Who’s afraid of a national bloggers association?

This blogger speaks at the Visayas Blogging Summit in 2010. Photo by/from callezaragoza.com.

(Post updated. Changes in brackets. Thanks.) I have long wanted to do something: To help form a national bloggers association in the Philippines. The premises are simple: We are a growing community, with more younger Filipinos trying to start their own blogs. We have worked together in many instances. We have organized events. Some of us have made blogging a career or a profession. We have been sought in interviews. Some have been considered experts in their own fields of interests. Blogs have become media too. Government and business have gone blogging and gone digital. Just imagine what we could do together if we have an organization that would take all these forward.

Nothing fancy yet about the character of the organization. Not even a suggested name.  All these would be decided by those who will decide to be part of it.

On Feb. 20, I started emailing friends a draft document titled Manifesto of Filipino Bloggers and Netizens. Being a draft document, I asked them for their feedback and whether they are amenable to signing and endorsing it. I personally signed each email with my name and the URL of my blog, because that was a matter of fact. It was a personal initiative, nothing more, and I was hoping to recruit, through this process, those who could form part of a core group to push this worthwhile project forward.

Until March 2, I have managed to contact more than a hundred bloggers, including those I know as belonging to local or regional bloggers’ groups. The process was slow because no one could possibly know all the bloggers in the country, especially those who are deemed important. The process was discreet because I though  direct contact and, if possible, face time and a phone call, would always be better when introducing a new concept and idea, and when clarifying issues. Most of those who responded to the email welcomed the idea and asked for the next steps. I told them, we will do things together as soon as we get feedback from the other bloggers who were sent or will be sent copies of the manifesto. I was even publicly planning to go to Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro City, and Davao City to meet with bloggers personally.

Things were going smoothly until March 3 when a new blog titled “Janitor Al: Dumidigital ng Filipino” started an avalanche of open attacks on the concept and idea of a national bloggers association.

The slow, discreet but deliberate way of contacting bloggers and bloggers’ groups in various parts of the country had to ground to a halt because the very proposal had already been made public. The Janitor Al blog set the stage for a wide-open brawl. The ingredients are all there — sharp accusations like a “secretive process”, “under-representation or misrepresentation” of entire provinces and islands, etc.

I am thankful to those who have blogged about this idea and concept, and offered their advice in a less-combative and open tone. I respect all your views. But there are serious accusations that badly need clarification:

1. On the term “national”

It is a term that describes the character of the future organization’s membership: Prospective members would come from all of the country, without discrimination to whichever town, city, province and region they may come from. This is clear in the manifesto: Members come from all over the country – ergo, national.

It does not mean membership in the future organization would be a mandatory or required. This is clear in the manifesto: Membership is voluntary.

2. About Visayas and Mindanao, and misrepresentation

I am aware of the bloggers organizations that already exist in many places of the Visayas and Mindanao. I am really impressed and amazed by how far they have gone moving forward, holding summits and camps, and training newbies, and all the events that we have heard from them. I have been very public about this admiration for Visayas and Mindanao bloggers. I even went to the Visayas Blogging Summit and the Cebu Blog Camp last year – on my own account – to personal see this dynamism in action.

What role would these bloggers’ groups play in a national bloggers’ organization? I honestly don’t know. It is for them to decide whether to join as organizations or not. There is no effort to make the national bloggers organization — which is still an idea and concept — to be an umbrella organization. There is likewise no effort to supersede these organizations.

Blogger Ria Jose came out with a blog post on March 7, railing against the “absence” of any attempt to contact the Visayas and Mindanao bloggers. Sorry, but I am not in the habit of taking such bullcrap sitting down. The fact of the matter is that I don’t know everyone, I don’t know all bloggers, especially those who claim to represent the entire Visayas and Mindanao. In my case, I could only represent myself. I cannot even represent those who have said yes to the manifesto and they are not few. I leave it to them to speak for themselves.

In preparation for her blog post, Miss Jose, who is [past] president of Davao Bloggers group, undertook something I wanted to do in Mindanao: Call, text, email everyone in her loop to ask whether they’ve received copies of the manifesto. But there was apparently already a presence of malice in the calls. The objective was to prove the absence or lack of consultation — which was easy to prove because not all bloggers groups have been contacted at the time (and until now). If what Miss Jose did proves anything, it is that the process was slow. There was also the sin of omission: She did not state that some bloggers’ groups in Visayas and Mindanao were indeed contacted and received copies of the manifesto.

