My One Thousandth Milestone

Almost 19 months of blogging later I’ve reached a hallmark moment here at The Black Iris with 1,000 pure quality posts. Thanks to those who have stuck by me, be you the loyal reader, casual reader or new reader. Your some 5,600 comments have been a pleasure to read and much appreciated by me.

So what can one expect from The Black Iris in the days, weeks, months and possibly years to come? Well for the next 1,000 posts Nas will refer to himself only in the third person. Also, Nas is officially as of today a radical Marxist and part time Scientologist.

Actually, to be honest and in all seriousness, Nas was never one to drag a good thing on until it withered; to jump the shark, to burn out or fade away. So in the name of going out on a high note Nas will be shutting this blog down 200 posts from now. So Nas will see you at the finish line!


  • 3a esh mabrook? and who’s shutting what? IÒ??ve just started reading this blog… it is so nice… what is happening?

  • 3a esh mabrook and who’s shutting what, IÒ??ve just started reading this blog… it is so nice… what is happening

  • As your friend, i will not allow you to do such a thing nas… in fact, i believe when you get to your 200 post after the thousand you brilliantly accomplished, you will not find it in you to stop the flow!! keep them coming nas:)

  • Nas. Congrads!! the shutting down thing is not going to happen…not a good idea. you could possibly keep to three blogs a week, but shutting down is NOT A GOOD IDEA.

  • Congratulations and well done..

    Regarding the shutting down issue, I really hope that you will re-think the whole issue, I think the quality of your posts are and will always go forward. You will always find your self on a new peak.

    I am not a critic, I meant I cant even comment on your posts, I just read and learn, thatÒ??s why it would be selfish if you do delete it.

    And if you insist on shutting down the blog after a certain number of posts, then ill ask you to add a couple of zeros to the 200Ò?¦how about 2000000 posts..

  • Shutting down? Are you nuts? What’s the matter with you? Where am I supposed to get my news and information from if you shut down? Why are you doing this to me? What, you can’t tell I have mob connections? You think I wouldn’t get them to shoot you in the kneecaps if you shut down? What else will you do with your time BUT blog when you’re paralyzed due to shattered kneecaps? You better take that into consideration. There are consequences for every action you make. Think about that.

    You’ve been warned.

  • Thanks everyone for the well wishes and the concern (and the soprano-like threats).

    Was I serious? Indeed I was and am. Perhaps it may not be 200 posts exactly but it will happen some time in the near future. I’m not the kind to post once a week or month or quarter and my daily routine may be drastically changing in the months to come. I’d like to preserve it as is, instead of having it become a show that ran for a bit too long and eventually went stale.

    If this means I have to buy some insurance for my knees, well that’s a casualty of blogging I suppose. πŸ˜€

    In any case it won’t be for awhile.

  • No, I think you got it in your system. So you may go away, but find it hard to do so for long. Listen, I have two babies aged 16 months and 6 months. So I dont post as much as I want, and certainly not like I’d like to, but I still do.

    If you can do nothing more than one post a week, that is fine. Some of the best publications out there are weeklies, no reason why yours cannot be the same.

  • Radical Marxist / Scientologist, eh? You should subscribe to my newsletter.

    kidding. happy 1000th post. However, I doubt you will succeed in quitting after 200 posts. You’ll be back. They always come back.

  • First, congrates on what you have accomplished so far. I hope you will re-think the decision to shut down the blog though. I have been reading your posts for while now and really enjoy your blog. Actually, I am using your blog to keep in touch with what’s going on in Jordan. I am married to a Jordanian and am really interested to know what’s happening in Beautiful Amman and elsewhere in the Kingdom.

