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The first instalment of Interview52 is now complete! It started on Friday 18th July 2008 and finished on 13th September 2009. A little later than expected, but we got there.


52 mobloggers from around the world...

Some familiar, some not...

Each will publish a unique self-portrait, accompanied by a short interview.

Candid portrait meets candid interview.

The Rules

Every Friday the next interviewee in line will publish a new portrait and interview, consisting of their answers to the ten questions they have been given.

After they have published, the interviewee will then become the interviewer. They will be responsible for finding the next participant, as well as compiling the questions that this next person in line will answer. Interviewers can change as many or as few questions as they like, but they should change at least one before passing them on to the next lucky punter.

Thats it! Simple. More detailed instructions will be given to each interviewee as and when they are approached, so fear not.

The interviewees so far









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Jane Doe



Spiderbaby / Freakdog




George w/Blue Eyes






















Strange Little Girl




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Interview 52 - PJ

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Where does this find you? Tell us the story of how you got there.

I live in a small suburb just outside Aberdeen, and am about to head into the city where I work as a design lecturer at the college there. Been here 17 years, originally studying here after moving from a very small town (although it claims to be a city!) in the North East of Scotland called Elgin. I’d lived there around ten years and previous to that had lived in Middlesbrough and Inverness as a child.
I arrived at this job after working as a graphic designer for various companies and then deciding it wasn’t challenging me enough. I now work between lecturing and studying for my masters.

Why do you Moblog? How do you use the site? Why PrincessJun?

I originally moblogged after hearing about it on a tech programme and thought it would be a great way for my friends to keep up with our holiday to Tokyo. This was in 2006. I’d blogged on other sites previous to this and hadn’t really got anything from it, and on some occasions found it a miserable experience, so was wary of actually getting involved in the moblog community initially. However the more I posted the more I realized it was a really nice online group and have ‘met’ some great people and am thoroughly enjoying it! I now find myself looking at stuff and thinking that it would be good to moblog it, and it has even been responsible for me buying my digi SLR recently, as I was inspired by some of the other shots I have seen. I mostly use it to keep friends and family up to date as they are all over the place, Canada, Australia, US, and various parts of the UK, but also to be part of the moblog community.

PrincessJun is the name of my favourite character from the Japanese cartoon from the 70’s/80’s ‘Battle of the Planets’ (or ‘Gatchaman’ in Japan). I was obsessed as a kid, and was really chuffed one Christmas when one of my presents was the Battle of the Planets annual, and as anyone who visits my blog will know, I also love anything Japanese!

What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?

Keeping a diary. I kept one for 7 years non-stop and then as I got into my mid-to-late teens discovered boys and then college life, which subsequently took up most of my time, and stopped writing in it!

What 3 things would you bring with you on to a deserted island?

Can I bring my partner?! - If not, then my camera, sketchbook (I’ll use my finger dipped in berry juice to draw, or a burnt bit of wood as a makeshift charcoal stick) and sunblock (I have fair skin….)

Feeling or thinking? Discuss.
Hmmm, as in which came first? – I think they are both connected, as for what I am currently feeling and thinking? Glad it’s Friday and happy that there are now only two weeks left of this term!

What keeps tripping you up even though you think you have learnt to avoid it?

The inability to ask for help – I try hard to not be so independent and not do everything on my own - taking complete responsibility for every problem, small or large, but it’s difficult and I trip up every now and again!

What little known fact about yourself would reveal something about your character that you think is important?

I can cry incredibly easily at any old emotional moment in a film or programme – but only when watching on my own.

What makes you smile? What makes you frown?

Other than friends, family and partner who can all make me do both, probably just getting time to be creative, either on the computer or with paints, pens, pencils etc - things that make me frown are people who are rude and the frustration of being beaten every time at various wii and playstation games by my other half!

What event changed you forever?

Probably being pretty ill in my early twenties and then getting through it – I came out the other side a much happier more focused person.

What do you think your job was in your previous life? Tell us why...

Hmmm…… I would love to think it was as a great artist, but if the laws of reincarnation are observed and you come back with a little more knowledge each time then I must have been the village idiot….. :D

Posted by Nic

5th Dec 2008, 09:07  


taniwha says:

Thanks for this PJ. I appreciate your candour. It also made me realise something I hadn't thought of before - my inability to ask for help keeps tripping me up too.

5th Dec 2008, 09:14

OCD Sprocket says:

an absolutely wonderful interview 52, thank you for sharing

5th Dec 2008, 10:21

billion says:

you answered the question about "a fact that reveals something about your character" so, so well! I'd like to think that's something you've kept secret up until now...

and btw if you love all things japanese, maybe you can solve the current fun with movies (202).

5th Dec 2008, 11:42

nige mobile says:

Good interview 'Jun, and good to see a portrait of you! I believe this your first on Moblog?

5th Dec 2008, 12:24

PrincessJun says:

Thanks T and OCD.

billion - yup, no-one knew - until today!

Cheers nige - first portrait (quickly and blurrily taken!) in a while - but have posted some before.

5th Dec 2008, 13:24

MaggieD says:

Enjoyed reading this :) Love the self portrait too .....

5th Dec 2008, 17:53

factotum says:

I always look forward to Fridays and the latest interview! I really enjoyed reading this, Princess J!

5th Dec 2008, 20:16

540air says:

I agree with facto entirely. Love reading these :)

5th Dec 2008, 21:24

JokerXL says:

Thank you PJ, nice interview, interesting reading.
This group really is great fun to follow.

6th Dec 2008, 07:30

PrincessJun says:

Thank you everybody..... and thanks to taniwha for choosing me this week and providing great questions. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

6th Dec 2008, 13:31

Dhamaka says:

I'm so sorry I came late to this. Love the blurry self portrait (*waves)

I do that crying thing too, and can empathise with the process of getting through being ill and the benefits you got from it.

Thank you for sharing yourself with us

7th Dec 2008, 17:49

mara says:

Lovely portrait : )

7th Dec 2008, 18:52

Thank you, a very good interview!

8th Dec 2008, 13:48

Viv says:

really enjoying getting to know more about other members

great interview

10th Dec 2008, 02:14

PrincessJun says:

*waves back to Dhamaka and mara

Thanks parabolichobo and Viv.
It's a great idea, and I agree with Viv, it's good getting to know more about other members.

10th Dec 2008, 09:00

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