For future reference:
Eurozine article by Geert Lovink on weblogs
via Bruno Giussani
Alex Antener presents a talk on his Malawi projects:
Freie Software – Eine Chance für Afrika, (in German)
Very interesting, and lots of screens with GNU Linux.
[update] The official recording of the talk is available online.
If a new blog is being created every second, it’s worth mentioning that one is being abandoned every 1.5 seconds.
My Google alert for news on Malawi has never had so many US and European articles as in the past months. All because of Madonna. Topics such as the last General Elections or bad harvests – which have a much bigger impact – were only covered by the usual outlets (BBC World, CNN). I remember searching Malawi forums for news on the election results.
A friend asked how Malawians see Madonna’s recent adoption of a Malawian baby boy. I haven’t heard much. Cos I’m here in Basel. But here’s a summary of Malawi bloggers that referred to the celebrity news:
I guess, there’s more out there. And more to come when Madonna goes back. I hope, she’s not in it for the PR only. In my humble opinion being adopted by a rich celebrity doesn’t really mean you’ll have a better life.
But even for Malawi, you can say that blogging technology has made it simpler to read personal thoughts and reports on news items.
Feel free to leave a comment.
BTW, this blog post was again inspired by fresh air.
stumbled across this well-intentioned attempt to increase the salary of Malawi’s health personnel in Joanne’s blog:
Sometime last year DFID (the British development agency) decided to give money specifically to increase the salaries of nurses and clinicians, the thought being that this would help with retention of health workers. Unfortunately, the government decided that the new salaries bumped everyone into a higher tax bracket and in the end, nurses took home less money.
If you’re a bit like me, you’ve also contributed your part to the Internet’s dog and/or cat content.
But there are some dogs out there with a really large fan base. Right at the top of the list are:
Soyapi has set up a list of Malawi blogs at Technorati.
A nurse midwife writes about her work experience in Lilongwe – sad and heart-wrenching with glimpses of hope.
I found a Quicktime movie about her work, but I can’t view it on my Windoze machine, even though I have the required Quicktime player.
[update] The video now works but it’s on a slowish server.
Network Africa interviewed Malawi blogger Mwai Kasamale.
Found out about this via SBAW-related posts…
Jeremy Keith writes:
See Cybi’s post for details:
Cyberwriter’s posted the venue for tomorrow’s meeting:
We’re meeting at the Restaurant Auf der Lyss at 18:30.
If you’re a Basel blogger (or just travelling thru), there’s a meetup on December 15th at 18:30.
For more details, see
Feel free to come along.
Soyapi Mumba asks:
How big is Malawi’s Blogosphere?
some disorganized thoughts of the top of my head:
How personal should a blog be? What is the use of keeping a blog? It’s exciting to be part of something new. Where will it all end?
One thing is sure: the blog backlash is coming. Simply cos the current hype is building up. With advertising now available in RSS feeds. And many companies considering how they can jump on the bandwagon. To be honest: I’m getting somewhat tired of meta-blogging articles (she said, while writing about blogging herself). It reminds me of some of those meta-marketing theories which were popular in the Nineties.
The most exciting part of blogging is when it leads to real-life personal contacts. When online comments turn into face-to-face conversations.
Collaboration leads to innovation.
I don’t really have anything to say today. I don’t have any stunning content to offer. I’m just your average knowledge worker, huddled up in front of a laptop. I’m just blogging to overcome writer’s block.
At times I feel very empty. One big empty space. What am I living err… blogging for?
By the way, what was the first thing I asked when I arrived back in Basel? I got into the tram and asked the person sitting closest to me:
“ What was the weather like last week?”
[From my accent, the lady thought I was visiting… Well, no, actually I live here. ]
That’s so me… I’m genuinely interested in talking about the weather.
Markets are conversations. Here’s mine.
Anyway, I’ve got to move on and take care of some typical weekend tasks.
Just got back from the Swiss Bloggers meetup in downtown Basel. It was fun sharing experiences and talking about tools and seeing the blogger “in person”. As Bamboozled had announced a couple of journalists came by asking questions about blogs, star bloggers… and the future development of blogs.