Tagged by a Friend

My dear friend Karin tagged me. I didn't have any idea what it meant at first. I though she's after my body. But then she explained. She posted questions and I had to answer them. So here we go Karin. I will surprise you with my tag...

Q- Are you happy/satisfied with your blog with its content and look?

A- Sometimes I feel good about a particular post. Sometime I don’t. The look I don’t care much about. I want my blog to be as easy to read as possible. That’s what I care about most.

Q- Does your family know about your blog?

A- They all know about it. Do they read it? That’s a different question. Sometimes they do though.

Q- Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or you just consider it as a private thing?

A- I’m not easily embarrassed. I’m the kind of person who might, just might, be uncomfortable in front of strangers. But embarrassed in front of my friends! Never.

Q- Did blogs cause positive changes in your thoughts?

A- Of course. I enjoy reading the blogs of others as much as I enjoy writing mine. Even if I don’t agree with the argument of a fellow blogger, the exchange of ideas and opinions is always beneficial.

Q- Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or you love to go and discover more by yourself?

A- I have several links on my blog and these are the ones I start my day with. Then, I usually check on http://www.syplanet.com/ quickly to see if anybody has something “new” to say. And, when I’ve finished working for the day, I try my luck with some random picking of a few blogs. I stumble on real gems every once in a while.

Q- What does visitors counter mean to you? Do you care about putting it in your blog?

A- I like to know how many people read my blog. The counter also helps me confirm that a particular post wasn’t that great after all. I like the fact that my readers have increased steadily since I first started blogging. These numbers I consider as a private kick in the butt or a tap on the shoulder.

Q- Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?

A- Those I care to read, certainly. The guys are often burly and the girls extremely sexy.

Q- Admit. Do you think there is a real benefit for blogging?

A- It’s a hobby at least. I also appreciate the fact that I can publish my posts and that there are actually people out there, who might or might not know me personally, but still make a daily visit and either read or skim through my words. I feel honored by the comments my readers leave. They didn’t only dedicate part of their time to read me, but they also took the trouble of commenting. If from nothing else, I’m benefiting in this aspect.

Q- Do you think that bloggers society is isolated from real world or interacts with events?

A- Not at all. Every person who writes, whether personal scribbles or a deep anthology on the meaning of life is contributing in his/her own way to the pop culture of today, eventually to the history of mankind.

Q- Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it's a normal thing?

A- Criticism doesn’t annoy me. Critical people annoy me.

Q- Do you fear of some political blogs and avoid them?

A- There’s nothing to fear but fear itself. I avoid many political blogs because, see above answer: Critical people annoy me.

Q- Did you get shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?

A- I think every human being has the right to say what’s on his/her mind without fear of being arrested, harassed, molested or ridiculed.

Q- Did you think about what will happen to your blog after you die?

A- It occurred to me, sure. I was thinking about the thousands of personal files on my PC. Then my thoughts took me to who will be able to start my PC without the password if I’m dead. Then came the contemplation of how would a reader who doesn’t personally know me ever hear of my death. I think this is more funny than sad.

Q- What do you like to hear? What's the song you like to put its link in your blog?

A- I love the music theme of M*A*S*H. It takes me to personal times and places. It’s my ringtone on my mobile phone and I wouldn’t mind it to be the background music of my blog. There are a few songs I never tire of hearing: Hotel California (Eagles), Father & Son (Cat Stevens), Dust in the Wind (Kansas), Home by the Sea (Genesis), Hey You (Pink Floyd), Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues), The Best of Times (Styx), Child in Time (Deep Purple) and a few more…

Q- Five bloogers to be the next "victims"?

A- I will do it soon, with my own questions tough, stay tuned.


Karin said…
GREAT answers Abufares! I really appreciate your honesty .. and will get you for the above (bold print) written, ha-ha!!

"Revenge is sweet" .. just wait!!!!
Shannon said…
"Criticism doesn’t annoy me. Critical people annoy me."

Very well put!
Abufares said…
Hi Karin
I have to thank you for tagging me and giving me the opporunity to answer your questions. I will start working on a few questions to tag you with.
Just wait.
Abufares said…
Thank you Shannon. I highly appreciate your comments. Your blog is one of my favorites. Should I surprise you or is it OK to say it now. I'll tag you soon.
Anonymous said…
Nice, let me add a question, do u find it normal to blog only in English? Best Syrian blogs are written in English, although this is great for exchanging ideas with other people all over the world, I think this will diminish their importance as a tool for change in our societies...like to know your point of view
Abufares said…
Thank you anonymous for your extremely important comment.
My answer of course represents my own opinion about my own blog.

I think my posts are more interesting to non-Syrians and to Syrian expatriates. After all, there is no solid political significance behind my blog. It's more personal, social and promotional (to my Tartous) at best. Sometimes I vent some steam, but not the dirty laundry type.

I think those who are involved with this type of political and social issues should indeed post in Arabic. I don't fully agree with fellow bloggers who continously talk about internal problems and Syrian politics in English. Who are they trying to impress? Who are they calling for changes?

We have problems indeed. But internal problems,we should solve in Arabic.
Now, this of course doesn't mean that we should never discuss our internal problems in the open. However, I strongly believe in priorities. I don't like to display the negative images. The prevailing media is alreay doing a fantastic job with that, don't you agree?

Finally,I'm not proud to admit it, but I can express myself better in English. It's the language of my formal education, it's the language I use at work everyday. There are much more Indians speaking English than Americans & Brits. So, the English we use today is no longer a national language. It's the lingua franca of the entire world.
Karin said…
Abufares - those were not MY questions .. I were supposed to "adopt" them from Noor" blog!!
I'd have possibly composed a different set ...
You just gave me an idea though ...
Yazan said…
I second shannon,

"A- Criticism doesn’t annoy me. Critical people annoy me."

brilliant, although I might not feel the same way, but, still, great way of putting it.
Abufares said…
Hi Yazan

Welcome back. I know you must've been on vacation or something. I've also read your recent post. To which, I'll comment on your own blog.
Thank you for dropping by. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.
Abufares said…
Karin I gave you the idea of asking you own questions, right?!
Well, you are welcome to, but you have to wait in line. I'll tag you first.

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