The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

The buzz continues within the Bolivian blogosphere with the publication of the most recent article in the Bolivian press. The Extra section of El Deber featured the three creators of the website Mundo Al Revés for their work of encouraging other Bolivians to begin blogging through website hosting and other technical support. The article also featured an extensive interview with Miguel Esquirol, author of the blog El Forastero. There, he gave tips for those wanting to delve into the world of blogs. He also gave suggestions of eight noteworthy blogs.

Esquirol is also the co-creator of the Blogs de Bolivia site, which continues to uncover new Bolivian blogs on a daily basis. Its most recent discovery belongs to the blog of one of the most famous contemporary authors of Bolivian literature. Edmundo Paz Soldán, a Bolivian writer who also teaches at Cornell University, recently started his blog Río Fugitivo. The Blogs de Bolivia site was also recently featured in an article in Los Tiempos Del Mundo newspaper,

In the past, the Bolivian blogosphere has always been small enough that topics rarely overlapped. That changed during the past week, several bloggers commented on a common theme, and some even directly referred to another post in another blog. Miguel Centellas of Ciao! commented on a recent post in the Democracy Center’s blog written by Jim Shultz about the role of former President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada’s in the death of a civilian nurse in February 2003. Centellas clarifies some points that he believes were missing from Shultz’s entry. The campaign website for the Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) was discussed from two distinctly different viewpoints by MABB and Barrio Flores. Antonio Saravia and Alvaro Piaggio both applauded the recent march of Bolivian factory workers who support a free trade agreement with the United States.

A relatively new blog called Donde Estoy? Notes from Bolivia highlighted her recent experience sitting in the Zona Roja during a fútbol game between the Cochabamba teams Jorge Wilstermann and Aurora. She writes that the vulgar language used in the stands was very shocking. Tyson and Carolina are back in Cochabamba to continue their work with orphans, which is documented in their blog Camino de Amistad. Finally, Andrea finds the response particularly humorous from Miss Bolivia, when asked the question “if you were president, what would be the first thing you’d do?” in her blog Lo Digo Yo.

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