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Lancement du blog de voyage ebookers.ch [fr]

Lancement du blog de voyage ebookers.ch [fr]

J’en ai déjà parlé ici, mais aujourd’hui est le grand jour du lever de rideau: le blog de voyage d’ebookers.ch est ouvert au public. Je reproduis ici un extrait de l’article de bienvenue que j’y ai écrit:

Depuis fin 2007, ebookers Suisse a un blog de voyage en allemand. Début 2009, nous avons le grand plaisir de vous annoncer le lancement d’un blog de voyage en français, qui sera animé par une équipe d’auteurs dynamiques.

Vous y trouverez des articles sur l’actualité de diverses destinations, des tuyaux pour voyageurs, des exclusivités ebookers, des reportages, ainsi que des critiques de publications (sur internet ou ailleurs) touchant au monde du voyage.

[…]

Le blog de voyage est éditorialement assez indépendant d’ebookers: ce sont la plupart du temps les auteurs qui proposent des sujets, au gré de leurs envies, de leurs intérêts, et de leurs expériences. Bien entendu, nous prenons soin d’inclure dans notre sélection les destinations les plus prisées, et de vous communiquer les informations importantes et promotions ebookers.ch.

Blog de voyage ebookers.ch

C’est un projet qui me plaît beaucoup, j’avoue. Nous avons une grande liberté rédactionnelle: il s’agit de parler de tout ce qui touche au voyage (destinations, tuyaux pratiques, littérature). Nous publions bien sûr aussi des articles touchant plus directement à l’offre ebookers, clairement marqués comme tels dans une catégorie séparée.

Mon rôle là-dedans? Rédactrice en chef du blog. Cela veut dire que je gère une équipe de blogueurs-auteurs (Michelle Carrupt, Marco Castroni, Raphaël Chabloz, Nathalie Hamidi, Mirko Humbert, Stéphanie Klebetsanis, Mélissa Monaco), que je supervise et valide le contenu, assure la liaison avec le client quand c’est nécessaire, m’occupe des commentaires&

Ce que je trouve intéressant avec ce mandat, c’est que pour une fois, ce n’est pas moi qui en suis l’instigatrice. C’est l’entreprise Blogwerk, qui s’occupe déjà du blog en allemand d’ebookers, qui a été mandatée par l’agence de voyage en ligne pour mettre sur pied un blog similaire en français. La formule existait donc déjà, mais c’était le premier mandat de Blogwerk en francophonie.

Pour l’avoir croisé à diverses reprises à des conférences, je connais Peter Hogenkamp, le patron de Blogwerk. Il m’a approchée au sujet de ce blog, nous avons discuté un peu, et le résultat& vous l’avez sous les yeux.

On a déjà publié une série d’articles. Je ne peux pas les mentionner tous ici, mais vous y trouverez des idées pour échapper au brouillard (bains thermaux ou Jura), des informations sur l’année de la BD à Bruxelles, une incitation à partir à Ténérife en famille ou à tester les nouveaux trains grande vitesse en Italie, une idée de bon plan (shopping à Londres pour profiter de la chute de la livre sterling) et même, dans le genre exotique, une promenade dans les jardins de Suzhou en Chine, et une petite envie d’Inde&

On espère que commentaires, liens, et feedback suivront. Je suis pour ma part très intéressée de savoir ce que vous pensez (a) de ce type de publication en général et (b) de notre travail sur ce blog de voyage en particulier.

Bonne lecture!

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Hoosgot: The Lazyweb is Back! [en]

Hoosgot: The Lazyweb is Back! [en]

[fr] Hoosgot, réincarnation du lazyweb d'antan, est en ligne. Merci à Dave Sifry, fondateur de Technorati!

One of the great things about the internet is that it brings people and ideas closer. One of the ways I (and many others) use it is to find things, or make sure the great idea we just had hasn’t already been implemented somewhere before we start building it.

Many years ago, when trackbacks were young and the [the Internet Topic Exchange was hot](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2004/07/19/easier-topicexchange-trackbacks-for-wordpress/), some brave folks [put their heads and fingers together](http://www.lazyweb.org/about.html) to give birth to [The Lazyweb](http://www.lazyweb.org/archives/010257.html). If you had a request or a question, you would blog about it, send a trackback and a small prayer to the lazyweb, and maybe the lazyweb would answer with a solution. (As you’ve understood, the “lazyweb” is the community of people sending requests and keeping an eye on those from their brethren.)

