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Published On: Sun, May 13th, 2012

15 Years Later…

When I started my website in 1997…

there were only a few other Latinos on the web having the “cultural dialogue”. It was PuertoRicans.com, El Boricua, and Jibaros.com (Don Orlando is the original Jibaro on the web) and Sofrito For Your Soul… there was one other Latino on the web… a guy you may have heard of named Perez Hilton. Not much later, a lil known website called HispanicPRWire made its way onto the web…and was the first to my knowledge help Brands connect with Hispanic / Latino Media (mostly TV, Print and Radio).

There may have been many more but these were the main voices for Latinos on the web at that time and as you can see… not extremely diverse.

I am happy to say that today… the “Latino Web” is exploding… and Latinos all over the world are creating their own niches and reporting on all kind of topics. Over the last few years… I questioned whether it was time to hang up my “pava” and focus on other things.

The answer was no…

Although there are many Latino portals, websites, blogs and platforms… what I created has built a wonderful community of Latinos that share and rely on me to continue to create projects that appeal to what they are seeking… a true connection to their culture that is tangible and eventually will become part of their story.

And we have done that… with projects like Capicu Cultural Showcase, Social Sofrito, Latino Community Info, Radio Capicu, Pa’l Pueblo, Taino Brunch, Capicu Youth Series, Latina Empowerment Series  and a few projects conceived but not yet executed. I hope you like the new home for Sofrito For Your Soul as much as I enjoyed building it for you… for us.

A La Orden Siempre…

The Urban Jibaro

 

  • Congrats, Jíbaro! From all the Rebeldes who love you! Julito, Charlie, Efrain, Tony, Odilia, Letty, etc.

  • Congrats!  I had no idea that you had been online that long!  When I first started blogging, I had no idea that there was a Latin@ bloggers community online (or any community for that matter).  I had no idea how vibrant and influential online communities could be, but now that I’m online, I can’t imagine being offline.  These communities are so rewarding and something that is definitely hard to find offline.  Congrats again George!!  😉

    • It was a very lonely place 15 years ago… but I am happy to see this grow into something waaaay beyond anyone’s expectations. I would hope that people like us can find a way to build bridges to make real life relationships as rewarding. We have work to do… Thanks again…

  • Congratulations! You are a true pioneer and I wish you the best of success in your continued endeavors. 

15 Years Later…