Nicholas Gomez runs the blog Feedback Junkies, here is a link to his blog:
Q: What inspired you to start Feedback Junkies?
A: I think lots of different things motivated me to start Feedback Junkies. I listen to a couple guys on this podcast for doubletoasted.com who basically review movies and make people laugh. But before they were professional movie critics, they were a group of average Austinites who just happened to be into movies a lot. So, rather than starting a podcast, I decided to write about my experiences with books, movies, music, and sometimes life in general. It probably also has to do with the fact that I used to have a close group of friends that I discussed movies with, and as time has gone on, we’ve grown apart, but my need to talk about these things has not.
Q: What kind of articles can one find there?
A: For the Feedback Junkies page, I mostly write reviews for movies, music, and books, as well as short stories and poems every now and then. But I did recently start another blog on nicholasgomez.strikingly.com where I talk in-depth about things like dating, health, education, and lifestyle, and my experiences in those areas.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it influence your writing?
A: Given the fact that I just moved to Austin, the day job still hasn’t arrived. I would tell you about past jobs and how those have influenced my writing, but the truth is they haven’t. Most of the things I have learned, or written about, have nothing to do with my job as of today. I think most of the interesting stuff in my life, which is the shit I write about, has happened at times when I said yes, where others might have said no.
Q: Your write a lot of reviews, what separates you from other critics?
A: I don’t really like to consider myself a critic. Yes, I write a lot of reviews, but not because I want to judge the art in front of me. I mostly write about the things that have had a positive impact on my life, and I do that in hopes that it will help impact others’ lives just as much. Maybe that’s what separates me from other critics, the fact that I don’t put myself on a pedestal and look down on things that I don’t like, or praise the things I do. My goal, is to be a middle man for people who don’t know where to find material that is actually worth learning and/or experiencing.
Q: You have promoted other artist in the past. What qualities do you look for in an artist to promote?
A: Of all the artists I promote, I’ve only ever met two of them. Both were genuinely humble, passionate, and extremely talented. There’s a key point I want to make here. Most people think that if something is good, you have to like it, and vice-versa. That’s just silly. I have heard hundreds of bands, watched hundreds of movies, and read lots of books that I didn’t necessarily care for, but if these forms of art were well executed, I could recognize it. Just because I thought it was a waste of my time, doesn’t mean everyone else will. And sometimes that plays into why I promote them. I write for my audience, which is still embarrassingly small, but if I know a certain percentage of them will enjoy this movie, or that band, then I write about it for them. Which is who writing is supposed to be for. The audience, not the writer.
Q: What are some of the things you have done to promote your blog and how much did they cost?
A: Oh boy. First things first, I’ve spent nothing on promotion. 90% of my promotion has been word of mouth. There’s a reason for this, which I didn’t fully understand until a few months ago when I heard Tucker Max explain it in an interview. He said the best way to make people want to buy your stuff, or read it or whatever, is to constantly keep putting great work out there. Because by doing this, not only will the people who see it want to recommend it to their friends and so on, but once they finish the first piece, they will want more and more. This is a mistake a lot of people make. They put one great project out there, and people love it. But then they stop, and the few people who loved that project have nothing new to get their hands on, and thus end up forgetting who this person even was to begin with.
Q: Who are some of your favorite bloggers?
7- I don’t really follow blogs as much as I probably should. I like podcasts much more for some reason. The only real blog I keep tabs on is Tucker Max’s and Charlie Hoehn’s, because…well, because they put out some of the most groundbreaking and meaningful pieces out there. And they write with their audience in mind, which is something not a lot of bloggers do.
Q: What trends in blogging annoy you?
A: The kind of blogging that just seems pathetic and useless to me is written by people who think they will find healing from comment sections on the internet. You know, the ones who pour their hearts out online, expecting people to respect them for being brave. If you want to be respected for being brave, stop hiding behind the keyboard, and go do something with your life. If all your blog talks about is you, nobody will care. At least not in the larger scale of things.
Q: What makes Austin a good place for a writer to live?
A: I got here a few days ago, so I can’t say with certainty what’s great about it.
Q: If you could meet Pere Hilton or Arianna Huffington who would you pick?
A: I wouldn’t pick either one of them. Meeting Perez Hilton would be the biggest waste of my time, and Arianna Huffington could probably care less about me, so meeting her would be a waste of her time and mine.
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