Well, well, well...what do you know! It has been a year already.
On a day like today, on the 27th of August 2006 I decided to enter the blogging world.
It all started with this post: The Beginning
Now, a year has past. With 14,849 Internet visitors and 140 posts (including this one), my blog is still out there.
During this first year, visitors' favorite post has been My Friends And Girl Scandals!! (I never thought people would like it that much).
Now, the blog scene…
I entered this blogging world with no idea who or what I will face.
After a few encounters and searching about within the Egyptian blog scene (thinking I will find a lot of people who think like me), I found out that I am almost alone.
People who think like me don't seem to be part of the Egyptian blogging world.
There are about 1,600 Egyptian blogs out there, and for almost a year I couldn't find a blog with the same directions, interests or way of thought that match mine. But over time, I found a couple.
When I started reading blogs, I was all over the place. I was reading blogs that offended me or blogs that were ridiculous (to say the least).
After a few months, I sort of cocooned into a comfort zone. That zone consists of the blogs or bogglers I connect to and like reading for.
This zone has been in constant change, yet for a while now it has been static.
My comfort zone is as follows:
K - One of my real life best friends. We have a lot in common when it comes to our view about life. He is far away now in another continent starting up his dream. I miss the guy :(
Ra3d - Arashanation club member, outgoing, contradicting, passionate (emotional), angry, charity oriented, very active, moody, … and much more!!!! I have rarely seen or heard about people like her.
MAK - Arashanation club member, exactly like my real life friends. I ask again: "haven't we meet before?" :) (which reminds me, hows your friend Radwa ya Medhat? Nihahaha! Arashanation in the works!).
Jgoe\Gjoe & Nesrina - We seem to be on the same page entirely (how a muslim should view things). I am really please that there are Muslim women like them out there on the blogsphere.
Sara Scripts - reminds me of my school friends (mish 3aref leeh!). I feel that I listen to her blog, not read it (howa da el i7sas belzabt).
Juka - The novelist with a very joyful spirit. I like how she thinks and how she expresses herself.
Nousha - El mosakafa! A passionate Muslim girl that loves cultural events. Following\attending Culture events is a side I never had. I like following up on it through her. We both seem very attached to Islamic idealism.
Nerro - Reminds me of some of my university friends. Seems to have the gift of easily being anyone's buddy.
Nag - The virtual friend. Lately, known as The philosopher! She is a friend of my friend that I never meet. Doesn't make any sense, does it???!!! lol
Myra - Having the same experience (Saudi) in our teens made me connect to her blog.
Asrar Al Banat - They spill out how women think… some inside stuff here guys!
Om Luji - My favorite adversary. Also known as "The Hitler of the blogsphere". The one with the "out of space" intepritations ;p
Nora - El Politics wel bahdala ely fel balad.
Mystery - Besides the common factor between us (being of mixed blood), she gives me "The girl next door" feeling. She has disappeared lately though.
Baheyya - Politics written in style.
Zenobia - we share the same points of view about politics, religion and people.
Al Waay Al Masri - Just to catch up on the dark side of Egyptian politics and tourture! :S
Note: I might have missed someone out, that might be because I don't have my favorites list with me.
Besides those (and a couple more), I rarely check any other blog. Yet, who knows… by next year a lot can change :)
Thinking of the whole blogging thing... I have to say, I am not as enthusiastic as when I started.
The first 6-8 months I was treating it like my baby and now I can barely drag myself to write something on it.
This seems to get worse every time i travel or stay offline for a while.
In Egypt there is a saying that goes:" The one that is distant from the eye is distant from the heart". I guess this applies on everything, not in all cases though ;)
Anyway, it was a nice year Al 7amdo lelAh. The question remains…will we (bloggers) still be on the blog scene by next year?
We'll have to wait and see :)
Mood: Cheerful :)