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I saw this on Buzzfeed: Jay-Z’s newest video is not only hot, but also hip on the tech end. Open source code is available for the entire music video. Watch “Brooklyn Go Hard” here.

Queen Rania

Queen Rania

Queen Rania of Jordan is a human rights activist, advocate for children, and get this… YouTube videoblogger. My friend and Arab pop culture blogger Hana from Jordan reassured me she was cool and genuinely trying to advance women issues, not just playing into the web hype. I’ll admit it, I’m a cynic but who hasn’t been the past eight years? I’m coming around. Especially after seeing the queen’s latest video. The queen proves how cool she really is. Rania does her “Top 10” on Letterman.

Queen Rania has insightful commentary on extremism, veiled women, and other Islam-related stereotypes in her interview with Fareed Zakaria on CNN. It’s really good stuff if you’re looking for some closure on the al-Queda terrorism nonsense.

Video of Queen Rania on Letterman

Buzz Machine came out with a piece today about the future of news and the “link” economy. Personally, I like the attention economy model better. It makes more sense to me that attention (something like trust in a “managed float” currency) has much more potential for growth than links. I haven’t read much about these models, though, so I thought to open it up for others to pick which they’d rather hear about below.
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Excerpted from ProBlogger’s two part series on collaborative blogging and a kind of blogger buddy system.

The Power Of Collaboration In Today’s Blogging World – 10 Reasons to Find a Blog Buddy: “Advantages to having a blogging buddy:

1. You can feedback on posts, prior to pressing publish. Writing without a sounding board can be difficult. Writing without a sounding board when we’re about to publish our thought for world consumption can be terrifying. Having someone with whom to send our words for perusal can make all the difference in how we feel about our work. Sometimes, feedback is as simple as a good job! or a quickly corrected comma. Other times a slow down! or a what exactly are you trying to say? might be more in order. Good or bad, a buddy can help lead us in the right direction

2. You can have someone to vent to, who understands your situation. Blogging is difficult. No one understands this essential truth better than another blogger. Most of us suffer common setbacks. Simply knowing that someone else is feeling, or has felt, something similar, can be all we need to know our feelings are only fleeting.

3. You can work on projects together. Collaboration is one of the great joys of blogging. Cooperation comes in many forms, and often by surprise, but pooling minds on a joint project offers pleasure like little else. Swapping ideas through email or instant message is immediate and often amusing. Inspiration will surely abound, and take you to wonderful places you were never even planning to go.

4. You can share link love. It’s well established that links are the currency of the net. They strengthen our rating with analytic aggregators such as Technorati and Alexa, while erecting new roads for readers to reach our words. Having a buddy that we can count on to help generate links is like having a friend post flyers to our show on telephone poles across the city.

5. You can share each others posts through social media and with other bloggers. Social media plays an enormous role in helping drive blogs toward success, and can sometimes be the difference between breaking out and blowing up. When it comes to outlets such as Twitter and StumbleUpon, every blogger brings a different audience. Even with audience overlap, a post spread by your blogging buddy will extend to a different audience than your own.

6. You can share communities. Each post develops our community further. Every blog has its own set of readers and subscribers who drop in to say hello. Commitment is a natural byproduct of community. A buddy blogger can ask his audience to give your work a chance. A portion of the audience will be happy to comply, and that chance could make all the difference.

7. You can help each other stay motivated as you share encouragement. The peaks and valleys of daily blogging lend themselves well to the buddy system. Just as one buddy sees a lull in subscribers, the other may be experiencing a peak. That peak could be a prompt for encouragement. Your buddy is part of your team. Success for one means success for all. All it takes is the proper mindset; choose to celebrate successes, and supersede all difficulty.

8. You can guest post for each other. Guest posts are an excellent way to build your name brand, while continuing to refine your craft. Landing a guest post, especially in the beginning, can be difficult. With a blogging buddy, it’s as simple as trading baseball cards.

9. You can share each others talents. People are different, and bring separate skill sets to the table. Some people tend to be more creative, while others might display a stronger technical side. Fate seems to have an odd way of laying opposites together, and often you will find that the talents of your blogging buddy, or buddies, will nicely compliment your own.