Miss Jose also failed to make one important call. She did not contact or confront me. It was unfair of Miss Jose to have overlooked that. Had she contacted me, I would have explained matters to her and there would have been no need for her combative post (and tweets) and this rebuttal.

3. More about representation issues

It is important to stress that there is no effort to even ignore these organizations  – the consultative process was cut short by the antics of a certain Janitor Al and those who eagerly tweeted about it in an effort to – ironically – form an organized effort to spew hatred and venom against this future organization. As late as March 2, a day before Janitor Al went around town, I was in touch over the phone with the leader of the CDO Bloggers, and via BBM with a board member of the Cebu Bloggers Society who so kindly furnished me with emails of all their board members. They were promptly emailed copies of the manifesto. As for the group Davao Bloggers, I emailed [Andrew dela Serna] at andrew [at] alleba [dot] com on Feb. 21. I did not receive a reply. So it is unfair to claim publicly that there’s an orchestrated or premeditated effort to exclude anyone. I also emailed some other Visayas and Mindanao bloggers whose public addresses I soon found.

Also, while I respect and admire these organizations in Visayas and Mindanao, it is important to stress too that they do not represent all bloggers in their respective areas. They can only represent their members. Not all bloggers belong to those local and regional groups. It would be a case of double-standard on this issue of (mis-)representation if I do not state this.

The principled way of going forward, especially for leaders of blogging communities across the country, is not to sow division and intrigue. I challenge them to take a second look at the manifesto and ask themselves, “Does this manifesto fairly represent me? What role should we play in this future organization, if any? Should we wait to be contacted or seize the initiative and make that important call?” Because at the end of the day, the question is not whether we are in favor of a national bloggers association or not. It is whether we will join it or not. In the same way that we all uphold the independence and initiative of each blogger, let us leave it to each blogger to decide – regardless of sex, creed, religion, dialect, region or prior organizational affiliation.

4. The future organization, its members and non-members

Again, there is no hidden desire to make this future organization a mandatory organization. It could only represent itself and its members. The term blogger is as generic as they come. Any person who blogs is a blogger — and no organization, national or otherwise, could stop anyone from using that term.

This organization will eventually be born and it will have its own set of leaders and members. They will have the exclusive power to determine the fate of their organization. It is the right of citizens in this country to form any association and nothing could stop them. Those who are against the formation of such an organization are well within their rights to express themselves but that does not mean we do not have any right to continue in the task of forming it, especially if we think it is truly a good idea if we take away all the drama, feelings of self-importance and misconceptions surrounding it.

No organization, local or national, should dictate what bloggers should or should not do. I hope Miss Jose’s post is not in any way dissuading bloggers from Visayas and Mindanao from exercising their individual rights or limiting their prerogatives.

At any rate, I hope this post clears the air and that the leading voices of blogging communities nationwide would pause and rethink their positions. Nothing is impossible. We could agree to agree and agree to disagree. We could still fix things.

5. Other what if’s

Will this future organization attempt to represent all bloggers? No. It could only represent itself and its members, as provided by the processes that members would declare sufficient to formulate decisions and policies.

Will this future organization stop other national initiatives? No. I find no reason why. This effort is not a step towards monopoly or elitism. The effort is about formalizing what we have been doing for the past few years: Cooperation and mutual aid.

6. This is not about Janette Toral, Blogie Robillo or myself

I have always been honest and direct in my dealings with bloggers. I have always tried to be helpful. Whatever personal integrity and credibility I enjoy rests on the fact that I have always tried to be fair.

Janitor Al, or the naughty blogger behind that blog, cannot hide his/her disdain and anger against Janette Toral.  Her only fault perhaps is to have interviewed me. What’s wrong with that?

Blogie Robillo has also been the subject of snide remarks. This is also totally unfortunate.

But blogging, bloggers and this future organization are not about anyone of us.  One may hate Janette Toral, Blogie Robillo or this blogger, but that does not mean the manifesto is trash.

We could all agree to disagree, and nurture our personal enmities, but let us not drag everyone else in our madness.

7. The real question

Personal events have intervened and I had to pause. My mom met an accident last March 4 so I had to take things slowly again to take care of her. I am sorry if all these are not enough for some of you; I am sorry if I did not meet your grand expectations.

Obviously, the process I had in mind appears to be imperfect but I am confident that the manifesto reflects what a fair number of bloggers need and want, and it remains a good starting point for this future organization that some, who are silent for now, want to see in the next few weeks transformed from an idea into reality.

