Oct 5 2009

Here we go

again!

The picture is from 2000 when I was in Riga, Latvia. Superkram is super hug in Swedish, but I have no clue about what it means in Latvian.



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Sep 19 2009

I <3 "pointless babble"

About a month ago Pear Analytics presented a study about Twitter. The result showed that 40% of Twitter is “pointless babble”. A few days later the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter wrote an article about it. They brought the conclusion to an even higher level when they added the word “worthless” and the discussion in the Swedish social media bubble was a fact. I had my position clear, I like the babble and I think it is good.

During the last weeks I have been thinking of the babble and how much it actually means to me and how my life would have been without it. First of all, I have been social over the Internet since 1998 when I started using IRC (/me waves to #örebro@ircnet ;) ). The “pointless babble” in the irc-channels I have stayed in over the years have been huge. I have also played multi-player games which I probably wouldn’t have played if it wouldn’t have been because of the social factor. The “pointless babble” exist in a large scale even there, even though the gaming is in focus. The last years when being social over the Internet has become mainstream and got a new name called “social media” I have started to use services like Twitter as well, and the “pointless babble” continues of course.

So, why is this “pointless babble” so important?

Let me take this from the beginning. Being social is always about relations, so even if you want to call it social media it is actually relations and relationships you are talking about. And how do we build up relationships? Well, we can be boring and just talk serious shit, but do we get to know each other? No, it’s when we start with the “pointless babble” we get personal and when we get personal we are building relationships that last. And with relationships that last we get friends and are more likely to recognize each other further on. And people we know or  recognize we are more willing to help out if they are in trouble or have questions.

Of course a social media like Twitter can’t be a flow of just intellectual information 24/7. We would all get headache. It’s just like at work, do you work for eight hours straight every day without any “pointless babble” whatsoever with your workmates? If that’s the case I don’t think you have any useful exchange of each other. And what’s the point with social media anyway if we don’t have any useful exchange of each other? And why would it be worthless to babble about “pointless” things over the Internet when we do it everywhere else?

For me personally the “pointless babble” has given me friends from whom I have learned a lot of useful things. I have built up relationships that I know and care about. I know who I can trust when it comes to fact, advices and serious discussions because I know the people I am discussing with. I have also got to know my best IRL (in real life) friends through the “pointless babble”, friends to share my interests with and to talk with about serious things and choices in life. Without the “pointless babble” I am pretty sure about that I would not have been the person I am today. I would probably have been more like an eremite.

So, first of all. Whoever at DN who called the “pointless babble” worthless information, I would like to have a chat with  you.

Second, I love the “pointless babble”. I have been living with it for over ten years (my entire adult life) and it has probably formed me to a non-pointless person.

Third,  can’t we just agree on that the babble isn’t pointless?



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Sep 17 2009

Stop talking about media?

A few days ago I read this blog post (Swedish) by Kristoffer Björkman and thought that I should blog about it. But I haven’t got time really and now it’s been some days so I’ll just write that I liked it and that I recommend you to read it.



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Sep 7 2009

Really well put

Another weekend has been spent in Östergötland. I was working in Norrköping mostly but I was also in Linköping for some boardgame playing and social company.

During the weekend my web browsing has been limited to my cellphone most of the time and it was there I found this blog post by Brit Stakston (swedish) about the analogue business value of social media. I wasn’t able to read it in its entirety in the cellphone but I made a note about it and read it yesterday. I like the post and for me who partly worked with this during the summer and also has a special interest in the fashion retail industry and social media it is a must read. I am thinking about sending the link to my boss as well :)



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Sep 3 2009

Skyltat (Swedish humor)

Skyltat.se is a Swedish site with photos of funny signs, which sometimes can be very entertaining. This week I have contributed with two photos to the site.

In the entrance to the house where I am living there is a notice board. I found a notice there last week which made me smile a bit.

When I lived in Sundsvall there was a little flower shop in my neighbourhood. They used to have this sign outside. That picture is at least 6 years old but it wouldn’t surprise me if they still use it.



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Sep 1 2009

Google fail

Two days ago Andreas Ekström was in an interview in the Swedish tv-programme Agenda about Google and how they practically “own” the Internet. During the interview he said that he wanted 1st of September (today) to be the no google day. I didn’t feel prepared for this, I know I am addicted to Google and some of its features and didn’t have time to experiment with alternatives today. And Andreas Ekström himself failed before time was 7am by opening his Google calendar. Anyway… the no-google day turned to another level tonight when the following happened.

This is what is facing me at the moment when I try to access my gmail.

This is what is facing me at the moment when I try to access my gmail.

Google is using twitter ofcourse to inform their users.

Google is using twitter ofcourse to inform their users.

And in case you wonder why the pictures aren’t centred proportionally, I don’t know. Do you?



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Aug 31 2009

Another week has passed

It’s been a week since I posted last weeks, worth to read articles or blog posts. During the last week there are three bloggers who have distinguished themselves a little extra in my eyes. So I would like to share some of their posts. I post them chronologically.

Now gogo read the bloggers who are more creative than me.



