15 Years Blogging Anniversary

Post by Mark

I posted my first blog post ever exactly 15 years ago to this day. It wasn’t on 248AM, I launched that two years later, it was on another blog called qHate. Back then I was still living with my parents, I was piss-ass broke and didn’t really know anyone in Kuwait. Crazy how that was just 15 years ago since a lot has happened over that time. It’s kinda scary when I think about where I’ll be 15 years from now, probably in L.A. working in the electronics section of a Walmart would be my best bet.


My computer setup back in 2003There are dates that represent important moments in my life, I was born in 1978, 1988 was my first trip to L.A., the Gulf War in 1990, graduating from high school in 96 and so on.

2003 is when I started blogging.


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  1. Quintin says:

    Thanks for all the amazing post :)

    very curious, why don’t you just move to LA for good?

  2. Mustafa says:

    15 Years and still the best Blog in Kuwait. Congrats!

  3. James says:

    Wonderful… Looking forward to 15 Years more of your posts.

    Take Care and God Bless !!!

  4. lovelyKuwait says:

    My best blog ever thanks a lot Mark for everything :)

  5. Kulsum Kunwa says:

    I wish they did blog/social media awards in Kuwait before you retire!

    • Altaf says:

      Even when we were all just a small handful of the very first Kuwaiti bloggers discussing politics, Kuwait and voicing our creative selves (way before the fashionista showoffs competing in their popularity contest), you were among the tiny group of the very first. In fact, I became a blogger in 2004 after reading QHate. I still remember some of your posts. I do have the fondest memories of the good old blogging days, in addition to some bad ones. You were, remarkably, the one who immediately knew how to develop, evolve, and make something more and bigger, grander, more concrete of your blog, not to mention smartly monetize it. It is heartening and inspiring to see how far you have come and it makes us old original Kuwaiti bloggers proud of you. The very best and fondest wishes, Mark!

  6. A Kuwaiti Lexicographer says:

    Thank you Mark for all the informative, entertaining, and honest posts. You stand tall while other bloggers faded into obscurity.

    #Thank_you_Mark

    • Nasser says:

      Seriously, I used to visit maybe 8 Kuwaiti blogs daily a few years ago if not more, now 248am is the only one left

      I cannot even remember the names of the other ones

      Congrats Mark!

  7. Kuwait says:

    Hey who’s that random dude in the first pic?

    Mabrook btw :)

    • Mark says:

      originally was gonna post a picture of me from back in 2003, but then i was like fuck that shit, i don’t want that picture in my face when i open my blog.

  8. Ali says:

    As far as I’m concerned, this is the only blog which provides up to date information about events in Kuwait & much more. Thank you, well done & keep it up!

  9. Ipsom says:

    I hope to see the 30th anniversary!

    Congrats on the milestone, thank you.

  10. RT says:

    Congratulations and million thanks for all the informative as well as motivating posts…

    Wish you all the best and many more anniversaries !!!

  11. Yusuf M says:

    This is gonna make you feel old, but I started reading your blog when I was in high school in Kuwait in early 2000s. And now I’m married with a kid. This blog has been the only consistent source of info in Kuwait. I hope someday they do make you mayor of Salmiya, you’ve been more concerned about this place than anyone I’ve ever met. Cheers buddy.

  12. Aziz says:

    And since then you’ve been the been the best , You are the greatest addition to Kuwait’s cultural and social scene ever. You have the abilty to make everything looks and feels interesting, You made culture and knowledge cool , you made us more attached to Kuwait’s history . You loved Kuwait and you cared about as non of my fellow Kuwaiti citizens did and you tried to make Kuwait a more beautiful and a better place. The good news is that Kuwait is becoming a better place , many people may disagree but i can see it coming. As a kuwaiti citizen I want to say Thankyou Mark , you made a DIFFERENCE.

  13. Mohammed alghaith says:

    Congrats ! cool Sony monitor.

