Whew. I just came back from a very long hiatus and this is what I’m greeted with: issues, issues, issues.
It seems that no matter where I go I’m met with the politics of the “organization.” Well, to be politically correct, the politicking in the organization.
The Pinoy Blogosphere–as it is most fondly called–could’ve made front page news of the Inquirer for the past two weeks of controversies.
Question: Who the heck owns the “Pinoy Blogosphere”?
It is a social construct promulgated by the now-so-called “powers-that-be” of Pinoy blogging. Strictly speaking the label only emerged when they got people organized–in events, in blogging awards, in blogger meet-ups. There’s bound to be a certain amount of clashes when you “organize” bloggers, who are so used to their personal space, into a more public spectrum where in they are forced to be under the scrutiny of the powers-that-be, or any other blogger for that matter.
It’s safe to say that clashes and controversies such as these are bound to happen. What would you expect when people who were once lords and gods over their respective blogs suddenly become subjugated to certain “social classes” in the so-called “sphere,” which are, unfortunately, oftentimes determined by their blogging age and influence (or is it affluence?).
I am not at all an influential blogger. Heck, I’ve been blogging for a little more than six years but you can count my influence units (if there is such a thing) by the fingers in your hands. What I’m trying to arrive at is that nobody lords–or should lord–over what people say or do in their blogs, or even outside of it. We chose to participate in these events because we want to make connections with people who more or less think the same way we do.
Heck, I’m just a tiny voice in the “Pinoy Blogosphere” but I refuse to accept the fact that I have no influence at all. We are all bloggers and we were all endowed with the power to influence. Nobody, by any point of stature, age, wisdom, or influence, can tell us what or what not to do. That’s the essence of blogging when it first came about. Now it is being mired by controversies because it is slowly being organized.
All I wanna say is, bahala kayo diyan! I’m gonna blog and I’m gonna talk about whatever I want. Of course some sense of ethics will apply, but that’s a whole different matter to talk about.
P.S.: This makes me feel more apprehensive about attending these so-called “blogger meet-ups.” Not that I’m playing snob or whatever. I just sort-of refuse to “join the club.” Sure I’m missing out on a few thousand hits to this blog, but what the hey, if I want to meet people online, I’d go to friendster or myspace or whatever! I won’t blog at all!