Q – #1 So to begin @VeraSweeney, please share with us where you grew up and went to High School?
Vera: I grew up in Astoria Queens – and went to St. John’s Prep
Q – #2 I see, so what was your next “life step” after High School? What interested you as far as job opportunities?
Vera: I went to college in Albany and became a business consultant for both Accenture and Ernst and Young
I loved it but I wanted to do more coding and they kept putting me in front of the client.
Q – #3 Interesting. So how long did you stay on that course until you shifted to @imnotobsessed and other cyber ventures?
Vera: After 9/11 I decided that I didn’t want to stay in a job that I didn’t LOVE. It took me a year, but I finally quit
Ended up teaching computers to K-8 at a local school in Queens. Did that for a few years and was happy
But then I got pregnant, was placed on bedrest, and then eventually became a stay at home mom
After 3 months or so of being home, I started to look for outlet. That’s when @imnotobsessed was born
It started out as a hobby – but then it just really caught on. Thats when I started to take it seriously
Q – #4 Great story! So about how many regular followers do you have for @imnotobsessed? An entertainment or gossip blog?
Vera: I think we get about 5 million views a month on @imnotobsessed
Uniques are around 1.5 million
we write about gossip but it’s always PG rated
that was important for me because – as a mom – I never wanted to feel bad about my gig
Q – #5 Good for you! :) What is your source or sources for photos and info that you post? What has trended lately?
Vera: I buy all my photos from WENN, FAME, and FLYNET
And after 6 years of blogging, I’ve ended up on a TON of PR blasts. I get most of my info from my email.
whats trending lately? Anything Twilight, pregnancies, Lohan, and Kardashian lol!
Q – #6 Is there any person or couple that you’re just TIRED of hearing about at this point?
Vera: lol @JoelECarlson I dont want to insult anyone. There are some die hard fans out there. I never write negatively about celebs
Q – #7 I understand. Have you been able to parlay your @imnotobsessed blog to other biz opportunities or star connections?
Vera: Ive had some great opportunities – done a few red carpet events, got a trip to costa rica to be on set for reality show
I’m so thankful @JoelECarlson ive been very blessed. It’s been a great ride. And I hope I have a few more years in me
Truthfully, these days most of my event invites come from http://ladyandtheblog.com though…
Q – #8 When you’re not taking care of your family and working on @imnotobsessed, what other interests take up your time?
Vera: I love to read (when I can), play tennis during the warmer months, TRAVEL TRAVEL TRAVEL. My fav hobby
I spend all day on the computer – so all my hobbies are offline.
Q – #9 Now some of your FAVORITES: Restaurant, comfort food, social media platform, recent book and celeb blogger.
Vera: Ok! @JoelECarlson Fav Restaurant – La Nonna Bella in Long Island, Rosa Mexicana in NYC, Benihana (yeah I said it), Otto in NYC
Fav comfort food @JoelECarlson : fried chicken and colombian food (steak, rice, beans, plaintains)
Fav social media platform @JoelECarlson – Facebook – I find more interaction on that tool (twitter is second)
Fav recent book @JoelECarlson The Black Dagger Brotherhood (entire series) it’s like vampire porn so watch out, and The Hunger Games
Fav celeb blogger @JoelECarlson – dont have any. Is that bad? :)
Q – #10 Nope. You are your own creative leader. Do you think @imnotobsessed will ever include videos? (YouTube)
Vera: I embed video (trailers etc) but I dont think I do enough to have my own YouTube channel.
Q – #11 To close. If you could have a meal with any one person (dead/alive), who would you pick and why?
Vera: aw man that is a hard one. I guess I would pick… @JensenAckles__ (just kidding… or am i?)
no seriously I would choose my grandfather – miss him dearly.
@JoelECarlson: That’s sweet! :) Thank you very much for your time and comments today. Enjoy the rest of your week. Regards! :)
Vera: thank you for interviewing me! had fun :)