My tech-writing colleague from the National Post, Mark Evans, has an interesting Q&A on his Canadian Web 2.0 site Maple Leaf 2.0 with Mike Pegg — the guy behind a blog called Google Maps Mania. Mike says he started the blog because he has always loved maps, and so when Google Maps came along he wanted to find out everything there was to know about it and all the various mashups people were doing (like my favourite — beerhunter.ca).
From there, he started getting invited to speak at conferences, and met some of the Google Maps team, and then wound up being invited to have lunch with Google CEO Eric Schmidt — who gave him a few tips on how to make the blog better. From blogging to lunch with the chief executive officer of one of the world’s largest technology companies. That’s quite a ride.