Saturday, March 14, 2009

Is It Better to Burn Out Than Fade Away?

As most of you know, the Iraqi blogosphere has been in decline for a while now. Let's take a look at an overview of its history, using the year and month of first entries for new bloggers as a guide to its health:

2002

Salam Pax -- September, 2002.

2003

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad -- June, 2003.
Nawar (Ishtar Talking) -- July, 2003.
Riverbend -- August, 2003.
Zeyad -- October, 2003.
Kurdo -- October, 2003.
Fayrouz -- October, 2003.
Ihath -- October, 2003
Omar, Mohammed, and Ali Fadhil -- November, 2003.
AYS -- November, 2003.
Hammorabi Sam -- November, 2003.
Alaa -- November, 2003.
Firas -- November, 2003.
Nabil -- November, 2003.
Faiza Jarrar (family blog) -- December, 2003
Khalid Jarrar -- December, 2003.
Sarmad -- December, 2003.

2004

Liminal -- January, 2004.
Majid Jarrar -- February, 2004.
Raed Jarrar -- March, 2004.
Ibn Alrafidain -- June, 2004.
Najma -- June, 2004.
Sara -- June, 2004.
Iraq Pundit -- July, 2004.
Kurdistan Bloggers Union (Dilnareen et al.) -- July, 2004.
HNK -- July, 2004.
Raghda -- July, 2004.
Salam Pax (Fat Whiner) -- August, 2004.
Rose -- August, 2004.
Anarki-13 -- August, 2004.
Nancy (Beth Nahrain) -- August, 2004.
Neurotic Iraqi Wife -- August, 2004.
Shaggy -- September, 2004
Ali Fadhil (Free Iraqi) -- December, 2004.

2005

Dr. Truth Teller -- January, 2005.
Hassan (Average Iraqi) -- February, 2005.
Ahmad (Iraqi Expat) -- March, 2005.
Morbid Smile -- April, 2005.
Sunshine -- April, 2005.
Sooni -- April, 2005.
Akba -- April, 2005.
Salam Adil (Asterism) -- May, 2005.
Mama (Sunshine's mother) -- July, 2005.
Iraqi Roulette -- July, 2005.
Konfused Kid -- July, 2005.
Omar (24) -- August, 2005.
Treasure of Baghdad -- August, 2005.
Caesar of Pentra -- September, 2005.
Attawie -- September, 2005.
Still Alive (My Letters to America) -- September, 2005.
Iraqi Lord -- November, 2005.

2006

Eye Raki -- February, 2006.
Hala -- February, 2006.
Chikitita -- March, 2006.
Saminkie (Colors of Mind / Skies) -- April, 2006
Gilgamesh (Into the Sun) -- June, 2006.
Marshmallow 26 -- August, 2006.
Mix Max -- September, 2006.
Iraqi Mojo -- October, 2006.
A & E Iraqi -- November, 2006.
Iraqi Atheist -- December, 2006.
M.H.Z. -- December, 2006.

2007

Zappy -- January, 2007.
BlogIraq -- February, 2007
Sheko Meko -- March, 2007.
Shaqawa -- April, 2007.
Great Baghdad -- April, 2007.
Kassakhoon -- April, 2007.
Mohammed (Last of Iraqis) -- May, 2007.
Bookish (Mosul) -- June, 2007.
Gilgamesh X -- September, 2007.

2008

Baghdadentist -- January, 2008.
Iraqi Translator -- March, 2008.
Sam (Interps Life) -- April, 2008.
Violet -- August, 2008.
Touta -- October, 2008.

2009

Moonlight -- January, 2009.

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As you can see, there have been very few new bloggers over the last year. On a positive note, however, a couple of the veteran Iraqi bloggers -- Salam Pax and Chikitita, for example -- have returned to Iraq and have started to write from a much different country than the one they left. Iraq Pundit and Iraqi Mojo have been the most consistent bloggers of late and seem to be pulling most of the load.

The blogroll for the inactive Iraqi blogs is much longer than the blogroll for those Iraqis who are still blogging on a regular basis. Bloggers burn out. I guess even blogospheres burn out. Is that what's happening here? The light we see now might actually be from a star that is already a cold, distant rock.

What is the future of the Anglophone Iraqi blogosphere? Your guess is as good as mine.

Hey, hey. My, My.

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Yes, Chikitita has returned to Baghdad after a year's absence: Return of the Jinx.

Take a trip through time with Sami: A la Recherche du Temps Baghdadi Perdu.

How about photos from a picnic with Attawie in the UAE? A Picnic on the Beach.

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HOUSEKEEPING NOTE: I have once again weeded out blogs that haven't been updated in the last three months and moved them to the Iraqi Bloggers (Inactive) list at the bottom of the blogroll.

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