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Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation
A well-balanced diet of pop culture, politics and personal life stories.
Monday Jul 31, 2006.     By Jessica Herman
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Blogger Don Baiocchi.
Twenty-six-year-old Don Baiocchi started his blog, Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation, a little less than a year ago in an effort to land a writing job. While his online rants didn't lead to his current 9-to-5 gig in advertising, the Columbia College alum (with a major in fiction writing) consistently continues to feed his online journal with a hearty diet of pop culture commentary (read: Donny's obsession with Project Runway), personal anecdotes and the occasional nod to politics and current events. But as his blog's title suggests, you'll find everything in moderation. How many places will you find stills from When Harry Met Sally on the same page as an excerpt from a New York Times op-ed on same-sex marriage?

What's the gist of your blog?
The gist of my blog is pop culture with local Chicago artists and stories and my adventures in cooking. [It's] book reviews and movies and TV shows and music and CDs and whatnot, good websites I want people to check out. It also has a local angle.

If I read your blog today, gimme one thing I'd learn.
That this weekend I'm traveling to Wisconsin. That I like The Devil Wears Prada, the movie. Apparently you won't learn anything substantive. Oh, you'd also learn there's a weekly Bloggers Roundtable, inspired by the Algonquin Round Table from the 1920s with New York socialites had like Dorothy Parker. So online, once a week, a blogger hosts a conversation, and we all direct readers to comment about current events or something going on in today's culture. So you'll learn about the Bloggers Roundtable.

My computer is surrounded by...
I stash my computer underneath my bed so it's surrounded by stacks of magazines and books and shoe boxes and lots of dust bunnies.

How do you pay the bills?
[I have] a 9-to-5 advertising job. I work at this firm downtown in the media department.

When you aren't loving blogging, you're loving BLANK in Chicago.
I am loving brunches in Chicago. My friends and I try to find a different place to have brunch at least once a month. I live about a block from M. Henry so I like them. Rodan and the Bongo Room (Wicker Park). And Angel Food Bakery on Montrose.

Name a local blogger extraordinaire.
Oh, there are so many. Elizabeth Crane, Megan Stielstra, Gapers Block, This .25 Life Crisis, My View from the Jeep, Bella Rosa.

Jessica Herman likes peeking into other folks' lives, which sure helps when she's grilling hip Chicago bloggers. If you'd like to shower a little love on a local blogger whose antics and anecdotes are your favorite flavor of procrastination, shoot her an email.