The Blogerati Files: Amber Mac

This week in the Blogerati Files, Amber Mac

Describe your blog in 10 words or less.
My blog is about life in the tech fast lane.

Why did you start your blog? Blogiversary?
I started my blog in the fall of 2004, so its birthday is October of this year - it will be two!

How long have you lived in Toronto?
I've lived in Toronto for two and a half fine years.

What's the funniest/strangest thing that has happened to you in Toronto?
The strangest thing that has happened to me in Toronto is finally getting my dream job as a tech host on G4TechTV, so I tend to blog about that on a weekly (who am I kidding!, it's a daily) basis.

What are some of the changes in Toronto that you have seen in your lifetime?
I think many parts of the city of Toronto are changing drastically, in a good way. My favourite area is Liberty Village, and I've enjoyed watching it grow in so many ways - from condo development to tech development to design development to restaurant development.

What era, day or event in Toronto's history would you like to re-live and why?
I'd like to re-live life in Toronto in the 1970s while Trudeau was in power; I respect his politics and admire him as a person, and I don't think we've had a charismatic Prime Minister since Trudeau.

Who's your favourite Torontonian?
My favourite Torontonian is CBC News anchor Heather Hiscox, one of the best anchors in the country.

Can we believe everything you post on your blog?
Everything on my blog is true, so you can believe it all.

Has blogging changed you or enhanced a personality trait?
I think blogging has changed my life; now my friends and family don't need to call as much since they just visit "me" online.

Do you have a favourite post from your blog?
My favourite post is from the beginning of February when I asked readers about their favourite podcasts - I received 86 wonderful answers...

Have you had your 15 minutes yet?
I'm still waiting for my blog's 15 minutes of fame, which I'm sure is coming any day now.

Ever met a stranger who already knew you through your blog? How was that?
I've met folks who know me through my blog, which is the best thing about being part of such a creative web community; you can make friends from anywhere and you can stay in touch regularly.

Lose any friends or muck something up because of a post?
I really don't write "smack" about my friends on my blog; in short, I like to write about things that will help to either educate or entertain people (I don't believe in exploiting sensational stories for your friends or family - or yourself - to get readers).

Who are your fav blog?
My favourite blog is

What's happening in Toronto right now that the rest of us should be watching?
I think folks should be aware that there is a thriving tech community in our city, one which is worth watching and following. I'm excited about what the Toronto folks who run Mozilla, TorCamp, Mesh Conference, BubbleShare, Nuvvo, the Jim Dupree Podcast, and other high-tech initiatives are doing to put on the tech map.

You have the opportunity to gather with 5 of your regular readers - who are they, where do you meet and what do you talk about?
If I could gather five of my regular readers, I'd ask them to meet me at No Regrets Lounge in Liberty Village (free Wi-Fi) and we'd probably debate Microsoft vs. Apple.

Have you ever had a question you wanted to ask random people throughout the world?
I'd like to ask random people in the world what they wanted to be when they grew up and why aren't they doing that now.

If your blog were a food, what food would it be?
Fine dark chocolate.

If you could gather all of the bloggers of the world together into one room and tell them one thing, what would it be?
I'd tell bloggers that there should be more great blogs about healthy living, so get active and start writing! I think we'll eventually start to see a wave of blogs that focus more on good eating, the benefits of regular exercise, and how a healthy work environment can lead to increased productivity and overall success within a company. I'm often disappointed about how far behind we are here in Toronto when it comes to healthy living, but I'm still holding out for the day when our offices' cafeterias offer us all good "fuel" to stay focused and the streets are filled with energetic peeps. In short, I think all of us bloggers can do a little more unselfish work online.

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