In the spirit of the Jamaican Blog Awards being held later this evening, I thought it would be great to knock this post out now. I’ve been blogging since 2007, when there were but only a handful of Jamaican bloggers around and I must say it’s been delightful to watch the ‘sphere grow to the network it is now. Jamaicans are uber talented and for me, it feels great to be able to get fashion, makeup, cooking tips from locals rather than overseas blogs since overseas blogs often means hunting down foreign tings.

Anyway.

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I’ve been tagged in a Jamaican blogger tag by Exotic You, a blog that’s new to me but I see makeup tips that I’ll be tuning in for since we all know makeup is not my forte. I love this tag for exactly that, bringing my attention to local blogs I may not have heard about before. Already, I’ve met a delightful young lady on twitter who’s blog is about to make me put back on the 36lbs I lost last year. :/ *staying far away from Jessiker Bakes* So, the tag rules:

  • Title your post “One Love: Jamaican Blogger Tag”
  • Link back to the blogger who tagged you (you may add a brief definition of what a tag is for the benefit of your readers)
  • Copy and paste the rules at the beginning of your tag
  • Copy and paste the questions as well so readers know what’s going on
  • Answer the questions
  • Tag 7 other Jamaican bloggers to continue the trend. Kinda forces you to make friends, no?

1. Why did you give your blog its name? (If it is named directly after you, try and make your answer interesting. eg: Did you feel nervous at all about putting your name out there? Did you just lack creativity at the time?)

My blog started out with the name Fashion Over Style. It was initially a fashion blog, with a focus on giving Jamaican fashion designers a piece of the online space. At the time, there was very little information online about many of our talented designers and the fashion scene here in Jamaica. I wanted to fill that void and I did it very well for a few years, until I lost all my data when my blog blew up and got too big for its server and I tried to move it. I gave up blogging for a while after that depressing incident and came back under the moniker IrieDiva, rebranding as a lifestyle blog so that I could talk more about my new life as a mom.

2. Why did you start blogging and why do you blog now?

I’ll copy a response to this question from an interview I recently did with the Jamaica Blog Awards team: I have always been interested in the internet and media. I put both together and mixed in my favourite things to talk about and voila, my blog was born. I love the fact that with blogging, I am sharing information that’s helping others in some way. When I just started, my goal was to help Jamaican designers get word out about their brand and since then I’ve evolved into more of a lifestyle blogger helping people with health, hair, nutrition and style tips. I’m no expert on any of these topics but I spend a fair amount of time researching them and I pass on what I learn.

3. Do you think being Jamaican influences your blogging style?

In the international blogging scene, being Jamaican is a niche. I definitely take advantage of that. I can’t think of any Jamaican blog that is as popular as any of the world’s biggest blogs and so when international readers stumble upon my blog, they may be intrigued by something different. I try to take advantage of that and play up my Jamaican identity a lot through language and content, as while I am Jamaican, all my readers are not.

4.  What do you think about the increase in bloggers in Jamaica?

I love it.

5. What is your favourite thing about being Jamaican?

Hmmm, I’ve never been anything else, so it’s hard to answer this question. 🙂 I can however tell you my favourite thing about living in Jamaica and that is certainly the access to what I love the most, tropical fruits and beaches. It is amazing to get up and say “oh, its a beautiful day, I should go to the beach” and actually be on a beach 30 minutes later. Doesn’t it feel awesome to go out into your backyard, pick a mango and bite immediately into it? I love that. Watch out for the worms. 🙂

6. Ackee and saltfish or “(mackerel) run down”?

I don’t like run down. Ackee is on my top ten list of favourite foods.

8. Tastee Patties, Juici Beef Patties or Mother’s?

Tastee makes patties, Juici makes soup and Mother’s has ice cream. They should all stop making anything else.

9. Pantucky or KFC?

“Pantucky” for my intl readers is roadside food in Jamaica. It’s jerk chicken cooked and sold out of a pan like this:

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And eaten like this:

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And it is my all time favourite meal in this whole wide world. If I were ever to migrate from Jamaica, THIS is what I would crave. Keep your bun and cheese and banana chips requests :/ bring me some pan chicken! There’s nothing like leaving a party wobbling in your heels to the pan chicken man at the gate to sober up on some excellently spiced jerk chicken with extra pepper and a thick slice a hardough bread!

I haven’t eaten KFC in over a year.

10. What do you hope to be the future of blogging in Jamaica?

I dunno. I like the direction it’s going right now, let’s just build upon it. We can help to debunk tourist fears, come to Jamaica and feel alright 🙂

Tagging my girls Ethnic Truth and Jamaican Mommies. And you! If you’ve got a blog and you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged. Link me to your post when you’re done! 🙂

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