  • WOW man … this is FANTASTIC!!! Seriously ….. AMAZING
    Allah ya3teek el 3afyeh … and okbal el 1 Million

    Anything I would say, pales in comparison to this amazing achievement. Well done .. and keep it up … Don’t want to hear more about shutting down and sizing down … We don’t want to lose a great blogger like you. Don’t you dare πŸ™‚

    Again, 1000 congratulations … and well done

  • Nas I have to say without any exaggeration or Arab style compliments that I consider your blog to be the most authentic and highest quality source of information and analysis on Jordan that is available on the net. It is better than the highly financed Petra news agency or the site. For me I got addicted to your blog and will not let you shut down even if we ask Ahmad Humeid to aquire it and appoint you as a full time blogger with a good salary and social security package.
    I totally undersatnd how blogging disrupts the daily tasks and responsibilities but your blog is not just one in a whole package. It is unique and much valued and you do make a difference. You can try to adapt your blogging time to your professional responsibilities and you have the time to think about it.

  • Are you going through emotional stress lately?

    You shut down and I’ll sue you for not paying me a piaster for my comments!

    Black Iris no more? It’s like the Simpsons no more!

    Don’t quit, eBleez

  • I remember the day i stumbled onto your blog. I was kicking around the idea of studying arabic in Jordan, and found your old blogspot space on some blog directory. And yeah, I’ve been coming back ever since.

    Here’s to the next 1,000.

  • Ya Nas, shu hada? Where am I going to go to get the best interpretation of Jordanian news? You are going to send me back to the Jordan Times? Come on, have mercy!This isn’t “Friends”, it’s life essentials!

    Happy 1,000 post, though!

  • Abusinan, thanks although I’ve parted ways with worse addictions than blogging. as for weeklies, I thought about it but it would lose its taste. there’s a thrill behind a daily post.

    lksfadljk, I’ll look in to that newsletter of yours. It may not be 200 exactly, but in any case i’m not the kind that ‘always comes back’

    Iman, thanks

    UmZayd, thank you

    , hmm, i’ll take your advice into consideration πŸ˜€

    Qwaider, thanks man, appreciate that.

    , wow, thanks for the compliments. i could use some of that social security everyone talks about.

    Firas, when am I not going through emotional stress πŸ˜€

    Saaleha, lol that sounded like a cool toast. thanks for coming back πŸ™‚

    kinzi, i love it when you throw in Arabic terms, it’s like someone whose been in Italy so long they just have to use erratic hand guestures as a way to express themselves that is foreign to the English language. sigh, nothing lasts forever though, but thanks for being a loyal reader πŸ™‚

  • Man, 1000 blog entries? And it’s not like they’re 7aki fadi; it is quality stuff. Impressive! I’m jealous πŸ˜€

    I don’t know, but I don’t feel so disapointed that you’re thinking of closing your blog as everyone else here seems to be, and I don’t regret that actually. I’ve always held you up to higher standards and maybe my high expectations will just be proven right, and we’ll find you later on having moved on to a bigger and better thing. That’s the least I would expect from someone that wrote about his country, religion, people AND music with your passion. Blogging is not the greatest thing one could do for their country or the world. It might be for some, but I think you’re the kind of guy who would like to always aim highest, and hopefully you’ll get what you aim for.

    You’re just a magnet for awkwardness man, aren’t you? Ya3ni what the hell made you come out and say you’re gonna stop a month and a half or so before you actually do so? It’s like forcing people to say goodbye when they still have half of the time to spend with you! πŸ˜€

  • Hamzeh, lool, actually i didnt say a month and a half, thats purely tabloid speculation. i said 200 posts or so.

    i’m like jay leno man πŸ˜€

  • Nas .. hate to see you go … but one quote comes to mind
    “so remember, it’s better to burn out than to fade away”

  • Thanks, Nas. Minkum mnit9allam. My American relatives have had no choice but to learn some of those Arabic comments to communicate with us – you should hear my kids. We all do the wild Italian hand thing too, although we do it the Arab way.

    OK, I release you to the perfect will of God for His direction in writing. After many months of reading your stuff, I know He has a plan to use you for His glory that extends beyond a blog audience. I will be praying for you, and hope you will let us all know when He drops it in your lap.

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