There have been several polls sprouting all over the net and they ask whether they are in favor of a national bloggers association. I disagree.

In my humble opinion, the real question before us now is this: Do you want to become a founding member of the Philippines’ first national bloggers association?

If your answer to this question is yes, then sign your name and together we will move this forward.

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  1. Founder.
    First.
    National.

    I love the charge those words give my self-esteem. They whisper promises of self-importance.

  2. i’m sure some bloggers will sign. but those who won’t, which i believe is far greater in number, will never acknowledge this organization. it’s just another we’re-the-knowledgeable-bloggers we-represent-the-country elitist group. there is no need for such.

    atheista said it right.

  3. I admire your principled approach in addressing the issue head on.

    At this stage though, I think it is pre-mature to decide whether a blogger would like to be in or out, the process is not yet completed.

    To move forward, I suggest that we define the parameters on how we want to proceed, identify ticklish issues, offer alternatives and solicit as many inputs as we can, let’s give the silent majority the opportunity to speak its mind.

    From there, I think all stakeholders can have a clear perspective on the issue and can make an intelligent decision on how to proceed.

  4. I think your intentions are good, noble even, however for those bloggers who try so hard not to be noticed, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Once something like this goes official, a lot of people will be sniffing around. Yes I’m talking about gov’t officials and such. Right now whatever small income we have are ours and ours alone, but when something like this actually comes to fruition, there will be papers and disclosures and all. More money for them congressmen to line their pockets with. I’m sure this doesn’t bother you because you’re not in this for the money (I am, a lot of us are) but really if you wanna call attention to yourselves by all means do so, you can hug each other and sing khumbaya for all I care, but can you please not create too much splash in the name of ‘all bloggers’? Not sure if this is even possible. Geez.

  5. All I can say is that big changes often demand patience, and time. Educate us, make us believe that such organization is needed, that this National Bloggers Association will be our protection should our truthful articles get us into trouble.

    There is no need to highlight the attacks on you or to the other bloggers who supports this idea. Outsiders likeme get this impression that this is all about blogging politics.

  6. Yes.

    I also think it is imperative that the formation be progressive in that it actively mobilizes its voluntary ranks to be agents of social change, in a diverse array of issues, both online and offline.

    On the advocacy for a better internet. I know there are certain quarters who frown at this as a “politicization” of the association, but I digress. Everything is political, one only needs to ensure that the organization carries the democratic interest of bloggers.

    Surely there is not a single blogger who would hope for Japanese and Korean broadband speeds? :)

  7. For the record, I am not currently the President of Davao Bloggers. I am the Immediate Past President. The current President is Leah Valle. And no, she never received an email nor was she consulted.

    If you read my blog post carefully, I only listed down the names and quoted those who specifically told me I can list them down and quote them. But I did mention you contacted SOME of us. Those who were contacted didn’t tell me I can quote them.

  8. I was just curious why you have chosen to use email in getting inputs on manifesto and not just blog about it when it is for National “Bloggers” Association? I think that you could have gotten a lot of inputs by doing so than just emailing bloggers … and perhaps there is no big issue regarding this if it was blogged in the first place.

  9. Hi Babsy, thanks for dropping by. The issue is now moot. It has been published since March 3.

  10. I love that way you pointed out that I didn’t call you. In the same way that you never called us? I failed to make one important call, how many important calls did you fail to make? MY POINT EXACTLY.

    Moreover, in my blog post, I never claimed to represent Mindanao, not even Davao City. The issues I raised are my own concerns, and the points I made are my own. I said at the beginning of my blog post. Majority of those from Mindanao actually wanted me to write a statement representing the sentiments of the various Mindanao blogger groups, but I refused as I am not an elected officer.

    I did consult with at least 20 bloggers from all over Visayas and Mindanao, at least 15 of them are elected officers of their respective groups. I pointed out in my blog post that they do not represent all of Visayas and Mindanao but they are legitimate representatives of their organizations.

    I would like to share with you the entire message exchange I had with the 20 bloggers from Visayas and Mindanao but that would be a breach of their trust.

  11. I agree with Sonnie. The manifesto is one thing, of which I agree with mostly, but how it would transformed into action is another.

    As Janet herself has said, this will take a lot of time.

  12. I do not understand why some people want to appear critical all the time.

    Kudos to your initiative sir!

