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The Blogerati Files: the tear that hangs inside my soul forever

This week in the Blogerati Files, the tear that hangs inside my soul forever .

Describe your blog in 10 words or less.
Dorky Librarian-in-training documenting her love of books & music

Why did you start blogging? What's your blog's birthday?
I love the internet and have had an "online presence" on communities and building my own websites since 1996. To be honest, blogging first started as a place for me to vent out my teenage angst in high school and also to tell people what records they really should be buying. I used to think I could be a poet and run away with some reincarnation of Ezra Pound. Boy was I wrong! I've been blogging on the internet since early 2001 through different domains, but my current site has only been online since 2004. These days I blog about totally different things that amuse and tickle my fancy but music is still a huge part of it.

How long have you lived in Toronto?
Pretty much all my life...since I was about 2 years old.

What's the funniest/strangest thing that has happened to you in Toronto? Did you blog about it?
Hmm...this is a hard one because I can be pretty low-key, simple and quite boring. I really thought about it, and I guess something happened a couple summers ago when I was at a John Mayer show. It was at the Molson Amphitheatre and after the show, as my friend and I were walking to her car, a man followed us and kept insisting we take the $20 off his hand. I was a bit creeped out but then they followed another group of teens and they happily snatched it! The man left...and I never figured that one out. Was it a literal "Pay It Forward" situation I had just witnessed?

What are some of the changes in Toronto that you have seen in your lifetime?
I grew up in North York and am quite familiar with all that is suburbia. I remember when Pacific Mall in Markham just opened and that whole area was developing, now it's in full bloom and a very popular place to visit.

What era, day or event in Toronto's history would you like to re-live and why?
The Beatles show @ Maple Leaf Gardens September 7, 1964. I'm a huge Beatles junkie. It would have been so great to be able to see them.

Who's your favourite Torontonian?
Honest Ed!

Do you have a favourite free WiFi spot?
Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street - Represent!

Do you have a favourite post from your blog? Do you know your blog's most visited post?
I suppose I really like my annual year end best-of lists as a whole because I'm the type of person that loves creating lists and I love to analyze all the music I've listened to in a certain calendar year.

Have you had your 15 minutes yet?
Clearly not. I'm still willing and waiting!

Ever met a stranger who already knew you through your blog? If so, how did it go?
Yes, several actually. Mainly at DJ nights, rock shows and the occasional media party. Most of my interactions have been very pleasant and friendly, it's really cool and trippy to put a face to the people that leave those quirky comments.

Who are your favourite blogger(s)?
I definitely don't frequent as many blogs as I would like these days, but my favourites are all listed on my links page if you care enough to peruse. But everyone knows that when and if my blog ever grows up, I'd like it to be at least half as good as Frank's. That man has dedication, and he's pretty cool too.

What's happening in Toronto right now that the rest of us should be watching?
Come visit any public library in the city and see for yourself. We're making lots of changes, physically to our older buildings, and coming up with lots of new and exciting programs for the young and old. We don't just have books anymore but a huge selection of indie movies + music recently added to our collection. This is going to sound really nerdy to most people, but I really believe libraries are so important to any city because they really help build a sense of community.

If your blog were a food, what food would it be?
Sushi because everyone loves sushi now. It's healthy, delicious and the miso soup that usually comes with it warms your heart.

Speaking of food, do you have a favourite Toronto lunch spot?
It's no secret I am a huge fan of Sushi Time on Queen Street.

If you could gather all of the bloggers of the world together into one room and tell them one thing, what would it be?
Keep making the inane seem amusing. I love reading your amusing stories and personal anecdotes.

Have any advice for would be bloggers? What do you think is the best route to raise a blog's profile?
I think it's important to find your own voice and not have to try too hard. Your own personality should shine through and it should be relatively easy to write posts. I've always believed in spontaneity and just speaking your mind while trying to have an intelligent point-of-view. Sometimes that doesn't happen, but I swear I tried!

In terms of raising your blog profile, you have to be really patient and before you know it, readers will gradually come to you. Read other blogs and post comments, everyone loves to know where a comment comes from.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Use Macs. Support the arts. Buy records. Check out JoshuaRadin.com - he's a great artist channeling Nick Drake and Simon and Garfunkel that I am really loving right now. Come out to his show @ El Mocambo April 11. That is all.


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