One year of posts on Connecting Colombia


Well it´s been one year since my first post on Connecting Colombias, my attempt to relate the heroism and news of Colombia to outsiders.

Canada, Colombia and the U.S. scored more views on my blog than any other nations this year. But some of my favourites were the individuals in Nepal, Kenya and the Republis of Korea. How I would like to meet some of those individuals who took the time to look at my page. Thank you to each viewer. And most of all thank you to my fellow blogger in the U.K  who writes so intelligently about Colombia and supports me when I most need it.

Canada, Colombia and the U.S. scored more views on my blog than any other nations this year. But some of my favourites were the individuals in Nepal, Kenya and the Republic of Korea. How I would like to meet some of those individuals in the most remote corners of the earth who took the time to look at my page. Thank you to each viewer. And thank you to my fellow blogger in the U.K who writes so intelligently about Colombia and encourages my efforts.

I have had a total of 3,250 views. I suspect I might have had a few more if I had not taken the better part of six months off to lay about the lake, watch soccer and hangout with friends. But hanging out with my Mom, Lili and my friends is worthwhile as well.

I succeeded in telling a few decent stories, and kept myself at the keyboard where I find some satisfaction.

Best of all, I learned a lot researching stories. The bloggers I met online inspired me as do the Colombians and foreigners who never cease to amaze me with the courage they demonstrate on a daily basis.

In Buenaventura, I met members of Peace Brigades International, who put themselves in danger to protect threatened Colombians they had never met.

In Bogotá I met Aidá Abella, who had been shot at with a bazooka, but returned to lead a political party whose leaders are frequently assassinated.

Walking down the street in Bogotá, I met Iván Cepeda, perhaps the most threatened person in Colombia, who has not allowed the assassination of his own father to prevent him from dedicating his life to exposing state-sponsored torture and assassination.

To each of you who have taken the time to read – and especially those who have kindly taken the time to comment – thank you.

I am expecting to write better stories, publish more exclusive content and attract more attention in my second year.

Here´s to Year Two for Connecting Colombias when, more than anything, I hope to have the opportunity to write about the end of 50 years of conflict between FARC rebels and Colombia. That should include this nation´s first steps towards building a just society for those who risk everything: those who fight for human rights, labour rights, political rights and the ability to raise and educate their children in peace.

Your ideas and comments of how I can do a better job are welcome here.

Cheers, David Hogben

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

8 responses to “One year of posts on Connecting Colombia”

  1. lesliedyson says :

    Wow! This is great news. I share your hope and optimism that Year 2 will see the end of 50 years of conflict. It is such important work that you and Lili are doing.

    ♫ ♪ Keep your eye on the prize, hold on. ♫ ♪

    Leslie

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      Thanks Leslie. There really is a possibility a giant step forward will be made this year. It´s a privilege to play a small part in chronicling the stories of some of these inspiring people. Appreciate that you take the time to read and comment.

  2. Dale says :

    Awesome ——— i love reading about the stories that you discover and share here —- and YES -it is very important to spend time at the Lake- —— as Always Your friend, Dale

  3. sleepybear1956 says :

    Awesome ———keep the stories Coming —-and we will pray that they are good -and- inspiring messages ……. Dale

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      I shall do exacty that. There is always some good news. If it´s not what we hope for – peace and justice – it´s the inspiring way people deal with their challenges. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  4. colombiadiaries says :

    Congratulations on your first birthday! Your posts are always well-researched and intelligently written. Finding your blog has been one of the highlights of my fledgling blogging career – and thank you for your encouragement in this venture. I look forward to reading your coverage of a successful conclusion to the peace talks in 2014.

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      Thank you as well. I enjoy your blog as well. Always something to learn about Colombia. That’s part of the enjoyment of blogging, finding others who see things through their own eyes and have their own way of expressing things.

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