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“One Love: Jamaican Blogger Tag”

So, I find this a very "cute" way for bloggers to connect/network. Being tagged by my twitter wife (@Battymatilda)on her blog, I thought it would be fun to join the excitement. So, here I am.

THE RULES FOR THIS TAG:

-Title your post “One Love: Jamaican Blogger Tag”
-Link back to the blogger who tagged you ( you may add a brief definition of what a tag is if you for the benefit of your readers)
-Copy and paste the rules at the beginning of your tag.
-Copy and paste the questions as well so readers know what’s going on.
-Answer the questions (No duh!)
-Tag seven other (untagged) Jamaican bloggers to continue the trend. Kinda forces you to make friends, no?
The questions are as follows:

1.Why did you give your blog its name? (If it is named directly after you, try and make your answer interesting. e.g: Did you feel nervous at all about putting your name out there? Did you just lack creativity at the time?)
The story behind my blog's name is actually boring. heehehehehehe. When I first started the blog, I asked myself some questions:

1. What is the purpose of this blog?
2. How is this blog going to be different from the myriads of other blogs that inundate cyberspace?
3. What is my motive for actually beginning this venture?


I realized that I live in a society that welcomes the views of the privilege, while the views of some are stifled; made taboo even. Consequently, I was motivated to give voice to those who have been pushed to the peripheries of society because they hold those "tabooed" world views. In my blog, I sought to reclaim space and voice - to say "I AM and I am here." It was not my wish to simply entertain or tickle anyone's thirst for a decadent chunk of gossip. I drew from Rene Descartes ontological argument about existence.., "Corgito Ergo Sum" (I think, therefore, I am), affirming my own existence and the existence of those whom society's privileged have tried to silence and make invisible. That is how the name came about

2. Why did you start blogging and why do you blog now?

I began blogging because I had a lot to say; not many people to tell and Gleaner and Observer were not publishing my letters (I guess I am not that good of a writer to grace their pages). I still have whole heap to say and nobody's ears to blow off, so, I blog instead.

3. Do you think being Jamaican influences your blogging style?
I am not Jamaican but having lived and worked here for the last eight years, I am touched by the issues that affect Jamaica. That is what the content of my blog is largely about.

4. What do you think about the increase in bloggers in Jamaica?
This is beautiful. As a people of the (Caribbean)region, we do not have a writing tradition. It is great to see that changing. There tends to be a relationship between writing and reading and hopefully the increase in bloggers also means an increase in readers. God knows some of our people (even some with degrees) need to "read a bloody book" or a blog!

5. What is your favourite thing about being Jamaican?

I will tweak this question a bit to fit my non-Jamaican status. My favourite thing(s) about living in Jamaica have to be awesomely beautiful tapestry of contradictions that is the Jamaican culture. You are never bored here. It is possible to experience the full range of emotions in a single day. There are the tragically dense people and the wonderfully brilliant minds. There is the rolling mountains, pristine rivers that'll take your breath away and there are the grotesquely filthy gullies, populated by match-box homes surrounded by zinc fence. These are the contradictions that keep my passion alight...

... and then of-course, there is the music - good, authentic reggae, dancehall, kumina and nyabinghi (those are the ones I love). The kumina sounds are reminiscent of the more familiar sounds of shango, which I am used to in my homelands (I know I said homelands - with and "s". Will explain another time).

6. Ackee and saltfish or “ (mackerel) run down”?

'Tis awful that I am being asked to choose. I will have run down a morning with roast breadfruit and fried dumplings and some pumpum yam with boiled bananas (mi nyam nuff) and I will have ackee and saltfish fi lunch with rice and peas. Am I allowed to put a little bit of corned pork in there? Or bacon? Pity unnu never seh pork!

7.Stew peas or stew chicken?

Stew Chicken... but if in the stew peas there is an assorted mixture of corned pork, pigtails and pig's snout, I will opt for the stew peas... oh, and it must have "een" scotch bonnet in deh or you can have a bottle of grace pepper sauce handy.

8. Tastee Patties, Juici Beef Patties or Mother’s?

Truth is, this likkle foreigner boy dunno what the big difference is among these three. But I tend to stan for the underdogs. So, Imma go with Mothers.. mi like power patty though... for real.

9. Pantucky or KFC?

DEFINITELY pantucky. AND, not any and any ol' pantucky. you have to get your pantucky from Redhills Hills Road, else yuh nuh ready... It is like the Gucci of pantucky iina Jamaica. Yeah yew!

10. What do you hope to be the future of blogging in Jamaica?

I hope, in this kinda of volatile economic climate, that bloggers in Jamaica can create, for themselves, economic opportunities. It will call for us lifting the bar some more regarding our writing and content and being people of integrity, whose views are respected but I see us getting there. I see us standing right there, side-to-side, with traditional media and giving voice to those issues that perhaps will get crowded out by the power-brokers in society. I see us being the revolutionaries in educating, elucidating and elevating the minds of our nation as through the expression of our views, we create a more harmonious, respectful, just and tolerant Jamaica. I think it, therefore, it (can) exist(s)! "Corgito Ergo Sum"!

Tag:
Battymatilda
Corve Dacosta
Perceptual Post
EBFellowship is on twitter @place2belong
Javed Jaghai is on twitter @Chatimout
Jaevion Nelsons
MooreMayhem - Carla Moore

Comments

  1. I'm so glad I did this. It's interesting reading everybody's posts. I'm really surprised you answered so quickly lol. But then I could expect no less from twitter husband. xoxo

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    1. I am happy you tagged me in this. It was super fun!

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