Filed under: Mitzi's view
In case you haven’t noticed, I have stopped contributing to this blog because I’ve started a brand new project. It’s not dedicated to afros but I will be writing more regularly about media, culture, fashion, music and my favorite afros. Check it out at www.mitzifigueroa.com.
Thank you all for your support, readership and comments. It has been a rewarding experience tracking my journey and love of afros with you all and I hope you join me on my next project.
Filed under: Mitzi's view | Tags: Itsgoodtobepham, Photography, Stephen Pham, Vancouver
I know I haven’t been around in a while but it’s for good reason. I’ve been busy taking pictures for my good friend Stephen Pham’s blog. Check it out here! Under normal circumstances, I would never consider myself a “street photographer” and I still don’t think I’m very good but at least you guys can get a feel for how cool Stephen is. Oh yeah, and how beautiful Vancouver is. ENJOY!
Filed under: Mitzi's view | Tags: Current, Detained, Euna Lee, Journalism, Larua Ling, North Korea
DURING OUR TIME in captivity, and in the weeks since we returned, there has been speculation about what we were doing in that part of the world and about what happened on the morning of the 17th. After arriving home, we were disoriented, overwhelmed and not ready to talk about the experience. There are things that are still too painful to revisit, but we do want to explain what took us to northeastern China and the circumstances of our arrest. Our motivations for covering this story were many. First and foremost, we believe that journalists have a responsibility to shine light in dark places, to give voice to those who are too often silenced and ignored. One of us, Euna, is a devout Christian whose faith infused her interest in the story. The other, Laura, has reported on the exploitation of women around the world for years. We wanted to raise awareness about the harsh reality facing these North Korean defectors who, because of their illegal status in China, live in terror of being sent back to their homeland. (via)
My best friends from the Arctic came to visit me in Vancouver and my friend Emily bought an awesome white bob wig to wear at a music festival she’s heading to in a few weeks.
Dear new blogger,
First of all, welcome to the blogosphere! It’s great to add a bunch of fresh new opinions, ideas and tightly cropped “about me” photos to the blogging community.
For some of you, blogging has been something you’ve been debating about doing for months. For others, blogging evolved to be a project of sorts, something to do to pass the long hot summer hours. Either way, whatever the reason you’ve decided to dedicate yourself to a Blogger or WordPress account, I would like to propose to you fresh-faced bloggers a user-friendly application called a blogroll.
What is a blogroll you ask? Well simply put, it’s an optional application (or “widget”) that sits on the side of your blog in a list format, and links to other blogs that you read/like. As a blogger, you even have the option to include more than one blogroll in your blog. Mind-boggling, I know. Every blogging platform (including Blogger, WordPress and Typepad) allows users to include a blogroll on their blogs, and makes it pretty fool-proof. Need some help? Check out these resources: Blogger help, WordPress help.
Why is it important to have a blogroll? Well the blogosphere (read: the blogging community) has been sharing information for years already and has users around the world taking part in some very interesting conversations. The beauty about blogs is that there is little instruction as to what you can include in your blog. Essentially, the main criteria to blogging, is to write about anything and everything that you’re interested in. That being said, although I’m sure your thoughts and opinions are entertaining enough to captivate a reader’s attention for hours at a time, what happens when they’re done with viewing your page? Without offering readers something else to click on, or another way to dialog, you’re essentially ending the conversation. You’re not allowing the reader to engage in another opinion or even a similar opinion. The reader has no trail to follow, they end up in dead space.
Advantages of a blogroll:
Blogroll as a personality indicator: We’ve all spent more time than we’d like to admit making our blogs look just right. We’ve adjusted the photos, played with the colors, scrutinized every blog template to find just the right one and have hopefully come up with the perfect formula that says exactly who we are, this is My blog. A blogroll can be an extra element to do just that. Blogrolls can reveal to readers what they’re going to be in for as they read your blog. What kind of blog is this? Is your blogroll a list of fashion sites, photography sites or political? Whatever you’re reading, tells the reader, that’s what you’ll be talking about. Use that to your advantage.
Blogroll as a traffic booster: One of the best things you can do to boost the traffic to your blog is to get linked to as many places as you can. Every blog you include in your blogroll has that much more of a chance of getting viewed by readers. And if you include a blog on your blogroll, it is polite bloging conduct to reciprocate the gesture. That’s how you create a blogging community; a blogosphere.
Finally, let’s keep this conversation going. Comment on blog posts you like, discover new blogs, and read the blogs you link to. Why? Because it’s nice.
Looking forward to getting to know you new blogger,
Filed under: Mitzi's view | Tags: Economist, First place, Livablity, Vancouver
Vancouver recently took first prize as the most “liveable city in the world” according to a new ranking done by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The study ranked each city with a score from 0-100 based on evaluation in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Vancouver was given a score of 98, closely followed by Vienna who came second place with a score of 97.9. The top ranked American city in “livability report” was Pittsburg who came in at 29th place.
As a newcomer to this fine city, I was rather proud that the top prize not only went to a Canadian city but that it also went to one of the most beautiful and lively cities I’ve ever experience. I’m extremely proud to call this city home and I’m looking forward to getting to know the alleys and backstreets that make this city so dynamic. Care to join?