You and Marcus also tipped to blogging, interesting.

    And @Brankica.. I’m also Twitter/FB for same reasons, just use FB less overall. Thanks for doing this … a fun read and a great idea for me to try to steal.

    • Brankica says:

      Steal away and I love how you replied to everyone, I wanted to do the same like you did, but had to try to be a good host. No, this has nothing to do with Marcus the Lion Cub, wink, wink…

      • Davina K. Brewer says:

        Like good ideas to steal, may have to come up with a different type question, see what I can do. Happy to reply to everyone, helps me know people better.

  17. I’m sorry Marcus, but that is just gay……..I’m glad you are comfortable enough in your own skin to even say something like that.

    BTW – I didn’t mean gay in a derogatory way, my sister is gay and I’m about as inclusive and inclusive could be. I just wanted to clarify that, but I still had to get one in on Marcus.

    And Johnny boy, Eminem; I love it. My iPod’s loaded w/ hip hop and people would probably back away if they knew what I was listening too….

    I could only stop in for a minute, but I’ll be back to offer my critique on others…….

    Thanks Bran……..

    • Bill, yes Marcus wazup with Dirty Dancing buddy? I didn’t even know the movie existed until last year when Ameena forced me to watch it.

      You did expect some flack for picking that movie right? :)
      Just like Billy, love the fact you don’t care about others to give that answer.

      Bill all I can say is ‘Numb” :)

      • ….a sad day indeed; and he was giving everyone the impression of being a manly man………..

        • I know, just when you think you know someone :)

          • Brankica says:

            He is no Mufasa anymore…more like lion cub :)

          • All of ya’ll suck :-) Actually Bill, here’s the definition of gay— Goofy looking avatar of a guy with blue shirt, blue background, and a dorky smile ;-) !! LOL

            Just kidding James Bond, errrr, BD ;-)

          • No kidding, did you see the mug on that dude; that’s not even my Avatar. When I said invisible, I meant invisible; I rented that Avatar and didn’t have any money so I had to choose from the discount box. As you can see, I didn’t have much to chose from. The contract runs out 6/1………..poor guy………..I figured if people liked me rolling that stiff out, I had it made……….:).

            Just don’t tell anyone I read the first two Twilight books………….

          • LOL Bill, that was great bud ;-)

          • Davina K. Brewer says:

            And I’ve already teased Gini and Shonali that while I’ve read them, calling the Twilight things ‘books’ is an insult to struggling novelists and the copywriters for clever bar coasters. IMHO ;-)

          • Hahahahahaha! You guys! Stop raggin’ on Mufasa! I totally dig the fact that he loves Dirty Dancing! Muwahaha

            Now all I need to do is get the replace Mufasa with Patrick Swayze again and the movie will be “right” in my head hehe

      • Oh thank God I lied on my answer then hahaha!
        Can you imagine if I would have said that I really like The Terminator and what’s the Bruce Willis series called? Oh yeah – Die Hard 1 to 20!
        Just to clarify – you know I’m kidding right?!

  18. Hehe Brankica.
    This was funny reading. Kristi Hines likes movies with Angelina Jolie and Marcus loves Dirty dancing…! Are you sure that you have not switched them around ;-) That Elise loves anything with Disney makes somehow more sense to me. Don’t really know why, it just does.

    Nice post Brankica, I think it deserves a little ReTweet..

  19. I get it now. These are real people and not some sophisticated program that writes blog posts over different topics on different blogs. We are truly in trouble now that the secret has been revealed. Ohh and “Dirty Dancing”..hahahahahaha It takes big balls man….BIG….

    Great Post B…

  20. Anyone who lists Casablanca as being among their favorites is awesome.

    • Brankica says:

      I hope Davina will see this comment :)

    • Davina K. Brewer says:

      Yes I see this, one thing about Casablanca that I like is the writing, so good. IIRC the movie had like 5 or 6 lines in the AFI top 100.

  21. I’ll agree with the lot – Twitter is tops in social media. My reason is because it connects all the others. It is on Twitter that you can easiest share links to blog posts, Digg, StumbleUpon, YouTube, etc.

