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When bloggers meet

Posted in Digitopia, Observations and Notes by juned on the April 20th, 2006

Vini Vidi Vici

A line borrowed from JC seems to aptly describe IBLOG 2: The Son of IBlog. The second gathering of Filipino Bloggers. Despite being held on a weekday a lot bloggers showed up and that was a pleasant surpirse. Can you imagine if it was held on a Saturday? I hope this will become a regular thing and will result in several sons and daughters of IBLOG in the coming years.

Already a lot posts about the event or mentioning the event can be read in several blogs. A quick read through several blogs chronicled adequately the event.
Filipino Librarian, By Jove, Tales from Disiniland, Yugatech, Second Thoughts, Dean Alfar, and a lot of others.

A few observations I brought home from IBLOG 2.

The summit could also be described as a big EB on one level. Once a year it seems during IBLOG, Filipino bloggers get to physically meet other bloggers to whom they usually interact with on a daily basis, on-line of course. The interesting thing is that people remember you more for your blog name than your actual name. Not a suprise really if one thinks about it but a little bit amusing to be called Baratillo. Again it was a pleasant experience to finally meet Manolo of MLQ III and Dean Jorge Bocobo (DJB) of Philippine Commentary. I eagerly anticipate the release DJB’s special DVD - a DVD that contains Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterisimo, which is said to in the form of electronic media that can be viewed on a DVD player. Most non-print books available today can only be viewed via a computer and the DVD that DJB will release can be viewed on a machine nearly everyone has at present, the dvd player. I will keep my eyes peeled for the release of this DVD.
There were also moments when bloggers who had tangled on-line met and were, by a twist of fate ,seated side by side. The growing awareness of each others presence and proximity was at best said to be amusing.

It was also a pleasure to have met fellow-podcaster and Chronicler of Filipino Podcasts Manuel Viloria of Viloria.com .  The track about media and podcasting was informative:  to hear how journalists like Ellen Tordesillas of Ellen Tordesillas: Making life worth living and Erwin Oliva of CyberBaguioBoy on how they use blogs and their take on them; and to learn from Manual Viloria, Brian Ligsay and Pocholo Gonzales on how to set-up and
Bloggers are like snowflakes, each is different and it shows when you talk or listen to each one. And like the different colors of the rainbow this divergence gives life to the blogosphere. Just goes to prove that there is a bit for everyone in the Philippine corner of blogosphere. Maybe that is why I find it bit inaccurate what Dr Ronald Meinardus, of the blog My Liberal Times, said about Filipino Bloggers in his post Political Blogs, Language and the Filipino Elite:

“It is interesting, but not necessarily surprising, that these days all Filipino political bloggers seem to have one common denominator: a rather intense dislike for the incumbent president. I asked one Filipino blogger whether he was aware of any pro-GMA blogs; his answer was negative.” 

Most if not all Filipino Bloggers strongly believe in what they post and nearly all are critical. A number may hate GMA, some are critical of specific actions taken by GMA, some are critical of those critical, some seek solutions via a defacto round table talk in the blogosphere, some identify with programs of GMA, and yes there may be some Pro GMA blogs out there. Rather than describe a blog as pro or anti GMA most blogs are commentaries about Philippine politics, society and culture. One just have to look at the comments to see the diversity of opinion. One just has to look.

Also it was good to see bloggers I met at IBLOG and became friends: like Von (who oddly enough is always mistaken as a girl) and Zarah  who was one of the resource persons for IBLOG2. I was hoping to see some other bloggers, like Corsarius, there but there were just too many tracks to go to in a single day.

Kudos to all people who were part of IBLOG2: Janette Toral  , UP College of Law, UP Law Internet & Society Program, JJ Disini (who I will always remember for the red beetle he used to drive at UPIS), all the resource persons, moderators, bloggers and podcasters who attented the event.

See you next year.


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  1. Janette Toral said, on April 20th, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks Juned for all the support! Sa uulitin!

  2. zarahg said, on April 20th, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    juned, great meeting you at inlog 2 :-) gah! i still have to change your link in my blogs…

  3. juned said, on April 20th, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Janette,
    Anytime. I cannot wait for the next sons and daughters of IBLOG. :)

    Zarahq,

    Always a pleasure. :)

  4. Ellen Tordesillas said, on May 17th, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    I’m glad that I attended the iblog2 summit. I’m no techie so I learned many new things during the summit. I sensed camaraderie.

    Re observation of Mr. Meinardus of the absence of pro-gma blogs, could it be an indication that people who are pro-gma, except for those in her employ, are ashamed to have it known publicly? Besides there are the government sites.

    In my blog, when a visitor complained about the predominance of anti-GMA sentiments, I told him to go to Toting Bunye’s site.

  5. juned said, on May 17th, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Ellen,

    “Re observation of Mr. Meinardus of the absence of pro-gma blogs, could it be an indication that people who are pro-gma, except for those in her employ, are ashamed to have it known publicly? Besides there are the government sites.”

    Well … that is a possibility. Another is that bloggers by nature are critical and they may be for or against an issue irregardless of their hatred or other emotion for the current President. Personally, I do not believe in absolutes. A critical mind cannot tolerate it.

    Toti Bunying has a blog? Wonders will never cease :)

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