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The Blogerati Files: Optimuscrime Toronto


This week in the Blogerati Files, toronto.optimuscrime.com .

Describe your blog in 10 words or less.
Music, musings, amusings and self-deprecation from the Big Smoke.

Why did you start blogging? What's your blog's birthday?
I started blogging as a way to keep in touch with my university friends. I was sending out mass emails to friends/acquaintances and started to worry that they were too frequent and/or completely unwelcome. I started to blog so friends could drop in on me and see what was going on in my life at their leisure. My old blog (thebeesknees.blogspot.com) was born on January 3rd, 2004. I made the move to Optimuscrime Toronto on September 26, 2006.

How long have you lived in Toronto?
My whole life, with a couple of interruptions for my edumacation (I lived in Kingston for four years and Montreal for one).

What's the funniest/strangest thing that has happened to you in Toronto? Did you blog about it?
I couldn't possibly blog about all the strange shit that happens in this city. Just yesterday, I was in a Value Village and this man kept proclaiming himself the King of Canada. Loudly. And he told the poor cashier that there were hundreds of rats in the store and he had injured himself on a buggy, but don't worry - he was going to talk to Bill Clinton and George Bush and they would crack down on things. Toronto is a daily adventure.

What are some of the changes in Toronto that you have seen in your lifetime?
I remember splashing around in Lake Ontario as a little kid. That doesn't happen much anymore.

What era, day or event in Toronto's history would you like to re-live and why?
The V- E Day and V-J Day celebrations. That must have been amazing and incredibly emotional. Plus, their dresses were awesome back then and I'd love to be able to justifiably smooch a complete stranger in the street.

Who's your favourite Torontonian?
My dad, who is a retired teacher and Toronto historian. Also, Joe Fiorito writes about this city like no one else.

Do you have a favourite free WiFi spot?
I don't. All of my blogging comes to you direct! From my bedroom! In Scarborough!

Do you have a favourite post from your blog? Do you know your blog's most visited post?
My blogs are like my children. I love them all. But by far the most popular post I've written was on my old blog - it detailed my love of chin dimples. The post still gets a batshit insane number of hits from random Googlers the world over. There are apparently a lot of insecure people who have chin dimples and dislike them, but then they read about how hot I think they are and hopefully feel better about themselves.

You can read it here.

And if you're a boy with a chin dimple, you can call me.

Have you had your 15 minutes yet?
And counting.

Ever met a stranger who already knew you through your blog? If so, how did it go?
A guy once got in touch with me via my blog. We struck up a very intense online friendship and dated (very) briefly after he moved to Toronto. It ended quite badly. So I'm pretty wary about that sort of thing now. Also, I recently got an email from a guy who said "Excuse me, but were you at the Starbucks at King and Yonge on whatever date at 9PM? Because I think I saw you - you were wearing the same dress that you wore in a photo on your blog, except your hair was a bit longer." etc. etc. It was equal parts hilarious and creepy. I haven't met him but he's apparently a friend of a friend and seems completely harmless, so I'm not taking out any restraining orders....yet....

Who are your favourite blogger(s)?
I'm a big fan of Optimuscrime Original and not just because he pays my hosting fees! OC is hilarious, insightful and almost intimidatingly intelligent. Also, my friend, Toronto-based comic Andrew Johnston, has one hell of a myspace blog. Worth checking out for the photoshop action alone. Much like Paris Hilton, he has the same expression in every single photo.

What's happening in Toronto right now that the rest of us should be watching?
The potential destruction of a beautiful downtown park. Pave paradise, put up a soccer field? http://savecherrybeach.ca

If your blog were a food, what food would it be?
Sneaky Dee's nachos. Hip, substantial, extra cheesy. Share it with a friend!

Speaking of food, do you have a favourite Toronto lunch spot?
I really like the pita pizzas at Last Temptation on Kensington. DELICIOUS! They come with a huge yummy salad and the whole thing costs about $5.

If you could gather all of the bloggers of the world together into one room and tell them one thing, what would it be?
Okay. Dudes. Listen. Your cats are cute and everything, but...

Have any advice for would be bloggers? What do you think is the best route to raise a blog's profile?
Update frequently. Otherwise, people lose interest. But try to blog about a wide variety of subjects. Current events, music, popular culture, your personal life, etc. There's more to life than how much you hate your job and how much you love your cat.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Oh god, I hope my mom doesn't find my blog now!


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