No, today's post isn't about a 50 Cent song. You know which one - "If I was with some other chick and someone happened to see and when you asked me about it I said it wasn't me, would you believe me or up and leave me? How deep is our bond if that's all it takes for you to be gone? Giiiiiirl, it's easy to love me now. Would you love me if I was down..." Yes? No? Maybe? Am I the only one who hears '21 questions' and things about 50?!?! Anyhow, it doesn't matter, because this has nothing to do with 50, but it has a lot to do with our local youth center and their project MC21. MC21 is a set of 21 questions the center asks interesting, prominent, promising etc. locals and a few days ago they asked me if I was game, which - as you can see - I am. I was even more excited when they approached me because a few years ago they asked my boyfriend to be a part of the project and I remember thinking he was the biggest big shot on the planet - and now I get to partake, how cool is that? You can read his answers (in English or in Slovene) here and you can read mine in English below (the Slovene version's here).
1. What is Peet most proud of?
I actually had no idea how to answer this question so I asked my mom and my boyfriend what they would answer if they were me. Mom said: "Of your dog!" (Thanks, mom...) And since I'll rather keep my boyfriend's answer to myself, I'm back to square one. I don't know if this is something I'm MOST proud of, but since according to statistics most blogs lose their momentum within the first 6 months I'm pretty proud I'm have more perseverance than most.
2. Can we find you on Facebook or Twitter?
3. Which do you prefer: a cup of coffee at sunrise or a glass of wine at sunset.
I don't drink coffee, so drinking plenty of glasses of wine from sunset to sunrise, please.
4. Which famous person would you easily have dinner with?
With Charlie Sheen. And if he was taken, his ideal substitute would be Johnny Depp - I have some questions about his Kate Moss era.
5. How do you take care of our environment?
I recycle, walk around town, pick up garbage when I'm walking my dog, don't shower as much.
6. Which music would you take with you to a desert island?
This is going to be a long list. Björk - Selmasongs, Paul Kalkbrenner - Berlin Calling, Style of Eye - Essential Mix 2009, Dr. Dre - 2001, Zmelkoow - Čiko, Pajo in Pako, The Doors - The Doors, Ambivalent - Treehouse Miami 2012, Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP, Tomy DeClerque - My Chart March 2013, Bob Marley - Greatest Hits, Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, Alex Mar - August 2013, Nirvana - Nevermind, Richie Hawtin - Berlin Watergate 2012, Dubfire - WMC 2013. For example.
7. Do you prefer Slovenia or the European Union?
Can I choose both? Home's sweet, but other places can be sweeter.
8. If you were to win Miss World, what would you strive for the most?
To put an end to Miss World.
9. Do you do any volunteer work?
Not in the traditional sense, but some of my employers thought I was working as a volunteer.
10. What advice would you give to the younger generations?
Lately I can't stop thinking about something Steve Jobs said: You can't look at the competition and say how can we do it better, but how can we do it different.
11. How, when and why did you start blogging?
How? Unwillingly, because I don't like to draw attention to myself. When? September 5th 2012. Why? Because I've always wanted to live off my writing and one day I finally accepted the fact that you can't do that without drawing some attention to yourself.
12. Has your writing changed since you've started or has it stayed the same?
The topics are still the same more or less, at the beginning I mostly dealt with the length of my posts. An unwritten rule dictates or suggests 500 to 1000 words per post, since that's what's supposed to be the best for the reader, but truth be told some people don't even read 200 words per year, let alone per post. Sooner or later I've realized I don't write for those kind of people anyway so now I just type till I'm all typed out.
13. Where do you find inspiration for a new blog post?
In everything that's going on around me: When something interests me, when something pisses me off, when something astounds me, when I want to let my boyfriend know something but he won't listen to me - I write all of that down.
14. How many readers or followers do you have?
If I add all of the people on all of the social networks, there are 862 brave men and women in my legions. How many of them actually read anything only Santa Claus knows.
15. How much of your time does blogging take?
To take pictures of myself for one post takes about an hour, to edit the shots takes about one to four hours and to write the text it also takes me from one to four hours. I post three times per week every week without exceptions so that adds up to ... A small job.
16. How do you promote yourself or your blog?
I don't actually. I leave that to those (few) incidental people who read my posts and find them interesting enough to share them - to all of those I just want to say thank you very very very very very very very very very much!
17. What would your advice be for someone who wanted to start their own blog?
Without a doubt, it'd be better if I got a bunch of advice myself instead of me giving advice to others, but still... If you want to take up blogging as a more serious thing not just as a pastime activity, than it won't hurt if you familiarize yourself with terms such as organic traffic, SEO, pillar content and other boring bullshit which unfortunately you simply have to know. And get Google Analytics running on your page ASAP.
18. I'm sure you follow other blogs as well. Which ones are those and what's your opinion on the Slovenian blogging scene?
I follow 150 blogs give or take so I'll list them according to the alphabet - An... Just kidding, let me name only some of my (current) favorites: Micah Gianneli, 8 and 2, Angelica Blick, Moiminnie, Jak and Jill, Carolina Krews, 5 Inches and Up, Hipstercrite, Fanny Lyckman, Ajda Sitar and Nightmares and Boners. There's a billion Slovenian blogs but I don't think there's an actual blogging scene in Slovenia because there's no cohesion among Slovenian bloggers - every (wo)man for (her/)himself. That's kind of our country's motto, isn't it?
19. Where and how do you see your blog in 5 years?
In my wildest dreams - on paper. If I were ever to publish a collection of my posts in an actual book, I'd definitely have no problems answering what Peet is most proud of.
20. What would you like to write about, but you haven't yet?
I have a bunch of true stories up my sleeve which would be pretty entertaining for an outside viewer but since I'm not the only person involved ... They'll stay in my head. But other than that I write whatever I want, I don't limit myself. I think you can tell that just by browsing through the titles of my posts - What's Wrong with Monogamy?, The Things We Do for ... Sex, Vagina Diaries, What's a Polite Expression for a Lubricant?, Let's Talk Boobs, etc.
21. If you could ask our youth center one thing, what would it be?
How about putting together a cleaning initiative? I think our metropolis would benefit from some volunteers picking up garbage around town. I know I'd come!
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