This is the second interview in my project on the Dr. Pepper/Seven Up blog marketing initiative for Raging Cow. Sean Boone is one of the teenagers involved in this project. Please note I have edited some punctuation, spelling, and syntax in selected spots. It is all incidental and improves the readability.
Me - How did this Raging Cow project come to you? How did you meet the folks at Richards Interactive?
Sean Boone - I've been friends with Nicole (sparkley.net) for months now. She recommended me as a candidate for the project. They reviewed. They approved.
Me - Did you know her offline before you met in Texas?
SB - No. But, we've been online friends for about six months now.
Me - When did you first start publishing online? Can you tell me about how you started using the net and how that has changed since you started?
SB - I remember the day my parents brought home our first computer with the internet about 6 years ago. I started with the infamous Angelfire.com, their basic page builder in which you typed in a box where you wanted your favorite links, of course nobody came to my site... ever. I was big into gaming and I was a part of an online squad for a game called Delta Force. We were one of the best and had a big website. From there I learned what FTP was because I had to upload some photos and what-not. I experimented around and found out how to use stuff.Ê Eventually I found free hosts which had FTP options and started making my own pages with notepad and such. I taught myself everything I know, guess and check and learn from your mistakes. I can't count how many free hosts I've been through, and the countless hours experimenting with HTML. I got really good with Paint Shop Pro and started making my own graphics and really getting into graphic design which seperated my website from a lot of others.
I bought Italianize.com two years ago. From there hits came like rain. From seeing other 'cam sites' I learned how to control my site and create content and what-not. I made a daily blogg and people loved it. That is where I am today.
Me - Was there a computer in your house growing up?
SB - We've always had an old MACINTOSH sitting around, but it wasn't until that day 6 years ago we actually had the internet. I didn't even know what the internet was.
Me - How do you make a living?
SB - Right now being 17 I work a part-time job at a corporately owned restaurant [redacted] with my 6 best friends. We practically run the place. At almost minimum wage its not much but its a good experience and a fun place to work.
Me - How has been your experience with Richards Interactive?
SB - When they first contacted me about being on the project I thought it was another spam mail or a joke. I almost deleted the email until I read further. I would never have thought an actual company would ever recognize my website, not to mention the biggest independent advertising company in the nation. It was a really big thing for me. I was probably the most excited I've ever been. They treated us with such a great deal of courtesy, professionalism and luxury. Really great people and I'm glad to be working with them.
Me - How has the process worked? Did they build out the website for Raging Cow and then asked you to give your opinion? Or did they build the website with you guys from the very beginning?
So far things are going along as planned. The website was presented to us and then asked for opinions, yes. We all gave great suggestions and they took every one into consideration.
Me - What were your parents reaction to this whole project? Have they been supportive?
SB - My parents have always worried about who I talk to and what I do on the internet. When I told my dad about this project of course he was skeptical. Of course, after talking with the Director of Richards Interactive and going over some questions that my dad had, he was just as happy as I was. My mom, who works as a buyer for a computer company here was also impressed.
Me - How often do you post to your site with your cam? How did you get into cam culture? And who are the cam girls which you like the most?
SB - I post a new cam image maybe once a week. I got into the 'cam culture' when my uncle sent me a webcam for one christmas and I just decided to post some pictures. I like camgirls that are intelligent, have good content, and don't obsess about cam-listings and porn clicks.
Me - Do you see your experience with Richards Interactive influencing your future career goals?
SB - Absolutely. After being in the Richards Group headquarters in Dallas I knew this is where I wanted to be. The professional level they are at and the creativeness and fun they have are definitely things I want to be doing, not to mention my involvement in this project will look good on future applications and job opportunities in the same line of work.
Me - Okay one last request, please give me links to your 3 favorite sites and a bit about why you like them. Please don't make them any of the folks involved in Raging Cow.
SB - amorphism.net >> run by this incredibly intellectual girl Anush, i read her blogg everyday, her way with words just keep me coming back, shesaidnothing.com >> apple, just another girl with great opinions that are a lot like mine, invincibl3.com >> eric, a 15 year old kid with the coolest bloggs. he and i are a lot alike.