Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ten people, ten questions – part 1

I recently read this article, asking ‘How well do you know the person sitting next to you?’ over at Stylist magazine, and while I didn’t dare ask some of my co-workers some of these questions outright, it did get me to thinking. How well do we know the people around us? It also made me wonder about our impressions of people we don’t know. Whether that be people in the street or people we work with on a daily basis.

A while back I wrote a series of interviews called ‘Ordinary people,’ where I interviewed some creative types about how they do what they do. This time I want to go deeper. I am interested in what really makes people tick, and I find the best way to get honest answers from people is if they are allowed to be anonymous.

So, this blog post is part of a series that I would like your help with. It’s something of an experiment as I’m not sure how well it will work but I wanted to do something different. So here it is:

  • I am going to ask ten people ten questions – some will be from Stylist magazine’s list, some will be my own, and some will be from other people
  • The ten people will include myself, one family member, one friend, a colleague, someone I will approach in the street (this is really on the edge of my comfort zone!) and the rest will be volunteers
  • Once I have the list of ten people, I will send the questions out in a survey format so that everyone remains anonymous, which I hope will encourage some very honest answers
  • I will write about the experience – about the response I get, about choosing the questions, about what it was like approaching someone on the street and then of course I will post the results. I also plan to post a follow up, but I haven’t yet decided what that will be. It depends on how this all goes.

So, what do I want from you? Well, I need six volunteers for this ‘project’ (if you will). All you need to do is answer the questions (no, I won’t be revealing these in advance) by the deadline (you will have at least a week), and then email on the deadline date to confirm you have done so (this will avoid me identifying your answers by the date/time you email me). With this email, I would ask you to attach an image that you feel best represents who you are (but that wouldn’t identify you).

If you would like to take part, please email me direct: honestspeaks(at)yahoo(dot)com by the end of June. If you would like to suggest a question to be included, please leave a comment below with your suggestion. If you are interested in the results but don’t want to take part yourself, please pass on the link – tweet it (please use the hashtag #10people10questions or #10ppl10Qs), email it to your friends, spread the word!


He saw it first, his chubby finger pointing, eyes questioning…
‘It’s a rose.’
The description wasn’t adequate. So I wrote this:


A splash of colour
On this overcast day
Dark green leaves scattered
Across the pavement
Tiny red tipped yellow buds
Just starting to seek the sun and
Finding none, most are content to wait
But not this one
Defiantly opening up
Gold petals streaked with fiery red
This rose will not wait to greet the sun
I am the sun!
And as I stand before this fireflower
Lighting up the otherwise darkened day
I believe it to be true.