Interview with a Blogging Guru: Rarasaur

rarasaur-icon“I’d like them to say I was necessary for the moment of time I shared with them.”–Rarasaur

Not since Jurassic Park have there been so many dino sightings thanks to the ubiquitous Rarasaur on the blogosphere. With one of the fastest growing followings since the Beatles, the Freshly Pressed Rarasaur has captured the hearts of bloggers around the world. But what most impresses me about this 27 year old SoCal blogger is NOT her tireless productivity (posts everyday, reads/comments/likes almost everything all her followers post, NaNoWriMo winner, 9 to 5 “real” job) or her International Speed Reading skills (150 pages/hour), but her selfless generosity.

If you follow Rarasaur, you will find out quickly that she just gives and gives. She gives love, advice, health tips, blogging secrets, good karma, free compliments, and even a mailed Christmas card if you want one. What is more amazing is that Rarasaur doesn’t do all this to build a following. Blogging for her is a hobby or perhaps therapy: “So I started a blog to focus on the people who pulled me through, the simple teachings that kept me happy through the drama, and the fun side of my inner mind.”

Please enjoy the following interview with this blogging guru.

1. Three pictures that best describe you—doesn’t have to be of you.

Smiles, Caffeine, Information

Smiles, Caffeine, Information

2. Hugger or non-hugger? Why?
A handful of people get a lot of hugs anytime I see them.  Everyone else gets a firm handshake or a friendly hello.  I’m not sure why, though I think a lot of it comes down to the idea that hugging is inconvenient.  In order to hug someone, I have to put down my book bags, my purse, and whatever else I’m toting around.

3. Favorite Media addictions—can include favorite blogs, television shows, films, web surfing, music, etc.
I’ll listen, watch, or read anything if it’s put in front of me, but I rarely seek these out or have favorites.  I read my horoscope every day, if I have access to one written by Rick Levine, no matter what organization he’s writing for at the moment.

Explodingdog.com

“If Only This Made Sense We Could Go On Forever”
Explodingdog.com

I love explodingdog.com, and one day I hope to have Sam Brown draw something from one of my sentences.  I re-watch Farscape every 10 months or so.  If I’m forced to buy a magazine, it’d be Real Simple, Cosmo, or Psychology Today.  If I could only watch one talk show, it’d be Conan.  I can spend hours on Cracked.com, and the only newsletter I read is i09’s.

4. Books to take to a deserted island?
Poetry, any kind, but the biggest book of it possible.  You see, the stories in a novel never change– but a poem is different every time you read it.

5. What is your sadhana—spiritual practice that leads to enlightenment/God/higher consciousness/Happiness?
Yoga while at my computer.  I do mostly breathing exercises, and mild stretches, but each bout is a meditation, and because of the internet– I can be anywhere in the world while it’s happening.

6. What is the most spiritual experience you have ever had?
On particularly difficult week, I went to a temple in Malibu and fell asleep at the feet of a statue.  The statue is of a God who is the guardian, and beloved, of my namesake.  (My namesake is often pictured lying at his feet in peace. ) When I woke up, I felt stronger than I ever had before– emotionally, spiritually, and physically even.  Considering I had been passed out on cold concrete, the peace I experienced was unexpected to say the least.

“Because it is beautiful to believe”–Rarasaur

7. Prediction for the future
A school for certifications of various sorts– a place that offers classes, of course, but mostly just certifies.  We’re in a new age of self-learning and to tell someone that they aren’t a real violinist because they don’t have a degree in music, or that they aren’t a real programmer because they haven’t taken a programming class, is a joke.  This way, they could attend the school long enough to prove they have learned, on their own, the same thing someone else learned (or was supposed to learn) in class.  I know many people with self-taught talents who deserve to have their skills recognized.  There’s no reason to treat a degree as better than a capable, working understanding of a topic– and eventually the world will make allowances for that through a certification system.  In my mind, it’s called the Jedi Academy.

“any person can be made to be a hero”–Rarasaur

8. If you could be God for 15 seconds what would you tell everyone?
“I love you.”

9. How do you want to be remembered?
There’s a quote by Margaret Atwood that I’ve always been fond of, “I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”  In that respect, I don’t really want to be “remembered,” but if someone was forced to think on it, I’d like them to say I was necessary for the moment of time I shared with them.

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I think many will agree that Rarasaur is a necessary part of our day. Treat yourself to an early Christmas gift and follow her blog.

Thank you for reading, sharing, and/or smiling.

Rarasaur has agreed to answer any questions or comments below. Feel free to ask questions to Rara that other bloggers are dying to know the answer.

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61 comments on “Interview with a Blogging Guru: Rarasaur

  1. what a great thing to do Kozo!

    and nice to get to know you a bit Rarasaur – some lovely quotes, thoughts in there…popping over to read on your blog now

  2. NIKOtheOrb says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this blogger! 🙂

    I kept seeing her posts showing up in my reader from your reblogging…and when reading the blurbs, I realized ‘Hey, I really like this blogger’s stuff!” so I started clicking over to her blog. I have liked and enjoyed reading every post since doing so. I am now a new follower (and looking forward to receiving one of her what seems to be famous doodles. 🙂 ). Thank you again for leading me to the mountaintop of this everyday guru! 🙂

    • rarasaur says:

      haha, thank you, Niko! It’s been great having you around my little corner of the blogosphere. I’m so glad we were able to get connected. I don’t know if I qualify as a guru, but then… by Kozo’s definition, we’re all gurus, right? 😀

      • NIKOtheOrb says:

        Right. 🙂 And if anyone knows, it’s Kozo. 🙂

        Great interview, nice to meet you here in the blogosphere. Your blog is now among my favorites here at WP.

