About The Arab Observer Blog

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I started blogging in 2006 with an urge to talk about social issues that wasn’t addressed properly in the traditional media in Jordan, issues of gender and sexuality that had big effect on the lives of people around me yet neglected by mainstream media.

With time, this space started to be more of a space for myself to communicate my thoughts and ideas that challenge norms and help me understand my surroundings better.

With the amount of posts and thoughts I put through the years in this blog, I was able to come up with some good stories and connect them together into a novel. The bride of Amman (عروس عمان) is my first published novel by Jabal Amman Publisher. It addresses issues of gender and sexuality in Amman, highlights social obsession in marriage  and takes us on a journey with characters who fall off the boundaries of this important institution that is still considered to be the gate for any Arab society.

Since its depute, Aroos Amman generated much success. It has been in Jamalon’s top 10 best sellers of 2012, a best seller in Readers bookshop though 2013 and recently a best seller in Virgin Megastore in during Feb/March 2014. It is even generating more interest now after more than two years. The 3rd print of the book is currently in the market. We are also working on an English translation that is set to be published worldwide in the 3rd quarter of 2015.

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8 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I hope this finds you well.

    I’m a sub-editor at Arabstoday, a news website on the Arab world, based in London. I’m writing to see if it was possible to feature some of your writings in our website’s blog section. I’m really impressed with your work and think it would make a lovely addition to our work. Here is a link to the website for you to take a look at:http://en.arabstoday.net/

    Best,

    Lubna

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  2. Dear Mr. Fadi Zaghmout,

    Two Feedbacks, if I may:

    1) The new blog theme is not very beautiful. The text size is very large and it is hard to navigate through the main page of the blog. Reading only the titles of the posts is not enough. I think it is better to read both the title of the post and its content in the main page of the blog. This is quiker for navigation. Your image on the left side is beautiful. However, it occupies more than 1/3 the page space. I think this leaves not a large space for the posts.

    2) I think that you are very famous now and need to switch to .com. This costs less than 60 JD/year. (www.bluehost.com). This has very advantages. Firstly, when posts from your page appear in Google, then your photo from your google plus account will apear beside them. For example, look at the writers’ photos that appear in this google search query: https://www.google.de/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=steps+to+download+video#hl=en&q=why+do+I+blog

    Secondly, you can also have more statistics about your blog by installing google analytics (http://blog.kissmetrics.com/50-resources-for-getting-the-most-out-of-google-analytics/)

    Thirdly, with .com you can start displaying Ads in your blog through Google Adsense. You can then start generating money from visits to your blog. This is something that you can NEVER do with a free wordpress blog (https://www.google.de/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&sqi=2&ved=0CDgQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.siteground.com%2Ftutorials%2Fwordpress%2Fwordpress_adsense.htm&ei=cwgVU7b5IoiQ4ASvg4CoBw&usg=AFQjCNHm-oScwskY5jEGU-4QO5_jEpbAxw&bvm=bv.62286460,d.ZGU&cad=rja)

    Finally, I think that the .com Blogs give a hint to the visitors that they are visitng a professional Blog.

    These are only suggestions. I discovered the advantages of the .com only a few weeks ago and I am soon switching to .com.

    With all the best wishes 🙂

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  3. Moabite, thank you for the tips. I do understand what you are saying but this is a new trend in web design that caters more towards tablets and smart phones. I actually love it. I love the new emphasise on larger better readable text.

    I haven’t been blogging much lately and thus I am not concerned about my blog traffic. I am more interested in a having my latest blogs stand out.

    I am thinking of creating a website for me as a writer that is separate from this blog and that for sure would be a .com domain :). I may work on that with the launch of my second book.

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