I missed my five year blogoversary by one day, which is perhaps a testament to the difficulty of finding time to blog these days. Yes, I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like to these days. 7iber has me occupied most of the time lately. But nevertheless, it has been five years since this blog was established and since then it has taken me on an long and winding journey. Along the way some of the posts here have sparked some of the most interesting conversations in Jordan I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Along the way a little community grew. Some of whom even chastise me for not posting enough during those hectic times in my life when this blog becomes a luxury. Some even send emails during those absences to make sure I haven’t been “hauled away”. Along the way it has surprised me. Whether it’s a public official leaving a comment or a post consisting of a single picture and a caption being able to spark a 40-comment long discussion – this blog has surprised me. Along the way I’ve voiced my frustrations with specific Jordanian issues only to find that many others share those same frustrations. Along the way it became my mouthpiece. Along the way it became my refuge. Along the way it became the refuge for others. Along the way it has changed as I have changed. Along the way it has fluctuated. Along the way it has become a chronicle of evolving personal viewpoints. And for that especially I am thankful. For what good is a blog that has lasted for five years only to demonstrate that its author has never changed his mind?
I will be making an effort to blog more often. I will also be making an effort – and hopefully soon – to redesign this space to host a new look and feel. In the meantime, thanks to everyone who has been reading, commenting, following, spreading, sharing, fighting and writing throughout all these years.
And although I am a poor man who can barely cover his own hosting fees, I still want to show my gratitude to this growing community by having a little contest to celebrate the blogoversary. Here’s how it’ll go…
1) Search the blog and select your absolute favorite post and/or discussion on The Black Iris.
2) Leave the link in a comment on this very post along with a single sentence (aim for no more) of why you’ve chosen it.
3) The commenter who leaves the 50th link will get a $25 gift card from Amazon.
You can only post a MAXIMUM of TWO comments with a link, and let’s establish an honor system because I don’t want to have to check ip and email addresses to make sure there’s no voter fraud. We’ll probably see enough of that later this year during election time.
In the case that no one leaves a comment or we don’t get to 50, the gift card goes to me. And yes, I’ve already picked out a book!