Sunday, July 06, 2008

Interview With Renny--My Candidate For The Friendliest Blogger

Class: this is the second installment of my interviews with awesome bloggers, and this week I interview Renny from Norway of the blog RennyBA's Terella.

This is what Renny writes on his blog, "My Terella is about Norway and the Nordic countries: our culture, traditions, history, food and habits."

Renny's blog focuses on the Nordic countries, but Renny sure does travel the Blogosphere!! You can't miss him because he's everywhere!

Renny has sparkling mischief in his eyes, and the great goodwill in his heart reveals itself in the loving comments on other's posts. He really has the art of schmoozing down pat. Here's the definition of schmoozing in case my naughty students don't know: "To converse casually, especially in order to gain an advantage or make a social connection."

In Renny's case, his schmoozing is used to make online connections and LOTS of them. He exemplifies 'hail-fellow-well-met", and I'm proud to call him a Blog Buddy. We can learn a lot from him, so Listen Up!


Blog-Blond: I'm impressed with your networking prowess and generosity in the Blogosphere. You take the time to get around and manage to comment on so many blogs. How much time do you spend every day networking and commenting on other blogs? Do you have a schedule where you rotate to different blogs or a list of your favourites? Are you a subscriber? Please share with us some wisdom on time management in the blogosphere.

RennyBA: Well, calling myself a network evangelist, I network all the time: professionally as well as in Blogsphere. Blogging is just a hobby and I probably spend three or four hours a day, posting, commenting and socializing at MyBlogLog, BlogCatalog, FaceBook, Flickr, YouTube and such. I’m an always on person, so this happens through out the day as I never go anywhere without my computer. Keep in mind then that I seldom watch TV (if not on my computer then – news and sports from Norway when abroad!), other then from the corner of my eye as my laptop is always in the living room. I have a blogroll (about 80), and try to get through it to comment at least once a week. If I find new visitors, I try the best I can to return their favor. Seldom I subscribe, but use Google Reader to keep track of what’s going on in the world.

Blog-Blond: I read your blog received a travel award. What other honors have been bestowed upon your blog which I don't know about?

RennyBA: Thanks for asking: The most exciting was ‘European Best Blog’ for 2007. In 2006 I was awarded ‘Blogs of Summer’ and for a while I was on top for ‘Blogging to Fame’ last year. I might as well mention ‘The Power of Schmoozing’ and there are quite a few more. You’ll find them all on my Awards page.

Blog-Blond: You do a bang-up job writing about your country, the food, the people you hang with, and the places you travel. You've made a lot of friends through blogging and networking no doubt. How many of these online contacts have you actually met in real life? Do you or they attempt to make real-life contact, or do you mostly connect online?

RennyBA: I’ve met Charles (my blog designer) in Bergen, Norway and Mark moving from the Philippines to Oslo. Then David Gurteen; I met him professionally in my work at The Norwegian Computer Society as we both are networkers and share interest in Story Telling. I should also mention TorAa, who is a colleague in the IT business from Norway and maybe the most exciting: My blog friend Claudie has invited me to a Blog Gathering in south of France in August 2009 where we’ll meet a bunch of other blog friends too. I am also planning a similar gathering in Oslo summer 2010.

Blog-Blond: When you began blogging, were you one of the 'early adopters' in your crowd of friends? I know your lovely wife posts on her blog as well. Which one of you began blogging first, and how did the other one perceive the other's new blogging passion?

RennyBA: I started almost three years ago when I was giving a lecture at the Norwegian School of Management in modern communication. Blogging was one of the themes of course, and I wanted to give it a try myself. Then I was hooked. I was one of the first of my peers to start actively blogging.

My wife has always been very supportive of me and has helped me a lot – since my native tongue isn’t English, its great to have a proof reader to make it fluent, you know. I’ve been encouraging her to start her own for a long time, but she first decided to get serious about it in January 2008.

Blog-Blond: Do you use an iPhone or Blackberry to keep in touch when you're not near your computer? If so, what do you recommend for bloggers?

RennyBA: I stick to Nokia and have had plenty of models for over 10 years. I could use it to post on my blog or notes at FaceBook and of course to upload photos on Flickr as well as update my Twitter. But I’m seldom away from my computer, so mostly I do it from there. I very often use my Nokia mobile phone for taking pictures though – its always on my belt and since my blog is about my daily life, I often capture things impulsively during the day to illustrate my posts.

