Since that April of 2007 when I started to write Generation Y, a lot has changed in the “Made in Cuba” blogosphere. Now there are more of us and the number who hide behind a pseudonym has declined. In the blogger community—at least on the alternative side—we’ve managed to join together outside the virtual world and a proof of this has been the Blogger Journey, which we continue to make every week.
On Saturday it was the turn of Pinar del Rio, where those “restless boys” of State Security had prevented us traveling in December. WordPress, the free software installed on my blog, was the protagonist in the day of exercises we engaged in this weekend. Also occupying a good part of our discussions was the trick of slipping into public spaces—hotels or cybercafés—where I have a lot of experience. In that city, to the west of Havana, there are no other possibilities for accessing the Internet than from the controlled webs of some few institutions. Thus, among the most-discussed topics was how to maintain a publication frequency from a province so disconnected, with so few users.
I returned to Havana with the presentiment that the blogosphere will grow exponentially in the coming months. For me, a pioneer in this venture, there is no greater happiness than to see the rise of so many plural, different and free spaces.