Los Angeles has the highest concentration of Mexicans outside of Mexico City. In addition to a few million Mexicans, there are also thousands of Salvadoran, Guatemalan and other Central Americans in the city. Along with these larger populations are smaller numbers of Latinos from the Caribbean and South America.
Los Angeles has a lot of Latinos. You know this. I know this. We all know this. What I don’t know is anything about Chicana/o and Latina/o bloggers in Los Angeles.
Where’s our voice? Where is our presence in the blogosphere? If we’re underrepresented on the ‘net, as we are in many other areas, what can we attribute it to? Is this even a problem, or am I just not looking hard enough for other Chicana/o and Latina/o bloggers in this city?
I’ve been blogging since 2001. Since then, I’ve always written about issues pertaining to Mexicans, Chicanos, and Latinos as my personal, professional and academic interests fall in that area. For a long time, I wasn’t bothered that most of the blogs I read were written by non-Latinos or Latinos in other cities around California and the US.
This changed as I began to see the greater potential of blogs. Last summer, I had a lot of free time on my hands in between the transition from full time work to full time student status. With little to do at my parent’s house in the suburbs, I began my search on Google. I found a half-dozen blogs by Latinos around the US. Almost all of the Latino bloggers I found resided in Texas or Chicago. Sad to say, I didn’t find many Latino bloggers in LA.
If you’re out there, “di presente!” (say “here!”). I know I’m not the only Chicana writing about life in and around Los Angeles.