  14. JM says:

    Happy birthday 248am
    Thanks Mark for this lovely blog hopefully you will add a section to see what’s happening outside Kuwait through your eyes

  15. Jacqui says:

    Happy 15th! Glad you’re still around!

  16. Azmil says:

    You have shown that you are capable of doing great things. Thanks for posting humble most posts for us :-)

  17. LadyB says:

    Wow, a lot more to come inshallah !

  18. Buzz says:

    My favorite posts of yours are life hacks and the best of them was ordering heavy stuff from Amazon UK and have it shipped directly to Kuwait. That was genius and it saved me a ton of money. Thanks man and keep on blogging.

  19. Bilal says:

    Happy 15th BLOGanniversary!!! its been years now, my routine to do first thing in morning is to open 248am.com, before I start surfing anyother site… :)

    and yes after reading homepage.. second thing straight to ‘Classifieds’ the best place… hehe

    best wishes dear… keep on rocking!!!

  20. mentabolism says:

    Congrats…not an easy task.. keeping a blog going for 15 years.
    Keep up the good work!

  21. Salah says:

    Happy birthday!

    2004 is when I started reading your blog, and the post about a lion on the run in Kuwait was the first post I ever read. Personally, I’d like to thank you for all the Salmiya nostalgic posts, as I spent half my life in that area. Walmart my ass, you’ll end up owning an organic version of Walmart and be friends with Kanye West or something like that. Keep the bold blogging, and I wish you all the best.

  22. Asif Juzar says:

    Congratulations Mark. I’m Glad to have met with you. Cars and Coffee Long due ;)

  23. Umair Shaikh says:

    Keep it Up!!! … 10 more to go to make it silver jublee

  24. NG says:

    Thank you for sticking around, here’s to many more. Appreciate your blog Mark.

  25. Prince Joseph says:

    Thank you Mark.

    i still remember Nancy ajram scandal post hahaha :)

  26. Congrats Mark! I remember seeing you in our old office in Al Rai. Very quiet and serious.

  27. Khaled says:

    Hey Mark, your blogs are really amazing.
    I love the way you write and the words you use .
    You have helped me enjoy my life in Kuwait.
    Hope you have a great life ahead blogging.
    And happy 15th anniversary
    Continue blogging in the same way.

  28. Fahad says:

    Congratulation Mark

  29. Mark says:

    thank you, everyone!

  30. Noura says:

    Congratulations and thank you so much for your hardwork ! I love this blog and always love the updates :) xx

  31. Hamad says:

    Congrats man

  32. So2al says:

    Mark, if you had a tv show.. I would watch :)

  33. Dean says:

    I study in NZ, but still make sure I check this blog. Thanks for being there Mark. : )

  34. SJ says:

    Congrats. Your blog helped me in many ways.

  35. zaydoun says:

    I honestly admire and commend you for keeping this blog running while so many others (i.e. me) ran out of steam.

    Here’s to many more years until you move to Hollywood

  36. Bader says:

    Congratulations on 15 years … Keep it up Mark ..

  37. Fouad says:

    Best Blog in Kuwait. Have been loyal since 2006 when I first moved to Kuwait. Keep walking ;-)

  38. Shani says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for the wonderful works all this years and thank you once again for not only the words but for the action. You are a man who walk your talk. God bless you Sir. May we all be alive to celebrate 50th anniversary of this Blog.

  39. The Other Ahmed says:

    How did you come up with the title of this blog?

  40. Ahmad says:

    Hey Mark

    Congrat. like they said you make everything intersting and you make Kuwait looks amazing

    you were one of the first bloggers I started following back in 2005 I think and still I make sure not to miss any of your posts

    sorry for being silent veiwer all these years :)

  41. I remember the first days of this blog. There were a lot of food involved. Although it’s mostly about Kuwait but I still enjoy some posts. It’s also great you’re not bored.


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