The Blogerati Files: pop (all love)

This week in the Blogerati Files, pop (all love) .

Describe your blog in 10 words or less.
Like. Getting. Kicked. In. The. Teeth. By. A. Puppy.

Why did you start blogging? What's your blog's birthday?
The first post was Jan. 12, 2004. But the blog was really only worth reading for a two-week stretch in mid-2005.

How long have you lived in Toronto?
A little over four years now. Each of them more enjoyable than the last. No really.

What's the funniest/strangest thing that has happened to you in Toronto? Did you blog about it?
Well, there was that one time a guy at 7-11 told me he was going to die. I'm not sure anything will ever quite top that. Or maybe I just hope no one will ever try to top that.

What are some of the changes in Toronto that you have seen in your lifetime?
I feel like I'd be better equipped to answer this question in 50 years. About the only change I've noticed since I moved here is that now we have a new soccer stadium. That's kind of neat. It's exciting to be around for the start of a new sports franchise. Equally exciting to know that if you hang around for a few years you'll also get to see it fold or re-locate.

What era, day or event in Toronto's history would you like to re-live and why?
Saturday, October 23, 1993 - the night the Blue Jays beat the Phillies on Joe Carter's walk-off homer. Just to make up for the fact that I was at Skydome a year earlier for Game 5 of the Jays/Braves series and had thought I was going to be able to see a World Series championship in person then. Stupid Jack Morris. I'll never understand how the Best Playoff Pitcher Of His Era gave up a grand slam to Lonnie Smith (98 career homeruns) that night. That alone should keep Morris out of the Hall of Fame.

Who's your favourite Torontonian?
David Miller. I haven't the faintest idea what he's accomplished. I suspect, nothing. But that's sort of the point. He's a brilliant politician because 95% of politics is presentation - accomplishment and tangible success is always secondary. All of that controversy over the "He looks like a mayor" slogan was fantastic because it was true. He looks and sounds like a mayor, or at least the mayor this city wanted after that furniture salesman guy decided to quit. And Miller will only remain mayor until someone comes along who looks and sounds even more like a mayor (or at least until what people want to see and hear from a major changes). I know this renders almost everything that is written and debated about politics almost entirely futile, but, well, that's kind of a remarkable achievement in itself.

Do you have a favourite free WiFi spot?
It used to be my living room. Then my neighbour moved out and took his unprotected WiFi with him. Selfish jerk.

Do you have a favourite post from your blog? Do you know your blog's most visited post?
I gotta say, I'm a pretty big fan of me. So it's hard to pick just one post. In fact, it would probably be disrespectful for me to put anything by me ahead of anything else by me. Remember kids, if you don't love yourself, who will? I think Oprah taught me that.

Have you had your 15 minutes yet?
I hope so.

Ever met a stranger who already knew you through your blog? If so, how did it go?
Every once in awhile this happens. It usually just freaks me out and I end up in bed for a few days, scared to leave the house. I really prefer to pretend that absolutely no one reads it.

Who are your favourite blogger(s)?
My regular and/or semi-regular reads include: Deadspin, Stereogum, Paul Wells, Raptorblog, On the Fence, Chromewaves, Idolator, SFJ, Alex Ross, Colby Cosh, Warren Kinsella, Stephen Taylor, CalgaryGrit, Paige Six, Andrew Potter, Adam Radwanski and Egotastic. For whatever reason, I also can't stop reading this.

What's happening in Toronto right now that the rest of us should be watching?
How about the new MTV Canada? It's like MuchMusic for people who don't need their parents to drive them to the mall. Also, I feel like the Toronto Raptors should be way more hip than they are.

If your blog were a food, what food would it be?
Asparagus. Too much of it makes your pee smell funny. Or so I'm told.

Speaking of food, do you have a favourite Toronto lunch spot?
Spirits, near my office at Bloor & Sherbourne, is almost always good. As is the Bloor Jane Diner when I'm closer to home.

If you could gather all of the bloggers of the world together into one room and tell them one thing, what would it be?
This sounds like a beauty pageant question. The more pertinent question would seem to be this: would you rather be locked in a room with a group of people representative of the world's bloggers or an equal number of grizzly bears? Personally, I'd go with the bears. My thinking being that, so long as there was a constant supply of food and water and you could assure the bears that you weren't a threat, the grizzlies would eventually adapt to the surroundings and learn to co-exist. On the other hand, the bloggers could never learn to get along and would eventually annihilate each other.

Have any advice for would be bloggers? What do you think is the best route to raise a blog's profile?
For men, don't put your laptops on your actual laps. If the laptop gets too hot, it could hurt your chances of procreating later. Or so I'm told. For women, feel free to have as much sex as you want with men who rest their laptops on their laps without any fear of pregnancy (note: sterilization by computer likely has little effect on the transmission of STDs).

Anything else you'd like to add?
Oh, about raising one's "blog profile"... Working the word "nipple" into each post seems to work. Cellphone videos of Middle Eastern dictators being hung also seem to be quite popular. Or so I'm told. If anyone has any better tips, I could definitely use the help.

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