The Politics of Blogging

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 8 Comments

The politics of blogging has reared its head early on, when blogs became a veritable media platform, despite their being dubbed as an untraditional one. Every arena in life that involves the mingling of different mind sets and beliefs, especially when power is a factor, becomes a field where politics will exist.

But little has been written about the politics of blogging – or at least, not as much as expected. Many would rather blog about how to improve one’s blog, how to get more page views, or how to increase PageRank. Of course, all these articles are important. But the politics involved in blogging has become like the white elephant in the room: it exists, but people pretend it’s not there – and even bloggers hesitate to write about it.

The Politics of Blogging: Why It Exists

Blogging has become very political because the nature of blogs (and bloggers) has evolved. Here are a few of the reasons why blogging is no longer as simple as it used to be.

  • Blogs have become an online media platform – and the traditional press is raising a brow. In the past, blogs (short for “web logs”) used to be online journals where people shared their private thoughts. Slowly, blogs started to share more objective reviews. Later, press releases have found their way on blogs, too. Because almost everyone has access to the Internet, blogs have become our online source for news. And members of traditional press have become wary. Read on for more.
  • Blogging involves politics because bloggers of different attitudes get to gather and interact in events. Bloggers used to be private people who did not meet with other bloggers. But as blog owners now go to press conferences and as they now cover different events, they have to mingle with publicists and fellow bloggers. First impressions are made; opinions are formed. This blogger is too talkative; that blogger has such a big head, and so on and so forth. If you become a target, you must learn how to deal with negative comments correctly or you might end up starting a blog-related war.
  • Bloggers compete for slots in different events. Competition can bring out the best – and the worst – in people. Those who get the slots are envied, while those who get rejected may throw mud at those who had better luck. Worse, they might list a hundred and one reasons why it’s the organizer’s loss for not choosing them. This is one of the 7 deadly sins of blogging – I suggest you find out if you’re guilty of any of them.

But remember, politics in blogging aside, you should always learn to modulate your blogging voice. And if you’re feeling like a greenhorn, I suggest that you read the blogging tips for newbies.

Politics of Blogging

Blogging is no longer a “solo sport”. There exists blogging communities, forums, and other platforms of interaction where differences in opinion may or may not be aired with diplomacy. The politics of blogging will always be there and the blogger who is ignorant of this fact just might find out the hard way. Follow me on Facebook for more updates. And leave a comment to share your own story.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and a cat welfare column in The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene. Add her to your circles.

8 comments:

  1. this is true. i totally agree that blogging has evolved into an another level or state. From being a simple web diary before into an online media platform today

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  2. Blogging did evolve into a faster means of transmission of information. Gone where the times when you'd wait for a day to know what happened during the day. Everything is now broadcasted as they happen and one of the most common medium is blogging.

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  3. Nice Article about Blogging. You have clearly mentioned about the politics which happens in it. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. blogging has become political nowadays but it is an excellent way to interact with new peoples and it also increases our knowledge and gives us useful information.Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Great article. This is a must read by all the bloggers.:)

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  6. Franc is right; one of the reasons why blogs have become more popular is because they publish news (and gossip, hehe) very quickly. Scoops get broadcast within the minute, barring any writing delays or internet problems.

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  7. BLOGGING before is only a form of sharing ideas and thoughts
    expressed in writing. Through the use of internet... it has become
    more exposed to many readers for free. Now, blogging turns to be
    more complicated because of content relevance and substance.

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  8. I like what you said "Blogging is no longer a solo sport."

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