The biggest hello to daydreamers! That’s the greeting you receive when reading a typical post by either co-owners of the blog, The Daydreamers’ Nest. As far as their blog is concerned, Abdullah AlMarzouq and Abdulaziz AlReshoud decided to allocate their online posts for the purpose of drawing smiles to their readers’ faces and inspiring them to look for the better in this world. Their story reads, ‘Inspired by endings to start new beginnings, you’ll find us somewhere between the clouds, probably daydreaming about wacky ideas.’ When this editor received word of the positive online vibes, it was only a matter of time until these two delightful individuals dropped by the bazaar offices bearing a present so fitting of their website – a fluffy, comfortable pillow. How did they know about our allocated naptime during working hours?
During their visit, we had the pleasure of discussing why blogging comes as such a joy to these guys, and somehow it’s as if they’ve figured out the secret to achieving happiness in the online world, AlReshoud adds, “The point of blogging for us is to simply share what we feel, rather than what we think people want to read. We’ve been blogging for two years, it is a slow process of gaining readers, yet it is very rewarding when we are able to discuss universal stories that everyone and anyone can relate to.” AlMarzouq remarks, “We try to filter content of the highest quality to suit our readers.” He also adds inspiringly, “We never disregard anything, because we believe that everything has potential when properly investigated.”
Starting the blog fresh out of high school, both fellows reside in colleges separated by the Atlantic; The Daydreamers’ Nest also serves to keep these friends close and stay in touch. AlMarzouq laughingly adds, “This is our baby, it’s like sharing custody; when we Skype, we always talk about the blog rather than what’s been happening with our lives.” Despite their hectic college schedules and very demanding university majors, perhaps the concept of daydreaming online comes as a refreshing break from the realities of our daily lives, and rather a creative tribute to the mind.
At the young age of 16, AlMarzouq started daydreamersq8 as a personal online space to write whatever he felt, “I didn’t tell anyone for a year and a half, and when I started telling people, the response was great. When I asked Abdulaziz to join me, I knew we could create something special.” AlReshoud turned to writing, finding in it a greater solace when he moved away from home right after college. “I know it sounds so cheesy, but I always kept notes and poems on my iPhone, it was my way of dealing. From then I began writing more about my daily happenings.” The result? A huge archive that inspires great content, as people who also shared their experiences of being abroad related to the daily musings of AlReshoud and AlMarzouq.
In a way, The Day Dreamers’ Nest might have served these guys a great purpose of staying sane while away from home, yet their use of social media unleashed a world of supporters, readers joining them to passionately say, ‘Yes! That’s how we feel about this!’ “Connecting with people is as important as content, because only then does your content have more meaning.” AlMarzouq states, “Our goal is to affect millions of people with intention, clarity and purpose.” This speaks miles of the postings on The Daydreamers’ Nest.
Location doesn’t change the source of inspiration; being away from their hometown hasn’t stopped their readers for always coming back for more. Always looking to deliver interesting stories in all kinds of genres, their posts may even touch on the sensitive, yet this is done in the most professional manner.
Turning Twenty, a simple blog post or small letter, turned into these daydreamers’ social experiment; a documentation of a pivotal point in their lives, and their peers’ lives as well. The idea of writing small letters was welcomed by their fellow friends who also happened to be bloggers, and even friends who weren’t bloggers had published their letters on the Day Dreamers’ Nest. The most enlightening part of the whole process was the unexpected reward when prominent blogger Poach wrote a lengthy post about the letters. Turning twenty happened to be a turning point in this blog’s lifespan. AlReshoud and AlMarzouq started a sequence of posts that offered the kind of insight they strived to deliver.