Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Good bye

Well, it has been three years since I have started this blog. Much has happened since then. Although I have enjoyed relating Jordanian politics through my perspective, I feel that this project has run its course.

My postings have become sporadic, and I really don’t have the excitement anymore to follow up on the minutiae of what is going on. Events change, jockeying techniques change but the basic dynamics and trends are the same. The politicians are the same, their techniques and ambitions are the same, the corruption and mismanagement waxes and wanes, freedoms diminish and peoples’ focus is fixated on their own problems.

I frankly have lost interest. I am afraid that this is affecting the quality of what I post. If I can’t contribute something fresh or interesting, I would rather not continue. In case of something extraordinary happening, I might have something to say. However, these will be the exception and not the rule.

Thank you all for your interest, comments and support over the last three years. I will continue to follow up on what my fellow bloggers are up to. I wish you all the best.

23 Comments:

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

I think everyone agrees that they enjoy your writings very very much, and this decision might not be met with a lot of enthusiasm You have enriched the political views with some fantastic articles, and accompanied them with a lot of great analysis and proper documentation and citation.
It was enough for me to read any subject on your blog to completely understand the issue, where it came from, where it’s heading and who are the main players. A rarity among bloggers that I’m sure everyone appreciates

This is one extremely unique experiment that I hate to see gone.
So I think I'm not alone when I urge you to please reconsider. Take your time, but reconsider.

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Mohanned said...

I agree with you, the whole "reform" in jordan is a joke, but it is not funny anymore. You enjoy anonymity, so keep doing your thing. I myself also lost interest in blogging, but I urge you to keep contributing to the debate especially on blogs that is worth reading-and is read by officials. Blogging is no longer satisfying, we need some real action.

Good luck my friend.

 
At 9:07 PM, Blogger Arrabi said...

First Batir, and now you are retiring jordanian politics. How come empty-headed-columnists never stop?

What is this energy drink they use that you guys do not have?

To BS is easy. To be balanced and caring is draining; I guess.

I'll keep waiting for your posts with the same enthusiasm. Don't shy away from writing - especially if you see a change, and especially if this change is positive.

 
At 10:53 PM, Blogger Nas said...

ah dude, you've got to be kidding me. first batir, now you. we are losing the issue-blogging war on the jordanian blogosphere!

khalaf, please reassess things. take a break if need be. but do not, DO NOT abandon this blog. your contributions are enormous (to me personally) beyond what you even imagine! so i implore you, heck i'll even beg you, to stick with it.

don't give up the good fight.

do not go gently in to this good night.

 
At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Saraab said...

in the absence of a legitimate democratic political system, nothing we say matters. caring and good citizenship become an exercise in futility. that's the story of Jordan. that's the story of the arab world. that's why we are slipping on the totem pole of civilization. the corrupt and the violent rule. the rest get to join the herd. those who care to much, either turn inwards, turn violent, or leave it all behind for greener pastures.

 
At 12:44 AM, Blogger Tallouza said...

Khalaf, the way I heard about you was over a conversation at a dinner. The person who mentioned your blog is the most unlikely person to be appreciating your posts (simply because you say what they do not want to hear). What I am trying to say is that people are listening to what you have to say. More important they are the very people who should be listening.

When I heard about your blog, I had no idea what a blog is and how it works. I got inspired by what you had to offer. So I started my own.

I appreciate your decision to quit. I also hope that you appreciate how interesting your insights are, and I am sure this does not only apply to politics.

Good luck!

 
At 12:44 AM, Blogger Tallouza said...

Khalaf, the way I heard about you was over a conversation at a dinner. The person who mentioned your blog is the most unlikely person to be appreciating your posts (simply because you say what they do not want to hear). What I am trying to say is that people are listening to what you have to say. More important they are the very people who should be listening.

When I heard about your blog, I had no idea what a blog is and how it works. I got inspired by what you had to offer. So I started my own.

I appreciate your decision to quit. I also hope that you appreciate how interesting your insights are, and I am sure this does not only apply to politics.

Good luck!

 
At 1:42 AM, Anonymous Onzlo said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO say it aint so...

 
At 3:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khalaf, I am sorry to see you end your blog. For those of us not from Jordan or the Middle East and who cannot read Arabic, you provided an important and rare glimpse into the real issues that concern everyday Jordanians. These issues often get "missed" by the Jordan Times and the foreign news agencies that cover Jordan.

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger Hareega said...

take some time off, let it be 2 or 3 or 6 months or even a year, but come back.

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger Oksana said...

I'm not JOrdanian, but I've learned about real life and real issues from your blog, not from any other media source. I loved your posts, and I will miss them desparately.

And I still have some little hope you won't really quit!

All my respect to you

 
At 12:57 PM, Blogger Ali said...

What's with that? Just give yourself a shoprt break and you will be back to writing when you feel it is the right time. never give hope on bloggers and change in Jordan, we are the future

 
At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Khalaf, this is not the most brilliant post that you have written - indeed it is a very sad post.

I hope you will change your mind, you are my favorite blogger and the insights that you have provided ARE the most interesting ones coming out of Jordan.

And as other comments have mentioned your impact is far beyond what you you-self probably believe. Change and development has to come from within but only if it gets a voice - if not a face.

Best of luck (and get back to the keyboard)

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger kinzi said...

Khalaf, I decided to post my comment to you and Batir:

http://kinziblogs.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/khalaf-batir-sorry-guys-no-can-do/#respond

:)

 
At 9:33 PM, Anonymous Batir Wardam said...

I may not have any legitimacy in writing to you as I have thrown the towel earlier, but I feel that a "long rerst" will be a good option. For me it has been three weeks and I started to feel that urgent need to write again, but I am afraid I have a lot of limitations in my new career. As for you, I guess the main factors are passion and time and if you can feel them again go back with one post every 10 days at least, just when you feel the passion.

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger erin said...

I enjoyed following your blog, thank you for all the insight provided - I learned a lot. Best wishes in all that you choose to pursue :)

Masalama

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger Nadine Toukan said...

So you're changing the rules?! Good timing. I'm a bit bored too to tell you the truth. Not quite sure how to up the ante....

 
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At 12:09 AM, Blogger Bernadette said...

hello from beirut,
i discovered this blog for the reason that i am working on a paper on education in the arab world. i am thankful to find such blog and such a writer. we need more of you in our world.. i am more curious to know your real identity maybe to communicate. please keep going and "courage" (like they say in french) :) !!!

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger Camila said...

Its not great when we leave a thing like this , that we loved since we started but sometimes we have to give them an end, like microsft did with msn, and thats why we have things like whats up today. We have to finish things to have new ones and better ones.

 
At 5:20 AM, Blogger Shombe said...

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At 5:21 AM, Blogger Shombe said...

A lot of good bloggers left the blogging scene to pursue better jobs in jordan...good luck

 
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