The latest installment of the weekly Bolivian blog summary is now posted at Global Voices Online, including the first image/drawing ever to appear. The roundup is very Evo-heavy, which might make sense because of the freshness of the unique electoral victory and curious anticipation of his administration. However, it seems that the recent entry continues a pattern of the content being politics or current events heavy. Surely, there are other topics that could and should be covered, but so far I haven’t been able to find that opening.
During the Global Voices Summit, which took place last December, a session titled “What Makes a Successful Blogosphere?” piqued my interest. Successful is a relative concept, but for me, Barrio Flores has been a minor success only for the fact that my antennae are now better tuned in to what goes on in Bolivia, and I can attribute it all to the upkeep of my blog. I don’t really worry too much about number of visitors or frequency of comments (although I recognize that I do a poor job of replying to comments). But now that I signed up to tackle the weekly challenge of a blog summary, I must keep tabs on the entire ever-growing Bolivian blogosphere.
Indonesian Blogger: A similar thing in other blogospheres; people write about their personal life, which is ok, but looking at gv (Global Voices), I think we have different directions b/t the personal and what we put on gv.
My current tally of Bolivian blog feeds on Bloglines has reached 89. My task is to see what is written, draw connections between blogs talking about the same topic and general entries that give an insight to how a country operates. However, it seems that there is a pattern of many of the same, active blogs reappearing on virtually blog round-up. To me, that’s a tribute to them in that they write interesting things and helps me remember that different experiences translate to different opinions. Yet, I notice that many well-written and active blogs never make the cut to the Bolivian blog summary. I went back to the “Guide to Writing for Global Voices” to make sure that I wasn’t overlooking someone or missing the boat altogether.
It may appear that some of the aforementioned personal blogs are purposely getting overlooked by this blogger, but I still have trouble finding a way to bring them into the fold and give them the recognition they deserve. Some of these literary blogs are very heartfelt, but if it wasn’t for the piece of information indicating that the author is in or from Bolivia, then it could have very well been written by a Colombian or Mexican. It seems to me that Global Voices thrives on country-specific information. However, I am encouraged that there is discussion on adding other broad categories like Food and Music to be incorporated to the mix.
From the irc channel during the session:
[should we try to be focusing on making people have political and social blogs, and less personal blogs? At first there was agreement in the channel that personal is less interesting; another said that in the africa context, we want to get the word out about politics… since it gets more int’l coverage , so someone asked, if I’m from africa (which I am), I have to write about politics or I’m not interesting or important. Final comment: do we have some sense that we could control the # of blogs or issues they could address?]
In the end, I am not applying value to any of the Bolivian blogs in one way or the other. To me, there seems to be a natural fit for some blogs and the overall purpose of the site. Yet, I am hoping to do the entire blogosphere justice. I am looking for suggestions, recommendations, criticisms or any other piece of advice about the weekly round-ups. I would like to expand the coverage a bit, so that more individuals are included, but I am struggling to find ways to do that. I have been writing according to my understanding of the overall Global Voices project, with the hopes that others have taken an interest in Bolivia and have followed one of the links to learn more about this country in the headlines.
Comments welcome (and maybe this time, I’ll actually reply to them).