New points to ponder:
- Since its not mandatory to join I think its better to drop the "national" or "philippine" in the bloggers association name.
- Since its not mandatory to join would it discriminate the others who are non-members since you'll be making business dealing formally?
- While some bloggers make money from blogging the income stream is not as stable and as regular as someone who is employed and receives regular pay. Having an organization would pave the way for someone to propose mandating tax on bloggers.
One of the episodes at DigitalFilipinoTalks series caught my attention. It was the episode with Tonyo Cruz talking about The Need for a Philippine Bloggers Association.
He said its time for the bloggers in the Philippines to become progressive and become one and be represented by a single and formal organization that will focus on the bloggers right especially with regards to copyright issues, code of ethics, and income sharing since there's an existing informal community/organizations already. In short, he said its high time we set a standard to blogging in the country.
I suggest you watch the video clip of Tonyo's interview with Ms. Janet Toral to get a better grasp of his idea of the association:
Personally, I am not for this association. I am not for setting a standard in blogging because what makes blogging unique and what attracted me to blogging is that its independent , its free, and a blogger can write whatever he/she thinks without having to worry about a group standard or integrity. Because if we are worried about integrity, integrity is something personal that of the blogger and the or groups of bloggers that makeup a blog . It's up to the feedback of its readers/members to set their own standard, if they dont like it they go it they love it they will follow. If you start setting standards for bloggers/blogging then they will no longer be called bloggers because setting a standard destroys the character of being a blogger.
Another thing I am apprehensive about an association is that it gives room for politics and greed. This is an unavoidable circumstance. I don't want to be represented by a group because as a blogger I am an individual and I love the independence I got from blogging. If you put up this one organization it takes away my independence.
If we really want an organization to fight for our right, in terms of ethics, copy right issues and income, I would rather suggest having a Bloggers Cooperative, where one get to share ideas, skills, and income opportunities. We can have a fund for all bloggers in the country to share and invest. We can continue what we love doing, blogging, without being regulated but are progressive.
I don't want to be represented by a group or by a leader of a group. I want to represent myself personally.
How about you? Are you for a regulated/ standardized blogging?
Here's what the others have to say: