When this term: social climber was thrown by a PR person I highly regard–I cringed. I am a blogger as well. But first and foremost, I am a writer.
Back in the early 2000, when our group was still facilitating writing workshops with the now-not-to-be-seen Goodwill Bookstore (which Sharon Cuneta once endorsed for millions, but still it didn’t pick-up) and with Powerbooks Specialty Store, we were clear with our participants the dos and donts of what it is to be a writer, and that includes being a blogger.
Here are things that people should realize and know:
Myth No. 1: Bloggers are writers.
Not all. So please stop comparing bloggers from writers. Yes, there are writers who turned-into-bloggers, but it is not necessary that when one is a blogger, one is considered to be a writer.
Writing is a skill in itself. It is also a talent. Blogging is also a skill, but these are two different stories. Will deal with it later.
In the first place, most bloggers don’t even know how to write a complete sentence. Most of these new breed of bloggers are the copy-pasters. They cannot even come up with their own original contents. These type of bloggers are the ones that PR agencies hate.
When you stumble on a blog page that says: PR Release–it simply goes to show–the blogger is too lazy to do his or her homework, or he or she was not interested with the product or the service or maybe the event. Now, is that what you call a writer? And mind you, they even steal contents and photographs from other bloggers.
Myth No. 2: Bloggers will replace Journalists.
Yes, Jay Rosen, a media critic, a writer, and a professor of journalism at New York University, have said, “Many blogging sites have matured to offer respectable reporting and older organizations have taken advantage of more democratic media.
“And so we no longer have blogs vs. newspapers—we simply have media, and content, and publishing.”
Thus, bloggers have that certain power, but journalists still have the integrity and the ethics. It is just balanced. No one will ever replace anyone. Both media have to work hand-in-hand.
Myth No. 3: Bloggers are the Lesser-evil beings.
I suppose, they are. Because they do not practice ‘envelopmental journalism’. But as the days have passed, and the demand of bloggers to becoming the extension of PR departments of businesses and other corporations–they have become quite corrupt in their own little ways. There is truth to the line: great things start from small beginnings.
Some bloggers wouldn’t attend an event if there is no Php1000 worth of gift check or Php1000 cash allocated for them at the end of the event.
Again, I personally don’t mind if bloggers are paid. My only issue is–please, they should DELIVER the goods. They shouldn’t just attend because of these lootbags and the cash they might get. They are not different from those who joined Willie Revillame’s game show on TV5.
Bloggers for me are supposed to be the effective endorsers of products and services. Why? Because they should experience it and they are ordinary people as opposed to celebrities doing endorsements.
But given all the three Myths, it dawned on me the term that the PR person called one ‘pseudo-blogger’: What is his position? He is a writer [which definitely not], a photographer, or a social climber?
Based on my observations, I have nothing against bloggers acting like fans, but like all the aspiring and beginning writers in our previous workshops, we always say: “NEVER ACT LIKE A FAN.
“Respect begets respect. Always remember you are there for your content. Your subjects also need you for their publicity and buzz.”
Again, I agree with what the PR person have stressed–after the event, as a writer or a blogger, the work is done in terms of socialization. One must never expect anything beyond. If there’ll be any, be thankful for it and don’t gorge on it and don’t boast about it.