Jun 21 2010

A new blog

As I have written before I have been thinking about quitting this blog for a while. I think that is what happend today when I set up my new blog at http://maria.hagglof.info. It will be written in swedish and will mostly be about things related to media and webb somehow, with a personal touch. And for you who cares about technical details my new blog is of course set up with WordPress 3.0.

May 24 2010

Sweden Social Web Camp

If you look a bit to the right, there is a little badge about Sweden Social Webcamp.

SSWC is a camp for people who love the Internet more or less. It all started last year with SSWC09. I would’ve loved to be there but my brother turned 30 and I couldn’t let him down so I went to Helsingborg, while the rest of Helsingborg (at least the Helsingborg I know of) went to Tjärö. A little island in the south of Sweden where over 250 swedish web geeks had gathered up with tents among the sheeps for an unconference that has become the most talked about among swedes on the social web. The week after I listed my favorite blog posts about SSWC09. When reading about the weekend it felt like it was magic and I knew that I just had to go there next year. So… Today at 19.00 the tickets for SSWC10 was released and since I had set the alarm at both my google calendar and my iPhone I was on my toes for a ticket. My Twitterfeed was filled with people being on their toes as well, a monday evening has never had that much activity on Twitter before. And you know what? I got a ticket! 600 geeks had registered their interest for the camp and 250 tickets were released. So tonight I am a really happy geek :)

See you in august geeks and tweeps!

May 20 2010

Lousy blogger

I am thinking about what I should do with this blog… I am barely blogging here any longer. When I want to blog about something related to media somehow which is about all interesting blog subjects in my mind the blog posts end up at Någotsmart. And then the rest might (if I’ve got the energy to write about it) end up here which is mostly boring stuff about myself and what I am doing. Not really anything that interests other people than my closest friends or family. Therefore the blog posts aren’t very common here these days… I don’t know how to use this blog anymore, if I should focus on something special or just leave it to become a place where I write those things that I want to write but don’t fit in anywhere else. Or maybe I should quit blogging here and leave it as an archive. What do you think?

Apr 18 2010

Questions and answers

Yesterday I held a seminar about web 2.0 at Hela kyrkans hemsida in Stockholm, an event for people from all kinds of christian churches who are interested in the web. During and after the seminar I got a few questions that I want to share here as well.

General questions:

Q: What’s the thing with Twitter? You can just write 140 signs. That’s just nothing.

A: Don’t think about Twitter like that. About how little you can share. Think about how much you can get out of Twitter. When you start following people who share things your are interested in, you will see that Twitter is a goldmine. Also, most people have time to read 140 signs so alot more people will read your tweet than your blog post of 1400 signs.

Q: But how do you get people to follow you on Twitter?

A: Listen to others and they will start listening to you. You choose to follow people because you find them interesting, soon you will start to interact with them and they will most likely follow you back.

Q: Doesn’t the things you talk about go deeper than the actual web? We can’t keep on doing as we always have done in the church with the sermons as they always have been.

A: Exactly. That’s what I said in the beginning of my seminar and also showed in the Youtube movie clip. We need to rethink most things in life, of course also the church. The churches need to think about how to make services and sermons more interactive. And how to share them on the web.

Q: If I want to start up a new charity organization and advertise it through social media. How do I do?

A: There are alot of things you can do but this is how I would start: Start with making a blog. Write about the questions that are important for your organization. Use links to news articles and other blogs about these questions to get trackback links back to your blog. Make a Facebook fan page, let the RSS-feed from your blog be published on your fan page to give it content. Also add a Facebook fan page widget to your blog so that your readers can see that you are on Facebook as well. Charity works pretty good on Facebook so it should be pretty easy to get some fans. When you have got a fan base, join Twitter if your fans are there. Cause if they are they will most likely help you to share your message through Twitter as well. This is a start, the rest is individual and developed over time.

I also got a few personal questions:

Q: Why does an 8 year old kid (me back in the days) sit in front of a computer and write code?

A: I have all my life been interested in things connected to engineering. When I was a kid I liked to solve jigsaws, play with Lego, Briomec and cars. In the house there was also a Commodore64 and a book about programming in Basic. One day I just copied some code from the book to make a simple program. And then I started to analyze the code and realized that if I change the value of some variables, the program behaved in other ways. It’s just as easy as that, 8 year old girls don’t have to play with dolls.

Q: You said that you are a webjunkie and live your life through the web. What do you actually mean with that?

I got this question when we had lunch and here is where I picked up my iPhone and checked in at the restaurant with Gowalla and said:

A: I mean like this. Right now it will be known at at least four websites that I am at this restaurant. If anyone who notices it is in the neighbourhood they can come by and say hi. But this is only a part of it. I read the Twitterfeed as soon as I got a free minute or two and share things with my followers if I feel like I have something to share. I check my RSS-reader several times a day to see if my favorite blogs are updated. And I share things I am interested in, with others on the web all the time.

Q: Don’t you get stressed when living your life like that?

A: No, not since it’s so natural for me. I could cut it all off for a day if I want but that would be to strangle my life since everything I do is done through the web. That would probably make me more stressed. Most of my friends are connected to the web in the same way which means that afk-life and web-life isn’t separated for me. It’s all one life. My life. I am addicted to the Internet but I also want to be. Like you are addicted to your cellphone for example to be able to call your friends.

I probably got more questions… that I don’t remember. But I hope I answered them well on site.

