Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Baby-blogs: pregnancy, birth and all kinds of things about parenting
I tell everyone that I hardly read blogs now. It's not really true: I hardly read blogs from my usual reading list. Instead I read what I call "baby-blogs", an eclectic selection of those on pregnancy, birth and all kinds of things about parenting. I thought I'd share some of those...
The Shape of a Mother - "Becoming a mother changes everything in your world - including your body. Here we share images of our bodies during and after pregnancy so we can see what real women look like."
It is extremely powerful - a very good example of what a blog could be.
Midwife: Sage Femme, Hebamme, Comadrona, Partera - "The insights, passions and opinions of a homebirth midwife and mother."
For the other side - the one supporting birth and talking about it from non-medical perspective.
The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog
An entry into the world of breastfeeding blogs - with their carnivals of breastfeeding, stories about nursing in public in different cultures or saving the planet by sitting on the couch.
Parent Hacks - "a collaborative weblog of practical parenting wisdom"
Something to find solutions to the problems that I still have to discover :)
Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento
I guess it will be a while before I have to pack lunches for Alexander, but so far I'm picking up ideas for my own "back to work" time.
For all those designy, useful and not-so-much things that I shouldn't buy (it never hurts to be an educated consumer :)
Friday, April 13, 2007
Giving permissions to myself (to blog on baby-things)
I has been struggling for a while with some blogpost ideas that don't fit my blog (or, at least, do not fit current tagline "on personal productivity in knowledge-intensive environments, weblog research, knowledge management, PhD, serendipity and lack of work-life balance"). As you probably guess those are all kinds of baby-related things. However, given that those ideas don't disappear, it seems to be easier to blog - to get rid of the urge to write them down and to celebrate those few weeks I have left before going back to work. I'll be back to work-related stuff - as soon as I get back to work :)
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
BlogWalk 11 - Amsterdam, 18 May, Digital Bohemiens
It has been a long time, but finally BlogWalk is back - BlogWalkEleven, 18 May, Amsterdam.
The theme for this session is Digital Bohemiens.
Digital Bohemiens are (relatively) young people, fully adapted to the digital lifestyle. They see a city as their home, and are connected in European and global networks. They flock to conferences as their meeting places. If we look at this (somewhat exaggerated) portrait of the avant garde of internet users, what can we say about things like:
- the tools they use
- how they learn and develop themselves
- how they support a highly mobile life style
- the organisational models and business models that fit these networked individuals
As you see this is a broad subject that allows for enough space for wide ranging but deep conversations and dialogue.
BlogWalks are free formatted face to face salons aimed to bring together social software researchers and practitioners for in-depth conversations about their work, possible trends, and visions. They are low- or even zero-budget affairs, where apart from paying your own way for food and travel, no costs are involved.
BlogWalks are invitation-only, but it's easy to be invited - just email Ton Zijlstra and tell a bit on why you have to be there (you can email me as well, but then it depends on how long Alexander keeps me offline :)
Other important things:
- BlogWalk participants
- We are still looking for a (baby-friendly :) venue in Amsterdam - please, contact Ton for any suggestions.
- If you live in Amsterdam and would be happy to host people travelling from abroad, please, contact Ton as well.