    • Brankica says:

      I didn’t like it at first but it really depends on the niche, so I would say now that I kinda figured it out, I like it :)

  22. Bran

    Really great post and great idea. When you asked the questions I gladly answered them (after all, you have a gun and you LIKE to shoot! Who wouldn’t answer!), but I had no idea what you were planning.

    And there were some really interesting answers. And comments too! I would definitely agree with Gini that we rag on Marcus…except that I’ve just loaded a bunch of tunes from Glee to my swimming MP3 player for exercise….so I’m gonna stand with the Lion!

    Great idea. Well executed. And fun. How are you gonna repeat that?


    • Brankica says:

      I don’t shoot my friends, Paul!!! :) But glad you answered even if you did feel like that, lol. I was so happy to see that almost everyone replied and it turned out to be so much fun.

      How am I gonna repeat this? Have no clue, but this was an idea that just struck me so I will be hoping I get more of them eventually!

    • Glee Paul?!!!!!!!!! Seriously Gleeeeeeeee????? LOL ;)

  23. what a great idea! This reminds me of the old memes that used to travel around Livejournal. Everybody complained about them but you knew everyone loved doing them and reading them. Bunches of fun reading this. Thank you! :)

    • Brankica says:

      Glad you liked it Margie… wish I saw those memes, I am off to check that out!

  24. Wooohooooooo!!

    This was such a fun and unique interview, Brankica. It’s nice to see some different, more interesting questions being asked rather than just the same old blogging and entrepreneurial questions. I love it! :)

    Haha wow, almost everybody listed Twitter as their favourite social network. I’m the only one who said YouTube!!! YOUTUBE ALL THE WAY :D

    But I see Tia listed Flickr, which I thought was interesting. :)

    LOL at Dino’s “I don’t have blog envy.” Typical. :) I was going to write something like that, but then I just didn’t.

    Really great interview, Brankica. It was very unique and great that they were short and straight to the point questions.

    Yay good job!

    • Hey elise

      I’m with you on YouTube…Twitter is OK, but get YouTube right and you’re golden.


      • Haha sorry I just went over it again and saw your comment about YouTube. I guess I got too excited to read this and missed some points. :) YES YouTube!! I’m actually surprised that no one else said it… You’re right, Twitter is great, but YouTube is GOLDEN!!

    • Brankica says:

      Elise, you did right. Dino was just being Dino, I actually wanted people to give a compliment to their favorite blogs :)

      I love Disney too, just so you know, I mean I watch at least one old one a week :)

      Glad you liked this idea!

  25. Hey Brankica!
    This was so fun. I really enjoyed reading this. I can’t believe I share a favorite book with Tristan and Marcus has reached a whole new level of transparency for me. I’m even being introduced to new and cool people. Love it. Thanks for the chance to take part!

    • Brankica says:

      Marlee, so glad you liked it! I think we all learned at least one new thing about our favorites :)

  26. Thanks for including me in your list to interview. I think these are great questions to get some insight into everyone’s favorite bloggers – musical choices especially say so much! Can’t wait to run through everyone’s answers in detail, maybe add some new tunes to my iPod. :)

    • Brankica says:

      Could not agree with you more about the music choices. I am also going to add some stuff to my iPod :)

      Oh, and thank you for agreeing to take part in this, I really appreciate it, cause I know many people wanna know more about you!

  27. Wow – it seems like all the “big kids” prefer playing in the twitter sandbox. I’m still making a concerted effort to embrace twitter experience but I still haven’t figured how to network there. When I respond to people’s tweets I feel much as if I’ve inserted myself into a conversation overheard at the grocery.

    Re: Movies – Did anybody pick anything newer than 5 years old? Serenity was 6 years ago. Dirty Dancing was TWENTY FOUR. (BTW – I like both of these movies too). Are you all too busy blogging to get to the theater? :)

    • Brankica says:

      Lol, I just think no newer movies stuck in our mind long enough, although some of mine are newer. You know, Twitter is a lot a “niche thing”, some niches just can’t get as much success on Twitter as blogging about blogging can. I mean, people searching for info on crying babies sure aren’t spending much time on Twitter :)

      • Thanks for giving me an excuse for my twitter lameness. But honestly the Mommy Bloggers are twitter POWERHOUSES (so really I have no excuse to be limping around twitter like I do)…

        Actually am off participating in a twitter party (?) right now. And by participating I mean lamely trying to follow the hashtag conversation while watching Survivor finale on Tivo (hmmm…maybe this is why I don’t get twitter ;) .

