Posted by: englishdubai | November 6, 2010

Did Twitter Kill Blogging?

I have had an infatuation with Twitter over the course of this year. I like it and it really is a fantastic platform for all sorts of uses. Now with the immediacy of Twitter I can post a quick thought and a picture where before I might have written a 300 or 400 word blog posting about the subject. It occurred to me the other day that wasn’t enough. Fine for many things but not enough to really get into the detail and so over the last few months I have been back on my blogging on a more regular manner.

I feel that the success of Twitter has had an adverse effect on the blogging community in the UAE with the central hub of the UAE Community Blog being almost deserted nowadays. Still, the same people are around just expressing themselves in other ways through anyone of the myriad of other social networking types. However a number of active Dubai bloggers remain and I thought I would list down my current five favourites active UAE blogs:

Representin’ That D-town – Written by my friend Michelle she snapshots little bits of her life, cooking, fashion, food and thoughts. Acutely observational and often hilarious be sure to check it out. Sadly, she lives back to her native Australia in a few weeks. She will be sorely missed.

Gubbi of Arabia: Expat Life in Dubai – I have recently discovered this fun loving American’s blog. She won me over with the comment on what it is to be Lebanese had me crying with laughter.

A Canadian In Abu Dhabi – with nearly daily updates that are sharp and to the point. Ann Marie Mcqueen’s comments are often my first read of the day

Melissa’s Flight Attendant Blog – fast approaching 5 years of blogging Melissa’s often very personal blog is a brilliant insight into the vast amount of travelling a member of cabin crew has to do.

Christopher Saul’s Blog – My oldest mate in Dubai and perhaps one of the smartest. When Chris is not moaning and groaning about his apartment, vehicle fleet or doing his expenses his blog is one of the longest running in Dubai and was partially to blame for my own blogging obsession. His satirical genius often emerges in his posts and none better than this example.

I would also like to give an honorable mention to There’s Sand in My Latte a diary account of an American family settling into Dubai and just recently going back to the states. Natalie beautifully photographed all their activities and it is a lovely momento of their time in Arabia.

I could go on at some length about many other great UAE blogs that I read regularly but my message is the same – keep blogging and use Facebook/Twitter/Foursquare/Linkedin/AN Other social network as a platform to get a broader readership. The community needs us all.


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