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The Blogerati Files: Feminist Toronto

This week in the Blogerati Files, Feminist Toronto .

Describe your blog in 10 words or less.
An outlet and meeting place for feminists in Toronto.

How long have you lived in Toronto?
Two years.

What's the funniest/strangest thing that has happened to you in Toronto? Did you blog about it?
Probably your "typical" Zanta encounter on the subway. Since I try to blog mostly about feminist issues, Zanta didn't really fit in. So, no, I didn't blog about it, though it would be pretty funny.

What era, day or event in Toronto's history would you like to re-live and why?
I'd like to be able to see Queen Street West before the artist crowd started moving in. I'd like to see it pre-Drake and pre-Gladstone. There are still pieces of the old Queen Street holding on, but its getting high-end really quickly. I'd like to be able to stroll the streets before the trendiness, just to see what it is that's being pushed out now.

Who's your favourite Torontonian?
Definitely Cathy Crowe, who is a street nurse. She does a lot of practical, hands-on good work and also a lot of advocacy and speaking about the effects of poverty on people.

Do you have a favourite post from your blog? Do you know your blog's most visited post?
When I blogged about the terrorism arrests last summer, I received a lot of responses. It's a very sensitive issue and a lot of people were curious, searching the internet about what had happened. I got some flak for my position on it, but also got a lot of reads.

Have you had your 15 minutes yet?
Not yet.

Ever met a stranger who already knew you through your blog? If so, how did it go?
I was interviewed once as a young feminist in Toronto by someone who I knew from another context. She asked to interview me without knowing my identity, so it was kinda funny to meet up and realize we already knew each other. Actually, that happened twice.

Who are your favourite blogger(s)?
I love "Jen" who writes reappropriate. She lives in the USA, but she actually grew up in Toronto.

She's smart, funny, consistent, and always interesting.

What's happening in Toronto right now that the rest of us should be watching?
We should be paying more careful attention to what is happening to the terrorism suspects arrested last June. They are all Torontonians and many of them are in the courts now, a year later. We should be watching to see what happens to them and whether the charges against them were accurate or not.

If your blog were a food, what food would it be?
It would be breakfast cereal.

Speaking of food, do you have a favourite Toronto lunch spot?
If you're real hungry, Pam's Kitchen at Bloor and Ossington has some great roti.

If you could gather all of the bloggers of the world together into one room and tell them one thing, what would it be?
To take blogging seriously and realize that blogs can be a form of journalism and can shine light on important issues not covered by the mainstream press. It's important. Act like it.

Have any advice for would be bloggers? What do you think is the best route to raise a blog's profile?
Blog about current events - it helps create traffic. Also, commenting on popular blogs also gets more eyeballs on your own. Of course, this only works if you have something interesting to say.


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