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Top 5 Blogs Per Country in Our Network – BlogDay 2010

Blog Day 2010August 31st has (unofficially) been set as International Blog Day, an initiative of blogday.org since 2005. BlogDay is an opportunity for each blogger to recommend 5 blogs that he or she finds interesting, along with a short description and a link for each blog. As blogs and bloggers are an integral part of how we all receive, process and use information, we wanted to pay homage to local blogs that stand out from the crowd in some our markets, and share them with you. Here are 5 blogs, by country, that our local offices reckon are worth reading (most blogs have a focus either on PR and communications, our clients’ industries, or are just plain interesting):

BAHRAIN Blogs

1. Mahmood’s Den (Political / General Interest)

URL http://mahmood.tv Language English
About By far Bahrain’s most read blog. Mahmood comments on everything related to Bahrain – from local politics to international events; from consumer items to Formula One.

2. Bint Battuta in Bahrain (Social)

URL http://www.blogcatalog.com/blog/bint-battuta-in-bahrain Language English
About A blog about the authors’ life, musings and anecdotes.

3. Babbling Bahrania (General Interest)

URL http://bahraniat.blogspot.com Language English
About A blog by a Bahraini woman covering various social, cultural issues. A candid opinion by the blogger makes it an interesting read.

4. Birding Bahrain (Wildlife)

URL http://www.hawar-islands.com/blog Language English
About A blog about the wildlife observation (primarily bird watching) in and around Bahrain with a focus on Hawar islands. Mainly a photo-blog with some lovely visuals.

5. Lost in Bahrain (Personal / Humorous)

URL http://lostinbahrain.wordpress.com Language English
About A young fashion designer from London documenting her search for fun, friends and happiness in Bahrain.

BULGARIAN Blogs

1. Izbrano (Technology/ Gadgets)

URL www.izbrano.net Language Bulgarian
About An interesting blog about technology news, gadgets, music, movies and entertainment, around since 2007.

2. Salted Lemons (Cooking)

URL http://loisslokoski.blogspot.com Language Bulgarian
About A blog dedicated to cooking. This blogger enjoys culinary experiments and is always ready for new culinary challenges.

3. Kreativen (Online Marketing & Social Media)

URL www.kreativen.com Language Bulgarian
About A blog dedicated to Web2.0, online marketing and blogging, focusing on giving advice to webmasters and bloggers.

4. Auto Equipment (Automotive)

URL http://авто-части.net/ Language Bulgarian
About A blog about auto parts, automobiles and moto-accessories. Its aim is to provide up-to-date information and useful advice in regard to auto parts and accessories.

5. Lets Gym (Health & Sports)

URL http://www.letsgym.com Language Bulgarian
About The blogger, young 31 year-old Polly, has wide experience in various physical exercises and focuses the blog on giving advice to young mothers, women etc on all things sports, beauty and health.

CYPRUS Blogs

1. I Pellara en POLLON Logion (Financial / Politics)

URL http://fortheisland.wordpress.com Language Greek
About A blog that shares the blogger’s views mainly on the various aspects of the Cyprus economy, politics as well as other more general topics.

2. Chrysanthos Tsouroullis (Politics / General Interest)

URL www.sigmalive.com/blogs/tsouroullis Language Greek
About A blog by one of the most influential TV journalists in Cyprus focusing mainly on politics and politicians. Also comments on various topics the blogger feels he needs to express his personal opinion on.

3. Sometimes YES Sometimes NO (Public Relations)

URL sometimesyessometimesno.blogspot.com Language Greek
About One of the few blogs focusing on Public Relations in Cyprus.

4. Sports Gazette (Sports)

URL http://sportsgazette.blogspot.com Language Greek
About Blog focusing on sports (mainly football) in Cyprus, Greece and other countries. The team of bloggers also share news and views on the Champions League, EURO 2008, EURO 2012, EURO 2016, Europa League, superleague, UEFA Cup, World Cup 2010 etc.

5. Charalambos Theopemptou – Epitropos Perivallontos (Ecology / Environment)

URL http://theopemptou.blogspot.com Language Greek
About A blog by the Cyprus Commissioner for the Environment, writing on green issues.

