I have come to realise the massive importance of blogging lately, especially since the bombings in Amman. Seeing Sabri Hakim’s blog show up on CNN was probably my semi-wake-up call. I was somewhat crestfallen over the state of Arabian blogging in a region where the media does not take them seriously yet ironically they represent one of the purest voices of the Arab street; or at least the most articulate one.
Though I had forgotten that there are millions of other people who are interested in what we have to say and most of them are not Arab. That CNN scenario was just one example of how the western media is becoming more reliant on the people of the Arab world for news instead of the traditional government controled media.
That being said I think the Jordanian Blogosphere is about to overflow the boundries of the home planet: Jordan Planet. And this in my opinion is a good thing. Whether the Planet is able to adjust to accomodate and aggregate the overwhelming majority of Jordanian bloggers is yet to be seen. Jeeran.com‘s new blogging service has certainly helped in opening the floodgates.
In the meantime I would like to see more and more Jordanians blogging and I have been trying to encourage people to become bloggers. It’s my mini campaign to turn up the volume on the Jordanian voice. Something which is also being done with the emerging Jordanian podcasters.
I cannot help but be amazed at the rapid growth of the Jordanian blogosphere. It is astounding to say the least and I hope it continues along this path.
So a warm welcome to Khalidah, Laith Zraikat, Tololy, Nar, Basem and Mazen on becoming the latest citizens of the Planet. We should create some sort of crazy hazing ritual for the newbies (note to self, discuss this idea with JP’s administration).
They are still very fresh but I gaurentee you will become loyal fans of their blogs.
You can check out a list of some Non-JP bloggers over at I Ã¢?Â¥ Amman
I leave you with Opus and his own blogging experience…
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