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Free your mind and the rest will follow.

September 11, 2013

This weekend I attended the Blogcademy event. This was an event organized for people who are interested in taking their blogging to the next level and become pros at it, regardless of blogging as a support for a business, to gain revenue, etc.

We had Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride, Shauna Haider of Nubby Twiglet and Gala Darling of Gala Darling as our headmistresses. And why? Because these ladies know what they are doing and talking about. They have managed each in their own way to turn their blogs into their livelihoods and become leaders in their niches. The course was very informative and delivered in a very sparkly way.A friend who saw some of the photos commented he wasn’t sure I was having a meeting or a party. I told him that it was a bloggers seminar, it had to look and feel like a party!

I have to say that taking these #selfies with the pros made me realize I need to practice the blogger face a bit more, haha.

Kat getting involved.

I am glad I decided to enroll in the course because it really made a difference. For me it provided some structure and allowed me to organize some ideas in my mind about what I was already doing with my page and where I want to take it. I have now decided what I am doing with it and it’s a great feeling. Also getting some feedback from the pros (and mostly good) was an amazing confidence boost. Now I know I am not as bad as I thought I was and I know what areas I need to focus on, instead of having to worry about EVERY single detail. This has freed me from some of the pressure I have been putting on myself and it felt amazing. All of this was delivered along with servings of cake, sweets, and a fantastic goody bag with bunny ears from Crown and Glory (remember I interviewed Sophie here?) and a glittery stars necklace from Head Full of Feathers among other fabulous items. We can’t forget about the cute photobooth either!

One of my favourite things was meeting with like minded individuals who are mostly on the same page. Sometimes it is really hard to find people with whom we can discuss this blogging business, as most of our friends either don’t give a rats arse about it or don’t know what we are babbling about. I am happy to say I made some new friends and we are definitely keeping in touch! (Plus there were many ladies with amazing coloured hair. I think I’ve never seen so many in the same room at the same time!)

Tina of I Love Lotta and Jocelina from Pink Chocolate Break. These two ladies flew in from Switzerland and Holland to attend the seminar. Respect!

I also made my own goody bag, to give to my fellow blogcadettes and I was chuffed to see that everyone liked it. I made some illustrations, stuffed them in a pink envelope along with some gold star confetti, along with a business card and put it in my own tote bag, now also available to the general public. (If anyone is interested just drop me a line).

Lydia of Lydia Linnea modelling my bag.

I came back home with a brain full of ideas, totally over stimulated and with a new boost of confidence. And you know what? It really worked because yesterday I was offered my dream job. This really has been a week of wonders!


Meet and Greet – Kristian Bjørkelo, writer

May 15, 2013

I met Kristian on that lovely day in London (remember?) through mutual friends. I promised him a Hello Kitty for his collection (we are HK kindred spirits) and stayed in touch via Facebook. Staying in touch is a light way to put it as we talk almost every day. He is not only a dapper looking gentleman in a long beard and three piece tweed suits but is also in possession of a very quick wit and a sense of humour very similar to my own. He makes me laugh very frequently and I think that’s one of the reasons we get along so well (that and the strange fascination with cute Japanese cats with no mouth). On our frequent talks he mentioned that one of his recent publications has been a book about Norwegian bloggers called “Give me a stage!”. Although reading it will be impossible unless I learn Norwegian, I thought it might be interesting to share some of his views on blogging and his book on here. Who knows this will help create a demand for a translation into English?

Photo by Ida Sekanina

1 – What’s your main area of expertise?

I’m a folklorist, and my interests vary from internet culture to political extremism, and everything in between. I have a hard time settling for any one subject. I think this confuses people around me more than myself, though.

2 -what made you want to write about Norwegian bloggers?

Because I am one of them, and we’ve had a lot of fun. The thing about the internet is that it is far more ephemeral than you might think, things don’t stay online forever, and this is particularly true for cultural phenomenons. Blogging has changed a lot in Norway over the last ten years, in ways far different from what people expected. And also in different ways than blogging all over the world. The political and debate-oriented bloggers didn’t really become the powerhouse we have seen in other countries. Norway’s most popular bloggers are teenage girls who are paid to write about make-up, and use the money to fund plastic surgery. So I wanted to give a voice to some of the bloggers that may have been overlooked, to tell part of the story of Norwegian bloggers. About the bloggers who became authors, column-writers and politicians. So I called around and asked if they wanted to contribute, and luckily several of them wanted to. So my job was first and foremost to knit it all together.

3 – What kind of perspective do you offer on blogging on your book?

