Joy, I was not able to bring up random members in the way I originally first wanted to because there are many members here that are just not active, so I figured out a way to pull from the ones that are. This will ensure that the choices focus on our members that are most likely the more prolific in their craft (I'm hoping!). So far, the ones that are "slated" for the next three months are anyway. However, each member I will ask to do these has the option to decline. I haven't approached March or April's artists yet, but next month's artist has agreed to it and I'm very excited about it.
Interview questions: I made a list of questions that I'm grabbing from, and each artist will get a few of the ones from the artists previous. There are basic things I think we all would like to know, but I'll do my best to word them differently. However, every artist will answer these uniquely! There are no more than ten in each set.
As far as making the Spotlight Forum for members only to avoid
Google searches, that is actually the opposite of what I would like to do. I am not asking anything so personal that would violate anyone's privacy, and these interviews reflect artist's biographical information similar to what one might have on their website. Knowing that forums can be indexed by search engines, people have the right not to post here, or answer questions they do not feel comfortable answering, and/or, of course, decline being spotlighted. I also reiterate this in the interview presented to each artist.
Highlighting me or Hannah--that is so sweet of you to suggest that. I don't think Hannah would be interested, though I really can't speak for her. Personally, as the site owner, I wouldn't want to feature myself. It would make me feel like an egomaniac or something. I have my website in my signature and have done many interviews, which link from places on my website. If anyone is actually interested, it's pretty easy to find those. They are also searchable on Google, I'm sure, even the very embarrassing ones.