Gamer and blogger Carlo Ople stirred a hornet’s nest when he categorized different types of bloggers in his new blog. While his pronounced intention is to teach marketers and public relations companies on “How to Deal with New Media,” it seems Mr. Ople is now finding out the hard way about “How NOT to Write Derogatory Blog Posts about New Media.” The reaction from certain sectors who felt slighted by the use of the term “Patay Gutom Blogger” to refer to those who attend events because of the free food and freebies has been substantial that Mr. Ople was forced to take down the PGB term and apologize to those who he might have insulted.
Personally, I don’t believe in taking down what I blog about, even if it’s too easy to press DELETE in cyberspace. My conviction is to always stand by what I write. (and pataygutom.com is one blog food blog I like!) However, I don’t believe in labelling people myself, even though it’s quite tempting to categorize the numerous characters that populate the internetz. Blogging is called “citizen journalism” precisely because anyone can post his thoughts and materials in the great WWW without the stiff hierarchy and requirements of the media networks. Considering the diversity, we would certainly run out of terms to categorize people. But is that even necessary? Name-calling and criticizing is a human propensity but it should be kept by people within their groups, not in the open field where respect, decency and tolerance is called for.
The Ople uproar has taught us that even shrewd, seasoned marketers fall on their feet in dissecting New Media. You cannot really articulate the thoughts of one segment without being scrutinized by another. Blogging remains a new, evolving phenomenon that it would be futile to stick with generalizations at the present time.
It is also a pity that bloggers like us who attend blog events have to be guinea pigs in the great social experiment that is “Analyzing New Media.” True that events like this feel like one big party, but is it really substantial to share your story with 100 other people in the room? Journalists frown on this because we prefer scoops. Also, you get to think that instead of fumbling and bumbling on the road to “Mastering the Phenom that is New Media,” publicists should have prepared themselves (and their staff!) beforehand by doing thorough research and buying the Handbook of New Media which only costs $27 in Amazon (okay, I just Googled that :D)
In the final analysis, who is to say that a journal blogger will not evolve into a Google blogger and so on and so forth? Is the value blogger the king of all? Isn’t it all a matter of perception, and of branding? Why is it that the few local SEO bloggers who earn five figures in $$$ a month are silent in all this hoopla? Is it because money matters more to some people, while to others it is all about popularity, protecting their turf and being invited to events?
Tired of all this, an old friend Batjay offered to give one more category for bloggers, called the Tanginangyan blogger: (pardon the local lingo)
” the tanginangyan blogger generates content from his very sick mind. he tries to explain things from a screwed up point of view of a filipino who doesn’t give a rat’s ass about marketing. he will say what he wants, curse all he wants and talk about the most mundane topic because he doesn’t give a f*ck.
tanginangyan bloggers tend to be purists who miss the early days of blogging when money wasn’t as important. for the tanginangyan blogger, the most important part of blogging is being able to tell people stories and hearing feedback from readers, like:
si bong a. alon po ay dad ko po. ako po ang nag-introduce sa kanya sa site niyo. tuwang-tuwa po siya sa inyo. he even bought your first book and lagi niyang inaabangan ang inyong new blog entries. he passed away today, feb.11 – 10:00am Philippine time. the comment he gave above is his last. i will treasure it. i’ll be goin home for his wake. please pray for him. thank you for making him smile through your blogs.”
Nuff said 😀