        • Davina K. Brewer says:

          Hmm.. Want newer movies I’ll say “The Blind Side” and “Kings Speech” and the 1st “Iron Man” and tons more. I’m sure to see the latest POTC this summer, plenty of others.

          • Brankica says:

            Oh, I loved The Blind Side too. As far as movies from i.e. last year, let me add:
            The Fighter
            How to Train Your Dragon
            Faster (love Dwayne Johnson)
            Despicable Me
            Country Strong
            Robin Hood
            For Colored Girls

            And don’t even try to compare them, lol

    • Meant to reply earlier Alexis.. the eavesdropping at the grocery or in a restaurant. I totally get it (love that analogy) and used to feel that way too, until I realized that was the point. Even a #hashtag chat, it’s public and open to all to watch, read, listen, share.. and if they want, jump right in. That’s how I’ve started viewing it, helps me get more out of Twitter.

  28. Brankica,
    Great idea! Amazing that you made it work, too. Bloggers NOT talking about blogging!?!? I didn’t think it was possible. LOL
    Nice to learn more about some of my favorite bloggers!

    • Brankica says:

      Lori, it was so easy that I was scared at one moment thinking it must be a trick. Guess all of us do get tired of blogging, no matter how much we love it!

    • Davina K. Brewer says:

      Better than talking about blogging, we’re talking about OURSELVES and teasing each other. Way better. ;-)

  29. Hi Brankica,

    Thanks for this great list and it’s nice to see the other side of bloggers!

    Yes, Pillars of The Earth is an incredible book!! This past Christmas I got the DVD series and spent two days watching it all. Even knowing the story, it really draws you in. Check it out when you can – it’s very well done!

    • Brankica says:

      I can’t seem to find the time to sit down and watch it, I know they made it. I guess after seeing movies The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, I don’t want to be disappointed again, they never really get the book right on TV, lol.

  30. This was awesome, thanks so much for including me, it was great to see what others are interested in and reading also. Hope your well

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Stacey, I really grew fond of you, lol, would not miss you for anything! I knew you are gonna say a few interesting things (like Toy Story)…

  31. I see that a lot of people had problems choosing which music they liked best. That’s just way too hard, I personally love hundreds of songs and artists so I have no “favorite” one.

    • Brankica says:

      You are right, it was very hard for me for example because no one ever heard some of the music I listen to, just cause it is from another country.

      Thanks for the comment and welcome to my blog!

  32. What a brilliant spin on the conventional interview. I agree that most of them are re runs of how ‘they’ made it big…all pretty much the same story. I haven’t recently listened to any interview that has taught me something new, which is a shame. It seems the interviewees are becoming more reluctant to give something valuable away.

    Enjoy the journey.


    • Brankica says:

      Hey Mandy, you can find the same old questions all over the place. I think this created so much fun among us here :)

  33. Aren’t you so smart! Loved the idea, I am such a movie addict, I read all the movie picks first! Loved the compilation!
    How would you answer those questions?

    • Brankica says:

      LOL, thanks Hajra… hey, my answers are at the bottom of the post.

      How would you answer them?

      • Somehow I missed those while reading it the first time ..ouch!

        1. Many – Eat,Pray,Love; Songs of Blood and Sword; To Kill a Mockingbird
        2. Many more – Forrest Gump, loads of Indian movies, Philadelphia, 127 hours, The Pursuit of Happyness
        3. Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga being my current favorite.
        4. Facebook, I just find it hard to keep up with Twitter
        5. Tristan’s and Janine’s blog are wonderful. But right now I would go for Kiesha’s blog; to choose the winner of her contest! (Yes, I am such an evil!)

        • Brankica says:

          Lol, that’s not evil, it’s human ;)

          I haven’t read Eat Pray Love but I liked the movie, especially that I am totally addicted to Italy.

          • Oh, I didn’t like the movie at all; I thought the book was much more enlightening and beautiful. You should read it!

