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The Blogerati Files: elanamatic

This week in the Blogerati Files - "elanamatic"

Describe your blog in 10 words or less.
It's an open invite to the party in my head.

Why did you start your blog? Blogiversary?
I started blogging in 2000, when my good friend Jenn and I were working in new media. Both writers and web heads, we figured we should get on with it. We used to joke that we only blogged for each other. Eventually, realizing that my HTML skills were limited and craving something more customized, I decided to join the happyrobot community. Now they seem like old friends.

Has blogging changed you or enhanced a personality trait?
Nope. I have always been a little too public with my private life.

Do you have a favourite post from your blog?
Choosing a favourite is tough. I always type them out in a fury with little editorial. Here are four:
Down with socks
Relish
My Transit Superhero
Ten Tips to Survive Married Life

Who are your fav blogger(s)?
Pony - a fellow happyrobot (she hooked me up!) and dear friend. Adina's writing is always inspiring. She turns the mundane everyday into pure storytelling.
Happyrobot.net - All the happyrobots are super talented and worth reading!
Freakgirlspew - A stranger after my own heart. Joan is into all kinds of things I am passionate about... books, food, running and Buffy! She lives in Toronto but we have yet to meet.
Torontoist - If you live in this city, you should be reading this blog.
Hip Clicks - USA Today's Whitney Matheson keeps me in popping culture.

Ever met a stranger who already knew you through your blog? How was that?
Yes. I met an awesome gal named Kat. She had been reading my blog for awhile, and at a party she came out and told me that she knew all about me. It turns out she works with the dude and Adina, so it took awhile for her to make the connection to me. Also when I first met Adina's mom she admitted that she knew all about my trip to Whistler because she'd read it on elanamatic.

Lose any friends or muck something up because of a post?
Nope but there have been uncomfortable episodes where someone from mine or the dude's past will leave very personal and /or aggressive comments. Awkward. At times this has forced me to stop writing for awhile but eventually I move on. Other times I panic, realizing that the past 5 years of my life have been chronicled online and I consider learning to hold back. Then I realize that there is no taking it back, it can always be googled or waybackmachined and so I give in and maintain the steady stream of consciousness.

What's happening in Toronto right now that the rest of us should be watching?
Drones are taking over the city, dressing us all in Lululemon uniforms and plugging our ears with ipod buds. It's creepy and I am one of them. Baaaaaaaaaa!

You wake up and discover you're a flesh eating zombie. Now that you're undead, who are you gonna mange first?
I'd have Jeff Probst as an appetizer, followed by a main dish featuring the heads of major corporations with a side of tenderized talk show hosts. I'd satisfy my sweet tooth with a slice of deep dish male underwear model a la mode.

Anything else you'd like to tell the world?
It's all about the comments. Every blogger knows it!


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