My Interview with Swide

In a bit of shameless self-promotion, Swide, Dolce&Gabbana’s fun new blog, asked me to do an interview with them, and of course I said yes. How could I pass up the opportunity? They asked me a lot about being blogger, my ideas and opinions on blogs in general, and overall it was interesting for me to share my thoughts on the topics. It’s weird to even be asked these sorts of things by anyone, I’ve only been doing this for a couple years.

I’ve pasted the questions under the cut, but there’s some photos of my apartment and workspace on the interview page, so if you’re curious click here. Big thanks to Kerry Olsen over at Swide for thinking of me!

Next up in a new series, “Meet the Bloggers”. Swide interviews leading bloggers to ask them what life is really like in the blogsaphere. Do they break out into a cold sweat in a non-WIFI zone? Sit in pyjamas all day, or suffer blog envy?

Bobby Solomon is the guy behind the fascinating blog Kitsune Noir – “a visual collection of random bits & pieces relating to art, design, fashion, film & music”.

A freelance designer, Bobby lives in L.A.

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LIFE PRE-BLOG

Before I started Kitsune Noir I was dreaming about starting a website or blog of some kind. The whole thing was started because my friends and family had only a passing interest in the things I enjoyed, so the blog became an outlet for me, a place where I could share all the great things I came across.

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ONLINE IS A WAY OF LIFE. DO YOU OPT FOR A NON-WIFI SPOT IN YOUR SPARE TIME?

I’m pretty “wired” for the most part. I have a desktop so I’m limited to blogging at home, but I always have my iPhone by my side no matter where I go. I do know when I need to disconnect though, and the beaches of Southern California provide plenty of opportunities to do so.

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DO YOU STILL READ PRINT MAGAZINES?

Absolutely. While blogs definitely get content to your eyeballs more quickly, magazines still have the substance and quality that a lot of blogs can seriously lack. My must-haves include Monocle, Dwell, GQ, Wired, Nylon Guys, Gourmet and Los Angeles Magazine.

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THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF BLOGS – HOW DO YOU SORT THE GOOD FROM THE BAD?

Content is king for me, and I tend to enjoy blogs that have a sense of opinion. I feel like it’s important to say something about the things you’re posting, that putting up a ton of pretty pictures isn’t enough. Even that idea has exceptions though. Take for example, a blog like JJJJound, which posts nothing but photos. The reason he gets away with it is because he curates these photos, and makes a visual moodboard, you can tell there was thought behind each one of them.

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WHO IN YOUR OPINION ROCKS THE BLOGSPHERE? DO YOU SUFFER FROM BLOG ENVY?

My favorites change a lot of the time, depending upon what I’m currently in to. The standards for me are Kottke, Daring Fireball and Swissmiss. Those three are my rock. Other blogs I’m enjoying right now though are A Continuous Lean, NOTCOT, But Does It Float, Grain Edit, Gorilla vs. Bear, Selectism, Today and Tomorrow, Chris Glass and honestly, a ton more. Blog envy happens every now and then, but if anything it gets me pumped to do something more with my own blog. Always turn a negative into a positive.

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HAVE YOU EVER BLOGGED UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND REGRETTED IT?

I have blogged drunk before, but if anything I think those posts turn out great. I tend to worry less about being proper and just spit out what I’m thinking. This doesn’t happen very often, mind you…

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THE STRANGEST PLACE YOU’VE BLOGGED FROM?

My ex-boyfriends dorm room at MIT.

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IS THERE A PERSON YOU’D WISH WOULD START A BLOG?

My best friend Frank. He started a food blog last summer that I loved but then he got bored of it. He would make all of these really amazing dishes, take photos of them and post the recipes. He’d even blog about great places he was eat at around Los Angeles, it was a really great idea.

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HOW DO YOU SEE TWITTER IMPACTING ON BLOGGING?

Twitter to me is just an extension of my blog. If I come across something that I think is great, but I don’t necessarily want to write a full post about it, I tweet about it.

When I tell people how much I love Twitter, they’re mostly confused, cuz’ they kind of hate it or don’t understand it. I think the difference is that I’ve been lucky enough to make some really creative friends, so I get this constant stream of interesting links and ideas. I also like that my readers can contact me rather easily, because no matter what I read all of my @replies. I like the idea of being connected like that.

twitter.com/kitsunenoir

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YOU APPEAR TO BE INTRIGUED BY JAPANESE CULTURE, WHAT’S THE CONNECTION?

Something about Japanese culture has always really intrigued me. I guess I started becoming curious through anime like Akira and Ghost in the Shell when I was in high school. Past that I guess I found out about Wonderwall, Masamichi Katayama’s architecture firm, and that absolutely blew my mind. Recently I’ve been enjoying things like Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s comics that are slowly being reprinted, the branding of Kashiwa Sato and Chip Kidd’s Bat-Manga.

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YOUR MOST SUCCESSFUL POST EVER?

So far my most successful post ever was about the Bearded Cap, which is a balaclava with a beard attached to it. The whole thing was quite random, actually. I was flying out to see my boyfriend at the time in Boston, and on the plane ride over I was reading Dwell magazine. They had done a tiny article about the Bearded Cap, and I thought I would post it when I landed. About a day later it was linked to by Boing Boing and I was struggling to keep my blog from crashing because of the insane amount of traffic it was bringing in.

Read the original post here thefoxisblack.com/the-bearded-cap

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FOR ANY BUDDING BLOGGERS – WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE ON MAKING IT WORK?

The best advice I have is be passionate. If you’re going to start a blog, make sure it’s about things that you do really care about, and wouldn’t mind writing about everyday, possibly multiple times in a day.

Personally, I don’t really think of myself as a writer, I’m not even that good at it. But I do know when something is worth a damn, and I realize that other people might like it as well. I would compare a good blogger more to a curator than a writer. If you want to be a famous writer, write books, not blog posts.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BLOGGER

My days tend to vary quite a bit, though a regular schedule would be nice. Some mornings I’m p by 9 and working. Other times up till 3 am, so I don’t roll out of bed until 11. Since I freelance now I tend to work a lot, occasionally having dinner and drinks with friends and the random trip to the beach. I do have a couple of big projects coming up in August and September though, so I’ve been working a lot on those. Keep your eyes peeled!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 29, 2009 / By

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