Apr 12 2010

Food variation

Sofia Mirjamsdotter aka Mymlan has in her blog Mymlan. the real. a weekly blog topic for her readers to blog about. Actually I have never participated in the weekly blogging on Mymlan’s subject. I have blamed it on lack of time or other silly reasons. This week her topic enticed me to write something down though. The topic is actually food. The food we eat on weekdays. My fantasy in the kitchen is terrible which results in lack of variation. So if I will find one or two recipes – in Mymlan’s summation by the end of the week – that I like, I will be happy.  But if I expect to get something, I need to share something as well. So from my own recipe book (the book inside my head) comes a favorite which I have given the name Maria’s tortilla box.

I’ll write the recipe both in English and Swedish since Mymlan’s weekly blog topic tradition is a Swedish thing.

Maria’s tortilla box (4 port.)

Boil the rice. Mix it together with the rest of the ingredients except the cheese in a bowl. Pour everything into a baking pan and sprinkle with cheese. Gratinate it in your oven until the cheese has got a nice color.

Done within 30 minutes!

Oh and btw, I do not know how it tastes if you do it with dip mixes with other flavors. I haven’t dared to try. But if you do, tell me!

Marias tortillalåda (4 port.)

Koka riset. Blanda det med resten av ingredieserna utom osten i en skål. Häll allt i en ugnssäker form och strö över osten. Gratinera i ugnen tills osten har fått en fin färg.

Färdigt på 30 minuter!

Och förresten, Jag vet inte hur det blir om man gör den här rätten med andra dip mixer. Jag har inte vågat testa. Men om du vågar, berätta gärna hur det blev!

Apr 11 2010

Week fourteen 2010

This week was a four days week at work, a week that has been pretty calm since we haven’t recorded any shows at my internship with 30minuter. Instead we have had an election special week with shows that we made two weeks ago at the mall Hageby Centrum. The most interesting conversation this week was about transparency in small towns, a subject we discussed for a whole day, which lead to a blog post at någotsmart. The same evening I made a little page (in swedish) about an idea I had talked to @jimmyasklund about before. A tweetup at the zoo in Kolmården. Weirdly enough I got response from more people that I don’t know than from people that I do know at Twitter.

Evenings and today I have spent on trying to prepare for the presentation of my examination project and the opposition of Sanna‘s project aswell as the seminar I will give at Hela Kyrkans hemsida next saturday. I am getting a bit nervous for that seminar since seminars actually aren’t that common on my agenda. The presentation of the examination project feels like nothing in comparison.

Tomorrow I will visit my mothers work to get some physiotherapy in their warm water filled swimming pool. It’s a part of the recovery after the broken bones.

Apr 5 2010

Morris Motorcycles racing team

I am a proud member and partner of Morris Motorcycles racing team.

Morris Motorcycles racing team is a crowd sourced racing team founded by my friend Morris Packer who wants to convert from being the mobile guru of Sweden to be the electric motorcycle king of Sweden. Morris is aiming for having the racing team to start in eGrand Prix, the racing contest for high performance electric motorcycles, and later also to become a distributor for electric motorbikes in Sweden. And as our first driver we have the “rally princess” Annie Seel.

I think this is a fun, interesting and crazy project. Even though I don’t know much about motorcycles and such it will be interesting and fun to follow this project and I will for sure be on my toes the third of July when the first contest in the eGrand Prix starts. I mean, I am – among so far 99 others – a member of a team which will participate in an international competition, of course I will be following it with enthusiasm.

If you think this sounds fun, interesting or just crazy, you can become a member or a partner of this racing team as well, just register yourself here.

Apr 5 2010


Hey, it’s Easter holiday and I have got some days off work. I’ve been at 24NT, my internship company for two weeks now and it is both interesting and challenging. Working full time with an injured foot makes me a tired girl though so most of my free time I am sleeping actually. But I guess that’s what my body needs.

Three days ago I was back in Stockholm for a doctors visit and to get rid of my aircast which I had had for 3,5 weeks. So now I am supposed to walk on my foot. It hurts pretty much though but with lots of training I will come back.

While in Stockholm I joined @selanna, his wife Åsa, @rymdapa and @lilashrink at Belgobaren for a dinner. It was a very nice evening with lots of good laughs.

I took the train back to Norrköping at the Good Friday, actually the first trip by train since the accident which felt very good to do. The rest of the Easter Holiday was spent with my parents and their friends. Now I have one more day off before I am back to work at 24NT again.

Mar 19 2010

Something I totally have missed

Tonight I suddenly saw a part of a trailer to the Swedish TV-show “Körslaget”. I have written about their trailers before and I had to check the date on the last of those posts cause the show is usually during the autumn/winter. But now TV4 seem to have nothing else to do than transmitting yet another season of Körslaget. And they didn’t even have time or money to produce a trailer anywhere close to as good as the earlier ones. Or am I wrong?

Mar 15 2010

Internship number three

Next Monday my third internship period will start. This time I am leaving Stockholm(!) for Norrköping to do my internship at 24NT and the social media integrated TV-show 30 minuter. I will be there for ten weeks and I am looking forward to an internship period where I hopefully will learn a lot and have lots of fun.

I already know that I will miss Stockholm though. I always miss Stockholm when I am in Östergötland and when I am in Stockholm I miss my friends in Östergötland.

Oh, and if you wonder how to get an internship with broken bones, try Twitter ;)