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Hello, I need your help. I’m in the middle of being interviewed for a craft site and part of the interview is to make up five questions of my own to answer. I’ve been dragging my feet on that bit because ever time I try to think of something I go all Monty Python, “What is your favorite color?” “Blue. No, yel– Auuugh!”

So, with the permission of the interviewer, I’m going to ask you for questions. Anything you’d like to know about this site or my business? Questions don’t necessarily need to be craft related, or related to anything in particular, but considering the craft slant on the interview it might be an advantage. I’ll choose the five questions that catch my fancy (aka. seem like ones I won’t have to think to hard to answer) and let you know when the interview is up.

Please ask questions in the comments. My undying zombie gratitude!

· comments [48] · 08-13-2008 · categories:craft · mumbling ·

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tina // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Q. What do you do when you’re suffering a creative block to unblock?

    Q. Popsicles, which is best- Cherry, Orange or Grape?

    (Hope I’ve been helpful, I’m partial to orange.)

  • 2 megan // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I love the popsicle one! I might use it.

  • 3 tangentline // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:44 am

    How much of your leisure crafting time is devoted to crafts for yourself rather than others?

    (I find that I make things for others all of the time but that I have few homemade items that I’ve made just for me.)

  • 4 Darci // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:48 am

    boxers or briefs?

  • 5 Suziq // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:54 am

    How do you think the internet has helped crafters?

  • 6 greta // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:55 am

    how did you know when you could turn your craft ideas into a viable business? how did you take that leap of faith? this is something that i’m struggling with, so i’d really love to hear your experience with getting started!

  • 7 Sandra // Aug 13, 2008 at 8:58 am

    What are your fledgling hobbies–as in, what would you be tackling next if suddenly the craft world went boom, yarn disappeared, and uh, food made itself? Are you a closet golfer? Aspiring Toastmaster? What else does Not Martha Megan like? (Have fun condensing that.)

  • 8 megan // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:05 am

    These are good! Thank you.

    And boxers, but not for myself you understand.

  • 9 chez shoes // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:20 am

    I always like to know what people did before they became known for their blog/business/whatever. So something like “What sort of horrible cubicle lifestyle did crafting rescue you from?”

  • 10 jill // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:33 am

    What percentage of your time is on the net/crafting/getting real life stuff done?

  • 11 Andi // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I like the “what did you do before?” question. Another one I would ask is: “What was your biggest crafting/cooking mistake and what did you learn from it?”

  • 12 Jen // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Was your business planned, or did it naturally evolve? I mean, did you actively seek out having a business, or did the business find you?

  • 13 Jennifer // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:51 am

    How do you set pricing for homemade crafts? Is there an item that you’ve wanted to make and sell, but didn’t because you didn’t predict it being profitable? What’s your strategy for a sustainable business?

  • 14 MKH // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:57 am

    What is your idea of dream vacation?

  • 15 Rachel // Aug 13, 2008 at 9:58 am

    What are your must read sites?

    Tell us about the best day you’ve had so far this year.

    What is the one thing you’ve done that resulted in the biggest increase of blog readers?

    What inspired you to start your blog?

    What is the coolest thing that has happened to you as a result of having a blog?

    I can’t wait to read the interview!

  • 16 aarwenn // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Nothing helpful to say, except: is that a sly Tom Sawyer reference I see in the title?

  • 17 megan // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Aarwenn – Yes, I decided “whitewashing” was too risky, it’s gained a few not so great alternative meanings since the book was written.

  • 18 Kathi // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Have you ever felt as if you wanted to throw in the towel? Do you ever get tired of the constant blogging and making? Do you ever get discouraged even after so much success?

    I know these seem negative but I think it is something we may all feel at times! :)

  • 19 Elana // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I’ve always wanted to know what got you knitting.

  • 20 Chris // Aug 13, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Crafting is so tactile. Can the Internet compensate for the touch, even the smell of a craft?

  • 21 Karan // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Describe your biggest crafty/creative challenge and what you did to finally “make it work” for you.

  • 22 ampersandebeth // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

    if you could only create one item for the rest of your life (ie: knit scarves or make one style of earrings), what would it be and why?

    whats your favorite non-crafty thing to do?

    if you were ice cream, what flavor would you be?

