There was a time when bloggers used to RT/comment each others' posts..remember? Now that competition kicked in,we're not even reading
— Rita Kamel (@ritakml) April 25, 2013
Rita Kamel put it best in the tweet above: "There was a time when bloggers used to RT/comment each others' posts..remember? Now that competition kicked in,we're not even reading".
I am a bit saddened. I don't know what happened to us. By "us" I mean the blogging community or what is left of it. As we say in Arabic "kellna farkou7ayn w noss" (put together, we're just two and a half men - and the term originated way before the TV show).
Why did I use the term "what is left" of the blogging community? OK, check this: Liliane behind Funkyozzi said a while back she was stopping or at least reconsidering her blogging because things changed, Mustafa from BeirutSpring also said that he was decreasing his blogging input regarding Lebanese politics, Beirut Drive By Shooting is off the airways for personal reasons, Samer's Blogging Beirut is becoming a hit and miss affair (more miss than hit as the frequency of posting declined drastically), Maya Zankoul who promises to update her blog every week last published on August 7th 2012 (that must be a week by Jupiter's standards, not earthly ones), Hala from "Je Suis Un Cri" made it only for those invited... And so on and so forth (please note that I made my best to track back my words in order for me not to be labelled as defamatory or whatever else - these were actual things present on the net and archived).
So why am saying this? Because something quite bad happened to the blogging community - we became Lebanese. We are now on each other's throats, waiting for whatever reason to barge into an attack. Case in point, the last storm which was about Brofessional Review not liking Maya Zankoul's work and the major backlash which ensued that was very very alarming.
I am NOT siding with anyone against anyone else - I have known Maya for ages and whereas I follow Brofessional Review (BR) I have no clue who they are in real life - but, what happened to everyone being entitled to their opinion? Or does that only apply when we all agree on the same thing a la "I am unanimous in this"?
Last March Najib from Blog Baladi got slaughtered for his take on the no-alcohol-no-pork policy of Zaatar W Zeit in Hamra, try as I might to find something offensive in his article, I couldn't. And same applies to the BR article about Maya - I never saw this as a personal attack, just some people from within the industry expressing their opinion - in a harsh way perhaps, but an opinion nonetheless.
Maybe the reason is because I know what a personal and vicious attack looks like: Frequently, I get personal insults to my character, personal attributes and even education from people whom I bug or annoy with my criticism, but I always think that - at least within the blogging community - we should stick together and give each other margin to express ourselves (we have enough enemies as it, why add friends to the list?). Maybe we should simply....