Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Happy Birthday PCME!

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Well, it's been one year since I started this blog. It's grown and evolved and frankly, it saved my life. It gave me purpose when I was lost.

After finishing school I moved back in with my parents to get back on my feet and I didn't quite know what to do. What I did do was spend a lot of time in front of screens, whether it was my looking at my phone, laptop, or TV. After being away from Saudi for so long, I shouldn't have been surprised to find that things had changed. There were ads on TV urging viewers to drink water or walk more as part of a health campaign. There was a YouTube video of young men dancing to "Turn Down For What" in Iran. There were news articles about a young man in a hospital that had turned viral. I had a couple friends around and when I told them about what I saw, they had no idea what I was talking about. And so I created Pop Culture Middle East as a place where I could share what I found. Since then it has developed into a place where I write posts on art galleries that I visit and on interviews I conduct with influential figures in the modern culture(s) of this part of the world I call home.

I feel that my top posts reflects that shift:
  1. Dark Turns, YouTube and Laughing At Old White People: Navigating Comedy and Online Fame with Hisham Fageeh
  2. Arab rap and Saudi Arabia's first hip hop radio show host: No booty shaking culture here
  3. Be happy, Live More... Easy enough right?
  4. What happens when urban goes corporate
  5. Dior every day: How women's shoes in Saudi say a whole lot more than you think
I want to thank all of my readers and everyone else that has supported my blog. Thank you for clicking on my links. Thank you for advocating for calling me a blogger before I even thought of myself as one. Thank you for staying up with me on the late nights when I wondered if what I was writing was too controversial. Thank you for helping me grow as a writer and as a person. I love you all for giving me your feedback and for sharing my work, and for helping me find myself again. I look forward to the future and to what this blog can be. I hope you'll join me and continue to read about pop culture in the Middle East.


  1. You're a great writer and im proud to be a small part in helping😍


    1. Hey Sara! Thank you for your kind words! I couldn't have done it without you and everyone else! :)

  2. I have enjoyed your blog and feel that it has filled a niche here in the ME. Happy Birthday and Congratulations!

    1. Thank you Susie for your kind words. I've enjoyed having readers like yourself!

  3. Keep up the great work. Go Nadine!

    1. Thank you Todd! Couldn't have done it without your support! :)