I sent [a few requests](http://climbtothestars.org/tags/lazyweb) its way at the time.

Unfortunately,spam [killed](http://www.lazyweb.org/archives/010257.html) the lazyweb.

Yesterday, [Dave Sifry announced](http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/2007/12/announcing_hoos.html) the birth of [hoosgot](http://www.hoosgot.com/), reincarnation of the lazyweb.

So, [how do you send your requests](http://www.hoosgot.com/index.php/about/) over to hoosgot? Simply mention hoosgot in post or Twitter message, and it will appear [on the website](http://www.hoosgot.com/) and in the associated RSS feed — which you should definitely subscribe to and keep an eye on.

Thanks, Dave!

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Another Fresh Lime Soda? [en]

Another Fresh Lime Soda? [en]

[fr] Le dernier épisode de Fresh Lime Soda (vidéo!) est en ligne.

Guess what! As I’ve been here in London, staying at Suw’s, we jumped on the occasion to record another episode of [Fresh Lime Soda](http://freshlimesoda.net). We first had a good hard think about how to manage that. We usually do it through Skype, and each of us records her own side with CallRecorder. Suw in the bedroom, me in the kitchen? The other way around? It sounded a bit silly.

Then came the bright idea: we’re both here in meatspace, why not jump on the occasion to shoot a video? And [that’s exactly what we did](http://freshlimesoda.net/2007/04/07/fresh-lime-soda-episode-4-goofing-about-on-video/).

You’ll probably find the style slightly different from our usual audio podcasts. More silliness, amongst other things. Oh, and it’s a bit shorter, too: just twenty minutes or so.

Enjoy!

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Death Threats in the Blogosphere [en]

Death Threats in the Blogosphere [en]

[fr] Kathy Sierra, blogueuse réputée, fait l'objet de menaces de mort (et d'autres menaces à caractères sexuel) laissées sur son blog et sur un ou deux autres blogs gérés par d'autres personnalités connues de la blogosphère anglo-saxonne.

A bout, elle a annulé ses conférences prévues aujourd'hui à ETech et est enfermée chez elle. Une enquête de police est en cours.

[Kathy Sierra](http://headrush.typepad.com/) is somebody whose blog posts I never miss, because they’re always really really good material, and very though-provoking. I was about to head to bed when I saw a new one of her pop up in Google Reader. Just a quick nice read before I go to bed, I thought.

[Not so.](http://twitter.com/stephtara/statuses/13216861)

In her latest post, Kathy Sierra [reports that she has been receiving increasingly disturbing threats](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html) (death threats, and of sexual nature), to the point that she has cancelled her appearance at ETech and has locked herself up at home.

Many, many years ago, during my first year of discovering the internet, I received an e-mail containing quite graphicly described rape threats. I received two e-mails in total. The e-mails were anonymous, but it seemed clear from the wording that the person sending them knew at least something about who I was. They were for me, not a random send.

I started suspecting all my online friends, wondering which one of them was the nasty e-mail sender. I wasn’t too worried as I had been very secretive about my name and exact location at the time, but still — it was *not a nice feeling at all*. A few days, later, through an abuse complaint to Hotmail and a little sleuthing on my part, I managed to find out who it was. I played dead, nothing else happened, I left it at that and life went on, with no particularly averse consequences for me.

In this case, the threats Kathy has been getting have been left in the comments of her blog, or even published on other blogs managed by known names in the blogosphere.

> For the last four weeks, I’ve been getting death threat comments on this blog. But that’s not what pushed me over the edge. What finally did it was some disturbing threats of violence and sex posted on two other blogs… blogs authored and/or owned by a group that includes prominent bloggers. People you’ve probably heard of.

Kathy, being her smart self, perfectly understands how threats like those she received do their damage.

> Most of all, I now fully understand the impact of death threats. It really doesn’t make much difference whether the person intends to act on the threat… it’s the threat itself that inflicts the damage. It’s the threat that makes you question whether that “anonymous” person is as disturbed as their comments and pictures suggest.

