Ethiopian and Eritrean Blog Aggregator

In April, I wrote this article because of frustration, and you can clearly hear my screams through my words.

There aren’t too many Ethiopian bloggers, and to make things worse, the few of us that blog have not been well connected. We are scattered everywhere and we barely know each other’s existence. I discovered most of the Ethiopian blogs quite randomly. Some through friends. Some because of the blogger’s visit to my blog. Some through links on other blogs. Some thanks to Afrigator, a website that aggregates African blogs. And some as a result of random search on Google. So had it not been for such methods, I wouldn’t have known most of the Ethiopian blogs that I now know exist.

There hasn’t been a website that aggregates Ethiopian blogs from every geographical location, whether these blogs use Ethiopian languages or English as their medium of communication. However, recently, my frustration has been resolved. Owners of a new website Hubesha.com (Habesha Community Hub) have taken on the project, and they have started aggregating Ethiopian (and Eritrean) blogs. And am very happy about it!

In order to get listed, you only need toΒ link your blog on their siteΒ after you signup, which is a similar idea to Afrigator.

They have also created an embed option that you can display on your blog, which looks very coool!

Hubesha Blog Aggregator


Hubesha Blog Aggregator

I am proud to say I was the first to link my blog there! I was impressed. I really admire the individuals behind the website for creating such an awesome aggregator that accommodates everyone; I feel my prayer has been answered. I have no doubt that if they keep up the good work, they will indeed become a hub for most if not all Ethiopian (and Eritrean) bloggers worldwide. This for sure will provide a great opportunity for our community, and for us bloggers especially, because it will serve as a bridge to connect diaspora and domestic bloggers, and will help us network with each other, and such networking will certainly motivate us to promote peace and understanding between Eritreans and Ethiopians.

If you are an Ethiopian or Eritrean blogger, I highly encourage you to link your blog on Hubesha.com so that other Habesha bloggers know you exist, and that will also mean more readers will visit your page. πŸ™‚

FYI: In the broadest sense, the word Habesha usually refers to any person from both Ethiopia and Eritrea, and in the narrowest sense, it refers to the semitic-speaking group of people from the two countries. There are people from either countries who prefer not to be called Habesha, and that’s often a political decision. — more info onΒ Wiki. Another point to mention, Eritrea, which used to be a province in Ethiopia, officially seceded from Ethiopia in 1991 after a bitter war that lasted almost 30 years; this war obviously doesn’t include the 1998–2000 senseless border war that consumed over 70,000 lives from both countries and created regional disharmony. The current stalemate between the two governments continues to hurt their people both economically and socially. Quite unfortunate to see brothers and sisters fight because of differences that could have been resolved diplomatically!

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11 thoughts on “Ethiopian and Eritrean Blog Aggregator

  1. This is great πŸ™‚ Blogging is a great way of voicing out concerns and understanding the beats of individuals writing in their blogs. a combined effort, from those belonging to the community, creates a story. a story that can be shaped and molded by policy makers if they take bloggers seriously. so yes, aggregating individual blogs into one is a great initiative.

    A Maldivian blogosphere has been there for some time now. http://mvblogs.org. I have been part of it since 2008. But, it’s a bit sad to say that i see fewer blogs now than there was earlier. Lots of bloggers have taken to twittering – which is much trendier. A blog, I believe, is much more effective – for one, it takes some words to get a message across. And secondly, blogging leads to literary outputs, I guess.

    Thank you, Elyas, for another geography lesson πŸ™‚ . I had thought Eritrea was part of Ethiopia.
    I did meet an Eritrean while I was in Sydney (late 1990s). And I remember being told it is part of Ethiopia. Or maybe I am wrong!!!!!! – maybe I was told it was right next to Ethiopia!!! Anyway, I am sure Eritrea and Ethiopia was used in the same line when we were being introduced πŸ™‚

    All the best to Hubesha.

  2. Thank you so much Amira, Andthree, APB, and Dave for your valuable comments! πŸ™‚

    @Amira … great to hear about the Maldivian blogosphere! That’s really cool. And yes sad that twitter is somehow taking over… as for Eritrea, yea up until 1991 was part of Ethiopia (on and off), but after 1991 it became a new nation in the Horn of Africa. πŸ™‚

    @Andthree … no i didn’t paint it, but it’s a great piece!

  3. Hey this is a great idea! My only complaint (as an Eritrean) is the embed optional display–particularly the ‘I am an Ethiopian blogger’ part of it. Obviously, it’s optional but if the point is to bring both Eritreans and Ethiopians together, it’s counterproductive to have that statement as part of the display or have an Eritrean option as well. I know u didn’t create it but maybe u can suggest it to the owners of the site.
    I feel that often times Ethiopians overlook acknowledging the separation of Eritreans, usually not out of hatred but because they do believe ‘we are all one’. Not a bad thing. But there was a reason for that bitter 30 year war.

    1. Selam Timmi! Thank you for visiting, and for commenting! I really appreciate it! πŸ™‚ I totally agree with you, in fact, I did suggest exactly the same thing you have said here. I told them that they have to also include an embed option that says “I am an Eritrean Blogger” as long as they want to invite both Ethiopian and Eritrean bloggers. The person whom I contacted told me that she would pass the message on to the programmers. So I am waiting … I will forward your comment to her, to press more for an embed option that includes Eritrea. Thank you again for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  4. Apologies Timmi.

    Elyas did indeed point out this issue last week. We’ve added “I’m An Eritrean Blogger” badge.

    We’re actually a team of Eritreans and Ethiopians … very patriotic of respective country, in fact, and we believe in the independence of each country, and we don’t deal with politics on the website. We think there are enough politics websites out there, and we wanted to do something that can bring the region together in peace.

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