Here’s the second part of answers to your questions! This time I answer questions about blogging, a few personal things, work and studies.
Who designed your blog?
I’ve designed the blog myself and hired a company to do all the coding for me since it’s built from scratch. The “Paris in Four Months” logo was designed by a woman named Laura who I actually came across through Pinterest.
Which server do you use for your blog?
Eeiik, I’m really bad at all the technology stuff but I think it’s hosted by a private server through WordPress (or something like that).
What’s the hardest thing about keeping a blog?
For me it has to be that I sometimes can be a little bit of a perfectionist and that I’m never 100% happy with what I put up here. After two minutes I immediately hate it (except for very few things) and want to take it down or do it all over again. It’s super annoying but it also pushes me to constantly improve. You also have to put in a lot of time and energy.
Do you have any tips for someone who wants to start their own blog?
Never ever start a blog if your goal is to get successful, famous or make money of it. I think those things really shine through in a blog and I also believe the readers will feel it. Do it because you want to, because it makes you happy or because you want a creative outlet.
Which are your favourite blogs?
I follow many blogs and my favourites are constantly changing but these are the ones I’m keeping an extra eye on at the moment: Lingered Upon, Park & Cube, Gary Pepper, Ann Street Studio, With Love From Kat, 8 rue Caffarelli and The Neo-Traditionalist.
How old are you?
I’m 21 years old, my birthday is in November.
Do you have any favourite illustrators or artists?
I’m afraid I don’t know a lot about art and I’m not very into the whole “art scene”, even though I love strolling around the museums in Paris (although not too slowly). Illustrations are something that I do love though. I think my sister is super talented (I couldn’t be more proud) and I also adore the work by Bernadette Pascua, Liselotte Watkins and Lovisa Burfitt to just same a few.
What’s your dog’s name?
My dog’s name is Nixon. And no, he’s not named after the president, haha. We adopted Nixon when he was turning one year old and he had already gotten used to the name so it seemed unnecessary to change it.
Why didn’t you bring him to Paris with you?
Nixon is not only my dog, he’s our family dog and that’s why I couldn’t bring him with me to Paris.
Why do you never take photos of your home/hotel?
I don’t like taking too revealing photos of where I permanently live, for a few different reasons: 1. Because I like to keep a few things private, 2. Because apartments in Paris are quite small and it’s impossible to get a great shot, 3. Because I also want to be careful when living on my own. The next time I stay at a beautiful hotel I promise there will be a lot of photos!
Do you keep a diary?
I kept a diary when I was younger and I still have them. I love going through them and remembering things I had forgotten about. I currently don’t write in a diary on a regular basis but every now and then, when things get though or I feel the need to share I write a few lines.
Where can I find your orange bag?
My orange bag is made by Hermès and it’s the model called “Garden Party” in a leather and canvas combination.
Where did you study French?
I studied French at a school called Accord, located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. I was more than happy with my experience there, which you can read more about here.
How hard was it to learn the language and become fluent?
I’m no way near being fluent in French unfortunately so it’s hard to say. When I spent my first four months in Paris I studied French at the school Accord, after that I went home to Sweden for almost eight months which meant that I forgot a lot of the language. When I returned to Paris in January 2013 parts came back but I’m still not at the level I was when I left Accord the year before.
Is the blog your full-time job?
No, right now my blog is simply a hobby that I try to keep going whenever I’m not working or spending time with friends and family. But it takes up a lot of time so it’s really a commitment but something I enjoy more very much.
Where do you work? What do you do?
Right now I work as a freelancer in Paris. During half of my time I’m an editorial assistant and during the rest of my time I work with writing and photography. Since I’m from Sweden (which is within the European Union) I don’t need a visa and can work through my own company.
Here you’ll find: Answers Part I.