> It’s the threat that causes fear.

> It’s the threat that leads you to a psychiatrist and tranquilizers just so you can sleep without repeating the endless loop of your death by:

> * throat slitting
> * hanging
> * suffocation
> and don’t forget the sexual part…

> I have cancelled all speaking engagements.

> I am afraid to leave my yard.

> I will never feel the same. I will never be the same.

Unfortunately, understanding how it works is not helping her alleviate the damaging effects of those horrible threats.

Was all this intentional? Was this somebody (or a group-effect) taking “play” too far without realising they had crossed a line into (a) illegal and (b) really damaging behaviour?

I don’t know the people involved here — neither directly, nor really indirectly. I’m not sure who sides with who, who hates or despises who, or what the history is. Reading Kathy’s post gives some ideas, but no real answers. I sincerely hope the person/people behind this are found out. What’s going on here is utterly unacceptable.

And Kathy, hang in there. We want to see you back amongst us.

Selected posts on the topic (updated as comes):

– [Way Way Over the Edge](http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2007/03/26/Kathy-Sierra) by Tim Bray
– [What is Wrong with Internet People? (or: Kathy Sierra vs. the Internet Creeps)](http://accordionguy.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/3/26/2837202.html) (and also [The Downside of Having a Web Presence (or: Kathy Sierra vs. the Anonymous Web Thugs)](http://globalnerdy.com/?p=497)) by Joey deVilla
– [Death Threats Against Bloggers](http://maryamie.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!9592F3DEF41537A3!3314.entry) by Maryam Scoble
– [This is Unacceptable](http://www.crunchnotes.com/?p=377) by Michael Arrington
– [Thank you Kathy Sierra, and Best Wishes!](http://geekularity.com/2007/03/26/thank-you-kathy-sierra-and-best-wishes/) by Sean Osteen
– [Taking the Week Off](http://scobleizer.com/2007/03/26/taking-the-week-off/) by Robert Scoble (how much of this is a knee-jerk reaction? I personally don’t think it’s a good idea) **Update: check out [How Awful](http://www.docuverse.com/blog/donpark/2007/03/27/how-awful).**
– [Kathy Sierra Death Threats](http://www.stoweboyd.com/message/2007/03/kathy_sierra_de.html) by Stowe Boyd (with some insider info)
– [Kathy Sierra Getting Death Threats, Internet Reaches New Low](http://www.tinyscreenfuls.com/2007/03/kathy-sierra-getting-death-threats-internet-reaches-new-low/) by Josh Bancroft
– [Patriarchy exists and we’re kicking its ass](http://liz-henry.blogspot.com/2007/03/patriarchy-exists-and-we-kicking-its.html) by Liz Henry
– [Disappointed](http://burningbird.net/connecting/disappointed/) by Shelley Powers (**context here!** *Yes, Shelley, some of us would really like more of this context thing…*)
– [Creating Passionate Users: Death threats against bloggers are NOT](http://student.johnpdaigle.com/blog/?p=55) by John P. Daigle
– [Blogger Gets Death Threats](http://www.lastpodcast.net/2007/03/26/blogger-gets-death-threats-2/) by Frederic (comment on blogohysteria, the [blogmob I’m just noticing now](http://twitter.com/stephtara/statuses/13328601))
– [Misogyny and anonymity](http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2007/03/misogyny_and_an.html) by Seth Godin
– [Death and rape threats are criminal](http://epeus.blogspot.com/2007/03/death-and-rape-threats-are-criminal.html) by Kevin Marks (more background information here)
– [Mere Anarchy](http://listics.com/20070326984) by Frank Paynter (background on unclebob and meankids from one who set them up)
– “Joey” comments on Kathy’s blog: [one](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html#c64459820), [two](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html#c64463926), [three](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html#c64466218), [four](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html#c64468260), [five](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html#c64468722); does this shed light on some horrible misunderstanding, or are they just [lies](http://listics.com/20070326984#comment-22231)? See also [Brent’s response to the first comment](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html#c64460850).
