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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!


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Journalists and bloggers create fast “communities” when they collaborate. Gawker, for example has a successful “family model” for blogging.

What does the model look like for Generation Obama and print media or TV media?

This will probably be one of my last posts about this stuff because I think that it’s a user-based decision. So, blogging makes the way you “share” things matter. But I think communities are important, too. So, media, what excites you? I know bloggers seem busy but in an attention economy, the value of what you say is on par with how hard we work to dig into all three social media groups and filter what is there and present it in a way that makes sense to the “user,” “reader.” We’re marketing our own voice, in a sense, to make web content more friendly and give a sense of belonging.

I met at NPR for election night with a bunch of bloggers and media. Most of us bloggers had Twitter. We literally just needed to be in the same room to connect, not even talk. How can we capture the value of community with social media? Where can bloggers and media connect and collaborate online?


Professional Media Networks Online

Twitter, may help collaboration. But bloggers are skeptical that it’ll payoff. Twitter blossomed and so did blog networks. How can we value and measure the growth of blog networks this time? I also think of Journalism Researching, a research network created by Paul Bradshaw.

Social Media outlines corporate, new, and grassroots media trainings. Here’s who’s involved in facilitating the trainings.

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The Shiba Inu puppy cam went offline for a bit but today they’re back with an upgraded kennel and added cuteness. Obamas are all about getting a pupster after the Inauguration and Americans love these guys. It’s the closest to a democratic puppy election we have. Why not for for a puppy-elect? Vote below for a Shiba Inu puppy by name or collar color. There’s also a write-in for other candidates. Voting closes on the day Obama is sworn into office: January 20, 2009.

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Successful blogs have a genius way of relating to others like there’s no computer screen between them and the reader. A real connection helps users forget they’re not face-to-face, open up, and share, too. This kind of exchange is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s hard work to present content in a way that makes sense to an online community and stimulates conversation.

Motrin taught us how not to do reject community over this past weekend. They sorta alienated the online community and offended people with a corporate ad campaign. I’m referring to the total damage control fail after moms stormed Twitter to set everyone straight about babywearing (which increased activity to Motrin’s hompage, shutting it down). When the site went live again, the video was pulled and this posted in it’s place:

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Why didn’t Motrin just climb on Twitter, create some self-aware PC screenname and maybe respond on the thread? There’s a better response than a random letter on their homepage. Is that supposed to be a blog post? If so, the disconnect in online communication between users and bloggers, and corporate America is worse than I thought. It wouldn’t bother me so much but I’m pretty sure these places have a communications or PR people. So, I wrote a little open letter to express my grievances over the misuse of social media.


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MP3 Madness

Crap, all I can get enough of is “Man vs Ape” by Eyedeas and Abilities. Jeeze

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Copyright is Oldfashioned (via Clusterflock)

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Boom Baby: South Park Takes On The President-Elect from Gawker: “In three words Robert Frost summed up everything he learned about life: it goes on.”

I love Gawker but not as much as I love South Park. I love everything about the show. The season DVDs, the commentary, the fact that they were best friends in college. Here’s a golden piece of construction paper cartoon written and produced before the election was decided. You can watch the whole episode here. Enjoy “About Last Night…”

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