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The Turkish Blogs- A Drop in the Ocean

Turkey and the Turkish blogs have been a seldom explored venue on Global Voices. I must say that for a while I was under the impression that there were no Turkish blogs at all out there in the wild world wide web….I was wrong…so very very wrong. In fact on a site entitled Blog Kardesligi (Turkish), literally meaning “the fraternity of blogs” over 700 Turkish blogs are currently listed; obviously the listing is not a comprehensive listing of all Turkish blogs out there, but the number that it has listed is representative of a huge population of bloggers just waiting to be heard. The majority of the listed blogs on Blog Kardesligi are written in Turkish, but there is a growing number of English language blogs as well. The goal for this new weekly is give you a glimpse of these Turkish language blogs.

Here is glimpse of the Turkish Blogosphere…however it is only a drop in the ocean….

The two top issues that have been appearing in the Turkish blogs have been the recent EU Membership Talks and the beginning of Ramadan. Turkey has been attempting to enter into the EU for over a decade and has many changes in its law codes in order to begin the negotiation talks with the European Union. On October 4th, it was announced that Turkey will enter into official negotiations with the EU. To many this annoucement is long overdue, however it is predicted that it will take at least 10 years before membership could be achieved for Turkey. Murt Ulas from Metroblogging:Istanbul predicts that EU membership would have very little impact on large cities such as Istanbul. As in the rest of the Muslim world, the beginning of Ramadan is a happy event. Idil from Ignore Me If You Can sends Ramadan greetings to all. Metroblogging:Istanbul also announced community Iftar meals being given in the Uskadar District of Istanbul.

If you are interesting in more culinary matters there is an excellent blog called Yogurt Land which posts recipes in both English and Turkish, the accompanying pictures are simply mouthwatering!

18 comments

  • Great job. Do you find any Armenian(Christian)blogger in Turkey?
    As you know Armenian genocide is a hot topic.Best Farid Pouya

  • […] Harvard hosts a very interesting website featuring blogs from all around the world. You might want to check out the first entry about Turkish blogs where yours truly is referenced. Check GlobalVoices for the rest of the articles. […]

  • I own a directory of Turkish blogs at: http://www.bloglaralemi.com

    There, in the ‘English Blogs’ section, are listed the following blogs which are penned in English:

    Mavi Boncuk
    Reflection Cafe
    Socioeconomics
    The White Path
    Turkish Digest
    Turkish Torque

    Socioeconomics.com belongs to me, by the way; and Global Voices, among others, has mentioned one my articles about the 7/7 Attacks in the past.

  • Deborah Ann Dilley

    Dear Socioeconomics,
    Thank you very much for your list, I appreciate it to no end!

  • Hey,
    Apart from metroblogging Istanbul, I also write to my own blog both in turkish and english. Here is the address: http://mertulas.blogspot.com

  • huppo

    helal , basmışsınızda basmışsınız reklamı. sizin reklamınızı alıp dürüm yaparlar zaten.

  • Sağol Deborah, I had no idea I had visitors like you. :) Iyi günler dileklerimle, sevgiler.

  • olhor

    and the Turkish trolls show up, just as expected.
    Yes, there are many Turkish blogs outthere, most of them written by trolls for trolls, it bores the hell out of me.

    Nice research tho, good job Deborah.

  • Thanks for your help with the “turkish blogs.” What about blogs written by Turkish Americans living in the U.S. in English? I started one recently “www.talkturkey.us”

  • […] Last week’s roundup of the Turkish Blogs was well received in the Turkish Blogosphere, even spawning a Turkish translation of the post on the website Blog Kardesligi. Not only was there a translation on Blog Kardesligi but a comment on the Global Voices project (in Turkish) as well. Other Turkish sites that mentioned the Global Voices post were Metrobloggling: Istanbul and Ignore Me if You Can. Plus, I have received many notes of thanks about the posts as well. I am very flattered and I hope that I can do justice to the Turkish Blogs now and in the future. […]

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