Unfortunately, blogging in Jordan has been in decline for years. I would say it almost disappeared now. For some reason Jordanians are not blogging as they used to. Even top JO bloggers are rarely posting anything if they didn’t already quit.
Jordanian bloggers used to rant about customer services, lack of freedom of speech, politics, government’s controlled media and yellow newspapers, social and cultural weirdness. Nothing from this and many others is solved. So, why JO bloggers stopped? Were journalists right that blogging in Jordan is never a serious matter?
Living outside Jordan, I always enjoyed reading these blogs. In the Arab world, if you want to learn what is going on in a country you should read the blogs not the newspapers. Newspapers are either controlled by the government or owned by a political party.
Blogs should not necessarily be political to be effective. Blogs that talk about day to day events in a country, like Jordan, are as much valuable in the process of writing the history of the country. It is a shame that individuals will not participate in writing the history of our country via their blogs.
Nevertheless, there are still people who are working very hard to keep blogging alive. One blog directory I am very thankful for is Toot. Every day, Toot team features six blogs out of 193 selected blogs in Arabia. Luckily, many of my posts have been featured in their selection. I am forever grateful that someone or maybe more than one at Toot like my posts.
Another online site that is helping my blog spread the word is Albawaba. Their regular blogs roundup summarizes the best posts in Arabia. Luckily again, many of my posts have been featured in their website. How exciting is that.
Every time either Toot or Albawaba features one of my posts I have a big smile on my face. The feeling of excitement and recognition that someone finds what I write worth sharing with others is priceless.
That said, my blog is not attracting Jordanian readership. I know that I have very few faithful Jordanian readers but unfortunately my blog is not succeeding in increasing my Jordanian readership.
Anyway, for those few Jordanian and non-Jordanian readers thank you for keep reading my blog. Your time and comments are always appreciated and valued. Why would I keep writing if no one reads my posts? Who knows I might one day be famous and you get to brag in front of your friends “Jaraad knows me. I used to read and leave comments on his blog. “
Keep reading and blogging Jordan!