I accidentally came across this post on GIGAlb dated 18/11/2010 that I did not see then. (What a shame!) I can’t help but notice how many things have changed ever since, time flies!
Blogging Lebanon: A Quick Timeline is a post written by Chanty. I hope it’s not too late to say thank you for the mention and I’m really sorry I missed it! (Check the original version with the pictures and the links, it’s way nicer!)
When I first started blogging, I really had no idea about the whole Lebanese Blogging scene, then bit by bit I became to realize that there are some professional and really qualified Lebanese bloggers who blog from a real long time and about really interesting topics, and have a big influence on the Lebanese Blogging scene.
This article is not meant to be an exhaustive and detailed report on blogging and bloggers in Lebanon, but rather a mass timeline on the evolution of blogging in the country, mentioning the most prominent blogs during this period.
We apologize for omitting any blog or blogger.
The oldest blogger I could find was Imad Bazzi who is blogging since 1998, followed by Ghassan Deeb who has been blogging since about 10 years now, and currently maintains a “gourmet cuisine” portal, and Nadine Feghali since 2002.
I guess the whole Lebanese Blogging scene really started to show with the war of 2005, with Beirut Spring, a political and social blog fed by Mustapha Hamoui, Blogging Beirut, Liliane Assaf’s Independence 2005 that is now known as “From Beirut with Funk”, Krikor Ohanessian’s blog, A Lebanese Café during the war powered by Amin Younes, All Day I Dream About Photography and Rita Kamel’s blog.
Blogs during this period were mainly politically driven, socially aware. And of course, passion and hobby-driven.
Then the number of blogs started to really increase through the years:
The main blogs that rose during this year were Joe’s Box, +961 and Maya Zankoul’s Blog, now known as Maya’s Amalgam.
Not to forget to mention that Maya published her posts into a first book in 2009 and in 2010 she published her second book.
Rami Fayoumi ported +961 blog to be currently considered one of the most read lebanese blogs.
The main bloggers that were revealed in 2008 are Fady Bitar with Survival First, Alexandra Tohme, Dany Awad, and Café Thawra who also published a book this year.
These blogs are mainly concentrated on daily social critic, a bit polemic, with a twist of political feel.
The main bloggers in 2009 are the famous and unique “Hummus Nation” clearly a political and social critique blog and news feed, Darine Sabbagh’s Identity Chef, hovering around social media and society news, Zina comics another and extremely beautiful comics and illustration blog, and Shant Dot Me, a photography blog, just like ADIDAP we mentioned earlier.
This was also the year I started my own blog, depicting the local blogging scene.
we can still witness a big increase with the number of bloggers:
We had this year a lot of bloggers blogging in Arabic, among them Pascal Assaf (a poetry “recueil”) and Eliane Bader, still in the same poetry spirit.
We had new Photo bloggers among them Krikorian M.
We also had cooking blogs, among them Mom’s Kitchen, Anissa Helou and Julia Tohme.
As well as Comics bloggers were also on the rise, of which Sareen Akarjalian.
We also witnessed lately the birth of a lovely Café that gathers us all over a traditional Turkish coffee: Mich Café; Mich Cafe is all about Social and Traditional.
As far as fashion and lifestyle are concerned, Ivy Says has an enlightened view on the matter, and isn’t shy to share her thoughts.
Blog Baladi goes this way too.
Antoine Naaman has been around for a while now with allboutnokia.com, a mobile technology blog focused on Nokia products mainly.
I also would like to note the increase of foreigners’ blogging about Beirut, starting with Shezshe in Beirut who’s been blogging since 2008, followed by Beirut drive by, Me in Lebanon, and Brit in Beirut.
Of course, we should mention along the way “the faithful departed” blogs, like Footnem’s photography blog, now discontinued.
As for all the others, and we know that they’re not just a few, keep writing, keep sharing, stay exposed. We are all here reading you.
For any further information on Lebanese Bloggers, we recommend heading over to Lebanon Aggregator where you can find all the addresses and contacts you need.
P.S.: Haven’t you read and heard a lot the words “Blog” and “Blogging” and “Bloggers” over the last few minutes? Well, we hope you’ll keep hearing them for a long long time. Long Live Lebanon, and Long Live Blogging.