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Twenty Questions to a Fellow Blogger part 2: Woodsiegirl

Laura, aka Woodsiegirl, was one of the other three winners of the SLA’s ECCA. I first met her a few weeks before we flew to Washington, DC. Since then she’s convinced me there is a point to Twitter and done sterling work helping with the technical aspects of the SLA blog. Laura is also a fellow law librarian.

What’s your all-time favourite blog?

I have over a hundred blogs in my RSS reader – my “favourite” probably changes daily! At the moment, I particularly like Stephen’s Lighthouse and Librarian in Black for library stuff; Ouseful Info and Overdue Ideas for techie stuff; Jack of Kent and 3 Geeks and a Law Blog for legal stuff; and Awful Library Books and But, Sir… for giggles.

As a blogger, what’s your proudest blog moment, all-time favourite or most commented post?

I think the most-commented post I’ve written was my post about how I got into librarianship – 27 comments! Although, a lot of those are pingbacks rather than actual comments. That’s probably also my proudest moment in blogging, as that was what kicked off the Library Routes Project.

What is your day job? Is your blog linked to, tangential or completely separate from what you do?

I’m an information assistant at a law firm. I’d say my blog is tangential to what I do – I don’t actually talk much about law librarian-y stuff, just libraries in general (and anything else that pops into my head really, I’m quite easily distracted!)

In the future of the internet and information, which will win: speed or accuracy?

Ooh, good question! I’d love to say accuracy, but I suspect most users are more interested in speed, so I think that’s the way it’ll go.

What is your favourite journey?

Literal journey? I quite like going back to see my family in Wiltshire by train – as you leave London, the grey gradually disappears and everything gets greener the further West you get. It’s not much fun if the train’s packed though, as it usually is!

What one thing (material, spiritual or emotional) would change your life for the better?

More time!

If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you wish you had with you? (you can choose one fiction and one non-fiction)

Non-fiction: Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces”. Fascinating book, and one that rewards the kind of detailed attention I’d be able to give it on a desert island!

Fiction: Only one?? Hmm, ok… “The Magus”, by John Fowles. Maybe if I was stranded there for a few years I’d finally make sense of it!

What’s your must-see film?

Casablanca. Corny, I know, but I think that it’s absolutely stunning, visually. Every shot is perfect.

Which song sums up your life?

No idea. Not very good with music.

Marmite: Love it or hate it?

Hate hate hate! A co-worker has marmite on toast in the mornings sometimes; it stinks out the whole office!

How do you relax?

Reading or daydreaming.

Who is your greatest inspiration?

Both of my grandmas, each for very different reasons.

Where would you most like to visit? And where do you never want to have to go again?

I really want to visit both Florence and Venice. I can’t think of anywhere I’ve been that I’d never want to see again though.

Do you have a favourite website/ tool for work? Or for leisure purposes?

I hate to say it, but that’s probably Google. I use Google Mail, Reader, Documents, Calendar and Maps very heavily; and have just got myself a Wave account (haven’t played with it much yet though).

Do you read a newspaper? Is that online, or in paper form or both?

Well, I scan through the broadsheets daily for work! I don’t buy any print newspapers myself, although I do read the Guardian online pretty much every day.

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given? And what’s the worst?

Worst: My grandpa tells me I should retrain as an accountant every time I see him. I’m really not sure why.

Best: I’ve been given lots of good advice over the years, most of which I’m sure I ignored! The first thing that springs to mind is my sister telling me I should ditch my rubbish boyfriend (at the time) and move to London – I didn’t appreciate it when she said it, but that is what I ended up doing and it turned out to be a really good move!

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Questions to a fellow Blogger: Paul Burgin from Mars Hill

Paul Burgin writes the Mars Hill  political blog. I am blatantly half-inching the ‘Twenty Questions’ concept from him, and so it is only right that he should be up first for a return leg of the questioning.  Thanks to Paul for agreeing to kick off this part of the Uncooked Data experience.

What’s your all-time favourite blog?

That’s a hard question, but Iain Dale’s Diary, LabourList and LabourHome, Rupa Huq’s, yours, and Kerron Cross’s (when it existed) are/were must reads.

As a blogger, what’s your proudest blog moment, all-time favourite or most commented post?

That’s a bit difficult. I am proud of my actions during the Draper/McBride affair & the MP’s expenses scandal, because not only did my posts get noticed and I made my views clear, I did not stop to look and see if many people agreed with me or not. Sometimes you can come across an issue which is so black and white in it’s morality that you have to make a stand.

What is your day job? Is your blog linked to, tangential or completely separate from what you do?

I work as a Supervisor at a bookshop, so apart from the fact we sell some political books (at reduced good prices I might add), then no.

In the future of the internet and information, which will win: speed or accuracy?

I don’t want to even consider that. Information I hope, but the rise of a media over the past century which relies more on sensationalism does not inspire me with hope.

What is your favourite journey?

I like the Cambridge/King’s Cross train journeys, apart from the occasional delays and crowding, but I enjoy flights as well (apart from sustained turbulence and just before take off), as I rarely get to go on a plane.

What one thing (material, spiritual or emotional) would change your life for the better?

A number of things, am sure. A stronger faith would help go a long way and, like many other thirtysomethings, marriage, children, and a place of my own. But if these things do not come about, then it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

If you were stranded on a desert island, which book would you wish you had with you?

Apart from The Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare, which I would want to take? The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis and a decent biography. Nearly took Susan Howatch’s Starbridge Novels which are good, but there are six volumes.

What’s your must-see film?

A Bond movie, or Gandhi. Now there is a contradiction for you 😉

Which song sums up your life?

Tough questions, but possibly Amazing Grace

Marmite: Love it or hate it?

Love it, but appreciate a lot of people hate it

How do you relax?

Watching TV, reading, and going for walks

Who is your greatest inspiration?

Is it cheesy to say Jesus Christ?

Where would you most like to visit? And where do you never want to have to go again?

I’d like to do a grand tour and revisit the US and Canada, with Ireland as a stopgap either on the way there or coming back. I can’t think of anywhere I’d never want to go back to. That said I had a miserable time doing school work experience at Hitchin Library. It took me ten years to even consider re-entering that building, and even now on the rare occasion I do, I feel very uncomfortable. The woman who ran the place at the time (nearly twenty years ago) was quite vile towards me and her report to the school made them gasp with shock and almost reduced me to tears.

Do you have a favourite website/ tool for work? Or for leisure purposes?

Is it sad to mention the BBC News Website, the Doctor Who Website, and Facebook for social!

Do you read a newspaper? Is that online, or in paper form or both?

I read The Guardian and The Independent in paper form, and The Sunday Times, although I do sometimes go for The Observer. I tend to read individual articles online more than the newspaper itself

What’s the best piece of advice you have been given? And what’s the worst? 

Best piece of advice to always think of others. The worst must have been so bad that I can’t remember 😉

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