  13. This sure is a big topic. I just hope that there’d be positive results and that those who would read this would just give constructive insights so that something good could emerge. Let’s believe in the goodness of the intention. :-)

  14. I’m just hurt I didn’t get emailed a copy of the manifesto. It’s probably for the influential only. :(

  15. I think your timing to create this so-called “association” is very Untimely, as the blogging community in ‘pinas has been in too many brouhaha lately, and adding this issue is like adding more insult to injury.
    Government already have their eyes on bloggers (keep in mind, it’s tax season too!) who try to earn money a li’l bit and another association like this is not helping them in anyway but if it will, I don’t know how.

    For the record,I’m not in the Philippines,and I’m not connected to any blogging community or whatsoever and this sure will not going to affect me one way or the other.

  16. Dear Bim, the emailing of the manifesto ended abruptly because someone published it ahead of time. Never was it intended to exclude you or any other blogger.

    Hope you join.

  17. Hi Tonyo,

    First let me just say I applaud and admire the courage and determination that both you and Janette have in trying to pull this thing together. I just hope that the personal attacks stop over time so that we can focus more on the idea of having a bloggers association and not on the people behind the initiative. Logic and reason need to prevail here.

    I’m with Sonnie on this one though. There are some items in the manifesto that I strongly disagree with – most especially items that invite politics. I also am not comfortable with the name.

    My question — if I don’t agree with some items on the manifesto, I can’t join?

  18. @jake — Your comment sounds like you’ve only really listened to those who are opposing the move to form the association. I hope that you will take the time to consider the manifesto and the words of those who’re supporting it. Knowing Tonyo and Janette, I assure you they’re not elitists at all. They aren’t in it for the fame. As far as I know, those of us who want to have the association are concerned about what it can do for the community. How we achieve that kind of organization will depend on everyone involved. Consensus is key.

    @Muskova — Too late. With or without the association, the government already knows about us. :D Thank you, however, for your thoughts. In our busy-ness with the so-called “mainstream” blogging, we sometimes forget the sensibilities of bloggers who choose to remain silent.

    @Mugen (I love that Japanese term!) — Thank you for your encouraging words. And, yes, everything is political. We wouldn’t really make sense as an organization if we didn’t participate in politics. Just as long as we do it from outside of the government structure. No party list ideas, please!

    @Bim — On the contrary, one of the reasons why Tonyo started the movement is to have an organization that would be a mentoring one. Now that might sound like a bunch of bloggers looking down their noses, but it’s not like that at all. Please look at Tonyo’s and Janette’s activities: they’ve always been involved in mentoring others. They have that capability and they’re making the best use of their talents.

    @Babsy — In Tonyo’s defense, there was indeed a plan to blog about it ‘officially’ after the initial consultations. Tonyo is only one person, and he knows only a finite number of other bloggers, so it was but natural that he consulted only a few in the beginning. Logistics, see. And the reason behind doing the initial consultation was to make sure that he got the manifesto right on a minimum level. Then, the plan was to have invited more people in for broader consultation, but that anonymous blog post happened and people started arguing…

    @Willa — Let’s find out, shall we? Btw, the org aims to be inclusive, and that means Filipinos outside of the country are also welcome, naturally.

    The important thing is that we maintain decorum, and not lose respect for one another, whether we agree with each other or not. Case in point: Aileen Apolo, who is a dear friend of mine, does not concur with me on this score. But has anyone seen us mud-slinging at each other over this? There is no need for sarcasm or nastiness or any negativity at all. One doesn’t need to be negative to be critical.

    Peace, brothers & sisters!

  19. Hi Tonyo, I think asking who’s afraid makes everyone more doubtful of the intent… with the reactions you got from everyone its time to assess that the community is not ready for this yet.

    Anyway, I’ve added additional thoughts to ponder about the group…

    Hey, I hope your father is OK now.

  20. What a great advocacy. I am from Cagayan de Oro City,Mindanao…Appreciate so much your hearts desire.

  21. Based on what I have been reading, the people involved and the comments thrown around AND this post itself.

    FAIL is all I can say.

  22. Hi Carlo,

    Let us all consider the manifesto a statement of intent. It is not set in stone. That being said, yes, the manifesto is open to changes, especially as we continue to consult bloggers.

    We have revised the sign up form to accurately reflect the nature of this manifesto. You may join even if you agree with only a portion of the manifesto. You may join even if the a blogger deems the entire manifesto unnecessary.

