I just wanted to explain how and why this site came to be.
I’ve been meaning to make a blog for quite some time. I’m a student of international affairs with many thoughts that I’d like to share, and I think that this would be the best medium for my writing. I already tweet freely and frequently, but I find that Twitter doesn’t suffice for many things. Twitter is great for keeping up with the world and interacting with others who care about the same issues as you, but when I want to write a longer commentary on something (as I often do), tweeting is not the best method. Even when I cut my thoughts into 160-character blurbs, there is the problem that tweets tend to fall back into the abyss of time, especially when you tweet as indiscriminately as I do – and I’d like to be able to find certain things I’ve said long after I said them. So that brings me here.
Tomorrow, I am leaving for Washington, D.C. in order to attend an orientation for the Ibrahim Leadership and Dialogue Project. Then, I will spend two weeks traveling to the countries of Oman, the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), and Israel (including the West Bank). Five other students and I are making this trip thanks to the program I named above, which is an all-expense-paid study tour of the Middle East aimed at facilitating interfaith dialogue and giving us the opportunity to experience dialogue efforts first-hand. You can visit the website for more information. This is undoubtedly going to be an amazing, unique experience – so of course I’ll want to write about the things I see, hear, and learn from the people whom I meet. The program schedule seems pretty rigorous, so I likely won’t have enough time to blog while I’m abroad, but I’m bringing a journal so I can write down my thoughts before they escape me.
The program also has its own blog for the participants: Straight from the Source. We haven’t been briefed on this yet, but I’m guessing I will be able to post there as well.
The next two weeks will only conjure up the starting material for this blog. Afterward, I’ll just post about whatever I find interesting – you can get the gist of what that means by checking out my About page, but I can also say right now that I will definitely speak my mind about certain specific issues: women’s rights, drone strikes, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Occasionally I’ll just sprinkle in quotes and sound-bytes, or photos and videos, that speak for themselves.
I don’t expect this blog to elicit much of a following (or any following at all, really), but I’m not too concerned about that. I love to write and I need to express my thoughts, so ultimately I’m doing this for myself (I kind of feel like I’m talking to myself right now, so if anyone is reading, I’d appreciate if you leave a comment).
Thank you for reading.