Anyhow, some thanks are in order. So here goes:
First off I'd like to thank Roger Simon of Pajamas Media. In case you didn't know, Pajamas Media is a network of over 90 blogs, a lot of them covering this war. I honestly think this is the future of newsmaking, in a decade probably or less, this will overtake mainstream media. I'm proud to be part of a larger thing. Check out Politics Central, they have a podcast up with Lebanese bloggers as well, not unlike my own. I think you can see what they are doing, this beats CNN hands down. I'd also like to thank Gerard Van der Leun for suggestions and guidance, not to mention cheering me up during our talks.
Daniel Sieberg for the mention on CNN (you can see it on the right in the media section), Mekahlo Medina for interviewing me on NBC4, Ric Ottaiano (and Kender) from WideAwakes Radio for having me on for half an hour as well as Tamar of IsraelNationalRadio, Chris Vallance of the BBC for having me on as part of a podcast, Amar Bakshi of the Washington Post for getting in touch and linking to me from the website (with perhaps a co-operation in the future).
For the hundreds of people who linked to me from their blogs, first and formost Allison who linked to me first and probably the one who's responsible for discovering me. As well as CBC.ca, tagesschau.de, and NPR.org for the mentions. And everybody else who I might have forgotten to add. (like the papers who wrote about and interviewed me)
I think it's important to get the word out and getting so much attention has been great and wonderful but most of all it makes me feel like I've succeeded somewhat with what I'm trying to do. You can find on Allison's blog a transcript showing that the Hezbollah is waging a sophisticated public relations war, a war that I think Israel is losing, and I'm trying in my own way to rectify that.
The black spots are where IAF attacked. On TV that's what you see over and over again, not the rest.
I've also talked in the previous post that even Anderson Cooper is not buying into it anymore. I won't deny there is suffering on the other side, but how much and why and because of whom is what most people miss.
This blog averaged three posts a day and an interview every other day. It received an inordinate amount of traffic for such a short time (in fact if this keeps up it can very easily reach 1 million within a year), a third of new visitors come back regularly and most people spend more then ten minutes on it each visit. It has received over 1000 comments.
I'm still going to try and post from time to time while on my trip, and theres a good chance this blog will have guest authors for the duration of my leave. I can only hope then when I come back "full time" I won't have to write about this and it will resolved. It doesn't look like it right now however. Either way, there will always be more to say and more to report about and that's what I will be doing. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog these past two weeks and and perhaps learned some new and useful information, tell others, spread the word.
As I said before, I'm not alone in doing what I do, here are a few others to hold you over (oh boy, I hope you comeback and won't exclusively migrate to them):
Atals Shrugs, LittleGreen Footablls, Israelity, My Haifa counterpart, Kesher Talk, Truth Laid Bear, Huffington Post, Open Lebanon.
I probably missed a bunch so add them in the comments.
Finally I want to thank you, the reader, for wanting to find out more and listening.
Today we had 8 soldiers die and 26 injured, and much more then a hundred rockets fired at the north. I also hear that a suicide bomber may be in the loose in Haifa. Looking outside I can't see anybody, I don't hear any traffic, and in 5 hours time come dawn the sound of birds will not start the day but probably a siren instead. It's so silent that I could probably hear a rocket crash 20-30 miles from here. A million peoples lives are in limbo (just like myself), not being able to go outside or work. Some people moved south and have been met with open arms by strangers, what other country do you hear about that happening? But like I said before, we can do this rocket thing all day, for as long as we have to let the IDF get the job done and do it right.
Stay safe, be strong, this too shall pass like so many times it has before.
Goodnight, and I'll see you all in a little while, remember folks keep on blogging.