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Aug 26 2009

I’m so tired of the epithet “fashion bloggers”

I have never wished that my blog was written in Swedish more than I do now. Because this is one of those posts I really would have wanted to write in Swedish, but since I don’t have an arena for that I’ll take it in English. I don’t even know if this post will make any sense in other countries than Sweden but when writing this post I will have Swedish circumstances in mind.

“Fashion and design” is number two in the category list at the Swedish blog portal, after daily reflections. There are 13,691 fashion blogs registered, which represents 13,691 fashion bloggers. I write it again, fashion bloggers. It’s almost as if I shiver a bit when I write the words. Blogging about fashion is no longer something you do, it is something you are. Now I can’t say that I read a lot fashion blogs, but the perception I have got of the typical fashion blogger is a teenage blond girl who posts pictures of herself and writes about “today’s outfit”. There are also fashion bloggers at evening papers who write posts like “celebrities show their style, you decide what is working”. Fashion Bloggers are every so often mocked in other contexts and recently deepedition made a little fun of some young girls who are blogging mostly about fashion. I thought it was terribly funny and I also linked to his blog post from my blog.

Fashion Blogger has become such an epithet that no one over 25 who wants to be in a serious manner would ever want to be called a fashion blogger. At least that’s how I feel.

Now, how should the fashion industry seriously be able to break ground with social media?

I am 27 years old, have just begun my 18:th school year. I’m educated in computer technology and communication. But I happen to be interested in fashion as well, an interest that has emerged during my eleven years in the fashion industry. Last spring, I had an internship at the fashion trade magazine Habit, (probably the most serious magazine in Sweden that writes about fashion). I also have an interest in social media and how to use it as a communication tool. It may happen that I sometimes would like to blog about fashion, but of course I can’t do that because then I would be a fashion blogger which I really don’t want to be due to the above reasons.

This summer I ran a blog from the store where I am employed. My blog differed pretty much from the typical fashion blog, both linguistically and in context, but sometimes I could feel myself that – at a superficial glance – the difference was subtle. Throughout the summer, I was terrified that someone would call me a fashion blogger. To my knowledge, I managed to escape from that, perhaps thanks to the fact that the store’s target audience is slightly older than the typical “fashion blog reader” and a lot of my readers do not usually read blogs at all. In addition, the blog was time limited and I could probably never be known as “Maria – the shop blogger (butiksbloggaren)” or what I feared, “Maria – the fashion blogger”.

Sometimes I feel an anxiety over this. How do I do if I am over 25, want to be regarded as a serious communicator and blog about fashion? I have not even bothered to make a fashion category in my own blog. I would probably never use it because I can not for God’s sake be a fashion blogger.

But what is more important than my personal anxiety about this is how should the fashion industry do it? If they in a personal way want to blog about their business without being “fashion bloggers” with everything the epithet implies. I do not know but I hope for a change and maybe the change will come in a natural way when the young fashion bloggers get older, wiser and are on the labour market.



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Aug 25 2009

Last weeks worth to read

I have read some good blog posts and articles during the last week that I want to share with you. Most of them are in Swedish so bare with me Danes, Dutchmen and Aussies, (I don’t know but maybe I have readers from other countries as well?)

Last weekend was also the weekend when sswc took place. Since I’m not old and experienced when it comes to  social media I didn’t even think of going there the first time I read about it. But the week before the camp I felt like I wanted to go there as well (but since my brother turned 30 I probably would’ve had problems to go anyway). Here are some selected posts about the camp that gives a hint about what seemed to be a very successful weekend.



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Aug 17 2009

Catching up

So.. I have been a lazy blogger lately and it’s time to catch up by summing last weeks up in a blog post.  Worth mentioning from the last two weeks are that I officially had a whole week off work (but I was there for two of those days anyway). Susanna came to visit me in Norrköping one and a half week ago, we visited Makkarakauppa (a Finnish grocers), Kolmården (the biggest zoo in Scandinavia) and ate Greek food at Poseidon.

Susanna watching animals in Kolmården.

Susanna watching animals in Kolmården.

The dolphin Pichi jumping to hit the ball with his tail.

The dolphin Pichi jumping to hit the ball with his tail.

Last weekend I visited Linköping. First I did a little photo job at Sandströms for my blog at work. After that I met up with my friends to spend the rest of the Saturday with them. We had breakfast/lunch at Espresso House, chilled at the beach, tried to solve Rubik’s cube and ate grilled meat in Ljungsbro.

Stefan concentrated on solving Rubik's cube.

Stefan concentrated on solving Rubik's cube.

Thursday this week I went to Bränntorp with my co-workers to eat good food and play miniature golf together. I just ran around with my camera instead of playing golf though. You can read more about that (in swedish) and see some pictures in the last post I made in the work-blog.

Friday this week was the very last day at work for me this summer. And since I have been a good girl and not bought anything at all from work during the summer I rewarded myself with a skirt, two tops and a pullover. In the evening my mothers cousin from Canada visited us and stayed over the night before she carried on to visit more Swedish cousins.

Yesterday I packed all the bags I brought to Östergötland in the beginning of the summer and this morning my dad and I drove to Stockholm where I am now trying to unpack all the stuff (boring). Even though it means that the summer is over it feels good to be back in Stockholm and I will have one week off before school starts. A week which will be started with a haircut by Elie.



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