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Web 2.0 and I

Since my childhood, I have always loved writing. I started with poems. Later, I noticed that the documentary movies made on Madagascar, my country, deal mainly about its poverty image. I started then to dream of becoming some day a “journalist” who will share more about my country. I have to admit that, yes, poverty reigns here but it does not define Madagascar. We are famous with the nice and warm welcome of our population. We have thousands of endemic fauna and flora. We have a beautiful culture. We have great music and rhythm to share to the world. Those are things I wanted to write about. Unfortunately, after my high school diploma, I studied marketing and accounting, which are completely different from my dream job. I would have never believed that one day I would be able to do it. What happened? In September 2008, I had the opportunity to be invited to a workshop where the organizers taught some Malagasy youngsters to become bloggers, “citizen journalists”. This was the first time I heard about web 2.0. I created my blog entitled DagoTiako (Madagascar that I love) where I can share all the things above. Later, I have become interested in photography and started to shoot interesting pictures that show my country and I could post them on my blog. Within few days, I will share video about my country by taking part into a worldwide project (I am not sure if I can mention it here). Yes, it is a dream come true thanks to web 2.0. Web 2.0 also helped me to “virtually” be part of a community that my husband is used to call “cyber world”; a community in which there is a lot of sharing: sharing news, sharing photos, sharing videos, sharing culture, sharing know-how, sharing stories… “Sharing”, a thing I really appreciate.

Through joining World Pulse, I could read many stories experienced by women in all over the world. I could also share my own story, a story that I did not want to share to my society. World Pulse gave me this courage to go on and share it. I have a friend who is mistreated by her husband but she does not want to talk about it. I have another female friend who despite difficulties could make her little company run. I had a mother who had a lot of fairy tales with good lessons of life. As web 2.0 is freely open to each one of us, these women, their stories and experiences would be interesting to be read and to stay forever. Web 2.0 is helping women not to stay silent, to be heard, to make the difference, to take part into the human history.

To sum up and to answer to the question “How is web 2.0 empowering for me?” I will say; web 2.0 is a great opportunity of expressing myself, of sharing and of networking.

Comments

Carri Pence's picture

I look forward to reading

I look forward to reading stories about you and your experiences in Madagascar. I hope to learn from you and your culture. And this is why I love the web because it might empower you through your writing but it empowers me by reading your writing.

Best,
Carri Pence

ariniaina's picture

:)

Thank you Carri.

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

Aida Dervishi's picture

Hello there Arariniaina, it

Hello there Arariniaina,

it has been great to read about you, your beautiful country and web 2.0, all combined in one.
Well done!
Best,
Aida.

ariniaina's picture

:)

Hi Aida,

Thanks a lot.

Cheers,

A.

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

sallysmithr's picture

I love what your intentions

I love what your intentions are regarding your country. It takes someone like you to allow people that don't have the chance, like myself, to get a better perspective. I also love the fact that you were able to get back to what you love doing. It is very understandable that we are not always able to do what we love, but the fact that you had the opportunity is truly great. I really enjoyed reading what you had to say!

Thanks,
Sally

ariniaina's picture

:)

Hi Sally,

Thank you for your nice and encouraging comment.

I believe that we should all keep our dreams because some day when we won't expect it, our dream will be fulfilled.

Keep it up my friend.

Cheers,

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

jenchapin's picture

Great post!

I really enjoyed your post and the way you explained about how you became involved with Web 2.0 and the reasons why you think it is so important to be involved. I understand completely about your desire to express and share a different side of your country with the world. You are right that we often look at things in a very broad way which means that we forget to see all of the little details that make life so interesting and complex and exciting. I am really excited to learn more about Madagascar and about your role in the community. Best of luck!
- Jennifer

ariniaina's picture

Thanks

Hi Jennifer,

Thank you for your comment.

I will talk about Madagascar as much as I can.

Looking forward to reading more stories about you too.

Best wishes.

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

Mirchii's picture

Amazing photos!

Dear ariniaina,

I absolutely love the photography on your blog! Your commitment to changing how the world views Madagascar really shows through in not just this journal entry, but also your photography. I know what it's like to be on the other side of where you are coming from, and associate an incorrect, preconceived notion with a place that I really know nothing about. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the inspiration.

Love and peace,
Mirchii

ariniaina's picture

Thanks

Hi Mirchii,

Thank you for stopping by. I am glad that you appreciate my photographies. Taking pics is a real passion for me.

Wishing to know more about your country too.

Cheers,

Ariniaina

Thanks for visiting my blog http://ariniaina.wordpress.com

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