  3. rarasaur says:

    Kozo! This is absolutely beautiful! I’m so thankful for your support and kindness. *hugs*

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  5. MishaBurnett says:

    If two trains leave a station at 2:00 PM, one travelling due North at forty miles an hour and one travelling due East at thirty miles an hour, how far apart will the trains be at at 3:00 PM?

  6. L. Palmer says:

    If you get into the Jedi Academy, put in a good word for me.

  7. Kozo says:

    I have a question, Rara. In the short time I have followed your blog, you have almost doubled your followers (nearing one thousand). Do you have any tips on how to grow our blogs?

    • rarasaur says:

      Well, I hope to delve into this more thoroughly next week, but I think one of the biggest reasons people don’t meet their goals is that they haven’t specified their goals enough. Once you know precisely what you’re looking for, it’s easier to go on a hunt for it. I think if people treated their blogs like a small business or a website that is selling something, they’d have better results. You have to direct the show in everything you do, and if you do that– you generally get what you want. 🙂 I hope that made sense. I’m so behind on my intake of coffee today, it’s not even funny. 🙂

  8. Dear rara, do you eat while you blog? If so, how do you cope with crumbs in your keyboard? 😉 Love from FatW

    • rarasaur says:

      Dearest Face,Yes, I do eat while I blog. I have a process for keeping the keyboard and mouse clean that I think works brilliantly. It goes like this, “Honey! There’s gunk all over the keyboard! It’s super gross.” And then it magically gets cleaned. I think it has something to do with the magic of my husband. You can borrow him if you’d like. Love, Rara

      • He sounds delightful. Perhaps you could clone him? I imagine he’d be highly sought after…in my experience it is little things like this which keep a relationship going strong…enjoy! I have no doubt that you deserve him! FatW x

      • rarasaur says:

        Cloning! That’s genius. I’ll be rich! 🙂 Yep, he’s definitely a winner. It’ll be 6 years in just 12 days and I haven’t been bored with him yet, haha! 🙂

  9. JackieP says:

    Ah rara, one of my most favorites. I read her every time she posts! Good interview! 🙂

  10. rarasaur says:

    Haha! Well I guess it’s okay if you’re sleeping, 😀 I hear that’s good for you!

  11. Purnimodo says:

    I’ve been wondering this for a while. (Especially after I proposed and made you my adoptive mom.. I think I guessed wrong O.o ) How old are you???!

    You look so young! Young and utterly lovely 🙂

    • rarasaur says:

      Thank you! But I don’t know if I qualify quite so much as “young”… Kozo was kind enough to shave a year off my actual age, 😉 I turned 28 in August of this year. 😀 *hugs*

      • Kozo says:

        OOops. You can’t blame me though, Rara. Judging from the photo and your energy level, I’m thinking not a day over 19. But the wisdom in your writing and the wealth of experience points to the age of Dinosaurs, so you can see how I got confused.

      • Purnimodo says:

        What! Wait.. Ooooh no! 🙂 Hahahaha you’re younger than me!! Have to figure out how having a younger mom is going to work now. I was convinced you were in your late thirties!!

      • Kozo says:

        Ouch. That is not the kind of thing you say to your loving Dino mother! haha.
        I can understand your confusion, Purnimodo, because Rara is wise beyond her years. Imagine how I felt when my hero was almost half my age.

      • Purnimodo says:

        I can imagine.. shocked.. in a good way but utterly shocked 😉 Well proves that age is really nothing but a number! 🙂

        Oh my… haha I still feel sort of stupid.

      • Purnimodo says:

        Yes a 19-year old lovely Dinosaur! That’s it 🙂 🙂

  12. rarasaur says:

    😀 You guys are too kind. My head will inflate and then none of my hats will fit. 🙂

  13. ruleofstupid says:

    Bonjour RaRa. Does a one-legged duck prefer brown or white bread?

    • rarasaur says:

      Three-fold reasons. One, I’m inordinately fond of dinosaurs. Two, I dislocated my shoulder in my youth and can’t move it around as much as the normal person, so if I drop something behind a desk, I end up just swinging my arm around. It gives the appearance of having “tiny dinosaur arms”. 😀 Three, I have the temper and grace of one. 🙂

      • Thanks for the explanation! Love your gravatar too. Can’t help but smile every time I see it. Enjoyed the interview too. Thanks for posting the link to it!

      • rarasaur says:

        😀 Thanks, my husband drew it for me. It’s part of a little cartoon he did mimicking my dino-rage over the awfulness of a vodka ad. The picture is of me burning the ad with my dino fire breath. 🙂 I couldn’t not post a link to this interview– Kozo did a fabulous job, right? I’m thinking he may have stumbled upon a hidden talent! 🙂

  14. Rarasaur, beautiful inside and out. You are a necessary part of my day, no doubt. 🙂

    • rarasaur says:

      *hugs* Thank you, Glory! You’re too kind. The photo must be more flattering than I thought! 🙂 And thank you for the kind words on my necessity-ness, 😀

      • You’re welcome Rara! The pic was absolutely flattering. And as your other readers can attest, you just have that something special, that feel-good that can’t be denied. It’s most welcome on a day like today 🙂

  15. diannegray says:

    Kozo – this is wonderful! I’m heading over to check out Rarasaur’s blog right now 😉

  16. What a fabulous post! And so nice to learn more about Rarasaur and see what she looks like.

  17. nightingale says:

    I am amazed that you manage to keep your head from exploding just with meditation while you’re doing something else – I salute you.

    If you took just 30′ to come up with your favourite 5 words, what would they be?

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  19. eof737 says:

    Good job and wonderful interview. 🙂

  20. You both are special hearts and I know this in every inch of my soul and I have only read a handful of writings from you both. I shall continue on…you both AND your readers are giving me so much happiness right now it’s like a surprise gift…Thank you!!!!!

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