Hello all! Welcome to this weeks installment of our Weekly Staff Member Interview Series! This week, I had a chance to interview Hedi, who is part of the Package Team.
I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did!
Now onto the interview!
Joshua Farrell: Hi Hedi, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hedi: My real name is Cierra. I’m twenty three, and I live in Upstate New York. I have one brother and one sister, and I’m the middle child. In my spare time (when not on forums, working or writing) I like to travel (going to Cambodia next month), write, watch TV/Netflix, run, swim, go shopping, and probably other things that I’m forgetting. I’m a Marketing/Business Analyst (and part time coffee fetcher) at a medium sized tech start-up and I’m also a Peace Corps. Volunteer. In about a year or so, I plan on going back to school to get my Ph.D/Doctorate.
Joshua Farrell: When did you decide to join up at Forum Promotion?
Hedi: I decided to join Forum Promotion in early February 2013 to promote a Face Book group, “Bloggers Helping Bloggers”, that I was admin at at the time. One day I typed Forum Promotion into Google, and Forum Promotion.net popped up as the first search result. So I joined. I posted my ad, and then left for about a year or so. I came back a couple months ago in July, but didn’t really start posting around in the community until about August.
Joshua Farrell: What do you like about Forum Promotion?
Hedi: I like the friendly staff and members, how theirs always something to talk about, many different people of different backgrounds and walks of life, and the various services. I have found many great resources here, and the fact that you can request resources also is great. I also can get very helpful feedback and reviews from members. Being able to earn virtual cash and then buying/selling/trading it is pretty cool too.
Joshua Farrell: What was the reason behind you wanting to be a staff member?
Hedi: I wanted to be a staff member because I liked writing, and I also like helping people. Being on the package team, I do both. I help give forums a little boost of activity, while exercising my writing skills as well. It’s a win-win situation in my mind. And hey, who doesn’t like a little extra FP cash in their pocket?
Joshua Farrell: Can you tell us about what you do as a Package Team Member?
Hedi: As a package team member, I fill package requests. When someone requests a package, I go over to their forum and sign up, then I start posting or creating threads, sometimes both. I also comment on blog articles.
Joshua Farrell: Are you running any forums or websites?
Hedi: Yes I am. I have just started my first forum, Languavel. I am an admin at Social Storm. It is a new general forum with a twist. I’m a moderator here Forum Connect also.Forum Connect is a great advertising/promotion forum. I use to have my own WordPress blog, but I don’t really post on it anymore unfortunately. :/ Oh, and if you wanted to join my new forum, that would be great too! (Shameless plug I know…)
Joshua Farrell: Can you tell us what your forum, Languavel is about?
Hedi: Languavel is a new forum combining two common interests, languages and travel. We are also offering services, such as language learning classes (from native speakers), travel gear, and free resources. We are currently implementing a cash system so users can buy real items from our store. But, if languages or travel aren’t for you, we have a very big general chat board to post on.
Joshua Farrell: If you had the time, what would you like to do?
Hedi: I would like to take a year off from work to travel the world. I’d like to go to not so common places too, like Myanmar,Osoyoos, and Bhutan. Maybe one day…
Joshua Farrell: What is the one thing that you would have liked to do, but never got around to do it?
Hedi: Starting my own business. I always wanted to start my own business since I was in middle school, and even took some business administration courses in college, but when I was offered my current job, I put that idea aside. I still have time, so who knows.
Joshua Farrell: What things would you recommend to those starting a new forum?
Hedi: The number one thing I would recommend is that you need to have dedication. Members won’t be signing up on your forum overnight, so you need to really be the main driving force behind your forum- post post post! Also, I know that everyone says this but make sure you are actively promoting your forum- even after it grows big. Promotion is vital for any forums success, without it you’d only have a couple members and not many posts. Places like Forum Promotion and other forums like it are a great resource to webmasters and members alike.
Joshua Farrell: Anything else you would like to mention before the interview ends?
Hedi: I would like to thank Joshua Farrell for this interview. I’m excited about the future of Forum Promotion, especially with the new theme coming later this month. I wish everyone the best of luck with their future endeavors, and thanks for having me Forum Promotion! If you have any other questions, please ask them below in the comments.
Joshua Farrell: And that wraps it up! Thank you for participating in this interview!
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