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Blog or not to Blog

11 Apr

OK.. I have not blogged for a while. I have a number of reasons why.  One of those is my fellow blogger @chineyphat’s blog.  http://chineyphat.com/2011/03/28/days-18-19-20-family-friends-life/ Little did she know that she made me think about the frivolousness of blogging.  My conclusion is this, she may just be correct.  However at risk of showing my age I will say this.  Very few people either read or write anymore.  We are losing our language.  I remember when there was no E-mail and to call farin with a ICAS, was just too expensive.  I used to write letters, with a pen and paper.  In fact, I had special stationary.  One of the reasons for me blogging is to keep my writing skills fresh.  Punctuation, grammar, flow etc.

I went to Campion College (The finest high school in Jamaica), and I am proud of that.  The education I received from that school was top notch.  I think I am a reasonably good writer, and I want to get better.  The blogging format allows me to get instant feedback on the effectiveness of writing. Now with that said let me move on to my pet peeve for the day. Awohe!

What’s up with patois infiltrating everywhere in our society?  There was a time when patois was only spoken amongst friends in a very informal setting. When you contacted customer service, went to the bank, library, tax office etc you were spoken to in the queens English. Cho! a nuh suh it go nuh more. Everywhere I go:” Mawnin! Sah.” No No that is not for me.  It may be a little controversial but mi nuh care.

A good command of the English language, both written and spoken, has always impressed me. So you say @jamaicanZ what is the solution? Well here is my answer.  Unno fi read!  I really don’t care what you read. The choice is yours.  Mi fren @chinephat would say the Observer, @cheva007 would say any old obscure book/manual, just read.

One more quick side note. RIP #enoughsaid

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6 Comments

Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

6 responses to “Blog or not to Blog

  1. ChineyPhat

    April 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I wish this post were longer…
    It’s a good subject that you’ve touched, and yes, it is indeed quite controversial.
    My blog actually began with the intention of improving my writing skills… then it became somewhat superficial…then I realised, that there is power in words, especially those published on the internet, for as you very rightly said, people don’t read anymore…neither do they write.
    There will be a blog post from me on this soon, since it was in writing that I actually ‘met’ the Cowboy…we used to communicate through snail mail in our teens, and still send each other notes this way today 🙂
    But in closing, there is GOOD to come from these blogs, and I will continue to share, to educate, to inform… as I’m sure you will too.

    Still Living & Loving Life….

    ChineyPhat

     
  2. JamaicanZ

    April 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    tonks for reading and tonks for your comment, and yes i will post a longer post on the subject.

     
  3. battymatilda

    April 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Well thank God you’ve decided to carry on, frivolous or not – and let’s be frank this medium is rife with narcissism posing as thoughtful discourse – I enjoy your blog. But, just take a hopscotch tour through wordpress, twitter or facebook and you will see my point. Every once in a while though, you come across a real gem, where you can find, in this case, a blog, representing a concise opinion, a solid argument articulated in well constructed prose, where the writer doesn’t take himself too seriously but, cares enough to hmm I don’t know spell-check. Then your palms get sweaty, butterfly wings tickle your insides and your heart soars, what will (fill in the blank) say today I wonder? And maybe he’ll write, maybe he won’t. Oh but if he does, you are sure to be pleased as punch on a summer’s day!

    By the way yu neva age yourself as bad as me bredda. Now technically me nuh drop off a calindah till way a Septemba, hole on to dat. Sometime ago was in one of my stirring Churchillian moods, went on a rampage lecturing to my younger sibling, as we all do, ‘bout the state of affairs in this our beloved nation. Random lecture reaches its mighty peak, I mean I was really giving it to “dem” JPS, JTC, JBC and every other wutliss corporation out “dere” just when I hit the summit in sweeps Captain Attentive with the following: “Ant, I remember JBC, an ah know JPS but … who the hell is JTC?” To which I replied “Jamaica Talking Catastrophe!” and promptly stormed off. I mean really now! Cho, jus bruk mi vibe .

     
    • JamaicanZ

      April 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks for the comment, and based on your last few lines if start preparing a new post called “Dead Jamaican colloquialism”. For example. ICAS, Quarter million, Shaka Zulu, King Kong, Bata bouncers, Berc etc

       
      • battymatilda

        April 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

        That’s right bring back Friday night round table! Who needs dinner at the algonquin?

         

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