I've been reading the argument at Registan with a bit of amusement for the last few days, especially the accusations that certain bloggers are out to get the "Armenian blogosphere." I hardly think Nathan is out to get them- he's always griping about the boring American-written blogs in Central Asia.
I've been thinking about this a lot though because I am interested in encouraging my husband's law students I work with to blog a bit. There are a variety of reasons I'd like to do this, but the main one is that there are so few Kyrgyz bloggers. (Are there any?)
I'd like to encourage them to write about Kyrgyzstan- anything they'd like. American showbiz and what they did that day would not be allowed though. I'd like to see them write about the government, the revolution, Kyrgyz culture, bride kidnapping, education in Kyrgyzstan, and all sorts of other topics. I could set up a separate blog for them, post them here, or see if we could get some of the better ones posted on other Central Asia blogs.
But mostly, I'd like to give them a chance to write since they have so few. The students at the American University have all sorts of opportunities, but the students at the Law Academy don't get much encouragement. I think it would be an interesting experiment.
(And can I say again how silly it is that the Blogger spellcheck doesn't recognize words like blogger, blog, blogs, etc, even if you try to teach them to the thing?)