Tom and I started TnT in June 2010 to find a mutual space to vent out everything we were feeling and experiencing as two 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut.
We loved posting almost everyday, especially because there’s so much going on and so much space to talk. We also brought our passions into the picture and ended up with TnT: A Blog About Life and Everything in Between.
Our initial approach to the blog sometimes felt off, especially that the Lebanese blogosphere has so many incredible people putting their thoughts together, so eloquently if I must add. To be honest, we felt that we could’t compete with the attention that all the others could get because maybe our approach wasn’t as authentic as it should be.
There was one thing, however, that seemed to be working perfectly for us: talking about the things we love. For me, that love has always been music, and for Tom, it’s always been basketball.
We stopped blogging for a while because we got so caught up in finishing our undergraduate studies. What happened during that hiatus really surprised us. Though we had stopped publishing anything new, we were still averaging a lot of views per day, and most of those views were coming to the articles we had written about music and sports.
So Tom and I sat and discussed everything. Initially, I resisted because I was trying to establish a separate blog with more flexibility than WordPress. The more I thought about it, though, I realized that even if we got zero visitors, I’d still be happy because I was getting my opinion there and sharing a blog with someone I deeply respect and admire. Tom agreed and we set upon reviving the blog, shortening the name to TnT: Tom and Tal and adding a whole new tag line. We also changed the design and add bios-(Mine can be found here)
We’re still 20-somethings living and studying in Beirut, but this time around, we’re focusing on the things we know and love-and we’re sure others do too.
And even if we don’t end up being a nationally renowned blog, all that matters is that we’re having fun writing and sharing.