For many moons now, I have been watching the Omani blogosphere with great interest, particularly in the way that it has been developing.
Over the past five years or so, awareness of the power of the internet has manifested itself in the psyches of more and more locals and expatriates who spend their days living and working in this beautiful country.
Oman for me, is no longer a mixed-up affair. The dark and light sides of what lies within it's borders get clearer as each day passes. There are places that enthral and amaze me with their natural beauty and yet, in equal measure, I see things that make me baulk.
Coming from many different and diverse backgrounds, social and intelligence levels, I feel that I can say the same for those people who reside here.
On one hand I'm amused by the happy-go-lucky, relaxed attitude that runs through most aspects of life here, but get disheartened and irked by the stifling of potential in some for the benefit of others who may not deserve it and the sheer ineptness and apathy of certain individuals who seem to think that they are answerable to no-one.
Some of what I will blog on here will show the things that I like, but I will also warn you that there shall be articles that some folks or another may not like to read about.
To quote Henry Rollins "If you really want to hurt them and their children not yet born tell them the truth always."
All of my posts will, however, possess a common trait in that they are my opinions and mine alone. To be blunt, if you don't like what I have to say, you have two options: leave a comment for debate....or take yourself somewhere else. Do not post baseless tripe - it wastes your time, mine and that of genuine bloggers.
Over the past two decades, I have walked across deserts and glaciers, traversed mountain ranges, scaled canyons and spent time in some of the most violent, extreme and inhospitable places on the planet: all in a personal quest to see how the world turns and how it's people tick.
There are good and bad sides to us all, and I have now seen enough of Oman to begin making comments about it.
The disclaimer is there, as is the guidance and conditions for partaking in any debate on this blog.
To finish, I am looking forward to contributions from the plethora of bloggers I have been reading throughout my time here. Some of you I admire. Some of you I downright despise. All of you, however, should you wish to engage, are very welcome.