A clarification of terms: Bloghdad
Iraqi blogosphere just wasn't cutting it.
Bloghdad obviously includes the bloggers living in Iraq. It also includes Iraqi expatriates and their children living and born in other countries. It includes milbloggers in Iraq. It includes sites devoted to Iraqi bloggers and the events in Iraq like this one and IBC whether or not they are hosted by Iraqis. When blogs devoted to many different things, or to politics generally address the situation in Iraq as Sandmonkey does or TRP does or the still-mourned Chrenkoff did with his Good News from Iraq posts, they are also part of Bloghdad. It also includes the Comments sections of Bloghdad and their participants.
And, Yes, Bloghdad is full of tourists who pass through and just admire the scenery.
Bloghdad was/is the name of a now dormant blog by the Italian journalist, Enzo Baldoni, a journalist who was killed by brave freedom-fighter terrorists in Iraq last summer. Slate once used the term in a very small way to refer to its columns on the war. The word is essentially up for grabs, and it's service is now desperately needed. So I'm calling it out of Reserve status.
Bloghdad. Add that to your glossaries.
Good Morning, citizens of Bloghdad!
Someone sent me a email recently to ask if there were any Iraqi soldiers or police in Bloghdad (obviously she didn't use that term). I had to confess that I didn't know of any. The first time an Iraqi security professional starts to blog, it will be like Salam Pax's first post. If someone knows of one or notes the first to come out, please let me know. Bloghdad has for too long been without a lawman.
Of course, the godfather of Bloghdad is Salam Pax, the original Baghdad blogger, who seems to have once again descended to the Underworld. But as gods are want to do, he will surely rise again. I'm working on a Who Is Salam Pax post. So stay posted, get posted, whatever.