Here’s to hoping that blogging is just like riding a bicycle, and that you never really forget how to do it.
I started blogging in May 2008 and I posted my last post in June 2010, meaning that I initially blogged for a period of exactly 2 years, 1 month and 16 days. And then I was gone. Why? Well – I’ll take the words of a perceptive stranger to explain.
In October 2014, I went to the wedding of a Jamaican childhood friend who had guests from Jamaica visiting for his Long Island wedding. As I proudly told this couple visiting from Jamaica that I follow the news from Jamaica almost every day, the wife noted that she thought it is one of the most depressing things that a person could do to themselves. And she was right!
I have been watching many of the things that take place in Jamaica primarily via mass media for close to 20 years. And in 2010, it actually got every bit as bad as it always seemed. The entire dolly-house almost burned to the ground in the aftermath of the Dudus extradition request; due to the failures of successive administrations and politicians.
Reading the news in Jamaica is depressing! I mean there certainly are many moments when I feel proud of the land of my birth, like almost crying during the recent inauguration because of how proud I am of the orderly and democratic transition from one administration to another. But all too often I am vacillating between a state of being inconsolable and being incredulous when I read the news in Jamaica. And in 2010, for my health, I took a break. I came back soon enough as a reader/listener, but I stayed away from blogging again till now.
It’s funny that after all these years, I still find it necessary to blog as a media critic with the hope of instigating and inspiring change in Jamaica. And yet…here I am. This time, I have a plan.