You may recall that I was asked to participate in this year’s We Media event at the University of Miami. I’ll be on a panel discussing new techonologies and how we can build communities using same.
To be perfectly honest, when I started Babalu I had no idea it would grow the way it has and never in my wildest dreams would I have thought Id be asked to participate in a conference with basically all the head honchos, big wigs, CEO’s, managing editors, presidents, etal of all the major media services and internet technologies. I mean, just look at the list in that link, there’s some major major players there.
It occurs to me that when I started this blog, I never had a plan. I didnt have a game plan to follow or a script. I just wanted to tell some stories. I wanted a place to record what life in the diaspora is like.
I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done here. I’m extremely proud to have a place where people can come to every day and hang out, read stuff that interests them, comment on whatever they want, share their opinions and their own stories. We really are an internet based community.
What Im most proud of, though, is that ever increasing and ever growing “Cubiches” blogroll. The internet was not bereft of commentary on Cuba and Cuban issues when Babalu began. There were plenty of web sites and forums that discussed only all things Cuba, but in blog terms, Babalu was pretty much the first one that concentrated strictly on news and information about the island shaped like a crocodile in the Caribbean. Now, there’s quite a few more Cuba related blogs and – please believe that I am not patting myself on the back here – I’m incredibly proud to have had this humble effort pave the way for so many other talented, opinionated, intelligent and hard working bloggers.
And in this our fourth year of blogging, I realize I have never asked you all what brought you here. What brings you all here on a daily or weekly basis? How did you get here? How did you find this small slice of netspace? Do you have a favorite post? Which one? Why?
This blog is much more than the stories and opinions published on it. It’s more than me ranting away or its contributor’ articles and editorials. The readers of this blog are its most important aspect and asset. So please, take a minute or two – yes, even you lurkers out there – to answer those questions posed above. Cafecitos will be served shortly.