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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









Jig along



Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri








Jane Doe



Spiderbaby / Freakdog




George w/Blue Eyes






















Strange Little Girl




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An old picture but one that sums me up, Converse and my family!

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

Well right now as I'm writing this it's Thursday evening and I'm at home, But
by the time it's posted it shall be Friday morning so I'll be at work in
Wolverhampton City Centre and I shall have arrived here on the bus from my
home 20 minutes away in the area I grew up in. I'm a yam yam born and bred,
I have lived in other places (Lichfield (too pretentious)and Wigan (Too
Rough)) but I returned "home" when I realised there really is no place
like it!

* Why do you moblog?*

I started moblogging as a way to pass the time when I was a poor lonely
single girl living alone with no one but the blonde kid for company.

James introduced me to it before "we" were "us" taking me into Birmingham
with a selection of Spied cards and I was hooked straight away, It's so much
fun, kinda combining social networking with a hobby! Along with TBK telling
everyone we were getting married before we'd even smiled at each other in
THAT way maybe moblog was party responsible for the creating of James and me
as "us"?

* What were you hoping not to be asked for interview52?*

The typical Interview question used in lots of job interviews, Describe
yourself in 3 words....

* Now answer it!*

DOH! shoulda seen this coming. I'll use the answer i gave in my last job

LOUD, TALKATIVE and TENACIOUS - and they still gave me the job!

* What question would you like to ask the next moblog interviewee?*

I'm not going say now as with the new interview 52 rules I'm going to get
the chance to ask what I want! -

oh new rules everyone says what are they??

The week after the last interview with FF when there was no interview I
though hmm thats strange, then the week after that when again there was
still no interview i though hmm even stranger It's not like Nige to start
something and not finish it, so I emailed him something along the line of
"Oi you, giving up already?" and it transpires that Nige is a busy busy bee
and time had just ran away with him.
Organising questions and participants whilst running around the Notting Hill
Festival and generally having much fun was a time consuming thing so with
revised rules and with me being next on the "hit list" and silly enough to
wonder why he'd stopped he sent them to me....

From hence forward the interviewee will become the interviewer for the next
willing victim....So once you've read this today I will be on a hunt to find
someone to take part next . Then I will forward the list of questions and
instructions how to post on BUT

I will have to CHANGE AT LEAST ONE of the questions in the list

And so it will go on - my interviewee will become the interviewer, finding
the next participant and again changing AT LEAST ONE of the questions before
they forward it on. So taking the onus off Nige, continuing the project and
giving it a life of it's own!

So who want to be next use email/text/contact button to get in touch

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

I think I must have been a psychologist/guidance counselor in a previous
life, for some reason I'm usually the Agony Aunt, Dishing out advise to all
and sundry my friend Nicky seems to seek my advise on everything and even my
local shop keeper stops me in the shop and asks for marriage counseling -
And I've never even been married.

James reckons I was Pippa from Home and Away. I love kids and we've usually
got a houseful of TBK friends, I've worked as a youth worker, I've helped
out at school, taking part in sleep overs, & going on trips, He thinks
(quite rightly) that I'd have a horde of my own given the opportunity

*Whats the story behind your moblog username? Why did you choose it?*

Oh everyone knows this as I answered it on spikes moblog ages ago:

Essitam is Matisse backwards, It's been my online name since school when in
an IT class the teaches asked us to think of a username.All the "cool kids"
were calling themselves "Sexygal1994" or "hotchick" and as I was neither a
cool kid, sexy girl or an hot chick I wanted something different.
Inspiration was at hand with a huge Matisse display on the wall i was
sitting next to. I wrote it down, I then rewrote it backwards and is stuck!

* What was your childhood obsession? What happened to it?*

I didn't have one - seriously. I even called my mom when I read this
question to find out if she could remember something I'd forgotten, The only
thing she could come up with was I used to like emptying ashtrays into the
dustbin, Which apparently amused her no end as neither of my parents smoked
and my dad only ever threw loose change in there and according to her I just
one day stopped doing it aged around 3.

*Where do you go to my lovely, when you're alone in your head? (Filbert
Fox' question)*

I try not to spend too much time alone in my head I find it a pretty
worrying place at times!

That's not avoidance either, I'm being serious. I suffer autophobia
(J.F.G.I.) as a symptom of stress/depression caused (according to the people
in the know) by the sudden death of my Dad when I was just a little Steph.
So I avoid being left alone for too long when I can help it. I'm better now
than I used to be. At one point the panic attacks were so bad I would be
physically sick - now I just sulk lots and get snappy if I'm left alone for
too long!

*If you had to draw a moblog family (and friend) tree, who would you be
linked to, and how?*

Oh now this could be quite interesting, If i were to be literal about this
then there is:

Miguel Sanchez

Who are all really (or via James) related to me in some way and registered
mobloggers and then real life friends (as in people I see in the flesh with
the family mobloggers)

Dicko - although I'm sure he should fall under family
Rich (not the one with Elvis)

Then there are the mobloggers who I've met in person purely through moblog,
at meets, if cafes (Dhamaka) in shopping centres (Nige) etc. I'm not going
to list them all as I've already rambled on too much but my ultimate moblog
family are my ultimate real life family:

Me + James + The Blonde Kid

Steph xxx

Posted by Essitam

5th Sep 2008, 09:49   | tags:


nige says:

Great interview Steph! Glad interview52 is back and bubbling, with ALL NEW RULES! I'll update the sidebar :)

Can't believe you called your mum about the childhood obsession!

