Gordon Swaby

Ode to Jamaipanese.com

I started Gordonswaby.com ( June 2006) a couple months after Kirk Brown, the author of the blog, Jamaipanese.com ( February 2006) started his. I  met him through blogging and have known him for about 6 years.

The word “Jamaipanese” is a portmanteau; a combination of Jamaica and Japan. Kirk is a Jamaica ( He’s Jamaican) and Japan ( more so Japan) enthusiast, he’s been an enthusiast of the latter for a while, but didn’t get to visit the country until recently–that’s the interesting part.

Kirk had everything he needed to go to Japan, but money. But that wasn’t going to deter him from going. Most people wouldn’t have bothered, but Kirk did and I admire him for that. His story is interesting and I think it should be highlighted.

Picture courtesy of Taylor’s Photography

On January 18, 2010 Kirk wrote a detailed blog post explaining how he’d acquire the funds to go to Japan, where he’d stay and what his expenses would be. You can read the blog post here. It’s titled “Operation Visit Japan”. What I find particularly interesting is how he managed to raise about 40% of the funds through his blog via donations (I’m pretty sure many told him not to bother because people would not donate, but he did anyway). I donated and encouraged him as I’m sure many others did. As a result he received  over $1,000 USD in donations from people all over the world. This is an example of how useful the internet can be to anyone, wherever you are, it just takes effort and dedication.

Kirk  even managed to snag sponsorship from a Japanese company for wireless internet connectivity while he was there and even stayed with a Japanese reggae singer who he met through his blog. There is still much more to be told, but I definitely can’t tell it like he can. He has  organized all his posts re: his trip to Japan he in a category that you can read here

Kirk is a good writer, consistent blogger and a great friend. I’m very happy for  him and I’m glad he finally got the opportunity to visit a place he’s so crazy about.

Ode to Jamaipanese.com, my blog of the year!

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 1:16 pm. Filed under Interesting, Jamaica/Politics, Personal.

  • http://www.jamaipanese.com/ Jamaipanese

    Bless up yourself Gordon, one of the coolest and most supportive persons I have met as a blogger. You’ve been climbing up the achievement ladder yourself, and I wish for you all the best in your endeavors!

    Thank you!

  • Bobby

    Love this spirit!!! Only a pity it doesn’t involve inter human connectivity too more time. Good going guys …both are great persons.

  • http://twitter.com/corvedacosta Corve DaCosta

    Great job Kirk on your blog. I think bloggers here can all look up to Kirk and what he has done and achieved with his blog. Good going. 



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