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  • I love how you think Kelroy. I had thought of this awhile and I am open to meeting up over coffer maybe later this week. Like you I’ve had over 10 years blogging. Having read alot across the region and World, I’ve noticed our regional trends and crave seeing diversity and substance, more consistency etc. We are all on a learning curve so I believe collaborating and sharing is the way to go.

  • As someone with over 10 years experience in blogging I’d be happy to team up with aspiring or existing bloggers on a new project. The environment, politics, education, youth development etc. Team blogs make sense if run well for busy ppl.

    I don’t like your “blogs of substance” reference Ingrid but I do get your point.

  • I agree with you Emma, if more people only knew the power they have in their hands and the impact they can have on their own lives as well as that of others. Blogging is not easy, but that’s fine, it’s meant for those who can commit. But we do NEED ALOT more Caribbean content out there on the NET.

  • Hi Ingrid, I agree with you that there needs to be much more focus on good, solid content. There is SO much to write about in the Caribbean. Bloggers need to expand their horizons, dig up some good stories that the traditional media is not focused on. Those stories are all around us. As noted above, blogging takes a lot of time and commitment. We are all aware of that. But I would encourage new bloggers to look for the unusual, the different, while keeping it relevant – after all, we are mostly “on the ground” so to speak and so have our own intimate knowledge and our own perspective. A broader Caribbean focus would be good too and I hope to do more of that in my blog soon. I would encourage new bloggers to start simple though, and build up from there, depending on what their REAL interest and passion is (don’t write about something you are not passionate about!) Thank you for all these interesting comments… and thanks for raising this issue.

  • Thanks for sharing this with us Odessa!

  • I totally agree Ingrid.
    This is the main reason why I created http://www.oaccessjamaica.com
    Blogging does take a lot of commitment and dedication, but if you stick to it you will see that the benefits will come and your viewership will grow.
    I love the fact that my readers are outside of Jamaica which is the main reason I started it.
    There are many caribbean blogs that I read and love.
    To all keep going and support each other.
    One Love … #CaribbeanLove

  • Eva

    I don’t take it personally. I know my blog is good. I built my first website in 2001. It wasn’t awesome, but it was the best I could do, with what I had. I met my husband and learned about php, mambo, and open source and all of a sudden I could do better and work smarter. Some people are doing their best. I happen to be college educated, but others who start blogging may not be. I happen to have a tech background, and can do a lot myself, some people rely on whatever they can get. I can make it to big blogging conferences, and sometimes I get sponsored by big companies, so I get even more education in the field, and get paid to get it. My husband can code. I can code. That is what I mean by resources. We all know there are free things out there, but they aren’t the best available. I applaud anyone who tries. “Half assed” to you, might be whole assed to them. Everyone CAN find resources, but that is if they even know what they are looking for or who to ask for help. And will that person give that help freely when they find it? I know just a few top bloggers who have been around for a while who are willing to take the time to be kind, and be helpful. No, just because you have a blog, does not mean you have time to scour the internet for resources. Some people use the internet and computers at a library to blog, and have no computer at home. Some have phones but have limited data so they can’t spend the day and night searching for resources. Everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone needs encouragement. I would rather have someone start at the bottom, and improve, than not start at all because they read somewhere that what they have in mind isn’t good enough. I’m an encouraging person, and this call to action, to me, was not encouraging at all. I’m almost done with my video series on blogging, so hopefully I can motivate more people to try their best, and arm them with the knowledge that their best is, and always will be, good enough.

  • Eva, don’t take it all personally. It’s not meant in that light. I consider no blog niche topic too trivial. None at all. My point is that there are way too many copycat and pointless blogs in terms of content. And what resources are you referring to? Having a blog is primarily about having a content focus that you are passionate about, being consistent as you can with it and marketing the hell out of it. I couldn’t care less if people are seeking to use a blog as a public journal or as a media platform or as an ecommerce platform. My point is that the blog must have a point, a goal, an ambition even. And yes I do know it takes courage to “put oneself out there” but it’s either you do it or you don’t, just don’t be half-assed about it. Regarding resources…if you have a blog, that means you have internet access and time…and so leveraging both anyone can find resources – people, events and how to articles they need to succeed at blogging. Agree or nah?

