And there are clear signs that Arab bloggers realize they are now operating in this new political reality.

“We will disagree with each other,” wrote prominent Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey, on the night of President Hosni Mubarak’s dramatic departure. “And that will be sweet because no more dictatorship. Tomorrow we squabble… and tonight we celebrate.”

In the absence of a common enemy, Arab bloggers may find a new thread to bind them together: a divisive but fiercely free debate over the political future of their countries.

Bilal Lakhani is a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan. He recently completed his M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.