"What are blogs?"
"Who has the time to blog?"
"Are there any Haitian blogs out there?"
"How do you keep up with all this stuff?
"Are Haitians saying anything good on Twitter?"
No more excuses.
I spent the last two days aggregating all Haitian blogs known to me in this neat collection:
We are far from that day in 2005 when Georgia Popplewell, then Caribbean Editor of Global Voices asked me "why are there no Haitian Blogs?". Haitians have caught on to web 2.0 in the era of Twitter so if many the blogs in the collection are written by diaspora Haitians, Haitians in Haiti are certainly twittering, as you will see in my "Friends in Haiti" Twitter list:
Haiti twitterers like Carel Pèdre used social and citizen media to break out some of the first images and news the world found out about the EQ. This has won him several awards.
Among the Haitian bloggers based in Haiti are: Alain "The Haitian" Armand, Amstyl Polycarpe, Nancy Leconte Chapoteau, Yael Talleyrand, Carel Pèdre, Régine Zamor, Nadine Mondestin, Richard Morse etc. (As most bloggers today most both tweet and blog. After all tweeting is none other than micro-blogging and it is only so as not to drawn out the bloggers that I did not put many twitter feeds in the aggregator. Thanks Marvin Chéry for pointing it out.)
There is a ways to go in putting citizen and social media tools in the hands of Haitians who neither read, write (about 50% of the population) nor speak English and for influencers to begin viewing social and citizen media as part of literacy. Several experiments with this are being done in India and with migrant laborers in California, using video or the social media tool everyone possesses, even in Haiti: the dumbphone. We will get there and I have no doubt that the aggregator will reflect those voices within a reasonable time.
Please feel free to send any additions in the comment section of this blog, via twitter or in the "suggest a feed" section of the aggregator.