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2010 Blogging Review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2010. That’s about 5 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 175 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 131 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 11th with 46 views. The most popular post that day was Where Is Google’s Ramadan Doodle?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, makkah.wordpress.com, saladin128.wordpress.com, svoxmobilevoices.wordpress.com, and WordPress Dashboard.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for makkah, muslim venn diagram, islam venn diagram, makkah aerial view, and aerial view of makkah.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Where Is Google’s Ramadan Doodle? August 2010

2

An Aerial View of Makkah October 2010
2 comments

3

Kaaba Webcam July 2010

4

Muslim Population Venn Diagram August 2010
1 comment

5

Free Text-to-Speech Software with Natural Voices July 2010

Polygamy, Adultery & Out-of-Wedlock Relationships

December 26, 2010

What is the difference between polygamy, adultery and out-of-wedlock relationships? Which do you think is morally correct and which is not, according to your beliefs?

In my opinion, I think that it is wrong for a woman to have active sexual relationships with more than one man. If she conceives, who is the father of the baby? Can a marriage continue if the woman is engaged to more than one man? I cannot picture that. Why is polygamy viewed wrong? Is not it somehow similar to the common practice in the West of a male having more than one female sex partner or lover? No one can deny that both exist, rather we should ask ourselves which is more commonly practiced. So, why become so tense when polygamy is discussed but not come to mention out-of-wedlock relationships? If the man is able to treat his wives equally, give them equal provisions and spend equal time with them, is it comparable to a man who cheats on his wife and enjoys romantic adventures with his lovers? Do they feel any guilt?

Favorite Movie Ending Sequences

December 21, 2010

…Who does not like a happy ending?

Here is two of my favorite movie ending sequences:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – It’s Raining Sunshine

Ponyo – Ponyo Ponyo

Nomarks Scrub Soap Review

December 5, 2010

Nomarks Scrub Soap

Nomarks Scrub Soap is very good in removing dead skin cells. It is soft on the skin and not harsh when used in cleaning the face. Take a five minute shower under hot water, and then massage the soap all over your body. Wait for a minute and then rinse the soap off thoroughly. As you do so you will notice the silky touch of your skin. Grab a dry cotton towel and work it on your body and you will notice all those dead skin cells being removed.

Compared to normal soap, Nomarks Scrub Soap is the good choice for scrubbing.

If you are a UAE resident, you can find Nomarks Scrub Soap in major hypermarkets, such as the Lulu Hypermarket and Sharjah Co-Operative Society.

It is cheap and one bar costs less than AED4. Buy one and try it.

Can Someone Die from a Broken Heart?

December 5, 2010

I was intrigued by this question suggestion by Google:

Can someone die from a broken heart?

And I found that some persons with a broken heart can die:

Broken heart syndrome (BHS) often occurs after the loss of a loved one. Although the condition appears in ancient and modern literature, broken heart syndrome first gained recognition as a physical illness in the early 1990’s. Symptoms of broken heart syndrome include chest pain, shortness of breath, insomnia and depression.

Although it may be mistaken for a heart attack, broken heart syndrome is an inflammatory heart disease. The heart muscle weakens, and the apex of the left ventricle swells, constricting blood flow. The left ventricle is the major pumping mechanism of the heart.

Read more: HealthMad.com

It is Really Weird

December 5, 2010

I was watching an American news channel when more than three hosts were discussing the trending issue of allowing gays into the military when I suddenly imagined two of the men sitting next to each other to be having a homosexual affair.

It felt so wrong.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “… cursed is the one who has intercourse with an animal, cursed is the one who does the action of the people of Loot.”

— He refers to degenerate sexual relationships (homosexuality).

Qatari-Israeli Relations

December 5, 2010

What is on Qatar’s mind? Is Qatar betraying Palestine, or what?

Read: Qatar’s Relations with “Israel”: Challenging Arab and Gulf Norms

An Act of Terrorism?

December 5, 2010

When the “Israelis” do not like what they hear said about them they will call people anti-semites. Likewise, when the Americans are shying away from the truth, they call anyone exposing them a terrorist:

Rep. Pete King (R-L.I.) urged U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to designate WikiLeaks a “foreign terrorist organization,” saying it “posed a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States,” and to prosecute founder Julian Assange for espionage.

Read more: NYDailyNews.com

Can somebody explain how whistle-blowing and exposing the truth be considered acts of terrorism?

Absolutely crazy!

When People Kill for Excitement

December 4, 2010

Are American soldiers fighting because it is exciting and it gives them the opportunity to act like heroes or saviors as all those American TV shows and movies portray them?

If you ask me, the guy shooting the cameraman has a sharp eye to mistake his camera with a weapon:

And, the soldier’s excitement for killing those people is just wrong.

Do you see any weapon?

Have the Americans thought for a moment of arresting one of those people and questioning him? I do not think they have.

Arab Youths’ Obsession with Korean Drama

December 4, 2010

I am not interested in discovering Arabic blogs here in WordPress because of this. There are good Arabic blogs on WordPress but they are overshadowed by trivial blogs filled with Korean drama and Korean celebrities news, videos, and photos. And the audience of such blog is abnormally huge.

It is really abnormal. What is with our youth’s thinking?

Suppressing the Truth

December 4, 2010

The US is not after Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks Organization, to question him over alleged sex offenses, but because it appears to be afraid that its image as a country advocating democracy and sincerity is about to be tainted.

Or has it ages ago?

Yay for Russia! Nay for Qatar!…

December 4, 2010

…was the exclamation by many.

For those who have not seen the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Bids live, here is a video clip for Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid’s presentation:

And here is a news video clip for Qatar’s nomination to host 2022 World Cup:

Many loved Russia’s presentation, but none was pleased with Qatar’s win.

Have you noticed FIFA’s message?

For the Game. For the World.

But, is it true?

In my opinion, Russia has focused more on fans’ entertainment than on the spirit of soccer. But Qatar has presented to the world what it does not know about the spirit of the game in the Middle East. Many think that soccer is new in that part of the world.

Many fans around the globe still view soccer as a war game and place a priority for entertainment over the true spirit of soccer: to enjoy the game fully and give it an international theme where the world come together as one.