Happy New Year y’all! 2012 was a lot of things, it was full of amazing events and I had the opportunity of enjoying precious moments with some of the planet’s most beautiful people. I can assuredly say that it was a very good year that I never want to relive.
“A Blogger Tag is a game (so to speak) where bloggers of all niches endeavor to form links, possibly discover new information and new bloggers and have fun while doing so. It starts with one blogger (in this case, me) who chooses the topic of the Tag and then gives a list of questions or one general question which is wide enough to have its answer broken down into list form. After the first blogger answers said question(s), he or she will “tag” other bloggers to continue the tag.” –JaBajaNas
Thanks to Nas for tagging me and providing the inspiration for my first post of 2013. These are not deeply profound questions but hopefully my answers will serve to reveal a bit more of what lies within the heart and soul of Karee. So here goes…
- Why did you give your blog its name?
I called my blog Negril Stories because I happened to own the domain at the time I decided I would start blogging. There was no thought whatsoever put into it. I do not live in Negril and I have not written much pertaining to the resort town but it is among my favourite places in Jamaica.
- Why did you start blogging and why do you blog now?
I started blogging during a brief period of unemployment, simply to combat boredom; I also took up photography during the same spell. I decided to continue because I do not otherwise have the opportunity to write creatively and I want to develop my skill in order to eventually publish short stories and perhaps a novel.
- Do you think being Jamaican influences your blogging style?
I am not sure that being Jamaican has influenced my blogging style, but it certainly affects my content. I write about my daily experiences in my island home- from public bus preaching to incarcerated musicians to pum pum to corrupt politicians to the sea. I have traveled quite a bit but never managed to write about my journeys here- this is something that should change in 2013.
- What do you think about the increase in bloggers in Jamaica?
More people writing! I wonder if that means more people reading? We all deserve an avenue to express ourselves and the world wide web is an excellent one. I admire the efforts of all new bloggers, whether they are doing so for entertainment, financial gain or to effect social change. No matter how short or frivolous, what we write is a revelation of our souls, publishing it is equal to sharing a chunk of our hearts and is always a very bold move. Thank you, readers, for receiving me with such openness.
- What is your favourite thing about being Jamaican?
I like being Jamaican because there is no single Jamaican identity. I am from an island that is so small, yet so big and diverse. Yes, diverse; although differences are not institutionally encouraged, Jamaican people have managed to find excellence in varying arenas; Out of Many, One People. I am very proud of being among a nation of so many who have defied our various social ills and sought after impossible dreams. All of that and cheap rum.
- Ackee and saltfish or “ (mackerel) run down”?
Because I love coconut so much run down automatically wins; however I hate having to choose. Let it be known, though, that I detest boiled green bananas so please never put any on my plate. Ever.
- Stew peas or stew chicken?
Stew peas with pigtails- heavy on the coconut milk, served with perfectly white rice and blanched string beans with carrots. There is no other way.
- Tastee Patties, Juici Beef Patties or Mother’s?
Neither. The best patty in the world is from a small green shop in May Pen called *drumroll* Green Shop, officially (and listed on foursquare as) Richard Alexander & Company bakery. The patty is superior because of the crust which is a deliciously light and crumbly phyllo pastry; the filling could be replaced with that of Juici to make the perfect patty.
- Pantucky or KFC?
Why is jerk pork not an option? Nas? KFC’s BBQ hot wings are a nice treat on occasion but I live on jerk pork and chicken which are far healthier.
- What do you hope to be the future of blogging in Jamaica?
I look forward to seeing more community based blogs; it is a crying shame but many Jamaicans live insular lives, including myself. I want to see more instances of social responsibility being expressed via the world wide web because in this country we cannot rely on mainstream media to give us much more than the most gruesome tales, and even that they fail at. Having a cadre of bloggers emerging from small communities would be a great way to keep our country emotionally connected and promote local knowledge of our big, small island.
One love and, as always, walk good.