  • 23 Go Amie // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:41 am

    How do you rank the following: ninjas, pirates, robots, zombies, aliens?

    Which artists most inspire you?

    Do you feel that your tastes in other ares of life, like music, food, and literature, affect the crafts you choose?

    Does your crafting philosophy relate to your political philosophy in any way?

  • 24 Ms. Pants // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Who are your favourite relatively unknown artisans/craftisans?

    What silly/dorky thing do you do at home that you might be embarrassed about if someone happened to walk in on you? (I sing songs with little to no melody. Often there is also choreography.)

    Is Shawn a happier bottle-opening-lizard now that he has a name?

    What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  • 25 Susan // Aug 13, 2008 at 11:45 am

    What was your “Ah ha!” moment…the point at which you realized this was a career choice?

    Is there one thing you’ve made (or do make) that is particularly sentimental to you?

    Any particularly miserable failures, and if so, what did you learn from them?

  • 26 laura // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    1. what are the crafting tools that you cannot live without?


    2. what are the crafting tools you have tried but knew right off the bat were not for you?

    and, unrelated:

    3. what are your pet peeves?

  • 27 Jen // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I don’t have a question to suggest, but more of a jumping off point. I don’t know about you, but there are parts of my resume that whenever I have a job interview, I hope they’ll ask me to elaborate on it.

  • 28 Jen // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    oh, I’ve also wondered, what’s your day job? or are you fully self employed? if so, can you talk about the time it took from it’s inception until it took off?

  • 29 susan // Aug 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    How do you balance your work and your blog with your personal life? (I’m having trouble with this one, so I’d love to know how you do it!)

  • 30 Cinnamon // Aug 13, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I was going to suggest what Susan just did, for the exact same reason.

    And, what food items are you a complete snob about? I, for example, can’t abide cheap balsamic vinegar or cheap gin.

  • 31 jjzach // Aug 13, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve also wondered if you have a day job or if your crafty business is a full time gig.

  • 32 Eliza // Aug 13, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    How did turning your hobby into a business change your feelings about it?

  • 33 MJ // Aug 13, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Beatles or Rolling Stones? :)

  • 34 floridagal // Aug 13, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Q. What’s your favorite time of day?

    Q. (This is an Oprah question, but I really like it): What do you know for sure?

  • 35 Diana // Aug 13, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    What was your “gateway” craft?

  • 36 Debbie // Aug 13, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    What craft would you not consider trying and why?

  • 37 Jamie G // Aug 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Which LOL Cat picture best describes your approach to life?

    (I don’t know why I like LOL Cats so d*mn much. I dressed as the LOLrus this Halloween.)

  • 38 Mary // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Everybody has an old hobby from the past that they don’t do anymore. What are some of yours? Why did you stop doing them?

  • 39 lucy // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    whats it like to be continually nominated for the bloggies? do you feel you’re prolific?

  • 40 marcia // Aug 13, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    1) What blog(s) do you HAVE to read every day?
    2) How did you get started crafting?
    3) What was your crafting ‘aha’ moment?
    4) Any new crafts on your horizon?
    5) Halloween is just around the corner–any ideas to try out this year?

  • 41 Sue // Aug 14, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Where do you find the time?

  • 42 Gen // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:47 am

    If you could choose any SUPER POWER, what would it be?

  • 43 Carrie // Aug 14, 2008 at 5:58 am

    What recommendations do you have for those who want to increase readership or improve content on their blog?

  • 44 Suzi // Aug 14, 2008 at 6:13 am

    If you had half an hour to craft in right now what would you do??

  • 45 Jessica // Aug 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

    Name the single favorite/ best arts and crafts type project you remember from when you were a little girl.

  • 46 megan // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Gosh, there are a whole lot more questions than I expected, thank you! I will pick five and use them today.

  • 47 just barrie // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:21 am

    if you could’ve been born in another decade, which one and why?

  • 48 Jamere // Aug 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    If you had to make a craft using only a lawnchair, crayons and some scotch tape, what would you make?

    I’m trying to be as random as possible – just in case.

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