“Jamaicans don’t blog” was the response I got from a local social scientific researcher when I recommended that creating a blog could be a meaningful communication option for a Jamaican-based Caribbean research institute. After this dismissal, the rest of the conservation was littered by roundabout suggestions of engagement with new media and social media engagement and dismissal in favour of traditional media. In short, for me the entire meeting was not fruitful.
But afterwards, it got me thinking of how so many of the local and regional blogs that I used to enjoy are now inactive. One of my favourite Jamaican blogs, On Orange Street, was inactive for most of 2015 until a few new posts popped up in 2016.
Consistency is one of the key elements of blogging. Creating content within a certain established schedule will be vital in building and keeping a supportive and engaged readership. Consistency can be hard. It takes dedication and planning. My Jamaican Vignettes is new, I have been writing these Sunday essays for just six months. And as such I do not feel any undo pressure to recreate, refresh and deliver. However, I have been thinking of some medium and long term blog activities as I move forward. So far my weekly reflections have been the space is for me to share my thoughts, aspirations, fears and concerns.
While I seek to build my small community here, I have found local blogs to engage with. Here are five active Jamaican blogs that focus on local and regional affairs:
- Petchary’s Blog
- Right Steps and Poui Trees
- The Kraft Korner
- Bright Ribbon Grass
- Jamaica Political Economy (Grasshopper)
Petchary, Rights Steps and Grasshopper are presently doing a fun blog collaboration, #AtoZChallengeJamaica, the last post was on J for Janga.
Happy Sunday! Be well, be blessed.