A Brief Stop in Ayiti or Haiti

 

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OK, so let me tell you something about our short time in Haiti.Haiti map

Haiti has a long and tortured history involving Spanish and French domination, a brief period of American occupation (1915-1934) and a not entirely beneficent period of nationhood due to blatant corruption by elected officials including “Papa Doc” Duvalier from 1957 to 1971. Here are some facts about Haiti you should know.

As I said before, it’s the poorest country in the western hemisphere. But despite the rampant poverty, the people still seem to have a fairly decent outlook on life. Although my missus and I didn’t have the time to venture into the “wilds” of the country, we were able to take a boat tour along the coastline exploring some of the history and sights of the land. Our tour guide, Phillipe, was as gregarious as he could be, regaling us with a rollicking history of the island and lots explanatory information about why things are!

Many Other Forms of Blogging

Watching and listening to Phillipe, I was reminded of how blogging comes in so many forms and how it’s changed through the decades and centuries. Like so many of you, my blogging is done in the form of what we 21st century critters take as the digital form of the art. We have a “blog” like this one on the internet where we post things that we think will interest, entertain and help people along their way. But as I’ve blogged about before, blogging has been going since the cavemen.

Phillipe and His Own Way of Blogging

March 6, 2013, Jacquezy, Haiti - Fisherman haul their nets in Jacquezy, Haiti. Overfishing largely as a result of gill nets like this one has caused the collapse of Haiti's fisheries. Counterpart is using a Frohring Foundation grant to support partner agency FoProBiM in its efforts to promote more sound environmental practices among Haiti's fishermen.Phillipe came up with his own way of blogging. He was fortunate enough to have been able to cop a great job guiding tourists around parts of his beautiful island. And he had come up with his own method of entertaining and helping his audience (us tourists) along the way by telling them about his home, its history and its people. During our voyage we ran across some Haitian fishermen, who Phillipe assured us were not “Haitian pirates” but who just wanted to show us some of the fish and other creatures they’d caught—and perhaps grab a few extra dollars to help them make it through the day and week. Given the poverty of the country, it was impossible to not let them have a few bucks.

Lesson #1 from a Haitian

So what did I learn from my brief stop in Haiti? I already knew that blogging had a long, long history. I’ve already told you that. So technically I didn’t actually learn that. But I did learn that even still today, blogging is practiced in many ways and many formats.

Phillipe’s storytelling is perhaps the purest form of blogging there is. That is after all what all bloggers do, isn’t it? He knew his subject matter, He knew what he wanted to say. And he said it. And he made everyone on that boat happy that they were able to enjoy his stories.

And Phillipe’s lesson for you, dear hearts, is to do the same: know your subject matter; know what you want to say; and say it! It’s as simple as that. I can guarantee you that there are many people who want to hear what you have to say. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact it’s probably better when it’s not perfect. That’s what makes it more believable.

Lesson #2 from a Haitian

The second important lesson to take away from this is that, no matter your location or circumstance, you can make it as a blogger telling your story, letting  people know about your message. If a guide on a tour boat in the poorest country in the Americas can do it, you can too!

Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you found it interesting and picked up something from it. Y’all come back now!

—OGGIE

 

 

 

 

 

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