  • Yes, we do need to share regional blogs, not just because it’s the Caribbean but because many DO have substance (many don’t…) Also of course you have to be in it for the long haul with blogging (I am over five years now and over 1,100 blog posts). The generic news blogs are OK but I prefer the “personal touch” news and views on serious topics (which is what I try to do) and life on specific islands. I think those kinds of blogs are much more valuable in contributing to the diversity of Caribbean experience. (Sorry, last sentence sounded rather pompous, but you know what I mean!)

  • I am a big believer that we are getting there. Having been blogging now for 10 years I’ve seen some progress for sure. I am just agitating for more, more, more.

  • Yes and yes! thanks for telling us about those blogs! the more we share, the better!

  • I can agree more with you. We need more blogs about business, news… But there are already good Caribbean blogs like that: blog.thecaribbeantech.com, caraibexpat.fr, freepawol.com, translatingcuba.com … And I ‘m sure they will be more and more. So, yes, exciting times ahead!

  • Madly

    thanks for this blog post Ingrid! I’ve been following you for a while and I completely agree with what you’ve wrote! I’ve been trying for the last 5 years to raise awareness about this topic in the French Antilles. First because we need knowledge and resources ; secondly because we have to be more Caribbean-like and less self-centered. I’ve started in 2010 a website on tourism business (Veille Tourisme Antilles which is currently down though you can follow us on @TourismAntilles and on Facebook). I am now working on a more general business blog outlet. The main challenge is finding the right business model because most people don’t easily understand how important is data and knowledge for economic and social development. in those countries. You will probably be interested into Mylène Colmar (@mycho) who is also blogging about the Caribbean events and else in French. And last but not least, a friend of mine is currently working on a fashion-business oriented outlet. Things are changing, slowly but they are. I hope we are not wrong.

  • Eva

    “If I see one more vacuous music, fashion, entertainment blog being launched I am going to hurl!”

    Well then… what types of bloggers would you like us to share with you? There are many. Are Caribbean food bloggers worthy? What about party bloggers? Too trivial? I encourage anyone bold enough to use technology to share their ideas and experiences, especially young people who are often drawn to fashion, music, and entertainment just by virtue of their youth, to go for it. Technology has given so many people who don’t have much, in terms of finances, education, or community support, to show what they can do, with little startup costs or barriers to entry. I don’t think they should have to wait or do something else just because there’s someone else already doing something similar. What you deem “vacuous” might be the best someone can do with the resources they have. It probably took a lot of courage to put their work on display for the whole world. Their goal is likely not to upset your stomach, but to achieve something they never thought possible because of their circumstances. I hope people continue to be bold enough to try whatever they feel that they can do. If it isn’t hurting anyone, I encourage them to at least give it a go. That “vacuous” fashion blogger might grow large enough one day to be able to fund another startup blogger that is pushing harder hitting stories from the region.

  • so glad that this mini piece has brought out so many other bloggers and who are sharing their info and those of others. Keep sending please.

  • There are many others who share your sentiments but can’t be heard above the noise of everything else. We do exist. While carryonfriends.com doesn’t have anything Caribbean in it’s name – the blog was created for the exact purpose to add another dimension to the Caribbean and Caribbean American experience. Our interview series & podcast has featured Caribbean entrepreneurs and Caribbean voices. Like AlysiaSimone said in a podcast episode for Caribbean American Heritage month – we are on the precipice and big things are in store.

  • Thanks for this! Yes I look forward to our continued growth too..Exciting times ahead.

  • 👏👏👏 I second that emotion! I love the Caribbean entertainment and fashion blogs but we need a balance. The time is ripe for the more serious blogs to emerge. My own blog (warning: shameless plug about to occur) RewindAndComeAgain.com seeks to provoke serious thought about Caribbean-American culture as well as have fun with lighter pieces. I also enjoy the Antillian Media Geoup , the Guyana Mosquito and Woy Magazine for hard new/opinion from the region. Socamom.com and WhenDidIBecomeMyMom.com for parenting coverage, ChurchRoadMan.blogspot.com (which just won the Earl Chin Prize for Heritage Journalism by the way) for Guyanese socio-political commentary, Creative Commess for Trini social commentary. And the Caribbean film academy’s blog for film industry news. It’s an exciting time in the Caribbean digital landscape. I look forward to our continued growth in the space.

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