In recent years blogging in the South Caucasus has taken off even though Internet penetration remains low. In many cases, blogs have moved in to fill a gap left by an often politically polarized traditional media. Each with their own diaspora, blogs on the three countries that form the South Caucasus can also be found outside the region.
One such blog, Scary Azeri in Suburbs, touches upon the cultural clashes often encountered by locals and foreigners alike when they meet or interact.
I am 36 and a mother in suburbia. Yes, i know. There are too many blogs created by mothers. So what? I want to blog too. I am not just any suburban mother who is bored and wants to blog. I am a scary Azeri mother in an English suburb. If you don’t have any idea what that means, read on. I shall enlighten you in my typical Eastern European style and explain what it is like to change your worlds from a strange post-soviet muslim republic to a wealthy commuter village near London.
Unashamedly acerbic, but alway humorous, the blog has fast become popular with many interested in the region and posts have even been republished by the media in her native Azerbaijan. Today, Global Voices Online interviewed Scary Azeri about blogging, tweeting, cultural clashes, trolls and more.
Incidentally, and despite her name, Global Voices Online found Scary Azeri to be anything but.