Havana Times: We’ve Made it to Year Two!

By Circles Robinson

Art Experience. Photo by Stephen Wong

HAVANA TIMES, Oct.  23— We’ve made it to year two of Havana Times, and the online publication has continued to grow both in audience and contributors.

Without any publicity effort, relying on word of mouth and the search engines, the site now occupies an important space in the digital press on Cuba, providing a voice to numerous individuals who care about the island and its future.

Despite the publication now being edited from abroad, plus the communication problems faced by most of the Cuban writers, we have been able to keep pace and actually expand the amount of articles and photos presented.

Havana Times remains visible for the relatively small segment of the population in Cuba that has Internet, as the censors have not classified us as part of the dissident blogger world that gets their sites blocked. E-mail has also proven a good way for readers on the island without Internet to receive our articles and even the posted comments.

In recent months our readership figures include a modest average of 1,600 visits and 4,000 page views per day in English, and 350 visits and 750 page views in Spanish, though the figures have been considerably higher in recent weeks.

We’d like to put out an invitation to Cubans and readers from other countries to join in the debate on different issues regarding Cuba by commenting on articles presented on the website. We do moderate the posts, but only to cull out personal attacks or serious unsubstantiated accusations.


11 thoughts on “Havana Times: We’ve Made it to Year Two!

  • Two years! Keep it up! You’re doing great! No, I won’t place you in the dissident blogger category either. You’re different from the official media, that’s all. Your photos give me an updated view of Cuba and Cubans. My last visit to Havana happened 21 years ago when I was a guest of the Jose Marti Institute of Journalism in Vedado. Havana had looked rosy at that time. Long live the Cuban people!

  • A belated congratulations to Circles and all the writers, photographers and others who make HT possible. It is essential reading for me, and I am confident your site will continue to grow, both in numbers and in influence. I’ve just returned yesterday from a month (yeah!) in Cuba…and I’m missing it already! Until I can get back again, I depend on HT, its writers and photographers, to tell me what’s going on. At this point I know that I’ll never really understand Cuba (there are too many contradictions), but at least HT helps me to see, “as through a glass, darkly.”

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