Robo: Saturday Morning Blogroll Goes To Iran

Inspired by recent BestBlog commentator, Inadvertent Gardener, I went looking in the tags for gardening blogs. I found some nice sites. And then I found something extraordinary: Robo.

Robo is not a gardening site, although the author does work in a greenhouse. It is also written from right to left. Don’t let that put you off. When I look at blogs in languages other than my own, I look at the pictures. It’s kind of a relief to let go of words. Have a look at caricature and pictures on Robo. I like his greenhouse pictures, and the women marching, and the flowers. But what sold me on this site are Robo’s flickr (فلیکر) photos. (I’ve linked directly to flickr; you can get there from the widgets bar also.) They’re interesting, lovely. Even if you don’t know what he’s saying, the blog is typographically beautiful. Robo seems to also have an interest in posting some in English — so that’s something to look forward to.

One final thought: Even when we do not share a common language, we can still speak to each other, with enough good will and enough good pictures.

And a question (or two): Do you ever look at blogs in other languages? What common language do you discover you share?

7 Responses to “Robo: Saturday Morning Blogroll Goes To Iran”

  1. 1 dennispater 11 June, 2006 at 5:32 am

    Hour first is dead You typed it wrong but anyway it is a nice blog to see. :DThis is the corect one:

  2. 3 bloglily 11 June, 2006 at 5:35 am

    Thanks for running quality control. I’ll check into it and see if it needs a fix. And I’m glad you liked Robo. Cheers, BL

  3. 4 saleh 11 June, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Yup ! i do i usually check some english blogs…

  4. 5 bloglily 11 June, 2006 at 10:01 pm

    Hello Saleh — I see your site is subtitled “lost 4 words” — you’re anything but! I liked your quotes and the story about the mother.

    I asked this question — do you look at blogs in other languages — because I wonder what other common languages we have. Photography is one. English seems to be a bit of a common language also — for you certainly.

    One of the reasons the world is in such a mess is because ordinary people of good will are divided by language and geography. The internet can erase some of these boundaries. I wonder how that really works for people — and IF it really works. Any thoughts from anyone on that?

    Best, BL

  5. 6 inadvertentgardener 12 June, 2006 at 8:42 pm

    Hi y’all! Thanks so much for including me in the round-up this week — I appreciate the link (and all the attention…aw, shucks…).

    Bloglily, that’s an interesting question. If a site is in another language but has strong photography, I will probably hang out a little longer than I would otherwise to check it out. But otherwise, the non-English blogs that I peruse generally are in languages I’m familiar with (Spanish) or dabble in (Italian). I do enjoy trying to translate on the fly, although I know I’m missing a lot as I read.

    I will admit that I don’t usually Bloglines any of the non-English sites — there are so many English blogs that I’m already reading that it’s hard enough to keep up with those as it is.

    There must be bilingual blogs out there, I would think? With cross-posts in English and another language? Because that would be right up my alley.


  6. 7 range 17 June, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    Hi, nice pics.
    I normally don’t look at blogs in other languages, except English, French and German. Except photoblogs. I used to go to Japanese websites and translate them through google.

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