  23. We are grateful of your efforts, sir. However, we feel, NBA is pre-mature and unnecessary as of the moment. Poll in Aileen Apollo’s blog, the last time I checked, indicated that majority who answered it deliberately do not want an NBA for now.

    Manifesto seems to be too strong of a word. Code of Ethics for the select few, especially those who are earning and willing to be part of an association, may be apt, but this cannot represent bloggers as a whole, nor should it be a unified national voice.

    As you have said, you are still in the process creating the NBA, and these discussions sprouting in various threads and blogs, emotional they may be, are also part it. What my colleagues want to re-iterate is that, they have earned the right to be heard. These are not merely blogging individuals but rather leaders in their own respective rights in their own blogging communities who have earned the respect of their fellow bloggers.

    As we have found out in your blog post, the error was partially due to the fact of the slow process due to events we cannot avoid. However, we begrudge the fact that a manifesto was already written without proper consultation, meaning, the draft should have been made WITH US– not thrown to us for votation, if we want it or not.

  24. I would not be one who would instantly say “nay” without hearing both sides of the story.

    But here is my main concern.

    When the Big Bad Blogger issue was going around, I have read A LOT OF NASTY AND BELOW THE BELT POSTS from “pioneer” bloggers about those who are getting paid for blogging. Not necessarily just those who receive compensation in exchange for reviews, but even those of us (me included) who get paid for inserting links in our blogs to earn a few dollars here and there. Now, I know I don’t just speak for myself,but there were a number of bloggers who got hurt from these snide and “elitist” comments from the so-called pioneers. And I know a lot of us fear that this association will just make it even harder for us newbies because for sure, those who will be on top of this association would be the same people who think that inserting paid links are “cheap” and “tasteless”.

    So a lot of us who are “hesitant” about this association aren’t really afraid. Or maybe we are, cos I know I am. I am afraid of being judged by the pioneer bloggers who are rich enough not to be making money from their blogs, and who would probably keep on looking down on us bloggers who are in it not just for the fun, but for the money.

  25. [...]If blogging is seen as mode of political organising rather than as a means to express one’s opinions in public, then forming an association is logical. But blogging is not primarily a means of political organising[...]

  26. This future organization is for everyone, especially newbies. There will always be newbies and, I think, the proper attitude towards them is respect and to provide them help and training, if they so need and ask. One suggested initial project of the future organization is a regular, roving Bloggers’ Training that will take both pioneers and newbies together. Hanggang ngayon kasi, periodic and per-request ang training. Baka talagang mainam na may organization na mag-oorganize ng regular monthly or quarterly training sessions — bagay na tinatanong lalo na ng mga baguhan.

    Lahat tayo may kanya-kanyang style at focus sa blogging. Walang magbabago dun. Kung may magbabago man, mapapadali ng future organization ang tulungan.

  27. I really believe that we do not need this NBA; the Philippine blogosphere will be healthier without it.

  28. What if that blog organization becomes a big bully as what happened to my case.

    Creating a National Bloggers Association is like creating a bigger bully.

  29. The post title “Who’s Afraid…?” So, is there’s something to be really afraid of?

  30. might as well create a filipino organization for twitter users? wannabe writers? pedestrians? looks like these organizers of NBA are desperate to be huge and important. there REALLY is no such need.

  31. Clear presence of mind without enthusiasm and rancor can clear up some of the muddled issues here. The comments posted can be the starting point for an enlightened discussion. I think a proper forum is already needed.

  32. it’s clear most people don’t like the idea so i guess that’s that. just drop the idea.

    but then again it appears the proponents are bent on pushing through with this no matter what. if that’s the case then all this polling and manifesto are just a moro moro exercise.

    like many others, i’m not comfortable with this idea because it is quite clear the intention is not as altruistic as it seems.

    this reminds me a lot of that nonsense influential bloggers award.

    the first comment captures my thoughts quite accurately:

    “Founder.
    First.
    National.

    I love the charge those words give my self-esteem. They whisper promises of self-importance.”

  33. The term manifesto creates images in my mind of a pack of brown clad soldiers with red stars on their caps marching in unison down Roxas Boulevard claiming they are for free speech whilst trying to hammer all the wayward thinkers back into line.

    The manifesto itself is not specific and so filled with what we ‘Merkans call “motherhood and apple pie” that I don’t exactly know what the purpose of the organization is, nor the responsibilities, nor the obligations. Am I expected to pony up dues, or is it a free ride? What will we argue for in the legislature? That we be allowed to say anything we damn well please? What, really, are we after? More broadband cable in Manila or better grammar or more Tagalog writers? Seems like a purpose in search of a need . . .

