My 10 Most Popular Posts of 2009 are not the ones I like

I think I should share the most popular pages on this blog with you now that the past year has passed. Not only because I don’t have any idea of what to write today, but also because it brings back some good old memories. The blog got launched in January of 2009 and it has increased it’s traffic with about 50% per month since then. I got a post on Stumbleupon to go crazy and thus this top ten table is a bit skewed. However. These are the top ten posts of 2009 at jesperastrom.com with regards to unique visitors recorded in Google Analytics.

50 year old Education needs Change

Those of you who know me a bit better know how much I care about education, and the lack of good education possibilities in the world. We have basically had the same educational system for over 50 years. The same method for pedagogic and didactic teaching and the same belief of molding people into boxes.

With the overflow of information out there on the web, the access to information has spread and the way in which we could learn has moved from plain text, to sound, to video to emotional NLP methods. All is accessible if we choose to make it accessible. New collaboration tools such as Google Wave and Apps has made it free from costs to collaborate in real time over the Internet.

What is it to be resilient?

The other day I got asked a question: “How resilient are you?”. The question was asked to me in a friendly environment, but it made me really start thinking. Why should anyone be asked to be resilient in the modern business environment? How can it even be an option to be resilient? Why should it be a trait to be resilient? Nothing in life should be about being resilient and nothing, I repeat nothing, in business should be so.

Business shall be about making money. Nothing more, nothing less. You can decide if you want to make that money in a decent manner or if you want to make that money in a dirty manner. That is completely up to you as an entrepreneur. The bottom line however is that you try to create the best product there is, with the buying consumer in mind. You aim to get the highest possible revenue out of some sort of input. That’s business.

Bob Dylan’s take on Social Media

Just press play on this one and then start reading the text below. If you’re one of those struggling “social web advocates” out there. Just keep this in mind whilst on your way to work in the morning. I have this text on the cubical wall in my work area. I read it through every day. I smile at it and I am happy to know that I was late in figuring this one out. Bob Dylan already thought about this soooooo long ago that I wasn’t even born. The times are changing… and even though this is another version than the one that Bob does himself…. since it is evening when I am writing this post… this is the most suitable…

Talk at #eMetrics Stockholm, October 2009

There has been a lot of talk by so called social media gurus that social media cannot be measured in terms of ROI. I believe this to be far from accruate. I really wish I could have taken a recording from todays presentation to add to this slideshare document but I simply didn’t bring my camera or my pocket memory.

Yet another post about Lowe Brindfors, perhaps in their defence…

I have somewhat been enjoying the emerging debate about the coexistance of beautiful and working designs that’s been regurgitated in the SWEnglish bloggosphere since a post by Walter Naeslund a couple of half weeks back.

Walter is a highly skilled copy and put his finger on a very open and visible wound in the Swedish Ad-agency/webb-agency sphere. Naturally, lots of bloggers followed, and all though I agree with most of what’s been said in these posts I would still like to flip the coin.

What I have to say in their defence
I am hurting inside as the static page experience of the web is starting to make me boored. When I know that inventions such as Prezi and Sea Dragon give depth to the web when treating it like one big – enormous – gigantic – surface rather than a collection of individual pages and urls. Especially when looking at

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People, content and links between them – the history of the Internet

I meet people every day that try to make the web into something complex. They try to find new ways to name drop new functions on the web in order to charge others for what they do. Instead of focusing on what is successfull, they focus on retoric. Yesterday I wrote a post about that there is no such thing as a website. What it all boils down too is what the web is really about.

People, content and links between them
It is about people, content and links between them. That is all that the web is. From the beginning there was links between uploaded packages of information. Then it became links between content. Later we saw the emergence of content linked to people as PEOPLE gained access to project themselves on the web. What we seen now is that the web is being used to link people to people.

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