GREECE Blogs

1. Athensville (City Life)

URL http://athensville.blogspot.com Language Greek
About A blog which documents what’s going on in the city of Athens, from events, to buildings, streets and people.

2. Fashion Architect (Fashion)

URL http://fashionarchitect.blogspot.com Language Greek
About A personal style and fashion blog from an architect, living in Athens. The blogger covers every fashion associated issue, from simple outfit posts to fashion shows such as Athens Fashion Week and other fashion related events.

3. Enteka (General Interest)

URL http://enteka.blogspot.com Language Greek
About An eclectic blog on all that is of interest to the blogger. A blog of ‘someone who is interested about everything’ as the blogger says.

4. A,mpa? (Lifestyle)

URL http://a-mpa.blogspot.com Language Greek
About A witty blog which deals with a range of subjects from a more serious 80’s New York subway crime, to celebrity-watching in an unconventional way, to 90’s tributes.

5. Iparhoume…Siniparhoume (Journalism / Society)

URL http://gazikapllani.blogspot.com Language Greek
About A blog about social and journalistic issues written by Gazmed Kapllani, an Albanian writer and journalist for “Ta Nea” newspaper, residing in Athens.

KUWAIT Blogs

1. 248AM (Social)

URL http://www.248am.com Language English
About An entertaining blog created by two expats, husband and wife, Mark works in Advertising and Nat works in TV.

2. Frankom (General Interest)

URL http://www.frankom.com Language English
About This is a refreshing blog that talks about all daily matters, with its stories usually being ones shared by thousands of incoming emails by readers worldwide.

3. Q8 Black Market (Entertainment/ Events)

URL http://www.q8blackmarket.com Language English
About Created by 2 college students, this informative blog focuses mostly on what’s going in Kuwait event/exhibitions/bazaars/movie reviews etc.

4. 4th Ring Road (General Interest)

URL http://www.4thringroad.com Language English
About An entertaining blog from “a bunch of guys” sharing their insights on what’s going on in Kuwait, along with things they love, hate, love to love and hate to hate.

5. Some Contrast (General Interest)

URL http://somecontrast.com Language Arabic/ English
About This blog covers a very wide range of topics, creating some contrast as the name promises. An overall interesting blog with its eclectic topics.

KYRGYZSTAN Blogs

1. Mirsulzhan Namazaliev (Social Media, General Interest)

URL http://www.namazaliev.com Language Russian
About Mirsulzhan Namazaliev is one of the most well known bloggers in Kyrgyzstan. He writes about social media, the internet, blogging, as well as social, political and cultural issues in Kyrgyzstan.

2. Discovering of Environment of Central Asia (Environment, Science)

URL http://gulnura.wordpress.com Language English
About The author of this blog, Gulnura Toralieva, writes about environmental issues in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia and also covers science communication topics.

3. Kloop Media (General Interest, PR)

URL http://kloop.kg Language Russian
About Kloop.kg is a collection of blogs which mostly deal with political, economic, cultural issues in Kyrgyzstan. Kloop also publishes press releases for free unlike information agencies which will usually request money for PR material.

4. Bugulab (Design, Art)

URL http://www.bugulab.blogspot.com Language Russian
About Bugulab.com is a blog from the creative Studio Bugulab about design, art, photography, creativity and corporate identity. The blog also features a database of their corporate identity works which they have done for many organizations in Kyrgyzstan.

5. Bektour Iskender (General Interest, Political)

URL http://bektour.com Language Russian
About Bektour is one of the most well known bloggers in Kyrgyzstan. His blog is mostly about traveling, economy, politics and social issues in Kyrgyzstan.

LATVIA Blogs

1. Slava Se (Personal)

URL http://pesen-net.livejournal.com Language Russian
About This is the most popular blog in the Baltic States and also one of the most popular blogs in RuNet (Russian Internet). The author – common Latvian inhabitant Vjaceslav Soldatenko – has reached thousands Russian-speaking readers all over the world.  He has recently published his first book based on stories from his blog. Vjaceslav writes mostly about his life, family, work, friends, interesting events etc. Each blog post is a funny short story.

