A Good Read (blogwise)

I picked up the book by blogger Belle de Jour around Xmas. Interesting account of a London call girl. Very amusing and a little sad. An “at the coalface” account of the ins and outs of the sex trade. Because of her blog, Belle has won awards, the publishing contract, and now writes a column for a Brit newspaper. She has left one of the oldest professions for an much more tacky one. Heh.

I started reading Baghdad Burning today – the book from “Girl Blog From Iraq” Riverbend. Very sad and a little amusing. A human eye account of the pain and trauma of war by a 23 year old Iraqi. Because of her blog, I and thousands of others just hope Riverbend survives. Full stop.

Baghdad Burning is up for the Samuel Johnson prize. A real literary prize, not a Blooker. :p

I’ve been thinking about talking to Good Reading about developing a real online community for reading groups – post up your meetings, your books, your comments on books. Questions about “what is the name of the book about the girl in India who…” A local version of Amazon’s (who don’t really get swarming) comments and booklists. What do you think? It would have to be managed properly but I reckon it has potential. They are half way there.

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Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

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