Interview with iJustine – Student Blogging Series
This is an interview I recorded with Justine Ezarik (a.k.a. iJustine) on April 29, 2008, concerning her thoughts on student blogging. The video is her little “about me.” The audio clip is the audio of the interview. Transcript is below…
What made you initially interested in blogging?
I always kept a written journal and I would lose it all the time. That was bad because I would write personal information in it. So I decided to put it on the Internet for everyone to read!
Some of the blogging platforms at the time had different protected entries.
How long have you been blogging?
Blogging blogging? I’m not actually sure, it’s been awhile.
What do you mean when you say blogging blogging?
Doing it more seriously, professionally. I guess I’ve been doing that for the past–maybe–three years.
What made you want to transition from the “middle school” blogging phase to the serious and professional phase?
I realized that my audience was growing. People were actually reading this nonsense that I was actually putting online. I figured I’d give them something actually worth reading.
When was that transition in your life?
About 2 years ago.
Do you have any advice for college students looking to start blogging?
Actually I do. This girl named “iEllie” ran into an issue where her parents didn’t want her to blog. And her major is PR and marketing. I’m not exactly sure what the whole situation was, but she had to take her blog down. She wrote me an email. I replied, “Ellie! This is so important. You are a PR major. This is your resume! What you’re doing for yourself is what you’ll be doing for other companies.” It’s crucial for her to have a website and to be online and have this presence.
Should students be concerned with money when they start blogging?
I know with a lot of people that is their main concern, but then they become too focused on [the money]. People will see right through that. That kind of takes away from the content, which is really the most important thing.
Has blogging changed your life? Explain.
Technically it has changed my life. I still am a designer. I do video editing, graphic design, stuff like that. Once I started blogging I started creating a community of people that had the same interests. I created a lot of different contacts and it became a word of mouth avenue for me.
Do you have any other advice for the listeners and readers of HackCollege?
I think blogging is a great thing, but remember: No matter what you put down on the Internet it will be there forever. Don’t forget that.