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 to link your blog on their site 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!
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. 🙂
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 on 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!