2. Telecommunication and IT, Juris Kaža (IT and Telecommunications)

URL http://blogi.nozare.lv/kaza Language Latvian
About A blog written by a Latvian journalist who could easily be called a “pioneer” in the Latvian blogosphere. He has an international experience as a journalist, is now working in the national news agency LETA and blogging about IT, new gadgets and telecomms.

3. Stuff-n-Style (Fashion)

URL http://stuff-n-style.blogspot.com Language English
About A popular Latvian fashion blog, where the two authors Denis Shevelev and Maija Meiere (or Boy and Girl as they call themselves – PR specialists in real life) are blogging about essential fashion events and news, both in Latvia and globally. Their aim is to popularize local fashion designers worldwide.

4. Public Relations, Marketing, Ingars Rudzitis (PR, Marketing)

URL http://blogi.nozare.lv/irudzitis Language Latvian
About The blog’s author, Ingars Rudzitis, worked for years at McCann-Erickson Riga as a PR consultant. His blog is devoted to PR and writes from new, interesting and original items he finds in publications, to books he read, to observations, opinions, events, advices etc.

5. Ansis Egle (Tourism, Personal)

URL http://ansisegle.lv Language Latvian
About The blog’s author is the marketing director of Aerodium (vertical wind tunnels). Apart from work and tourism issues, his blog is also filled with personal observations, experiences and stories.

LITHUANIA Blogs

1. Dansu Dansu (Marketing & Communications)

URL http://dansu.lt Language Lithuanian
About A blog about marketing and communications, the base of resources of these fields and comments on market news.

2. Marketer.lt (Internet Marketing)

URL http://www.marketer.lt Language Lithuanian
About A blog about internet marketing and review of related news.

3. Uagadugu (TV News)

URL http://uagadugu.lt Language Lithuanian
About A blog on Lithuanian TV news and trends of the media market.

4. Mediana.lt (Sociology, market research)

URL http://www.mediana.lt Language Lithuanian
About A blog about sociology, social market researches and public opinion.

5. Komunikacija Facebook’e (Social media news)

URL http://komunikacija-facebooke.lt Language Lithuanian
About A blog about social media news and trends.

OMAN Blogs

1. Muscat Confidential (Current Affairs)

URL http://muscatconfidential.blogspot.com Language English
About This blog offers a refreshing injection of impartiality and honesty into the often obsequious and feeble Oman press. It provides information about local and national affairs by combining the “word on the street” with insightful analysis and rapier wit. Often controversial, always entertaining, never intimidated; Muscat Confidential sets the benchmark for online reporting in Oman.

ROMANIA Blogs

1. Comanescu (Media)

URL www.comanescu.ro Language Romanian
About Iulian Comanescu, highly active and well-known media analyst in Romania, outlines in his blog posts intriguing and relevant issues on communication, media, personal branding, advertising and Web 2.0.

2. Cristian Manafu (Social Media)

URL www.manafu.ro Language Romanian
About Cristian Manafu is one of the best known bloggers in Romania and writes about the media industry, internet, advertising, technology and blogging. He organizes events and seminars about blogging and social media.

3. Puterea Comunicarii (Media, Communications & CSR)

URL www.dragosdehelean.ro Language Romanian
About This blog is aimed at Communications and Public Relations issues, covering mostly the corporate social responsibility field.

4. Return to the com(m)unity (Media & Advertising)

URL http://danpetre.wordpress.com Language Romanian
About Dan Petre’s blog emphasizes the world of advertising, highlighting creative moves in the Romanian advertising market and also offering relevant tips in qualitative research.

5. PR Wave Blog (PR & Communications)

URL http://www.prwave.ro/blog Language Romanian
About The PRwave blog, part of PR Wave community, outlines topics on how to build your personal brand, internal communication, media relations, novelties and trends, PR and marketing 2.0, Online PR and relevant chapters related to the PR industry.

