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.
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.
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.
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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