The Week That Was – Bolivian Blogs

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A commenter on the most recent Spanish translation of the Global Voices summary of Bolivian blog questioned, “Aren’t there other topics? Or do all of the Bolivian blogs only cover the socio-economic areas?” It may only seem that the emerging Bolivian blogosphere revolves around the current issues of the day relating to the elections, their aftermath and other political issues. As first mentioned on the introduction entry titled “The State of Bolivian Blogs”, there exists a wide diversity of blogs, including personal journals and other spaces for Bolivians to express themselves literarily.

A small handful of examples include: Valeria Flores Sandova from Tarija who writes at Devossol; Ada Esquirol Ríos, who currently lives in Italy and her blogs Agüita Fresca and La Tejedora; Alejandra Estrada Guzman at El Nombre de la Estrella es Ajenjo; Mariana Ruiz at Marea y Cielo; Isabella Fuente at Ergoth; Olivia Casso and her self-titled blog. These and more are some of the blogs which use prose and poetry to articulate thoughts and feelings by communicating with their audience.

Some blog entries take the form of vignettes of life in Bolivia and also are a popular form of expression. Toussant and his blog La Voz de la Inconciencia recounts a bus trip, flowing chicha and a stolen wallet.

Many other Bolivians hold an interest in the world of technology. Jose Luis Jaimes hosts his webstie Pirateando la Web, which draws attention to new software developments and other technology marvels. Jpcik! contributes another blog called Living in the Material World heavily concentrated on computer technology issues. Blogs have been used as learning tools in many educative settings. A classroom blog from the Universidad Tecnológica Privada de Santa Cruz (UTEPSA) allows students from the Elective III course: Enteprising Actions participate on the blog Juventud Emprendedora (Enterprising Youth).

Photo blogs also find their place within the Bolivian blogosphere. One of the more interesting collaborative efforts is called Punto de Vista (Point of View). Many Bolivian bloggers contribute photos that they have taken from their point of view, especially from their bedroom window towards the outside world. Another outstanding photo blog called La Vida en una Fotografia (Life in a Photograph) created by Jorge S. in Cochabamba counts on numerous interesting photos, with several scenic pictures of his hometown at dusk.

Many Bolivians started their blog simply to write about things that they like. Oscar, who lives in La Paz, recently started his blog called De Ahí Florece. He simply writes:

What is the purpose of this blog? Well, to talk about things that affect me, things that I like, things that I do not like. I’ll also talk about lighter things, such as music, football, television, movies, etc.

As the growing list on Blogs Bolivia demostrates, he is not alone in writing simply about things that he likes.

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