This post was originally published on Notes by Noon
I wrote these lines on my flight back home after an amazing week in Amman, reflecting on the inspiring group of people I spent over the last couple of days with the activists, artists, bloggers, editors, journalist, visual tools and digital security experts, along with all the organizers, sponsors, and facilitators.
It was the first time for me to attend an Arab Blogger's Meeting and although I hadn't met many of the participants physically before, through our interaction over the years our virtual connection had been well established. There was an air of familiarity, comradeship and solidarity which laid the basis for new friendships. Sadly, there were activists and bloggers who were absent either due to unjust incarceration or shameful red tape which prevented them from being physically there, yet their presence was very much felt amongst us.