At the cusp of this blog's life, we involve in a big issue that has been circulating the blogosphere for quite some time now: the formation of a National Bloggers Association of the Philippines (NBAP). Before we continue, RM is glad to announce that its four resident bloggers have signed the NBAP manifesto. Now let us discuss how the decision has been made.
The key factors to be considered is the necessity of a nationwide association for bloggers and the implications if such organization is to be created. We read the takes of other bloggers on the issue and some other NBAP-related articles (everyone is encouraged to do as well):
- One country, one blogging community: A Manifesto of Filipino bloggers and netizens (Draft). Bloggers may also sign the manifesto here.
- Frequently Asked Questions: National Bloggers Association and Professional Bloggers Association
The pros and cons of forming NBAP were also weighed in:
- Alienate other bloggers who refuses to join the NBAP and might cause a schism between member bloggers of NBAP and non-member bloggers.
- The conflicting beliefs of member bloggers might cause inner strife within the organization. If this happens, internal conflict might happen between member bloggers.
- NBAP will finally provide a representative body for the blogging community and will further entrench blogging in the media community.
- NBAP can provide a code of ethics to member bloggers to ensure that bloggers will never participate in activities that may harm the organization, members of the organization, their readers, and any individual.
- Bloggers can now have a platform to campaign for their rights. Also, such organization can protect its members from persecution and defend their member's right to free speech and free expression.
- NBAP can help integrate new bloggers into the blogging community and may help in their growth.
In RM Team's opinion, the pros outweigh the cons. And that the cons may be easily eliminated by ensuring the freedom of each blogger in the association and making sure that the association will be constructive and not destructive to those who do not want to join. The goal, after all, is not to create an association that will go against the very meaning of blogging but to nurture it and make sure that blogging will remain a tool for the betterment of the society.