– [Safe havens for hate speech are irresponsible](http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2007/03/26/safe_havens_for.html) by danah boyd
– [It’s Awful. Yes.](http://www.minjungkim.com/2007/03/26/it%e2%80%99s-awful-yes/) by MJ (about harassment)
– [re Kathy Sierra’s allegations](http://www.rageboy.com/2007/03/re-kathy-sierras-allegations.html), by Chris Locke (his side of the story)
– [Mind Killer](http://loud.anotherquietday.com/post/375846) by Baldur
– [Memo to Kathy Sierra and Chris Locke: Shut Up](http://www.enterpriseweb2.com/?p=222) by Jerry Bowles
– [Women as targets of violence online](http://cravingideas.blogs.com/backinskinnyjeans/2007/03/one_of_my_favor.html) by Stephanie Quilao
– [The threats of death and sexual assualt](http://www.ericrice.com/blog/?p=471) by Eric Rice
– [The Unsinkable Kathy Sierra](http://www.horsepigcow.com/2007/03/27/the-unsinkable-kathy-sierra/) by Tara Hunt who has first-hand information
– [In defense of Chris Locke](http://valleywag.com/tech/take-two/in-defense-of-chris-locke-247414.php) by Nick Denton (a bit ironic IMHO as the first VW post contributed to putting Locke’s role forward)
– [Was Kathy Sierra’s Life Threatened?](http://lgbusinesssolutions.typepad.com/solutions_to_grow_your_bu/2007/03/was_kathy_sierr.html) by Lewis Green
– [Anonymity, Interpellation, Truth, Ignorance, and the Stakes](http://akma.disseminary.org/archives/2007/03/anonymity_inter.html) by AKMA
– [Are Scoble & Sierra Wrong To Stop Blogging?](http://www.psfk.com/2007/03/are_scoble_sier.html) by Piers Fawkes
– [A message to the techblogging elite](http://michellemalkin.com/archives/007191.htm) by Michelle Malkin
– [Getting past the bottom of What Went Wrong](http://doc.weblogs.com/2007/03/27#gettingPastTheBottomOfWhatWentWrong) by Doc Searls
– [I had Death Threats in High School](http://chris.pirillo.com/2007/03/26/i-had-death-threats-in-high-school/) by Chris Pirillo
– [Alan Herrell on The Meankids Mess](http://www.stoweboyd.com/message/2007/03/alan_herrell_on.html) by Stowe Boyd (Alan Herrell reports being victim of identity theft)
– [Kathy Sierra interview in MacWorld](http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/03/28/deaththreats/)
– [The Sierra Saga Part 1: Dissecting the Creation of the Kathy Sierra Blog Storm](http://www.onebyonemedia.com/the-sierra-saga-part-1-dissecting-the-creation-of-the-kathy-sierra-blog-storm-4/) and [The Sierra Saga Part 2: Big Bad Bob and the Lull Before the Kathy Sierra Blog Storm](http://www.onebyonemedia.com/the-sierra-saga-part-2-big-bad-bob-and-the-lull-before-the-kathy-sierra-blog-storm/) by Jim Turner (good account of the facts so far, exact as far as I can say)
– [Intention, pain and webs](http://interimtom.blogspot.com/2007/03/intention-pain-and-webs.html) by Tom Matrullo (background info on meankids.org by a contributor)
– actually, [head off to Google Blogsearch](http://blogsearch.google.com/blogsearch?hl=en&q=%22kathy+sierra%22) or [Technorati](http://technorati.com/search/%22kathy%20sierra%22) for the latest.

**Update:** a little information about the [background to meankids and unclebob](http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2007/03/as_i_type_this_.html#c64438992) can be found on the blog linked to in this comment (look through the February archive too).

**Update, 28 March 2007:** please read my second post on this topic too — [Disturbed About Reactions to Kathy Sierra’s Post](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/03/27/disturbed-about-reactions-to-kathy-sierras-post/).

**Update, 30 March 2007:** for various reasons, I need to take a little distance from this whole sad affair (reasons like: not letting issues that do not concern me directly eat me up — and don’t make me say what I haven’t said with this, thanks). If I do bump into interesting links, I’ll keep adding them here, but please don’t expect this to be a complete list. It never was intended to. And it’s going to get spottier.

