Wednesday, October 29, 2008

KOM's blogging seminar on November 10

MUSCAT: As part of Knowledge Oasis Muscat's (KOM) quarterly Digital Nation program and in partnership with Omania e-Commerce; Nawras; United Media Services; and Infocomm, KOM will host a free seminar on blogging scheduled for 7:30pm, Tuesday, 10 November at the Muscat Inter-Continental Hotel. (more)

The panelists for the seminar:

1. Abdullah Al Jufaili (Intilaaqah)

2. Raed Dawood (Nawras)

3. Haitham Al Busafi (Sultan Qaboos University)

4. Zaid Zabanoot (German University of Technology in Oman)

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why is it that no one from this blog community talking in this seminar? could it be that no one was invited?

Amjad said...

Good point, Anonymous.

There are some bloggers who participated in KOM seminars before. For example, just recently Blue-Chi and Muscati participated in one of those KOM seminars. However, neither of them was representing Oman Community Blog or even their own blogs. They were representing the Omani forums they administrate (Blue-Chi for Oman3D and Muscati for OmanForum).

Forums in Oman are more popular than blogs. That's why in such seminars the focus is usually on forums and usually forum administrators are invited to participate. Fortunately enough, we are beginning to see more of these blogging seminars, so it's a good thing. So maybe in the future we will have bloggers from Oman Community Blog invited to participate. But we first need to get our acts up and improve this community...

Anonymous said...

over 70,000,000 blogs worldwide as of the statistics in 2005 (http://www.blogherald.com/2005/07/19/blog-count-for-july-70-million-blogs/)

What is the Omani bloggers share in this?

There are so many blogspehers, hoever its seems that the most popular in the Omani community is Bloggers of Google, why is that so?

Petite For Life said...

I realized that people blog life span is short. Allot of people quite and their blogs tends to be archived. But if you comparing it to forums people come and go and high number of activity and live 24/7.

Kishor Cariappa said...

Update

إنطلاقة said...

So bloggers life span is very short according to this

I guess that applies largely on personal blogs, what about corporate or organization blogs. There isn't really a culture of corporate blogs in Oman, is there?

Amjad said...

إنطلاقة:

As far as I know, there is only one, which belongs to Kimji Ramdas Group.

http://khimjiblog.com/

إنطلاقة said...

Thank you for the link Amjad

Correct me if I am wrong!
Blogging has become popular in the Omani community but it is yet to cover the wider community, could the reasons be:

1. People are not aware about blogs (what they are? how to create? how could they benefit from it?)
2. People would rather share their comments and thoughts on a community forum rather then writing glimpses of their experiences

or other reasons? Any comments or thoughts?

Petite For Life said...

Fear to get their freedom ripped of them and get shipped off to small cell.

Amjad said...

petite for life: if that's the case, then how come we have so many people expressing their thoughts freely in Omani forums, especially Arabic ones?

I think blogs in Oman are not that popular for the reasons Intilaaqah mentioned. I remember in 2005, even before I started my own blog, there were so many active Omani blogs. But suddenly most of them just died and their owners are still seen all over the Omani forums online.

إنطلاقة said...

My humble conclusion is that, it takes a community to keep an online space (let it be forum, blog or portal) active...

Personal blogs have a life cycle and they could quickly die if the blogger looses interest of don't get motivated

Forums life span is longer for a simple reason that it has many contributors

Corporate blogs are not popular in Oman

There is still more room for spreading awareness about blogs in Oman

Arabic language blogs are not many yet or as much as English

Could I also be right by saying that the majority of Omani bloggers are based in Muscat, very few in the regions!

Let me hear your thoughts please

Petite For Life said...

I was just been sarcastic. If I really believed in that, I wouldn’t have posted at all nor have my own journal published online.

Amjad said...

Intilaaqah:

Most of the Omani blogs are based in Muscat simply because Internet is not widely spread in other regions of the Sultanate. Heck, ADSL is not even available in many places in the Sultanate. How do you want people to blog or know about blogging if they don't have a high-speed Internet, and maybe no Internet at all in some areas?

إنطلاقة said...

Amjad

You are saying technology is a barrier to spread awareness about technology

Amjad said...

More or less ..

إنطلاقة said...

Speaking of corporate blogs in Oman
I also found
PEIE (http://peie.blogspot.com) &
BBIC (http://bigbusinessidea.blogspot.com)

Amjad said...

By the way, have I mentioned that now we have A LOT of expatriates blogging from Oman, blogging about their experience in Oman? Some of whom are in cities outside Muscat as well.

I'm trying to add all the links of these blogs to the blogroll in this blog, but I can't catch up with them since everyday I discover a new one.

Sangeetha Sridhar said...

Having attended the seminar, I quite enjoyed meeting bloggers revealed.

A reflection of the seminar is my article in today's observer - Also posted in my blog in the same title "Digital Oman".

Hope you all enjoy reading it!

muscati said...

Sangeetha, comments are not enabled on your "blog". Unless you allow comments it's not really a blog.

Sangeetha Sridhar said...

Apologies: Just noticed this post. Comments were mistakenly disable for a shortwhile. Currently they are moderated on a daily basis.

Thanks for pointing it out Muscati. You are my lead motivator into blogging.

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