A little over two years ago, a friend of mine read a post I made on Facebook arguing about the country’s crime problem. Having read the post, he became convinced I should take up writing, according to him; I had “blogging potential”. I kept shrugging him off, telling him I was too busy to seriously consider being a full time anything, let alone a blogger. That was only half the truth. You see, I worried about how people would receive my opinions, and I secretly feared criticism and backlash. Eventually I decided I would write, on the condition that I remain anonymous, and thus Mr. Editor and Veritas were born. For the better part of a year, this strategy worked for me and people read my work and appeared content with it. I was a masked crusader with a pen, or at least I liked to think of myself that way. This was not to last as to my surprise and delight; Veritas received five nominations at the 2012 staging of the Jamaica Blog Awards. I had a choice between either ignoring the nominations to preserve my identity from the general public or show up and own my craft. I chose the latter.The blog would go on to win 4 of the 5 awards, including Top Blog Post of the Year and the coveted Jamaican Blogger of the Year Award. One hundred and thirty five posts, five blog awards, and over 200,000 hits later, I have decided that the time has come to take my craft in a new direction. Introducing Grassroots Jamaica.
In my two years of writing, I realized I had a knack for political commentary and so I began to focus on that to the exclusion of everything else. I became so obsessed with political writings that people started thinking of me as a political pundit. As flattering as that was, I realized I had not stayed true to the original intent of Veritas, which was to be a wide ranging blog covering a wide array of issues. In order to return to the roots, so to speak, I have decided to discontinue Veritas, effective Wednesday June 4, 2014. I will no longer be writing here, but will now transfer my energies towards Grassroots Jamaica, which promises to be even bigger and better. That is my pledge. I have assembled a team of competent and innovative writers to bring you a wide cross section of opinions and analysis in politics, entertainment – movies, music, sports, culture, lifestyle etc. etc. etc. I’m excited about this new venture and I am counting on your continued support. I am inviting ALL OF YOU to visit Grassroots Jamaica and subscribe and become a part of the community.
I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Every single person who has ever read, commented, criticized or shared one of my posts, it meant a lot to me and assisted greatly in building my confidence in my ability to put a few words together on a page. I look forward to new ideas and new discussions, and I hope you’ll be a part of that.
Goodbye Veritas. I must move on in search of a new truth.
With Nothing But Gratitude,