Honduran Blogs, Part 1 of 4

July 13th, 2007

The blog phenomenon has been slow to move to Honduras, but it’s starting to take root. If you google “Honduras blogs” you’ll find that 90% or more are not written in Honduras or by Hondurans. Most of them are written by people from the US. The few Hondurans who blog are usually in the computer science industry like myself, or in their teens.

One might venture to classify blogs written in Honduras into 4 broad categories:

  • Expat blogs, written by people from the US
  • Tech blogs, written by computer geeky Catrachos like your servant
  • Personal blogs, written by young Hondurans
  • High culture blogs, written by the Honduran intelligentsia

Notice that I didn’t include travel blogs. That is because most travel bloggers blog not only in or about Honduras but everywhere in the world.

By far the expat blogs are the most abundant. Here are a few of them.

Expatriate blogs

La Gringa’s blogicito (lagringasblogicito.blogspot.com) is one of the most widely read of these. It tells the tale of a gringa who moved to La Ceiba, Honduras in 2001. Her topics range from gardening to politics, and are full of practical wisdom and culture shock. Her easy-to-read style and sharp sense of humor has made her very popular among the expatriate community. She is vocal in calling for reform in Honduras, and for others to start blogging about the current issues in Honduran politics and society.

Little Wooden Man (www.littlewoodenman.com) tells the tale of a Canadian couple who move to the Honduran outback of Juticalpa, Olancho, and experience the surreal Honduran culture. Their blog is fresh and entertaining, but sometimes serious and philosophical. Many fellow bloggers and I have been drawn to its frank discussions of the pain of losing someone, religion, sexual harassment, wacky humor, and the “strange” customs and language of Honduran people.

Honduras Sprouts (hondurassprouts.blogspot.com) is the ongoing tale of another American lady who has just moved to Honduras a few months ago with her Honduran husband. Her pictures of her adorable family and tales of life in San Pedro make this blog a en excellent picture of expat family life. Topic include local critters, food quality, the fourth of July, and cutting the grass, Honduran-style.

Honduras living (hondurasliving.blogspot.com), by Don Godo, is another great blog, although entries are not as frequent as in the others I’ve mentioned. Nevertheless, where else would a future expat learn about health insurance, what beer to drink, or whether to try to build a house by “remote control”.

Hondubirding, (hondubirding.wordpress.com), by Daniel Germer. I’m not sure Daniel is from the States, his Spanish is that good, but his blog is written mainly in English. Daniel is a biologist, an aspiring naval officer, and as the title of his blog suggests, a fan of bird-watching. This site has some of the best pictures of the Honduran cloud forest that can be found on the internet.

By now there are more Honduran blogs than can fit into an article of comfortable length, so come again tomorrow for a rundown of the abundant Honduran Tech blogs

Images by Matthew Hogg, Eddie Codel, Brett Lider, and Violet Blue.

  • La Gringa

    Thank you for the nice comments about my blogicito, Aaron. I’m so glad that you will writing an article for Global Voices because the last full article about Honduras was 8 months ago (I wrote it!) and the one before that was 8 months prior, and really wasn’t even about Honduras.

    Let’s put Honduras on the Global Voices map!

  • Daniel Germer

    Thank you for the praise! Im oficially from Honduras, so is Hondubirding. Im currently living in tegus, and my spanish isnt quite that good, to be honest its full of weird colloquialisms that no one understands (sighs)…in fact its my english thats pretty good LOL
    Have a good one!

  • Anonymous

    Two good expat teacher blogs are:

  • Matthew

    Heh, I thought I recognized that photo! Thanks for the hyperlink!

  • Aaron Ortiz

    Hi Gringa, Daniel, Anon, and Matt.

    Thanks for the comments and the links! And for the hours of fun reading your blogs.

  • Honduras Sprout

    Hey Hey! Lookie there. You mentioned me. I’m flattered 🙂

    Also remember some of the missionary bloggers. Maybe goes along with the teacher blogs.

  • Aaron Ortiz

    Hi Sprout,

    I’ll have to do a follow-up post, I’m getting a lot of blogs I left out, are there any missionary blogs in particular you think I should include?

  • eduardo

    Looks like your article is a big hit! Congrats..

  • Aaron Ortiz

    Thanks Eduardo, the community of expat bloggers are very supportive of one another and enthusiastic, and that makes it easier for everyone to succeed as a blogger, and have fun doing it.

  • La Gringa

    Aaron, you are right about that — we are all very supportive of each other. It is a community, isn’t it?

    And fun, too. I’m so glad that you joined us and, I’m ashamed to say, I’m glad you are writing in English ‘cuz that just makes it so much easier for us. 😉

    I found a couple of other young Honduran blogs and I’ll send you the links.

  • Aaron Ortiz

    Excellent!, Thanks, Gringa.

  • Warfare Tic Owl Worn

    hmmm I would say there are more techy blogs and expat blogs… anyhow, nice posts these honduran blogs, there are several spanish posts similar to this one, but i HATE reading in spanish… So your honduran blogs post was a pleasure to read.
    Good work!

  • Aaron Ortiz

    Thanks War, that’s part of the reason I blog in English, I figure there’s a bigger audience.

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