Today’s Interesting Tweople features Noelle Adams (@pfangirl on Twitter), from Durban, In terms of her paying 8-5 job she’s a copywriter in the advertising industry, with the occasional freelance columnist stint. She has been wordsmithing her entire professional life, with a particular interest in the “online” that goes all the way back to 1998 when she made her first movie fansite using good ol’ Microsoft FrontPage. She’s always been attracted to the Internet as a medium of expression – as a way to get her opinions out there. And that’s what she’s been doing with, and continues to do in her spare time with her pop culture blog (http://pfangirl.blogspot.com/) and webcomic (http://www.girlzngames.com/). She’s a born and bred Durbanite who has done the live-and-work in Cape Town thing, and could easily do it again. She’s the happiest close to the coast.
Running Wolf’s Rant recently had the privilege to interview @pfangirl, this what she had to say:
Would you call yourself a Twitter addict?
Just last week I managed to twist my ankle because I was tweeting on my phone while descending stairs. That “achievement” probably dumps me squarely in the addict category. Seriously though, I’ve gone whole 3 week holidays without touching Twitter or the Internet in general so I like to think I have my compulsion in check… unless of course I stumble across something really interesting that I just have to share in 140 characters. Like the tale of my busted ankle.
For how long have you been blogging now and what is your favorite subject to blog about?
I’ve been blogging since 2005, although I only committed to regular updates (minimum 3 times a week) a year later. I’m a pop culture geek and child of the 80s so my favourite blog subjects are movies, comic books and graphic novels, all types of gaming (console, boardgames and tabletop RPGs), animation and fantasy in general.
Would you say that Social Media has changed your life?
I wouldn’t say it’s revolutionised my life. What it has done though is help me make many cool new friends and contacts, all around the world. I would have been very lonely in Cape Town if it wasn’t for my “online” friends, who made the effort to meet up in real life, hang out, and… erm… get me drunk and introduce me to gatsbys.
Also, obviously, I’ve found social media to be great for driving traffic and, more importantly, new regular readers to my blog/s. I’m especially appreciative of the guys and girls who keep coming back, and make the effort to comment.
Have you had any specific highs and lows relating to your blog?
I was a Top 10 Finalist in the Entertainment Category of the 2010 SA Blog Awards, which I was pretty damn proud of. Especially since my blog was one of the few run by a single person in their private time. In terms of lows, for about a month after this Christmas I was the Rebecca Black of webcomics after 4chan took offence to one of my recent Girlz ‘N’ Games strips. It took a lot of willpower not to respond to the flood of (frequently personal) abuse I received.
What are you currently working on?
I can’t say I have any great, top secret projects or partnerships in the pipeline. My geeky interests are pretty niche in the South African context and being physically based in Durban, which is devoid of things like gaming cons and blockbuster movie premieres, doesn’t help. I just keep plugging away at the blog and comic, really – trying to provide quality, intelligent content and commentary that readers appreciate.
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