I cannot believe it's been a year since I started this blog. I cannot believe I've actually managed to keep it going.
I started this blog as a bit of an experiment, something to get me back to writing.
I only told about 3 people close to me that I had this blog - I wanted to see what would happen building an audience 'in the wild'
And here I still am. Surprised and happy to find that not only do people read, but they also have been amazing at commenting, sharing, agreeing, disagreeing and basically making this little experiment a great learning process for me.
I've appreciated all of the feedback I've gotten and all of the great comments. I am so happy to have gotten to know and read such amazing blogs from Swedes around the world, from all types of foreigners in Sweden, and people considering moving to Sweden.
I joined the Blogher group, you might see their ads on this page, mostly because I have really enjoyed a bunch of blogs in their network and am happy to be a part. But I decided against doing any sort of sponsored posts because it never really seemed to suit the style of writing I like to use here. And really, I'm not a saleswoman. Thus, this blog hasn't made me as rich as Blondinbella, but that was never my goal.
I would say 90,000 page views in that this little experiment has well surpassed my expectations, and most of all is fun, so I hope to continue for a bit longer....
To celebrate my first year, I thought I would address some of the questions that people asked Mother Google that led them to find my blog. Hope they help!
Can you be happy in Sweden climate?
Oooh, this is a good question. Especially in November I ask myself why anyone these days lives in Sweden climate. But at the end of the day, I would say, yes.... you can. But I admit the darkness of winter is harder for me than the climate.
Swedish where find if word is ett or en?
This is a very good question. One I do not have the answer to, and am unsure if an answer exists. And what about stolen words like CV? Is it en CV or ett CV? It boggles the mind.
Do Swedes hate Sweden?
I don't think so, maybe some do? Do Americans hate America? Or should the question be do Real Americans hate Real America? Hate is such a strong word - I think Swedes are pretty proud of their country.
Do Swedish people use shampoo? Do Swedish people bathe? Do Americans shower too much?
I seem to get a LOT of questions about bathing habits across the cultures. I do not know why. In my experience Swedes and Americans have similar hygeine habits. Swedish women shave their armpits and everyone uses shampoo. I am a little puzzled why the older generation of Swedes seems determined to rid the world of bathtubs. I would not survive a Swedish winter without one. So maybe the answer to 'Do Swedish people bathe?' is 'Not so much, they prefer the shower?' I don't know....
What does 'suga min kuk' mean?
This would very much depend on the context the phrase was used. Either this person wants to get to know you a little better, or does not like you at all.
I love a Swede, what to do?
Ahh, I know this dilemma. But thankfully Swedes are good people to love. Good luck on your adventure. I recommend coming to Sweden!
What do you think of the girl's name Sweden?
Do you mean you want to name your daughter Sweden? I don't think you really want to know what I think....
Can I pick and eat my Swede early?
I hope you are talking about the root vegetable Swede and not the Swede growing in your womb or living in your house. If this is the case, I have no idea.... If it isn't, I will have to report you to the authorities.
What to do if I touched someone else's chewing gum?
Run around the room screaming? Or more practically, I suggest washing your hands.
Thanks for reading!