– (http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=business&id=5165663)
– [Kathy Sierra—When Blogs Attack](http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/3/30/04025/8283) — with a poll
– [Not looking for sympathy or anything](http://www.scripting.com/stories/2007/03/29/notLookingForSympathyOrAny.html) by Dave Winer: Everyone played a role in this, the people who stopped blogging, the people who threatened their friends, the people who called it a gang rape, and yes indeed, the mean kids. But they’ve paid enough. It’s time to welcome them back into the blogging world, and in a few weeks, ask them to reflect on what they learned. These are all intelligent and creative people, who have acted badly. But they didn’t deserve what they got.
– [In the Matter of Kathy Sierra](http://ronnibennett.typepad.com/weblog/2007/03/the_matter_of_k.html) by Ronni Bennett
– [It’s all about Control](http://burningbird.net/ethics/its-all-about-control/) by Shelley Powers
– [I Own my Own Words, indeed](http://www.horsepigcow.com/2007/03/31/i-own-my-own-words-indeed/) by Tara Hunt (apology re [here](http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/03/28/BUG0MOSR8R1.DTL))
– [Kathy Sierra, Meet Chris Locke. This is CNN.](http://accordionguy.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/3/31/2848594.html) by Joey deVilla (Monday 6-9 Eastern)
– [Just a Few Words](http://allied.blogspot.com/2007/03/just-few-words.html) by Jeneane Sessum
– [Coordinated Statements on the Recent Events](http://www.rageboy.com/statements-sierra-locke.html) by Kathy Sierra and Chris Locke: Kathy Sierra and I (Chris Locke) agreed to publish these statements in advance of the story which will appear tomorrow (Monday 2 April 2007) on CNN, sometime between 6 and 9am on “CNN American Morning.” As used in the somewhat Victorian title slug, above, “coordinated” is meant to signal our joint effort to get this stuff online, not that we co-wrote the material you see here, or had any hand in prompting or editing each other’s words. We hope something new comes through in these statements, and that they will perhaps suggest more creative ways of approaching the kind of debate that has been generated around “the recent events” they relate to.

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Introducing Fresh Lime Soda with Episode 3 of the Suw+Steph Podcast [en]

Introducing Fresh Lime Soda with Episode 3 of the Suw+Steph Podcast [en]

[fr] Notre podcast anglophone (à Suw Charman et moi-même) a maintenant son propre nom de domaine (histoire de fêter son baptême et l'épisode 3): Fresh Lime Soda.

As [twittered yesterday](http://twitter.com/stephtara/statuses/10631221), [Suw](http://chocnvodka.blogware.com/) and I are very proud to announce the christening of our previously unnamed podcast: [Fresh Lime Soda](http://freshlimesoda.net). As you can see, it has a domain and blog of its own (hosted by [WordPress.com](http://wordpress.com)), on which you can read the shownotes and of course listen to (or download) the podcast itself:

– [episode 1: Cities, geeks, security and risk](http://freshlimesoda.net/2007/01/19/fresh-lime-soda-episode-1-cities-geeks-security-and-risk/)
– [episode 2: Conferences, note taking, Wedding 2.0 and new tools](http://freshlimesoda.net/2007/02/15/fresh-lime-soda-episode-2-conferences-note-taking-wedding-20-and-new-tools/)
– and — yay! — the new [episode 3: Fresh lime soda, Twitter, bad marketing, you can’t beat being there](http://freshlimesoda.net/2007/03/21/fresh-lime-soda-episode-3-fresh-lime-soda-twitter-bad-marketing-you-cant-beat-being-there/).

You’ll certainly want to [subscribe using the RSS/atom (FeedBurner) feed](http://feeds.feedburner.com/FLS), possibly [subscribe in iTunes directly](itpc://feeds.feedburner.com/FLS) so that you never miss an episode!

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Couverture presse: contente! [fr]

Couverture presse: contente! [fr]

[en] Two press appearances I'm really happy about. One is a radio interview about the usefulness of blogs in a corporate environment. The other is a half-page article covering the talk I gave about the internet to parents of teenagers in Porrentruy.

