I know of absentee planters from Jamaica’s colonial past, and also of absentee parents, but have you ever heard the phrase “absentee history blogger?” Well, if you haven’t, now you have; and if there was an entry in any dictionary you’d see my face right after the definition!
I’ve been very neglectful of Jamaican Echoes’ readers and have quite literally left my platform empty with my audience wondering: What the hell?! You’ve grown to look forward to informative tours of Jamaica’s exciting past through Jamaican Echoes. But, I must admit, my relocation to China in February 2013, while initially exciting and breath-taking, became an overwhelming experience with its everyday realities. It literally affected my ability to grow my passion through Jamaican Echoes. The result: major blog absenteeism!
But enough is enough!
Welcome to the new Jamaican Echoes! With a renewed energy, and a new-found solution to my crippling writer’s block, I‘m today relaunching Jamaican Echoes with vim, vigour and vitality (to borrow from Edward Seaga’s statement made at a public meeting in Denham Town Square in Kingston on Tuesday, October 1, 2002, when questioned about his health to run in the 2002 elections)! In fact, today is exactly four years since I started the blog, and an opportune time to relaunch the new and improved Jamaican Echoes.
What’s New about Jamaican Echoes?
- Regularly published posts: With the new and improved Jamaican Echoes, no longer will you have to wait days and even weeks (dare I say months?!) for another post on an aspect of Jamaica’s history. I will typically post once per week, with additional snippets of Jamaican history posted on the blog’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the week.
- Newsletter subscription: Don’t have time to visit Jamaican Echoes to read the latest posts? Then Jamaican Echoes will come to you! Now you can sign up to receive Jamaican Echoes’ blog posts via email.
I’m a reformed Jamaican history blogger! No longer will you wait for weeks on end for something new from Jamaican Echoes. And once you sign up you will automatically receive the posts as they are published to the blog.
It’s still a work in progress, but I’d love to hear what you think about the new look of Jamaican Echoes in the comments below. Go ahead and sign up to receive the blog posts via email, and also follow Jamaican Echoes on Facebook and Twitter for even more historical facts and tidbits about Jamaica Land We Love.
Until next time…