Sunday, December 16, 2012

Blogapalooza Bloggers is Born!

Hey, we've formed a new bloggers group on Facebook....The Blogapalooza Bloggers!

Blogapalooza Bloggers is a community of bloggers and businesses. It’s a link between big and small businesses who have something cool to share and the online community of people who love to share. This is a chance for big and small businesses to present their product, brand, event, advocacy and other thingamajig to several Influential bloggers and social media influencers and advocates.
A group that would not be too complex or restrictive for those that just want to bring back the old glorious days when blogging was meant to be a medium of personal expression....and not purely as a source of perks and freebies, or a means to get high page ranks thru excessive comment exchange and similar activities.

As one commented, we need a bloggers group that "would help professionalize blogging by providing relev
ant information and probably be able to organize practical seminars" , share tips and ideas among their fellow bloggers, share invites and organize bloggers events, and form a beautiful relationship with PRs and others that require our help or services.

One that would not take advantage of special rights and privileges earned or given, would not patronize favoritism, and would always practice fairness and practicality among the entire blogging community.

One that is composed of members that would readily offer assistance without expecting special favors or anything in return.

Plus a lot more ideals to help improve the image of bloggers.

Come and join us, and let's make a big difference now!

Guys, Please check this manifesto I got which may be applicable to what bloggers should adhere to. Just comment or suggest modifications to it since its also still a working draft. Thanks

Ph Bloggers Manifesto (A Working Draft) 

The Blogger's Manifesto outlines the core values and principles for Best Blogging Practices in the Philippines. It should be voluntary in nature, and encourages the widest possible participation of Filipino Bloggers in the country. This manifesto will focus on Events, Stand in the Attacks on Bloggers, & Paid Posts.
·         I will not gate crash events.
·         I will attend an event only when I am invited.
·         If I haven't been chosen or wasn't invited to an event, I will not go out of my way to attend the event. (But we could try communicating with the PR or concerned person to get permission)
·         I will RSVP or confirm my attendance.
·         If I confirmed, I will show up.
·         I will not invite others on events without informing the PR, Company or the respective Blogging Organization.
·         I will not expect freebies.
·         I will accept freebies if given but will not expect or demand from the organizers.
·         I will pay attention to speakers during events.
·         I will follow proper dress code and behave appropriately at events.
·         I will be conscious of time when attending events. If there are unforeseen circumstances, need to cancel, or can't make it on time, I will inform the organizers ahead and apologize.
·         I will also observe the rules of the establishments where the events are being held.
·         I will show basic courtesy on blogging about the product launched, the event or both regardless of the freebies.


Blogging has now approached the mainstream consciousness and with the recent attacks on bloggers it is inevitable that sooner or later, bloggers must come all together on a stand against their attackers.
With the rise of attacks on bloggers, I recognize that there is a need of a governing body or organization for Filipino bloggers in general.
I am entitled to my own opinion. What I say or do will not represent the whole blogging community.
I will not encourage blind items against me and my fellow bloggers.
I have the right to reply against attacks.
I will demand that the origin of news to correct their information if proved untrue and damaging to my reputation.
I have the right to seek legal remedies for damage caused.
I encourage and help in the establishment of support systems for bloggers.
I have the right to delete or edit my blog post in question. My readers will be informed if the said post is updated.

Attacks on Bloggers 

I will never be asked to lie about launches, products, or other items for endorsement. My reputation is not for sale.
I will reasonably accept the fact that I am responsible for my readers and therefore will not mislead them.
I am responsible for disclosing or not disclosing the relationship between me and the advertiser.
I will make sure to have more non-paid posts vs paid posts.
I have the right to keep in private any personal transaction and agreements between me and the advertiser.
I will pay proper taxes for my earnings.
I will encourage advertising industry to come up with systems and standards on how paid blog posts are declared ethically.

Principal Authors

Fleire Castro
Mark Glenn Cabrera
Jorry Palada
Janette Toral

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