Là, franchement, chapeau bas à [Jean-Olivier Pain](http://capsule.rsr.ch/site/) (RSR1) et Sébastien Fasnacht (LQJ). Je suis absolument ravie [des résultats](http://capsule.rsr.ch/site/?p=208) de la [fameuse (double) capsule](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2007/03/12/demain-capsule-de-pain/) et de la [couverture (une bonne demi-page si je vois juste!)](http://www.lqj.ch/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3661&Itemid=196) de ma [conférence pour parents d’adolescents](http://stephanie-booth.com/conferences) à [Porrentruy](http://steph.wordpress.com/2007/03/08/je-suis-toujours-a-porrentruy/). Bon, ça fait beaucoup trop de liens, ça. Ne vous prenez pas le chou et allez voir ailleurs:

– [Blogs et entreprises I & II](http://capsule.rsr.ch/site/?p=208) à écouter directement sur le blog de M. Pain.
– [Bien connaître internet pour mieux fixer des limites aux adolescents](http://www.lqj.ch/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3661&Itemid=196) de Sébastien Fasnacht sur le site du Quotidien Jurassien.

Ça me fait très, très plaisir. Si en règle générale mes [contacts avec les journalistes](/about/presse/) sont tout à fait plaisants, il est rare que je sois carrément épatée par le résultat final, comme ici!

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The Shadow IT Department (and Shadow HR) [en]

The Shadow IT Department (and Shadow HR) [en]

[fr] Un article qui montre du doigt un nécessaire changement de mentalité dans les départements IT: nombre des outils que les employés utilisent pour améliorer leur productivité ont en fait été introduits de façon "sauvage". Vouloir tout contrôler à tout prix n'est pas la meilleure solution.

Here’s a very interesting piece I picked up in [Bruno’s links](http://www.lunchoverip.com/2007/02/links_for_20070_8.html): [Users Who Know Too Much (And the CIOs Who Fear Them)](http://www.cio.com/archive/021507/fea_user_mgmt.html?action=print). It talks about the chasm between what technology IT departments make available, and what tools employees install and use behind the IT department’s back to be more productive at work.

> And that disconnect is fundamental. Users want IT to be responsive to their individual needs and to make them more productive. CIOs want IT to be reliable, secure, scalable and compliant with an ever increasing number of government regulations. Consequently, when corporate IT designs and provides an IT system, manageability usually comes first, the user’s experience second. But the shadow IT department doesn’t give a hoot about manageability and provides its users with ways to end-run corporate IT when the interests of the two groups do not coincide.

> “Employees are looking to enhance their efficiency,” says André Gold, director of information security at Continental Airlines. “People are saying, ‘I need this to do my job.’” But for all the reasons listed above, he says, corporate IT usually ends up saying no to what they want or, at best, promising to get to it…eventually. In the interim, users turn to the shadow IT department.

I remember that when I used to work at Orange, many of my most useful tools were things I “wasn’t allowed” to have on my computer. I also remember that when [I got really bad RSI](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2002/10/20/hiatus-repetitive-strain-injury/) and [using dictation software](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2002/10/31/trying-dictation-software/) was the only way to get me back to work, the IT department flat-out refused our request for [Dragon](http://www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/). (Somebody actually said that if I couldn’t type anymore, they should just get rid of me.) My boss had to have a chat with somebody else’s boss to finally have the program installed on my computer.

The bit that actually prompted me to write this post is the comparison with the way HR organises the company:

> For example, a similar dynamic has long played out in HR. A company’s employees have titles and reporting relationships that give their work a formal structure. But at the same time every company has an informal structure determined by expertise, interpersonal relationships, work ethic, overall effectiveness and so on. Companies suffer when HR is out of phase with the informal structure. Employees are demoralized when the formal architecture elevates someone at the bottom of the informal architecture, and people who occupy the top spots in the informal architecture leave when they aren’t recognized by the formal one. Good HR departments know where employees stand in both the formal and informal architectures and balance the two.

A few months ago, I was giving a talk on blogs (etc.) to a bunch of Internal Communications people, and one of my points was that there *is* an informal structure inside the company (the value of which is in fact recognized by the companies, who will invest in “teambuilding” or “recreation” activities to encourage transversal communication), and that use of tools like blogs can help make this structure more visible and efficient. (Think [Cluetrain, these 50](http://www.cluetrain.com/book/95-theses.html).)

