Thursday, June 07, 2007

Around The Blogosphere 07June 07

Back in February, I had the pleasure of interviewing internationally acclaimed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. Wainaina is a writer, cultural activist and publicist. He was the founding editor and publisher of Kwani?. He won The Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002. Outside his literary career, he is a leading authority on African cuisine.

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The water cooler talk in offices across America, one of the lead stories on BBC radio news, was also hung out to dry in the blogosphere: from The Albany Project:
Paris Hilton Freed, American "Justice" Jumps Shark
by: lipris
Thu Jun 07, 2007 at 19:48:11 PM EDT
"I'm breaking one of my long time, self imposed blogging rules here, but, dammit, this story illustrates in the starkest relief possible just how truly twisted and empty our system(s) of "justice" have become. I know that it has always been better to be guilty and rich than innocent in poor in this country. I get it."

Dan Gillmor wrote an op-ed which appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle today. It’s called “Journalism isn’t dying, it’s reviving.”

A few months back I interviewed Binyavanga Wainaina: the Kenyan writer is making news on two fronts: Bin was one of the speakers at the TED Global Conference in Tanzania (see Nigeria: Chris Abani inspires at TED Global 2007 and TED Global 2007 – Day 3: An inspiring day ) ... Wainaina is also featured in in Vanity Fair’s special issue devoted to Africa, out this week. His piece, “Generation Kenya,” is a deeply personal tale about growing up on the world’s second-largest continent and the media’s insistence on treating Africa’s 53 countries as a “vast, hopeless mass.”

Bono, of the music group U2, served as guest editor for the issue, which has 20 different covers featuring prominent folk like Muhammad Ali, Desmond Tutu, Maya Angelou, George W. Bush and Madonna.
Vanity Fair has a circulation of 1.2 million. This is the second national magazine to feature Wainaina’s writing this spring; he also wrote an essay for the current issue of Harper’s.

In May, Wainaina was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s highest honor. Wainaina, 36, was nominated in the Fiction category, which honors the quality of a publication’s literary selections. Wainaina’s piece, “Ships in High Transit,” was selected as part of the entry for The Virginia Quarterly Review. His story had already won the literary journal’s top short fiction prize for 2006. Here are a few more "Bin" links:

Interview I
Interview II
Kenya: Citizens Named Global Leaders
Kwani on the Net

Should you stop by Wendy Cheng's Xiaxue blog you'll find her referencing a post detailing her first venture into commercialized or sponsored blogging. Wendy mentions that she feels she's not getting all the credit she's due. I think that's a valid point. Wendy also invented the term "blogders" which is short for "blog readers." I borrowed the phrase and use it as the name of MyBlogLog's Community Group. Hope that's okay with you, Wendy.

There are many blogs dedicated to online marketing, something I intend to explore a bit more. My little blog is kinda like a magazine or newspaper, so I don't have any issue adding content involving marketing. Personal Finance blogs are also quite popular, but I don't plan on revealing intimate financial details like some PF bloggers do. In my sidebar I've added some PF blogs that I read, and I may soon add a few marketing blogs. I think it's okay to make a little money with your blog if you can (except I don't like 'tip jars') and I notice the marketing bloggers make good use of the "community" or social network style groups. They call that "niche" blogging. I like a more open style, so if this is your first or 101st visit here, be prepared for wonderful new posts on a variety of topics I haven't previously covered.

Lotta Holmström: PodCamp Europe is coming up in ten days (June 12-13, in Stockholm, Sweden), and by the looks of it it will be a cool event.
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