Notes From The Margin

April 15, 2008

So Long And Thanks For All The Fish….

It’s been a year since NTFM first debuted in the blogosphere, in that time we have done 198 posts which have been seen by 42,000 visitors, we have logged some 650 comments and unfortunately we’ve also dealt with 10,000 emails of spam. Small numbers perhaps in comparison to Barbados Underground or Barbados Free Press, but we think that we have established our own following and we’ve also established a reputation as a quality blog with high standards.

It’s been an interesting ride, that has taught us much. The search for quality articles has led us down some interesting paths and turned up some surprising stories. We are particularly proud of the work we’ve done on the whole Venezuela issue as it relates to the Caribbean. We remain deeply concerned that not enough is being done by the mainstream media to educate Barbadians about our South American neighbour.

We started a blog in large part because we were concerned about what was being said about Barbados in the blogosphere. Based on what some very biased people were saying, it would be very easy to equate Barbados with Zimbabwe. That is not the Barbados we know, the country we know and live in may not be perfect but it’s a far cry from what is portrayed on BFP and to a lesser extent BU. A dermatologist following their approach would describe someone with acne as having flesh eating skin cancer. We felt there was an unfilled space for balance and thoughtfulness, a space that over the last year we have tried (with uneven results we admit) to fill. We freely admit that there is an important role for Barbados Underground and Barbados Free Press in ensuring democracy and freedom in Barbados, we may disagree with their methods but we believe that they are truly motivated by good intentions and that in the long run they are a healthy addition to the Barbados social scene, we wish them well.

However after a year, we have found the demands of running a daily posting blog difficult to meet. In that regard we have considerable respect for David over at BU and even the BFP crew. Given the demands of our day to day lives we find that we can no longer devote the time to NFTM that will maintain the standard that we want to have.

In short NFTM has had it’s day. We have to admit, it’s difficult to put down something you have carried for a year, but it is far better to go out with style than to dribble off into obscurity.

To our well wishers thank you for your kind comments, to our critics… when you think about it, you’ll come around to our opinion 😉



Marginal puts down his editorial pen.


  1. I really hope that somehow you will have a change of heart. I had all but lost faith in local blogs before I came across Notes From the Margin, and I have been singing your praises ever since. Once you have gone, it will definitely leave a void, as far as mature, intelligent local blogging is concerned, but, all the same, I wish you all the best, and sincerely appreciate the contribution you have made over the past few months. It has not gone unnoticed. What is truly unfortunate, is that there are few, if any local bloggers left that I would consider worthy role models for young writers coming up. It really is a huge loss.

    Comment by Benedict — April 15, 2008 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

  2. Marginal I think I understand. Sorry to see you go. Who knows eh? Hope springs eternal.

    Comment by Sam Gamgee — April 15, 2008 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  3. Best wishes, I thought you did a great job and that alternative view will be missed.

    Comment by X — April 16, 2008 @ 8:44 am | Reply

  4. I’m there with Benedict. BFP is hyper-sensitive to criticism and divergent views and BU are by turns liberal, conservative, xenophobic and tolerant. Both have a role but it was good to see a more moderate, intellegent voice on the Barbados blog scene. Well done for keeping it up for so long – I know I couldn’t do it. All the best

    Comment by nonsense — April 16, 2008 @ 9:01 am | Reply

  5. A sad day for sure. As I said in a previous post some weeks ago, yours i snow the only Bajan blog I read for actual NEWS i.e. uncoloured by the bias and unnecessary vitriol of other blogs. You will definitely be missed, but we can comfort ourselves witht he knowledge that you at least had the backbone and sense of fairplay needed to legitimize the blogsphere as a meaningful source of news. NOW who is going to balance BFP??
    “Ne cede malis”.

    Comment by it's me — April 16, 2008 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  6. NFTM,

    Any thoughts on a less hectic posting schedule, i.e., once a week or something similar? The greater the number of blogs on Barbados (or any other topic), the more choice people have and the easier it becomes for alternate sources of information and opinions (good, bad, middle) to be considered. This leads to one important thing: an informed individual (hopefully).


    Comment by Amit — April 16, 2008 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  7. Hi Marginal we have had our differences but we are truly sorry to see your demise. What is your plan for your blog? Will you believing it unattended?


    Comment by Barbados Underground — April 16, 2008 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

  8. Hi guys,

    I hadn’t intended to come back on but I’d like to say thanks for all of the kind comments.

    David, I wouldn’t say “demise” (sounds rather terminal) 🙂 Retirement might be better. Yes we had our differences but such is life. Isn’t the point of blogs to express divergent opinion? 🙂 I’m not sure what we’ll do with the blog. We’ll probably leave it up for a while. If it becomes a spam magnet, we’ll have to take it down.

    Amit, A fellow hitchhiker reader! we thought about going to a weekly post but in the end we felt that it would be the thin edge of “dribbling off into obscurity” better to go out with style.

    I may continue to comment from time to time in the blogosphere as I feel to. (it’s not that easy to shut me up 😉 )

    Keep the faith guys!

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — April 17, 2008 @ 8:37 am | Reply

  9. You can always turn control of Notes From The Margin over to our group…

    Cat Piss and Pepper
    De Standpipe Crew
    Bajan Free Press

    But seriously…

    Not a sad thing about it, in our opinion. That’s the way life goes, and you do have better things to do.

    (Our business with BFP remains very much unfinished.)


    De Standpipe Crew

    Comment by standpipe — April 17, 2008 @ 11:46 pm | Reply

  10. So long Marginal.

    Comment by Carson C. Cadogan — April 20, 2008 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  11. well, you could always come back from time to time.

    Comment by eemanee — April 20, 2008 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

  12. You could try to see if you have enough space and time to produce weekly posts. That could give you better quality and allow time for some issues to settle and therefore take a better view. Whatever, your contributions have been good and your comments also inspiring and interesting. Good luck.

    Comment by Living in Barbados — May 11, 2008 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

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