An Open Letter to Fellow Bloggers

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An Open Letter to Fellow Bloggers is a personal letter asking bloggers not to lose sight of the real purpose of blogging while continuing to seek the benefits it offers.

 

September 14, 2013

To My Fellow Bloggers,

Lately, bloggers have been besieged by negative feedback, comments, and derogatory name-calling. I fear that the word blogger may soon become equivalent to a free-loader, a writer who gets paid not to see the defects of the product being reviewed, and a social climber wanting to rub elbows with the rich and famous. My fears are not based on my personal belief but rather on persisting comments to such effect. Even concerted efforts among bloggers can be interpreted by some as cyber-bullying when carried to the extremes. The negative perception does not only come from people on the outside looking in but also from people who are within the blogging circle itself.

There is no denying that there are bad eggs in the blogging industry just like any other. I don’t think there is one sector in our society that can claim that they have none in their ranks. The problem we bloggers are facing now is that our supposed “ills” are played over and over again either by people who choose to categorize us way below journalists or by people who have personal axes to grind on specific targets. The saddest part in this scenario is when these people are given the ammunition of truth, simply meaning that they speak the truth.

Can we do anything to stop erring bloggers in pursuing their ways? I most definitely doubt that. Bloggers are one the most independent-minded lot I have ever encountered, at least in deciding in what to do with their blogs. No amount of telling us what to do will change the way we think and act. You know why? Because each of us is different from the rest. Each of us have our own obligations, needs, priorities, and reasons for blogging and so we travel different paths while holding on to the one word that connects us all – BLOGGER.

Since we all share that word between and among us, there is no escaping the possibility that we will all be clumped in one generalized category either as precursors of positive change or scums of the universe. All bloggers will  not appreciate the latter. For one , it is particularly damaging to the business side of blogging and for another, such harsh criticisms cut through the heart of the writing profession.

But all these should not deviate our attention from the more important issue at hand.

Do you remember why you chose to start blogging? Was it the attraction of earning? Was it the allure of self-publication? Was it the genuine desire to provide something of value to readers? Whatever it was, it was the very thing that encouraged us to start.

We have found out that blogging comes with a responsibility. It is a responsibility that is largely hinged on the publish button. It is a responsibility that requires us to treat people with respect in relation to the expectation set by surrounding circumstances. This respect not only pertains to the subjects of our posts but also to fellow bloggers we meet along the way. We are called upon to police our own works, our own actions, and our own words.

Therefore I ask you now not to be disturbed in your goal to be a good blogger. We have a purpose to serve and we can serve it well. There is honor in the writing profession. There is honor in being a blogger. There is honor in being able to use whatever influence we lay claim to in making the blogosphere an honorable place to be part of.

Yours in blogging,

Teresa Martinez “Teresay”
aka Letter Writer

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A freelance researcher-writer who has continuously been in such field for more than 10 years. Previous to that, her work experiences are in the banking, advertising, and cooperative industries. More of her work in Google+

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21 Responses to “An Open Letter to Fellow Bloggers”

  1. Wow, some realizations hit me while reading this letter. I admit that earnings attracted me to join the bandwagon of blogging. But you are right, whatever are our purpose while we blog, it should always come with a responsibility Thanks for the insights.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      There are really no wrong reasons for blogging whether it is to earn or to write but there can be wrong motivations in publishing a post and this is where bloggers should tread very carefully.

  2. This is definitely true. Sometimes, our intention, purpose and passion for blogging is being overpowered by other earthly matters, money to be straight. But carrying your responsibility in blogging would still be one of the most essential thing to preserve if you want to keep doing this stuff in a long period of time. Thank you for this great post.

  3. Franc Ramon says:

    We all have different purpose to blog and I guess some are more for it for the perks it brings and some like me, blogs for the love of writing. We just have to be responsible on what we write and how we project ourselves in public.

  4. We bloggers possess great power with our capacity to influence others through the words we type; and great power comes with great responsibility.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      I’d often say that to myself as well each and every time I hit the publish button.The power of the written word cannot be underestimated.

  5. papaleng says:

    I shared your fear Mars, Gone are the days when blogging is an outlet for one’s passion for writing and sooner or later monetary gains is all that matters to bloggers. Hope I am wrong. But the negative remarks I am hearing saddened my heart. Some of us are now labeled as ‘lootie’ bloggers while others are becoming ‘fashionista’ kuno.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Let us just hope the positive will outweigh the negative so that the term blogger will not become a derogatory reference.

  6. I love your opinion here Ms. Teresa. I know this is true and yes, some of the bloggers are not just for writing stuffs now. Monetary will be on some of the bloggers but I hope this will be not the essense of writing at all.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      There is really nothing wrong in wanting to earn in blogging but it should not be the only reason because there will the great danger of providing compromised views and opinions.

  7. bloggers are independent minded indeed. Its our own personal blog. Its ours and we own it. WE decide what to do with it and what to post. It depends to each one of us if we make not so real deal aka Fake reviews just to earn money. but at the of the time we are the bloggers.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      A big part of our responsibility is being able to stand by with what we say in our blogs. If we can do that, then we have truly written the truth as it appears to us.

  8. Thank you for writing such a meaningful letter to our fellow bloggers. It’s just sad when some people generalize, judge and think that we’re all the same.

    I actually started blogging my travels so that I can share the experiences and scenes that I get out of every trip. As much as possible, I try not to lose sight of the real reason why I write.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      Thanks Mai. I can see how you love traveling and it shows in your blog. That is essentially the essence of blogging for me, being able to present what we think, what we experienced, and what we hope to happen in our own personal level.

  9. Genzel says:

    This is a must read for every blogger. My first intention of creating my blog is merely to share what I know is worthy for the readers and I never thought I’ll fall in love with it. And yes, we must be responsible for every word we posted on our sites.

  10. This open letter must have opened a huge understanding especially to those who thought they already know what blogging really is all about. And i hope the blogging summits would also include a topic in the future on an unwritten codes of ethics to guide each and everyone of us who can influence the social media community.

    • Teresa Martinez says:

      That would be such a good idea. I hope to see this topic as part of the summits that are still about to happen this year.

  11. semidoppel says:

    I agree to all the things you’ve said and i know the feeling knowing that there are some bloggers who are “giving blogging a bad name”. It was just so sad to know that nowadays most of them just “blog to earn”. When someone asks me how to blog, I always tell them that “blog about your passion and make blogging part of that passion.” I hope this is still true to most bloggers

  12. Thank You Ma’am Teresa 🙂 Upon visiting your site it help me to use your Flair Social Media Plug-in..

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