Around 20 bloggers have gathered at Al Qasr Hotel on November 27th to discuss several points concerning bloggers in Jordan. Thanks to Ali Alhasani for organizing this meet-up.
One of the points was; is it better to blog in Arabic or English? Almost everyone there agrees that it depends on the topics, audience, content, etc. For example; for topics concerning issues in Amman for example, it’s preferable that one blogs in Arabic so it reaches more people.
Which led to another point; how important are the views and comments? Some important posts and rich in content have no comments but other “another emails-forward” gets a lot of traffic and comments. So I do not think comments are a measurement. As for views, I think many points affect the number of views. Like the age of blog, the consistency, topics, target, etc. So all in all I believe it depends on why you are blogging and what you have in there.
Is micro-blogging killing blogging? I bet almost all of us blogged less after twitter came to life. It’s easier, quicker, reaches more people in less time, and easier interaction with people. Tweeps find it easier to comment and reply to a tweet than a blog post.
Are bloggers a news source? according to bloggers at the meet-up; yes and no. yes because whatever happens locally or globally; bloggers like to cover it and sometimes it’s better to hear from the local people with their own observations, pictures, videos, etc than from official news source. No; because, again, twitter is becoming the fastest news source.
Asad Akbar who came from Silicon Valley asked if companies in Jordan actually pay for bloggers to talk about their brands and whether they use bloggers as a marketing tool. I’ve seen this many times with different bloggers so I would say yes but not as much as it should be.
Let me know what you think..