          • Brankica says:

            That happens to every book that gets turned into movie, you get disappointed. I am actually glad I saw this movie first, cause I liked it so I will love the book even more. I really love to read…

  34. I’m totally with Danny Brown on the favorite movie. My little sister and I love The Shawshank Redemption so much we have a text msg game where we randomly text a quote, then the other person has to pick up the next line in the movie. We see how long we can go. =)

    I loved Ingrid’s choices, as well. I’m in love with all those movies, too Oh, such a movie-addict, I am!


  35. Very cool to see the personal side since we usually are only exposed to the business end of things.

  36. I’d love to leave you a nice and thorough comment about how much I love this post and how great it is to get to know stuff about people – stuff that has nothing to do about blogging, social media marketing, business and blah blah, blah…but I’m too busy reading the answers to everyone and then the comments hahaha!

    Okay, gotta’ go – sorry. I have more comments to reply to :) .

    • Brankica says:

      The most important thing is that you read what Lion Cub wrote :)

    • I hope you packed a lunch Ingrid, the comments are off the hook… you’ll be here a while as the thread has taken on a life of its own. Pretty soon we’ll relax, get silly .. and then Brankica will score the real blackmail material. ;-)

      • Ha! She’s got nada on me!!!!!!! Hehehe
        My choices were ummmm…normal? Okay, maybe not normal but somewhat defend-able lol.

        • Brankica says:

          I think we don’t need to get on anyone’s ass, Marcus gave us enough to keep us busy for weeks :)

  37. Hi, Brankica.

    It is so bad how I am buried in lots of important stuff right now that I get only several minutes in a day to check on my favourite blogs. I almost missed this.

    I love this. It lets us know more of the people we follow because of their blogs. Now, I have something more to say about Patricia (her love for Colin Firth and Pride and Prejudice) other than she writes about lavenders and live in the same continent as I do. And that Danny, despite having a great blog already wishes Zen Habits to be his. :)

    This is a cool thing you have done, Brankica. Kudos!

    • Brankica says:

      Lol, Wes, the guy over at Zen Habits should watch out :)

      I did notice that you were no where to be found, but since I am blog hopping less and less because I am busy with new projects, I kinda expect that to be everyone’s explanation, lol.

  38. Hi, Brankica.

    While this is not the first time that I’ve read your posts, this is my first comment. I just could not hold off commenting any longer.

    I absolutely adore what you have done here. Not only have you pooled together great bloggers imho (I’ve visited and made friends with them since I started blogging towards the end of April), you also made them answer questions the answers of which we wouldn’t have known otherwise. The five questions you asked may just be simple, but they showed a little bit more of the personalities of the bloggers featured here. The ones I already know, I wish to know more of. The bloggers I have yet to know, I will place in my Google Reader, so I can check them out one by one.

    Thanks for this cool article, Brankica. It really made my day. :)

  39. What a refreshing post idea Brankica! One can never guess what you are cooking up in that social head of yours!

    Good to know that blogging “machines” have some good taste in music and movies but pls pls, don’t watch O Brother where art thou. It’s got too much hype because George Clooney is in it. Take it from me watch Dirty Dancing instead :) I agree with a lot of commenters, Shawshank Redemption is a classic movie that I can never get tired of watching.

    How come I see nobody loving Lady Gaga? or did I miss it? :)

    Not so suprised seeing Twitter trump FB in social media here, Twitter is becoming popular with internet marketers but Alex thinks LinkedIn? Way to go!

    Definitely a different blog interview sharp shooter!

    • Brankica says:

      Hay Maky, thanks so much for the awesome comment :)

      I love Lady Gaga, I just have so many music favorites that I didn’t list it.

      I think you are right about Twitter cause I can make it work great for me for this blog but can’t make it work at all for niche sites. I think Alex is right about LinkedIn but I also think that is the type of site that need a lot of invested time, to make it really rock.

      I am glad you liked the interview :)

  40. This was very fun to read. Thanks for this Brankica!

  41. Great idea to have such a good blogger list. I know few of them but nice to have their blog address to visit interact with them to share the same passion in blogging.

    First time visit here, I will come back soon for sure.

    • Brankica says:

      Hey Santel, glad you liked this. I also think that a list with so many bloggers have to has at least some new names for most of us. Glad to see you on my blog and hope to see you back.

