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In response to a question by a WDM reader, who thought blog writing is an old fashion,

I totally agree. However, I thought it was necessary to dedicate a blog exclusively to Somali issues. Moreover, political figures don’t use websites – they either use blogs or podcasts. Scholars use blogs or journals. Some do interviews with reputable journalists to send their messages across. That is because mainstream media, including social media, don’t give the freedom of expression bloggers need to cover their fields of interest. Bloggers enjoy the creative works they do. You may not feel that until you become one or hook up with one regularly.

But, remember this: blogs are the most reliable tools for political writers and commentators living in countries where freedom of press doesn’t exist. In other words, blogs are media of the rebels, politically and morally brave. Blogs still exist and much relevant in all authoritarian and conservative regimes.

Finally, many readers of WDM articles, including diplomats, politicians and researchers, have confessed to me that they found WDM blog not only interesting, but also enlightening and useful. That is why many had subscribed to the blog. Don’t you agree?

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