Blog-Blond: Which networking group (such as Facebook or Linked-In for example) has assisted you the most in your business? Have these contacts prospered your business? BTW, what is your business?

RennyBA: To me FaceBook is a social platform and of course I enjoy it a lot. However, LinkedIn is for business and with almost 1,000 contacts it enhances my business a lot, especially since I’m working on a European project called EUCIP (European Certification of Informatics Professionals). To make it short: ‘We are driving the IT-Professional competence in Europe’.

Blog-Blond: What kind of blogs do you read most often: business or personal blogs?

RennyBA: Surprisingly (to me too!), I don’t read many business blogs regularly. If so, most of them are about corporate blogging and how they influence on business, SEO or advance blog tools.

Blog-Blond: Share with us some favourite blogging tips.

RennyBA: Find your personal style, be honest, stick to the theme of your blog and give your readers something substantial– help them learn something and then they will come back. Some Link Love and tagging is great too, but let it be up to them to return the favour! Be polite: Reply on their comments and visit your commenter’s as well as be active in BlogCatalog, MyBlogLog and other bloggers communities.

Let me end with one of my sayings: ‘It’s a Givers Gain’ – the more you give of yourself, the more you get.

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  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Sunday, July 06, 2008  
    For once I'm almost speechless :-)

    Thanks for a flattering introduction - you've really showing my best side!

    It was really interesting to participate, as you really had some good question for me to reflect over.

    I will write a follow up post on my blog tomorrow, but now you'll have to excuse me: Its 30 minutes passed midnight in Norway. Yea: I'm always on, but sometimes need some sleep too :-)
  • Blogger Maribeth posted at Sunday, July 06, 2008  
    What a wonderful interview with my dear friend, Renny. Very enjoyable.
    The Dackel Princess
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Sunday, July 06, 2008  
    And I'm here to testify that Renny is a nice guy and a friendly blogger!

    We connected thought blogging a few months ago and I'm really happy to be part of his network.

    Great interview!
  • Blogger fastfastlane posted at Sunday, July 06, 2008  
    Great interview with Renny, Kuanyin :-) A bang-up job!

    It's nice to learn a little more about him.
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Monday, July 07, 2008  
    A terrific interview. Renny is one of the friendliest bloggers I have come across (as is his wife Diane). It's very nice to learn more about him :-)
  • Blogger Tink posted at Monday, July 07, 2008  
    Great interview, Kuanyin & Renny! I can't agree more on him being your candidate!
  • Blogger The housewife posted at Monday, July 07, 2008  
    Great interview - well done to the both of you.
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Tuesday, July 08, 2008  
    I really enjoy, reading this interview, because it's a way of blogging I had still never seen on private blogs and a new style, a fresh way to share!
    Renny's interview is very interesting! I learn still about his global vision on the blogosphere.
    And I must say Kuanyin is an excellent interviewer! Her questions are relevant!
    So I 'll come back by you, Kuanyin, to read your posts! You have created a space I like to walk and learn through your interviews, very pro!
  • Blogger MaR posted at Tuesday, July 08, 2008  
    Wonderful interview, great questions and clever answers. Renny deserves an award as The Friendliest Blogger!!!
  • Blogger Kathy Ostman-Magnusen posted at Tuesday, July 08, 2008  
    Super interesting interview! It helps define my own blog better by reminding me to stay on the subject. Thanks Renny! Thanks Blog-Blond!
    Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
  • Blogger kuanyin333 posted at Tuesday, July 08, 2008  
    I'm blown away by all your comments. It's all because of Renny's popularity. :-)

    Mahalo Nui Loa to all of ya!
  • Blogger Unknown posted at Thursday, July 10, 2008  
    I'm here via Renny-- lovely interview!
  • Anonymous Anonymous posted at Friday, July 11, 2008  
    Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't I introduce the two of you via the Blokester Network? Cause if I did then I'm truly honored to have beget such a beautiful friendship.

    Maybe I should start a new blog and call it eHarmony Blog dot com. What do you think? ;-)

    Great interview there sweety for such a great blogger.
  • Blogger Olga, the Traveling Bra posted at Saturday, July 12, 2008  
    Hi Kuanyin!! Hey - I am FORTUNATE to get to hang out with Renny in October!!! I can hardly wait...he is such a gracious host!
  • Blogger Speedcat Hollydale posted at Tuesday, July 22, 2008  
    Renny is the best!
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