  34. i usually just shy away from blogger groups so i really haven’t grasped all of the ideas and discussions regarding this proposed superbody. as of the moment, my say regarding this org is somewhat tilting to the “no” for a couple of reasons.

    but i think the foremost reason i have to opposing such a move is that for me, it takes the fun out of blogging. i may have the simplest or reasons here but yeah, i’m not totally cool with the idea of having a superbody as of yet.

    maybe i haven’t just been informed enough. if it would be ok, i can be PMd on facebook or be sent an e-mail or have somebody go to my blog and see my contact details there to enlighten me about this.

    thanks everyone!

    and yeah, i strongly believe this is business. of course.

  35. Seriously, I don’t see any problem with the proposal. I also came from Cebu and I’ve been blogging way back, it is very simple if they don’t want to join then let them not join.

    I just don’t see the point why people should view things negatively. “Eh di pa nga natin nasusubukan eh!”

    You have my full support on this.

  36. I agree with Muskova and even if it is not mandatory, the title itself suggests what should it be “National”. Looks like it will be the official bloggers organization of the Philippines.

  37. A Mindanao Blogger

    THIS IS A FAILURE.
    Point I would like you guys to clarify

    1) The Presentation and Information Dissemination.
    >People Presenting the Idea of the National Bloggers Association, not all of them but maybe some, may have some issues with other blogger groups in the country maybe to be specific in MINDANAO and VISAYAS that’s why not all from Mindanao, specially those they very well know, was contacted (thru calls and emails) or was given the idea of forming the manifesto or the letter of intent (as what Tonyo supposed to call it now…commented here).

    Even Tonyo said here. Ms Jose could have contacted him. That means, Mr Tonyo must really have a direct contact to Ms Jose, so why has she not been emailed regarding the manifestos creation? Blogie Romillo, even knew the existence of DAVAO BLOGGERS (the group where Ria Jose belongs), because Blogie was once part of it, so why did he not have emailed and inquired the people he knew… if the intention was really to get the point of views of the majority Bloggers/blogging community?

    2)The Deal of the word NATIONAL
    >I have nothing against the formation of a national organization as such as long as it is supposed to be the conglomerate of regional communities not just of individuals that will join. KAYA nga NATIONAL DIBA? “Members come from all over the country – ergo, national.”

    3) Contradicting statements:

    >In this post of Tonyo:
    Until March 2, I have managed to contact more than a hundred bloggers, including those I know as belonging to local or regional bloggers’ groups. ( you know Ria Jose right?)

    and

    Also, while I respect and admire these organizations in Visayas and Mindanao, it is important to stress too that they do not represent all bloggers in their respective areas. They can only represent their members. Not all bloggers belong to those local and regional groups. It would be a case of double-standard on this issue of (mis-)representation if I do not state this.

    >Against this (on manifesto… email)

    Not for circulation.

    >>> Question: If you are to intend to know the statements and views and opinions of other bloggers and blogginng communities regarding the manifesto, Why is it tagged “not for circulation”? means that only selected few must be involve in making the manifesto? and you are saying that you do not know everybody? so why not let those you sent with the email, circulate the manifesto so that there will be more bloggers, more ideas and you can create a manifesto created by everybody?

  38. TC,

    Good salient points. However, not enough to bowl everyone over.

    SR

  39. I am not, whether “regional”, “national”, “local”…. whatever. Let’s get it done. I just had a glimpse of the draft but I want it up! – Ana

  40. get it done huh. national bloggers association is not national!

  41. I am little fuzzy myself on the need for an organization for bloggers other than perhaps a social group to rub elbows with on social events ;) If so , such organization already exists.

    Blogging is a very personal pursuit. People blog for different reasons. Having an organization so that “Pinoy bloggers can move on” is a bit of an enigma for the fact that not all of us bloggers are not on the same page as to what we want to achieve with our blogging activity. Some blog because they’re bored, others do it to rant, some do it for money, some for fun while others could care less may shut down their blog in a year or two.

    I can sense some “unifying motives” in the proposed manifesto but quite unclear as to what we need to unify.

  42. Bottom line is this initiative is non-sense. I do not see any benefits in having a blogger association. Anyone who owns a blog can represent himself. This is just pure “paporma”tapos kayo ang leader-leaderan. C’mon stop being vain. Have you heard of any other blogging associations in other countries? No. Because there is no sense in having such.

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