Buzz from the 18th Bahrain Bloggers Gathering
Published Friday, May 05, 2006 by Angelo Embuldeniya | E-mail this blog post
Ok, for starters.... It took me around 20 minutes to get where the cafe was... I figured it would be some where near the Crowne Plaza like Mahmood mentioned... and when I finally found the place... plus parking... it was 9pm. Not bad.. considering there were still people when I got there. I gotta' say it was a nice meetup place, Cinabon Cafe.. hi-speed wifi net and its only about a dinar per hour, atmosphere is nice as well.. very retro!
There might not have been much folks this time.. but it was a very lively discussion with Tariq
(of course!), Mishkah
(he now sports a nice bumper sticker on his car of binshehab.com -- way to go!!). Lots of perspectives and the laugh of the day is when Tariq told us a story about eating Camel Ghozi in Saudi where there was a hump on a table, and when one poked into it with a fork, macoroni poured out. :-D The conversation then took a U-Turn with how arab hospitality these days can sometimes be deemed as stupidity where both Mahmood and Tariq shared their experiences.
BinShehab, our expert on security, came up with idea of educating people on what blogging is, Miskhah kept the convo going by adding creativity to it all and eMoodz was on about how to get more people to start blogging. I personally think Bahrain's bloggers have the content.. maybe we need to start exploring better ways to channel the content, an interactive channel rather than just text... maybe podcasting
as Mahmood has shown us in the past.... Podcasting.. well I can't really think of anyone who's doing it in Bahrain at the moment, i've done a few but not bahrain-centric.. more like google focused, but am willing to give it a try. There was also mention about collablogging - remind me of Global Voices and the various World Wide Help projects i've co-blogged at. Definintely worth digging into for Bahrain - collablogging - i'm up for it -- any takers? Check out Mahmood's post on the bloggers' gathering last night
... points worth looking at! a free bloggers platform service -- NICE!~
Oh yes.. as usual I got lost in Bahrain.. last night got stuck in traffic on exhibition road.. clearly there are some folks from across the causeway who have no clue on how to drive properly.. anyways i ended up in some place called Janussen some place near Saar I think... people say Bahrain is an island, I think not.. this place is huge... when you actually take time to drive around. Anyways... this blog is set to see some major revamping as Google will be releasing some addons to their free blogspot offering here... since they haven't made it public yet I will be hacking this blog into a wordpress alternative. Looking forward to more blogger-related progression in Bahrain - believe me it's all there.... just waiting to be tapped at the right time and by the right people!