It’s been some time since I blogged. I’m a bit rusty.
The blogging scene here is radically different from when I started in those heady days of the mid-2000s. That was I suppose the ‘golden age’ of blogs, and before Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were really mainstream.
As far as I can tell, all of my comrades (well, frenemies…) of that time are no longer active. And I myself went into quite a period of dormancy.
This doesn’t mean online discussion went away. It just means it changed in the way the discussion was held. In place of blog posts and discussions in the comments, or in the forums, the bulk of Bermudian online discussion now occurs on Facebook, and, to a degree, on Twitter.
So, is there space for blogging in Bermuda in 2020?
I’m not sure. I think there is. However, it needs to adapt and make use of social media better, as well as try new things.
Before I had to put my blog to sleep I was experimenting with creating a YouTube channel for this site, as well as a podcast version. I still have those plans and am looking at dusting them off.
I also need to change the nature of what I’m writing about, the focus of the blog.
I know that local politics is a draw. However, I’m not wanting to write about that – at least not explicitly – at the moment.
Instead, I am more interested in highlighting community issues, in particular the Town of St. George’s and the City of Hamilton, Government tenders, union issues, theoretical questions around the role of the State and issues of political parties, social movements and cooperatives, as well as doing analysis of things (like I did with the 2020 election’s voting results). If I touch on Bermudian politics directly, it will be more for the sake of history or to illuminate a theoretical point with a relatable event.
It might not work out. I don’t know. It’s a work in progress.
However, I think there is still space for blogs in Bermuda in 2020. I’m just going to focus on some niche areas and focus on quality over quantity. It won’t be a daily blog; I’m going to experiment with it being weekly (so posts around the weekend).
I’ll leave explicit local political commentary for others. And if people wish to infer insight from my theoretical articles, or articles about Caribbean or Scottish politics, well, that’s up to them.