His real name is “Peter” but i can bet very few know him by that name. To all of us out on the blogosphere he is very well known as the “Sire“. Either ways he is the one to stick around for all of us, even when our post frequency drops or we need help. His exceptional taste of humor and his unique Aussie talk, is what makes him stand out of the crowd. He has been very frequent on my blog and generally, he has been a big part of my online life. So, i was really happy and proud to get his interview. He owns quite a few blogs, and if you haven’t already i would suggest you go out and meet him.
As always i tried to keep it small, yet, get the chance to grasp an idea of his online and offline life. Here it goes!
1. Introduce yourself to us.
Hi, I’m an Australian who has been blogging for a little over 4 years. I have two kids, a 21-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter. I’ve been married for 23 years and in business for about 30. Originally blogging was a way to increase the PR of my website but now I do it for the sheer pleasure of expressing myself on the Internet.
2. How and why did you come up with the nickname “Sire” instead of using your real name?
Years ago I had a Bulletin Board called Prestige BBS. One of my users started calling me Sire and it sort of stuck.
3. In a sentence or two, how would you describe your blogging career?
Well, a little over 4 years ago I heard that Google liked sites that were continually updated so I started a blog hoping to appease the Google giant. At first the posts were pretty crappy and short, but in time as blogging fever took hold I took more time with the posts, increasing the quality of the content in the hope that I could start a discussion with my readers. From then on Google took a backseat, as I was now writing for those people who chose to visit my blogs.
4. What is the typical day of “Sire”. How do you spend your time?
I wake up at 3.45 am to go to work and I usually go flat chat until I get home about 2 pm. I work with my brother and have been doing so for about 30 years. We usually stop at HJ’s or Subway on the way to have lunch. Once home the first thing I do is check my emails to see if anyone was kind enough to leave a comment on the blogs, to which I always leave a reply. Once I’ve done that I hit the paperwork and if I’m lucky I get it done before dinner.
I will then visit a few blogs to see if I can leave a decent comment and I usually play a few chess moves with Mitch one of the many bloggers I’ve met over the years. If I’m lucky enough to come up with a topic for a post I’ll usually knock it off pretty quickly and will submit it almost immediately as I hate sitting on a post because I am always anxious to see what sort of feedback it will get.
5. Provided a full day off, what would you enjoy doing?
I rarely get a full day off as I am always trying to catch up with paperwork and stuff, but when I do get some time off, I love to just sit back and watch a good movie.
6. Does your family complain you spend too much time on your blogs and online life?
My wife used to because she thought I was just wasting my time. Once she realized that I was actually making some money she relented a little. The thing is that I do spend too much time online, but I figure it’s better spending it at home than at the pub. At least I’m there if they have need of me.
7. Do you regret about a decision you might have made as a blogger?
My only regret is that I didn’t put in the time to do quality posts when I started my first blog.
8. How do you see your blogging life a few years from now? Any plans?
Well, hopefully I will get more time so that I can develop my blogs even more, but unless I win the lottery I can’t see that happening. I doubt that I will attain Pro Blogger status so that I can sell up and become a professional blogger. I’m not even sure that I would want that because then it would become just a job, and I want blogging to be more than that.
9. What would your advice be to a fellow blogger that is just starting out?
If you’re looking at becoming a serious blogger then I suggest you host your own blog. The cost is pretty minimal and it gives you complete control over your blog, especially the content. Hosting your own blog shows others that you are serious and removes the possibility of losing your blog because someone else decided to pull the pin.
Make sure that every post is the best that you can do, checking your grammar and spelling before hitting the submit button. Spending time on your title is also important because a catchy title is more likely to hook some readers. Lastly, reply to all comments and reciprocate whenever possible as this will cement you into being part of the blogging community.
I would like to thank him very much for participating and devoting time to answer. He is much like me on certain points so i am really glad i met him, along with all the other people. You can find “Sire” mainly on his blog, but also on twitter.
Stratosg, this was really an interesting interview. Opinion of the individual such as SIRE’s look pretty straight forward..
Peter – I hope to see you making more online money.. I am following you on twitter too 😉
Stratosg – Nice interview, been a while since a visit here 😉 Hope u doing great!
Sire – How do you get up so early? What time do you go to bed to do that? Also, what do you mean by “flat chat”?
Thanks for all the info 🙂
@Stratos – Thanks for another great interview 🙂
Hi Sire, it’s great to learn more about you! I had no idea you had grown children!
Thanks for another great interview Stratos.
Awesome interview! I visit Wassup Blog often, and I always find it’s a great mix of technical, humor, stories, etc. 🙂
@All Thanks for dropping by and supporting this. I am glad you like this interview series and i intend on keeping them going. Thanks again to you and, of course, Sire and all the interviewees!
Whoa!! 3.45am!! That’s is like half way through my sleep! Nice interview, great to know about Peter and his offline life!
OK Stratos you really need to activatge ‘Threaded comments’ but seeing as how you haven’t I’ll do it the long way. 😀
@Rockstar Sid, you and me both mate, and I am now also following you.
@Kim – I reckon I’m just used to it seeing as how I’ve been doing it for 20 odd years. It’s worse on those wintry mornings when it’s pouring down with rain and I’m warm and snug in bed. As for flat chat, thats Aussie for going like a bat out of hell ;D
@Tracy – You know I reckon I’m just as surprised as you are when I see them. They’ve grown so quickly.
@ Kristi – Thanks Kristi, I’m always thrilled when you and other visitors take the time to leave a comment.
@ Stratos – Thanks mate for the opportunity your interview bestowed upon this humble Aussie blogger. 😉
Good Interview Strato.
Nice to know a lot about Sire. I have started following him on twitter and his blogs too.
Nice interview 🙂
We get up at near opposite times 😛 I need to sort that out. However, due to the 12 hour time difference we are actually living in tandem.
It is funny how nicknames can come about in strange ways. The strangest one I know of was a guy in school who has been called “Duffy” for the last eight years because he happened to share the same first name as Patrick Duffy, who was at the time featuring as the leg of some kind of beast in South Park.
Now i know Sire;s name and also know that he wakes up at 3:45 am which i can never achieve in my life 🙂
@ David – Man, I’ve been called worse, none of my choosing. Sire is one of the good ones, and one that I can use online. 😀