  42. This is great reading and interesting insight to what all these bloggers are doing with they aren’t sharing all their latest greatest tips on how to win at blogging. Of course in a blogging forum you are going to get a lot of blogging techie posts, which is why your post title caught my attention.

    Great work as I have been introduced to a few bloggers I hadn’t seen but will be exploring..


    • Brankica says:

      I am glad you found new bloggers to follow, I really respect all of them on this list and I know you will like them too :)

  43. Oh My! I could hang out here all day. What a pleasure, and way too much fun.

    The questions you asked are a great way to get to know somebody. I was surprised that some of my favorites matched some of the other bloggers. It just goes to show you that good is good.

    Book- Les Miserables, Accordion Crimes and Atlas Shrugged
    Movie – Shawshank Redemption and Lady Killers
    Music – Stevie Ray Vaughn, JJ Cale and Mark Knoppler
    Social Media – Twitter
    Blog – Zen Habits

    Okay….now that I have blown a good amount of time having fun, back to work!

    • Brankica says:

      Thanks for the favorites, interesting to see those matches. Like you said, good is good, no doubt about it!

  44. Talk about being late to the party!

    Thanks so much for including me Brankica, I enjoyed reading and comparing – lots of fun.

    Ironically, the reason I found this post is because I am writing a post and talking about the power of community and so wanted to include you – came over, and here you are promoting more community than I can poke a stick at!

    Perfect, thanks!

    PS: Excuse my keywordluv – its that kick ass seo contest LOL

    • Brankica says:

      Alex, funny KwLuv, lol. Hey, you do know that Bing gets 30% of searches and that nofollow only works for Google. Don’t be a swamp ass :P

    • Tell you what Alex? I followed you to this Rama Dama Dingy Dongy Thingy to find out what it is all about and man … you guys are on to something! There’s a lot to be learnt from this experiment/contest/fun!

      I am rooting for you! Go Alex, Go!

      • Maky my man!

        You are awesome. I hear the Ramadama is quite popular in Nigerian Food? ;)

        Thanks for the support, and thanks for checking out my swamp ass. (ewwww)

        Oh this is too much fun LOL

        • LOL LOL

          Alex, remember that guest post you did on Ana’s blog with a recipe spin to it? That’s how I found you. So I know you can do it! Come on over and write a guest post on the Rama Dama Ding Dong Recipe and you will get a DoFollow link to your rama dama ding dong blog. Serious!

          And it’s actually Maky the lady. I forgive you though cos the steaming pot gravatar has no gender :)

          I hope the Sharp Shooter will not be aiming her rifle at us for what we are doing on her blog ;)

          • NO, I should have known.
            That steaming pot has a definite lady tinge to it now that I look at it closely LOL ;)

            (ducks and weaves off)

  45. whats the point of having keywordluv if you are no follow?


    (you can delete this comment later if you like :) )

  46. I thought Alex would have said mine. That’s what he’s constantly telling me on Skype anyway. LOL.

  47. ExpatDoctorMom says:


    Good fun to see everyone’s likes. Makes me feel like I know them a bit more.

    Here are mine

    Book: Blindness by Jose Saramongo

    Move: Life is Beautiful

    Music: Very hard to choose one: Adele or The Fray

    Social Media: now it is twitter that johnfalchetto turned me onto hootsuite which rocks!

    Blog; Oh so many of you I would want to be that it would be unfair to chose. So I will choose a medical one: Kevinmd.

  48. I’m still trying to figure out how this got published and I was totally in lala land somewhere.

    This is actually very similar to what would happen if we were all in high school together and went to the same prom. Everyone would be dancing and laughing and I would be out on the football field somewhere trying to figure out where everyone was at! LOL

    This post was really fun and the comments were, too. Thanks for putting me first. I seriously get a huge kick out of that! :)

  49. Really good post Brankica. It’s nice to see a different side of these bloggers. The blog you wish was yours question is a great one.

  50. This has got to be one of the coolest posts I have ever read. What a great idea for an interview. As a huge fan of several of these blogs I am am so interested to learn more about the people behind them.
    Now I have a list of interesting books and movies to check out recommended by people I admire – thanks again Branika.

    • Brankica says:

      So glad you like it :)

      BTW, Looooove your site and not just cause it is SBI ;)