The Black Iris Turns Six Years Old

If this blog were a child it would be starting the first grade. Isn’t that something?

As I enter the seventh year of blogging, I can’t help but reflect for a moment. Not on the past, but the present. There were times when it seemed writing about the issues that I consider to be important was a waste of time. There were times when inspiration was all but gone. There was a time when I felt dismay. A time when I felt nothing good could come of this. But then you only need to look around you, especially these days, and recognize there’s still a lot of work to be done. Still many things to say, to write, to discuss, to debate, to grapple with, to build, to create, to converse, to understand, to dissect. Still many things to realize, to accomplish, to fulfill, to actualize. Still many things to chronicle.

So a blogoversary is really a time to thank everyone who participates in the discussions throughout this virtual space. I’ve always considered half this blog to be a space for me to rant and rave, and the other half to be a space for others to do the same – and together the two combine to achieve one key goal of mine: keeping the issues, the conversations, the debates, and the ideas alive.

And I will always revert to the quote that started my very first post:

The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. ‘Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?’ he asked.

‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’

Un/Fortunately, we are no where near the end.


  • Habby Blogoversary, Nas! Thanks for six years of consistently base-shaking, informative, inspiring reporting. You are helping frame a new future for this fair desert land. May God bless you with yet more.

  • Thank you, for always speaking out when many feel too frustrated to write or express themselves.

    Best of luck in staying inspired, informative, and positive.

  • Congratulations ! u just make people can’t resist reading what u write and knowing ur point of view !

    but i have a request ! if it’s ok :p …. will u write something in Arabic ! I just always wonder how ur articles would sound like in Arabic 😀 (Innocent request not referring to anything !!!)

  • Loooool, did you expect 6 years ago that Ben Ali and Mubarak would be thrown out of the country? Or now Qadhafi, Ali 3abdallah Saala7 in Yemen, and Aal Khaleefah in Bahrain. Subhanallah how the world changes.

  • I haven’t come by this blog for quite some time, but I did actively dig in my bookmarks to visit now, by coincidence just in time to congratulate you for your blogoversary! So keep it on

    I wanted to learn through your great first-hand reporting, what are the thoughts and feelings that surround your area in regard to the recent developments. Your post about Nasser really had me, and reminded me a bit about Fight Club or more generally about us Generation-X ‘ers (if you may) finally getting the hold over the so called Baby-Boomers generation. Everything is connected. I believe an indie movement (that I loosely describe as a leaderless model of self-organization) is on the rise everywhere, from movies to games & music – think of the surprise of Arcade Fire winning the Grammy… Greetings from troubled Greece.

    – τεχνομάγος

  • Keep up the great work. So proud of you, have already expressed that several times, so proud of having this voice in Jordan.

  • Happy blogging anniversary Naseem. I admit that I did not like all of your opinions but always have respect for your personality and your work, I was glad to meet you offline , you reminded me of a generation of men who built and protect this country.

    Happy many returns !

  • Happy Birthday, Black Iris!

    And keep going, I (and I am sure, lots of other people) would miss you too much if you stopped.

  • Happy anniversary!

    You have always provided thorough and deep analysis of issues related to Jordan and the Middle East that is one of the most satisfactory in the blogosphere.

    Stay on top!

  • Wow. Happy blogoversary 🙂 it’s fascinating to look at how far we’ve come in those 6 years, and how much work remains to be done. Isn’t it weird to think that we wouldn’t be where we are today and wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing with 7iber if we hadn’t started blogging in 2005. Glad you’re still at it and going strong 🙂

  • Nas,

    Happy Blogoversary. I love to read your posts and i am so proud of you as a fellow Jordanian. The world would have looked completely different if you did not start blogging. I am so happy you blog and hope that you are nowhere near the end.

  • 6 years? Congratulations!

    Any attempt at analysis of situation in Libya? That’s a harder ‘nut’ to crack than Egypt, don’t you think? I mean less obvious, more obscure in the outcome.

  • Happy Blogoversary, we are happy that things keep moving, and the way keeps getting longer and longer, this way you can never reach the end.


  • Just passing by to let you know that what you are writing about is not “a waste of time”. This blog is actually where i get my news from since I reside in the usa, it shows incidents from the prospective of real people.

    Keep doing what you are doing!

  • Congratulations!
    Great things are happening in the Arab World these days, I dare say these are the greatest moments in our lifetime and that of our fathers. Jordan may be undergoing important transitions. How come you are writing less than before in these important times?

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