10. You’ll have twice the blogging power at your disposal. Getting started blogging is hard, gaining momentum even more so. Having twice the reach, or at least twice the intent, can be the difference between barely eking by, and soaring through the stratosphere.”

Does anyone want to share they’re buddy blogging experiences? I’m working on an announcement. It’ll go something like this: Wanted! Buddy blogger to swap secrets, possibly make his/her RSS feed public, and share clippings. Must be highly geeked out by Twitter networking.

I looked at my RSS feed just after publishing the last post to catch “Want a Popular Blog? Put Your Ego Aside Then” out of the corner of my eye. This was a reminder for me to correct for the fact that I did find two blogs that have reinforced my faith in the helpfulness of blog “tips.” They are: CopyBlogger and ProBlogger.

I’ve been reading Copyblogger for a while and really like what they have to say on monetizing blogs. Last night, I wanted to make a group of bloggers on my @tweetdeck to follow and help each other out with research and advice. After looking for hours, I finally found a huge list of bloggers on Twitter from the ProBlogger Social Media Love-in.

Oh, I thought, blogger tips are for bloggers. Social media tips are for social media entrepreneurs (even though they post them on blogs) and their regulars. Honest mistake! See you on Twitter, bloggers. Looks like I may need your help, too, figuring it out so hopefully there’s enough love to go around. Follow me @blogislam and I’ll follow back.

Moving Day [Meta]

Today I’m moving out of my parents house (like actual adult moving out for good) into an apartment above my friend Greg. I posted photos on flickr of the “before” move-in, “after” pictures will be posted later. For now, I’m just going to make an ambiguous hyperlink between Neitzsche’s declaration that “God is Dead” to “Blogging at a Snail’s Pace” from the NY Times (according to the article, slow-blogging is en vogue).

Maybe it’s blogger burnout affecting my judgment but I find in it a perfect explaination of the “internet cosmos” without all the definitions, rules, or seriousness. It could be that since was reading social media “tips” all morning about how to make my online Twitter updates purposeful, a couple old-timers totally ignoring the advice yet still following their own makes me happy. Hey, they know what’s right by them, and that’s all you can ask from a blogger.

And the quote:

‘Free spirits’ feel, when we hear the news that “the old god is dead,‘ as if new dawn shone on us; our heart overflows with gratitude, amazement, premonitions, expectation. At long last the horizon appears free to us again, even if it should not be bright; at long last our ships may venture out again, venture out to face any danger; all the daring of the lover of knowledge is permitted again; the sea, our sea, lies open again; perhaps there has never yet been such an ‘open sea’

Nietzsche, The Gay Science

Thanks to @markdykeman for passing along the slow-blogging article via twitter. It’s a gem. What do I think? I think that homecooked meal is great when someone cooks it for you. But when you go to the movies or a sport’s game sometimes you just want a little junk food. Go Boing Boing!

The Value of Self-Publishing

Mark Willis posted an On the Media program in the “Future of Journalism Is Nonprofit & Online” a post on his blog, a blind flaneur. It’s interesting to me that online media has coincided with the rise of blogs, both writers and researchers. Without printing expenses or staff (in a bloggers case), the economy should be growing, not floundering. Where’s the deal?

The whole blogger and journalist relationship will be interesting to see work itself out as the economy changes. Both groups tend to burn out. Both do tons of research. So, I think the filtering of information is a real resource value there that’s not being captured by either. If the On the Media program is right, then the future of online journalism may be in non-profit, but can bloggers still build business to help stimulate the economy?

Yes, I think so and I think social media entrepreneurs will be another big help. But it’s not going to be with pop-ups or ad banners. It might be by partnering with internet marketers, as Copyblogger points out in “Is Blogging Keeping You Poor.” Bloggers are already building personal brands that attract communities and entice users to share content with others. How they cash in on a personal brand will be interesting to see. I hope the bloggers have successful partnerships with business and media. Most of all, I hope they will write about it.

So, thanks, Mark for sharing this. Hopefully, with programs like “The Still Small Voice” from On the Media we can stop talking about the death of print or panicking over economic crises and start focusing on creating new jobs for people that fit with emerging models online. We’re going to need a lot of staff to help support self-publishers so blogs can publish about their successes along the way.