RUSSIA Blogs

1. Drugoi in Russia (Social & Political Photo/Video Blog)

URL http://drugoi.livejournal.com Language Russian
About The most popular and influential blogger in Russia. His blog introduces modern political and social life in Russia via photos and videos.

2. Sergey Dolya’s Blog (Travel and Tourism)

URL http://sergeydolya.livejournal.com Language Russian
About The blog is maintained by Sergey Dolya, the most popular blogger in Russia on the topic of traveling and tourism. It contains posts with interesting reviews of the world’s most beautiful places and unique photos.

3. IT Blog (Information Technology)

URL http://itblog.name Language Russian
About A blog which focuses on how to use IT technologies, solutions and applications more effectively. An interesting blog for both professionals and beginners.

4. Medvedev in Russia (Political)

URL http://blog.kremlin.ru Language Russian
About The official video blog of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

5. Mikhail Prokhorov Blog (General Interest)

URL http://md-prokhorov.livejournal.com Language Russian
About A blog by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov covering social, political, economic, sports, cultural and charity issues. The blog is one of the most popular among Russian readers given Mikhail Prokhorov popularity and charisma.

SERBIA Blogs

1. Dragan Varagic (e-Business, e-Marketing, Online PR)

URL www.draganvaragic.com/weblog Language Serbian
About A blog by an online PR/e-marketing consultant with very interesting posts around internet oriented business.

2. Basta Balkana (Lifestyle/ General Interest)

URL http://www.bastabalkana.com Language Serbian
About This blog tries to educate people in Serbia but holds no specific ideological or political orientation. The authors’ wish is to create a better Serbia through their writing.

3. Svet Nauke (Science)

URL http://www.svetnauke.org Language Serbian/English
About A blog posting news from the world of science explained in a very interesting way.

4. Veza Blog (Online Marketing)

URL http://blog.veza.biz Language Serbian
About Mission of this blog is to help guide its clients in developing a dynamic marketing strategy in order to achieve high quality communication with customers and users online.

5. Trzisno Resenje (Economy)

URL http://trzisnoresenje.blogspot.com Language Serbian
About A blog which covers mostly economic analyses as its authors are economists, while occasionally blogging on a wider area of interests.

UAE Blogs

1. Informed Comment (Middle Eastern and Islamic Affairs)

URL http://www.juancole.com Language English
About Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context, writing widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia, commenting extensively on Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, the Iraq War and the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan among other.

2. Life in Dubai (Dubai Economy/ General)

URL http://dubaithoughts.blogspot.com Language English
About A blog on daily life, things people come up against, the laws, the weather, along with other things which are of interest to UAE residents at large.

3. Hellwa Fashion (Fashion & Lifestyle)

URL http://www.hellwafashion.com Language English & Arabic
About Be fashionable, be beautiful. A fashion blog for the stylish ladies in Dubai. This blog covers fashion, current trends and the social scene in Dubai. It also has a fantastic columnist called Scarlet who writes weekly columns on the men, fashion and friends in her life.

4. Something To Chew (Advertising / Design)

URL http://somethingtochew.wordpress.com Language English
About A blog filled with general meanderings of a person in advertising. That combined with a smart and funny writing style, it’ll keep you entertained for a while.

5. Arabian Money (Finance & Economy)

URL http://arabianmoney.net Language English
About A professional blog with information on UAE / regional economy.

A big thank you to the contributors of this blog post: Rohan Shanker (Bahrain), Toni Stankova (Bulgaria), Dimitris Ioannides (Cyprus), Panayiotis Othonos (Cyprus), Angeliki Kiofiri (Greece), Amina Al Jarery (Kuwait), Elira Turdubaeva (Kyrgyzstan), Marija Makarevicha (Latvia), Jolita Jukneviciute (Lithuania), Camelia Cristache (Romania), Ruxandra Scortea (Romania), Grigory Lugovoy (Russia), Anna Vavilova (Russia), Srdjan Crnogorac (Serbia), David Baker (Oman and UAE), Meredith Carson (UAE). Any blogs you’d like to recommend? Add them to the comments section along with their country of origin. Happy Blog Day!

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