 I may have answered some of that above, but mostly I’m personally interested in how blogging allows one to take the stage, and assume not just a role, but an identity. Like much of social media, and the internet in general, it allows for people to develop their identities, to evolve them and find out who they are, who they want to be, and who they want people to think they are. People don’t get to know the whole me by reading my stuff, they get to know the parts of me that I feel are worth knowing. And as someone who writes under a pseudonym, and as a character, I find this very fascinating.

4- as an attentive observer and participant of online activities, what are the main differences you see now in blogging as compared to 10 years ago?

For Norway the biggest change has been the change in demographics. The Norwegian blogosphere is totally overwhelmed by young girls writing about make-up, fashion and whatever they had for breakfast. There’s a constant struggle to be the most popular blogger, and the best paid blogger. Commercial forces, whether it is clothes lines or mass media has meddled a lot in these young girls’ lives. Intervened in their process of finding out who they are, and I don’t know how healthy this is. Compare this to Norwegian blogging just a few years ago, when there were a lot more vibrant debates and meta-blogging going on. Things change. Facebook and Twitter is an important part of that change. A lot of the stuff that you would blogg ten years ago is now discussed on Facebook and Twitter. When I write a blog post I get 10-20 comments on Facebook, and none on my blog. Add to that, all the shares on Facebook where I’m not able to answer comments or participate in a discussion. That’s just the way things are.

5- Any ideas on trends for the future?

I have no idea, I don’t have ESP. What I have noticed however is that a lot of these young girls have started to show more skin, and use professional glamour photographers to attract more readers. Again, I don’t know how healthy this is. Also, I think you’ll see new forms of blogging develop. We see this already, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram all of these formats developed from “blogging”, and we’ll continue to see new ways of sharing, discussing and taking the stage online.

6 – Do you have any Norwegian style blogger you would recommend?

I would recommend my dear old friend Barbro Andersen



Don’t look over your shoulder but we are coming.

April 8, 2013

Last Saturday I hopped on the train to Sheffield, to meet with Curtise of The Secondhand Years for some quality time together. I had never been to Sheffield before and Curtise was a great guide and we did manage to cram a lot of stuff in my few hours in town. As soon as I arrived we headed to the Vintage & Craft Market, where we saw lovely creative things and highly covetable vintage wares. We both picked up a couple of things and had a chat with a few nice people. Curtise acted as the bank as with all the excitement when I arrived I forgot to mention I needed to stop by the ATM and had only a few pounds on me. Thank heavens one of us was paying attention!

(photo by Curtise)

(photo by Curtise)

There were a few different sellers with the cutest fascinators, decorated with teensy flowers, little birds, etc. I felt like picking up one of them but decided against it because frankly, it would be another one to join the ranks of the too outrageous to be worn out and left in a box to gather dust. After a nice light lunch in a cafe we headed to the outskirts for some charity shopping – that’s where the best shops are. We visited all of them on this road and found a couple of things we liked.

There’s Curtise!

After filling up our bags with second hand clothes we headed to the center and stopped by at the art museum. We didn’t have much time to see the exhibits – there was one about Ruskin that looked interesting enough – but I did get a look at the building itself. In the lobby they have these sculptures made of cutlery – how cool is that? Sheffield was once a center for the steel industry, so it is an important part of the city’s history and cultural references.

The Winter garden is lovely, a very nice spot to sit down and have a little rest if you’ve been walking for a while.

(photo by Curtise)

Here’s what I wore: Jacket – Primark, Bag – Target, Musical Dress – from Ebay, not sure where it’s from originally as the tag’s been cut off. Pink Angora Jumper – Jane Norman, via Oxfam, Shirt – Ebay, Shoes – Office, via Ebay, Cat Print Headscarf – Mango, got it many years ago on a trip to Porto. I was trying to hide the Oxfam plastic bag but it’s peering from behind my legs. I also have to say that I don’t think I’ve ever worn such a combination of moulting clothes – both the jumper and the jacket were shedding fur everywhere, I must have lost a pound of it throughout the city during the day.

The day was sunny and very pleasant and lots of peoiple were out, including these kids who were getting wet in these water spouts.

After all the walking we did we decided it was time for a bit of a sit down and a cheeky drink and a bit more of a chat.

It was a lovely day out and about with Curtise, she is as lovely and funny as she comes across on her blog. We will definitely get together again in the future for some more shenanigans. Thank you Curtise for showing me your city and putting up with my incessant chattering! And now, for the loot I brought back home:

Chelsea Girl hearts dress, M&S nautical sandals, Lulu London sort of poncho, deer figurine for my collection, present from Curtise.

1970’s Lurex bolero thingy, Golden bow sandals from Top Shop and Some big beads I mean to shorten.