Monday, August 11, 2008

Around The Blogosphere 11 August 08

Spotlight on: Yarah Bravo's blog.

“Wha happen Crop Over music from Crop-Over this year cant reach here? Dem waiting on steam boat to bring the tunes? Man this is internet era, download man download”: Barbadian diaspora blogger Jdid explains why he is not one to catch “Caribana Feva”.

YakimaGulagLitteraryGazett reports that the Bosnian hip-hop band Dubioza Kolektiv was censored from the recent Goražde Festival because of a song in which they criticize local politicians such as the Mayor of Sarajevo.

Do you Twitter? I joined awhile back, but haven't twittered very much at all. TechCrunch reports Why Twitter Hasn’t Failed: The Power Of Audience :
Twitter isn’t for everyone, and you may have dismissed the service a long time ago. But regardless of your own use, it’s hard to dismiss the phenomenon itself and the passion of so many that has built up around it. No matter how long the outage du jour, Twitter users continue to stay attached to the service despite an ever-changing backdrop of alternatives.

Deeper down in the post, TechCrunch bashes blogging: Blogging on the other hand has no such clearly defined audience. An aspiring blogger who hasn’t crossed the chasm speaks into the void. Direct feedback can only come in the form of written comments (a relatively high barrier of effort) and it’s diminished by spam and vocal trolls these days.

FeedBurner’s subscriber count only provides the equivalent of Twitter’s opaque follower count and MyBlogLog didn’t solve this problem either.

So it’s not surprising that the majority of blogs are abandoned — the most-cited reason being “No one was reading it.” No one might be following your Twitter stream either, but Twitter is designed for network effects to take hold and given the natural reciprocity among groups of friends, it’s likely that most people have at least a handful of followers they know.
You may want to read the complete post on TechCrunch at the link I've given above. But now looking at my own situation, I've picked up a pretty good-sized "twitter following" but I've posted nothing for these people to read. Alos, TechCrunch (and several other blogs) have huge numbers of "subscribers" but I've never made an effort to beat the drum to convince people to subscribe to this blog, although I provide plenty of options to do so. Any comments?

Adam posts a shocking story of the raping of a schoolgirl in a distant province and the failure of law enforcement bodies to investigate the case properly. The story was published in a Kazakh-language newspaper.

The Rumi types about Afghani refugees in Iran and a girl, who blogs in English about the life of diaspora.

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