I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1983. I am an accountant, French teacher and only recently, a blogger. I write about my reality on blog, and about everything that I can't say in my life outside the internet. I write and publish photos on my blog Octavo Cerco.
Latest posts by Claudia Cadelo
Cuban writer Lizabel Mónica has been blogging since 2007 and has been using her blogs to "build bridges between literature and national and international art, as well as to explore the relationship between art and life." Claudia Cadelo interviews her about her Project Desliz and her project to bring more artists online.
In this interview with Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, she presents the new project called Voces Cubanas that will providing hosting for anyone wanting to learn to create his or her own personal blog. She also comments on the term "blogostróika" often used to describe this new wave of Cuban blogs and their role in the democratization process.
Claudia Cadelo interviews blogger Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo about his participation in the Cuban blogging community, which came to his side when his book "Boring Home" had originally been accepted by the state publishing house, but later rejected. He believes that the decision was made partly by his blogging activity. Many of the island's bloggers supported him during this difficult time and even organized an alternate book launch.
Cuban blogger Reinaldo Escobar is one of the few bloggers that has worked professionally as a journalist with official Cuban media. Now he is an independent journalist and runs the portal Desde Cuba, which is also where his blog Desde Aquí is hosted. He is also very active in the Cuban blogosphere and is part of the team that will launch the project Cuban Voices. In this interview, Claudia Cadelo asks about his start with blogging and his thoughts on a blogosphere that is often polarized.
Miriam Celaya is a Cuban blogger, whose blog Sin Evasión [es] is celebrating its one year anniversary. She started writing under the pseudonym "Eva González," but six months later she decided to use her real name. In this interview with Claudia Cadelo, she talks about how she started blogging, the decision to leave her pseudonym behind, and about her participation in the recent blogger gatherings on the island.
In spite of the challenges to connect to the internet, many Cuban bloggers are determined to post to their sites. Some receive a hand from abroad by sending their posts by email because many of the sites are blocked, which means that often they cannot see their own blogs after publication. In her first article for Global Voices, Cuban blogger Claudia Cadelo writes how a group of bloggers decided to meet at alternating locations to get to know one another and share their experiences, even though authorities warned them not to hold the meetings.