When I started working at Parenting on the Peninsula back in June, I knew that on top of my editorial responsibilities I would also be required to submit a monthly article. At first I had no clue what to write. I started with a piece about kite flying. Then I somehow managed to skip a month, followed by a short filler piece about something we were launching.
And I drew a blank. Between the editing and the brainstorming of articles for other writers, I couldn’t think of a single thing I wanted to write myself.
Which is when I had a brilliant idea.
Everywhere I went I was surrounded with brilliant, motivated, awesome moms who had acted on their ideas and passions to start companies. I figured it would be fun to interview a few of them to see if their stories might make compelling articles.
I had no idea how much I would enjoy it.
It’s no secret that people love to talk about themselves, but when they’re talking about their baby, their creation, there’s a whole other level of excitement that comes through. And yet, they don’t always know where to start or what to share. I get a thrill out of helping them tease out the great elements of their stories.
I have a few questions that I start with, just to get them talking, and I try to keep my ears open for the gems that will make the article sing. It’s a hunt of sorts. And yet it just feels like a great conversation. Even better, after all that the article basically writes itself.
It’s fun, and I love the whole process, but nothing beats hearing from the Mompreneur after they see the published article. I have yet to hear from one who wasn’t utterly delighted with the finished piece. I get an extra thrill from knowing that I’m the one who made them that happy.
This post was inspired by the Sunday Scribblings prompt “Interview.” Be sure to head on over to discover other great posts.