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Lancement du blog de Josef Zisyadis [fr]

Lancement du blog de Josef Zisyadis [fr]

[en] The site (blog, of course!) of my first political client, Josef Zisyadis is now live. Interested to see where it will go!

Il y a quelques mois, un ami commun a proposé à l’équipe de [Josef Zisyadis](http://zisyadis.ch) de faire appel à mes services pour la mise en place d’un blog. En effet, Josef Zisyadis et son équipe désiraient utiliser efficacement internet dans le cadre de sa campagne pour les élections.

On s’est rencontrés, on a parlé, on m’a proposé un mandat (payé), je l’ai accepté. On a organisé quelques demi-journées de [formation “De l’importance d’une formation blogs, en vidéo.”](http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2006/11/26/video-necessite-dune-formation-blogs/), de réflexion stratégique, de bataillage avec [WordPress](http://wordpress.org) et divers serveurs. J’ai trouvé Josef Zisyadis et les membres de son équipe tout à fait réceptifs à ce nouveau média et je pense qu’ils sauront en tirer parti.

Donc, aujourd’hui — enfin, cette nuit — nous avons rendu le [blog/nouveau site](http://zisyadis.ch) public. Comme vous pouvez le voir, cela fait déjà un petit moment qu’il est alimenté de billets et de contenus divers. Vous noterez également qu’il contient le contenu plus “classique” d’un site internet (question que me posent souvent mes clients: “mais si je fais un blog… je peux aussi avoir un *vrai* site?”): une page de [contact](http://zisyadis.ch/contact), une [biographie](http://zisyadis.ch/bio/), une page [Presse/Caricatures](http://zisyadis.ch/caricatures/), etc. Aussi, pour les amateurs, une collection de [textes divers](http://zisyadis.ch/textes), [poésies](http://zisyadis.ch/poesies) et [recettes de cuisine](http://zisyadis.ch/recettes)…

La navigation dans le site n’est malheureusement pas tout à fait aussi bonne qu’on l’aurait souhaité (et même, qu’on ne l’avait prévu): une incompabilité d’humeur de dernière minute entre le serveur hébergeant le site et [K2](http://getk2.com/), le thème WordPress (entendre “le look”) que nous avons utilisé comme base pour le design du blog. On va tenter d’y remédier, mais pour le moment, ce n’est malheureusement pas aussi bien que cela pourrait l’être, mais au moins on en est conscients 😉

Comme je ne pouvais pas être présente à la conférence de presse donnée aujourd’hui, j’ai préparé une petite séquence vidéo. J’ai demandé à [Thierry aka James](http://www.thierryweber.com/) s’il pouvait me filmer — et il a fait même plus, vu qu’il m’a “fait parler” à coup de questions. Résultat: une interview d’environ sept minutes, où je parle de [mon implication dans le projet Z-blogue et de l’utilité des blogs en politique](http://www.thierryweber.com/fr/2007/01/31/joseph-zysiadis-un-politicien-qui-blogue/), de façon générale. Donc, merci Thierry, et filez écouter (y’a pas grand-chose à voir) la vidéo si vous voulez en savoir un peu plus!

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Mon travail de rédaction pour [le thème internet de ciao.ch](http://www.ciao.ch/f/internet/infos), un site d’information et de prévention destiné aux adolescents, avance plutôt bien.

[L’association CIAO](http://www.ciao.ch) m’avait contactée il y a déjà bien longtemps, mais entre un job d’enseignante à quasi-plein temps à l’époque, des rechutes de [TMS](/tms/), et les débuts un peu sur les chapeaux de roue de [ma vie de consultante indépendante](http://stephanie-booth.com), le rédaction a vraiment commencé au compte-gouttes. Mais là, depuis quelque temps, on a trouvé un rythme de croisière à coups d’après-midis dans leurs bureaux et de nombreux litres de thé de menthe assaisonnés de quelques gâteaux et chocolats.

Si vous avez un moment — et surtout si vous connaissez les adolescents de près ou de loin — votre avis sur ce qui est déjà en ligne m’intéresse grandement. Est-ce que ça vous paraît adapté, pertinent, adéquat?

Le thème est loin d’être complet. Seront mis en ligne prochainement des chapitres tournant plus autour de la “sécurité informatique”: virus, phishing, spam. Le reste attend d’être rédigé…

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