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The Blogerati Files: hainsworth.com


This week in the Blogerati Files - "hainsworth.com"

Describe your blog in 10 words or less.
A repository for the useless but entertaining minutae from the Internet.

Why did you start your blog? Blogiversary?
My blogging career began with unscrupulous intent: to drive eyeballs to my panoramic and still photography portfolio. It went live in 1998 before blogging became mainstream but really didn't give it daily attention until April of 2004.

Has blogging changed you or enhanced a personality trait?
It's made me more worried about losing my job, since my employer wouldn't look too kindly on anything that might put me -- and subsequently them -- in a bad light. My day job is in media, and you're representing the outlet that signs your cheques 24/7. Since getting a cameraphone this spring, I've also tried to post new photographs on a daily basis, and it's given me a chance to look at the world around me from different perspectives.

Do you have a favourite post from your blog?
When I bought my iPod, I was amazed at how many people also owned them but had no idea how powerful they were. The hardware itself isn't particularly impressive, but if you know how to use iTunes and the iPod's song rating system, you've got yourself one massive radio station in your pocket. JackFM fired all its DJs, now there's nothing to differentiate them from my own music collection.

Fav blogger?
The Acordion Guy. I've got a six-degrees of separation relationship with him through a mutual friend, Cory Doctorow. Joey probably doesn't know me from Adam, but I did some freelance work at OpenCola. His run-in with "Quick Boys Moving" reminded me that blogging doesn't happen in a vacuum. People actually read this silliness.

Ever met a stranger who already knew you through your blog?
No, but I did interview the CEO of a company who had read my review of their product before coming on my program.

Lose any friends or muck something up because of a post?
Not expressing personal opinions makes it easy to avoid that. I did, however, submit feedback to a post on the blog of a young journalist who was really risking being black-listed from the industry for her site. After posting my argument for why she ought to avoid slander and unsubstantiated allegations, her mentor advised her to take down the entire blog -- not just the entry. First time in my career that I scared a snarky wet-behind-the-ears punk.

What's happening in Toronto right now that the rest of us should be watching?
The gun violence in this city is getting a lot of attention. I don't think we've yet come to realise that you can't blame the current "management" for this. A full-scale investigation into former Police Chief Julian Fantino's tenure is in order. What on earth was he doing while guns were being run into this city and his cops were engaging in corrupt practices?

Choose someone, living or dead, to write your biography. Why did you make that choice?
Douglas Adams. He can make even the most mundane life seem interesting.

You wake up and discover you're a flesh eating zombie. Now that you're undead, who are you gonna mange first?
Michael Moore. Have you seen the size of that guy?

If your blog were a food, what food would it be?
Potato chips. Not very filling, and they leave you with oily fingers.

If you could gather all of the bloggers of the world together into one room and tell them one thing, what would it be?
Remember: this is a visual medium. More graphics and photos to *compliment* your articles, please. Oh, and write, re-write.

Anything else you'd like to add...
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