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History in the making - Suva bloggers' meet in 24 hours

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It is now roughly 24 hours until history will be made. At 7pm tomorrow (Thursday) night, at the Republic of Cappuccino on Victora Parade and Loftus Street in Suva, the first ever bloggers' meet will be held. If you are a blogger living in the Suva area, or even just thinking about maybe blogging, please come out and meet your fellow blog-heads in person. Drink some coffee, make some friends, and have some fun.

It would not be going too far to call 2007 The Year of the Blog in Fiji. Although, it may be more accurate to call it The Year of the Anonymous Blog. For the first time, blog has become a household word and politically vocal blogs authored by pseudonymed individuals are regularly mentioned in international media reports. Anonymous blogging has become perhaps the most popular method of expressing dissent against Fiji's Interim Government as public forms of dissent have been met with a firm hand by the military.

However, there are also a significant number of bloggers in Fiji who do not make any attempt to conceal their identity. Bloggers such as... While we do not get as many hits or comments as our anonymous counterparts, we do write about many things other than politics. For example, one of the most prolific bloggers in Fiji is Gilbert Veisamasama, Jr. He runs two blogs, Promoting Suva ( and Invest in Fiji ( and he seems to post to both almost every day.

So, if you are a blogger living in the Suva area and you can comfortably answer the question, "What is your blog's address?" in public, I look forward to seeing you Thursday night!

p.s. Gilbert has given his regrets for tomorrow's meet.

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