I would appreciate any input concerning the article. So far I have drawn up a very tentative and brief outline to work around and build upon. It is, of course, by no means a final draft: just an idea of the direction. You can skim through it and if you think there is anything you would like to see added or talked about then post your ideas here and I will take them into consideration.
This is open to all citizens of Jordan Planet and any of it’s loyal readers who are very familiar with JP. But remember, this article is specifically about JP and not the Jordanian Blogosphere as a whole.
a) How Jordan Planet got started & the first citizens. ItÃ¢??s mission statement: non-profit, community, promoting Jordanian bogs
b) Features like Ã¢??Weekly EventsÃ¢?Â, Ã¢??HighlightsÃ¢?Â, Poll, etc
c) Segment of Jordanian society represented. Also that not all Jordanian Bloggers are necessarily citizens. IÃ¢??ll come back to this in the end (refer to notes)
d) Brief statistics and their increases
e) First Meet-Up
f) Articles promoting JP:
(i) Royal Wings Eddie Taylor (expats begin to join)
(ii) Jordan Times, JO Magazine
(iii) (ThereÃ¢??s another one written in Arabic I read in the summer when I was researching mine but I canÃ¢??t remember the magazine, so if someone could help me out there)
g) Staff is formed in October 2005: staffers, and responsibilities.
a) November 11th, Global Voices coverage, Sabri HakimÃ¢??s Blog on CNN North America. Statistics on the boost/exposure during this period
b) Global Voices Summit in London. Roba emailed me with the details but IÃ¢??m not sure if it can fit in here as what was discussed was primarily about Blogging in general and does not pertain specifically to JP. But there is the mention of JP maintaining a healthy blogosphere for Jordanians with the constant meet-ups. Also, the JP members that attended the Summit.
– Jordanian Bloggers in different countries. Percentages.
– More diverse, increasing number of Bloggers.
– Future plans in the works: Jordan Blog Awards, “Eye on the Media” radio program, monthly podcast for JP news/highlights. Arabic Blog interface: mention increase in Bloggers with an increase in Arabic blog services like Albawaba and Jeeran.com
– First Jordanian podcasts
– Most important posts (possibly in the past year) that relate to the key issues raised like lack of politics, anonymity, etc.
– Flickr Pictures: kingdom of Jordan/meet-ups/ 9/11
– I donÃ¢??t know if I should mention (even briefly) the specialties of the Bloggers i.e. what specific Bloggers specifically Blog about, like SabriÃ¢??s photography and KhalafÃ¢??s politics. I hesitate because there may not be enough diversity and at this point there are just too many Bloggers without sounding discriminatory or at least without snubbing anyone.
– A screen capture of JPÃ¢??s interface in August 2004, and the most recent one.
– A paragraph on internet freedoms in Jordan as background information to the reader of the kind of environment Jordanian Bloggers work in.
– Possibly the earliest posts on JP.
c) I think it is essential to discuss this now when Jordanian Bloggers are increasing. What exactly does JP represent? Is it only selective membership? Accepting all Jordanian blogs? Does it actually aim to represent all Jordanian blogs? Will we have something like 500 Jordanian Bloggers in the country but only 100 or so of them are citizens at JP?
This goal needs to be defined ASAP because without it then you canÃ¢??t really write about where a site is aiming to go.
– Lastly, I havenÃ¢??t fully organized the above but as I write it will all come together and the bits and pieces will be floated around to make it look articulate and flowing. I was going to put a timeline but we havenÃ¢??t had that significant status worthy of it as of yet, so the narrative based timeline is better.