5th Sep 2008, 10:29

Essitam says:

I really did!! I was stumped! LOL

5th Sep 2008, 10:40

nige says:

This is the kind of interview I like. I feel like I know you a little better now than I did before you posted, you know?

I didn't realise you were connected to so many people on moblog. Can't get over about your autophobia either. Wow.

5th Sep 2008, 11:28

Essitam says:

Nige it took me long time to get over my autophobia too (LOL)

Sorry bad joke - yeah my autophobia was and still can be bitch!

I never really mentioned it on moblog before as my blog was so full of woe is me self pitying posts that I now cringe about I tried to keep over here a more positive place.

And yeah WOW I didn't realise I was connected to so many mobloggers either until I sat and thought about it!

5th Sep 2008, 11:40

jc1000000 says:

Yeaaah that was a nice read.

Does the blonde kid have a name? Don't need to tyell me - i was just wondering if he did *actually* have a name :P It was really funny when we met because at first i thought maybe you were just babysitting him!

And what the hell is a yamyam?!?

5th Sep 2008, 15:25

Essitam says:

tBK does indeed have a name it's Jordan - I'm sure i've mentioned somewhere before and LOL @ you - I didn't realise you didn't know i was a so called "mommy-blogger"

a yam yam is someone from wolverhempton - it's a stereo type supposedly based on our accents:

yam alroight ay ya?


You're alright aren't you?

5th Sep 2008, 15:30

The Benj says:

Nice one Steph. Very interesting stuff. Nice to know someone actually knows their 'online' friends in real.

Slight correction for you. A yam yam is someone from the Black Country *not* just Wolverhampton (probably more Dudley than Wolves too)

5th Sep 2008, 15:41

harimanjaro says:

I wondered what had happened; I was lined up for an interview a couple of weeks ago. If you're going to make a comeback you've got to do it with style, and this lived up to expectations: really interesting and entertaining. I'm glad you mentioned that you're talkative though, Steph, I'd have never guessed from the rest of the interview ;-)

5th Sep 2008, 15:44

Essitam says:

For the purposes of this blog entry a yam yam is from Wolverhempton!

I didn't want to get into the whole conversation with the non midlanders about what the "Black Country" is and where does and doesn't fall into it - there are enough midlanders confused by the issue!

If we want to get real technical actual the exact street I live on at one point crosses the border into Walsall and the field behind my house is part of South Staffs Green Belt so I'm really a bit of a mongrel!


5th Sep 2008, 15:45

Essitam says:

hari: I'm the most reserved, timid, QUIET person you've ever met


5th Sep 2008, 15:48

nige says:

Yeah Hari, i must apologise man. I got caught up with other stuff and if it wasn't for Steph i wasn't sure if this blog would have a made a comeback so soon. Hope you're still on the interview list, man.

5th Sep 2008, 18:36

spongevid says:

It's so weird how must the questions and answers summarise most the chats we had when I visited you and your boys the other week! haha!

alsooo good to see it back! i felt quite sad when nothing new was added for 2 weeks! i like being nosey!

5th Sep 2008, 18:51

harimanjaro says:

Yeah Nige, I'm still on the list.

5th Sep 2008, 20:07

MaggieD says:

Having met you (briefly) and been left with the feeling that there was a lot more I would like to talk to you about this interview is really interesting ... my three words to describe you would be ' caring, tenacious and funloving' and a lot more besides ....

5th Sep 2008, 20:09

queserasara says:

Wow - i wondered what was going on with the project having spoken to nige & his "vision" & where he wanted it to go. Well done Steph - i would go along with Maggie on her 3 words - but I would also add the smiling - my overall impression in our brief moblog/shoot meet up was what a happy person you are, so it may have been a long journey through the autophobia, but it looks like you made it!

7th Sep 2008, 13:47

Essitam says:

Maggie, Queserasara, Thank you you are both very kind.

7th Sep 2008, 18:50

PrincessJun says:

Glad this is up and running again - and enjoyed reading the interview Essitam!

11th Sep 2008, 16:21

OCD Sprocket says:

lovely interview Essitam

13th Sep 2008, 12:13

minkey says:

A big thank you to you as well to revive interview 52. Only met you briefly but much more than 3 words and smiling and funloving certainly need to be added to the list

13th Sep 2008, 19:40

Viv says:

funny Steph - the girls seem to know you quite well and I always felt a space removed - this has helped me to know you better - a great interview

20th Sep 2008, 11:28

Dhamaka says:

no... I remember I had a smart and funny comment for your Answer52 Essitam but I can't for the life of me remember what it was. It has been great to meet you through moblog and belated thanks for sharing

21st Nov 2008, 12:20

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