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5 Years with WordPress

21 May

5 Years with WordPress

Time flies so fast when you’re having fun — and fun and more has always been what WordPress and blogging meant to me. It’s just an added bonus when I get to help someone along the way or simply make someone smile. Happy 5th to me, to WordPress, to us! See you in the next 5, and the next…and the next.. :)

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Ensuring Dynamic Communication Experience through @Chatwing Chat Widget

19 Feb chatwing

To have a chat tool in a blog means that you are really nurturing the ‘health’ of your blogging experience. The chat tool acts like some sort of a vacuum that attracts visitors regularly. However, there are also many factors affecting the way websites attract visitors. One of these common factors is web content. If the content of a website is poor, visitors won’t spend time exploring it. After hours of continuous searching, I discovered a simple chat application that can be embedded to blogs and websites. I almost thought that this app is the same with other chat boxes all over the Internet. My assumption proved me wrong.

chatwing

 

Chatwing is Dynamic

The Chatwing chatbox can be used for almost all niches that I can imagine. For example: if I have a blog that discusses alien conspiracies, the chatroom tool can help visitors relay their important questions. I can answer those questions in real-time. The visitors don’t need to wait for daily posts to have answers for their questions. It doesn’t matter what your blog is all about—the Chatwing app can provide a clear solution to your communication woes.

Chatwing is a Professional Marketing Tool

Let’s face it: online marketing is now a very important activity for any blog, website, or business. Without online presence, a business will lose potential clients along the way. There are many online marketing methods available in the Internet today. Most of these methods are paid, but they offer very little advantages. At other instances, these methods will eat up a large chunk of your time. So, why should you waste your time and money on something that is not productive at all? Chatwing, indubitably, is free and can be installed in mere seconds. After installation, you can edit the appearance of the chat app tool. Colors and sizes can be selected freely. I also enjoyed tinkering with the tool’s selection of background images.

Chatwing is Entertainment

Using the Chatwing chatbox creates a flare of excitement all the time. I can change the overall appearance of my chatbox, according to my mood or new content of my site. As a bonus, I can also add a MP3 song link. The song will always set up the mood of the chatroom and my visitors will always return if they are enticed properly.

With these simple characteristics, I can say that the Chatwing chat software can reach far. More web users will realize its importance and they can use the application to reach various online goals.
Find Chatwing on the web @ http://chatwing.com

 

#NBAPh: What is it for, really?

10 Mar

I wonder what sort of protection the #NBAPh will add to what bloggers (& non-bloggers) already enjoy as enshrined in the Constitution. Are they set to provide pro bono lawyers for members in cases of say, libel suits? Will they be able to impose disciplinary actions against erring bloggers and up to what extent? How about non-members, rogue ones? Will there be strict requirements for joining, like banning those known to have ethical issues in the past? Or will it just be another way of getting free pass on exclusive media/political events? Will there be mentoring? And in the case of issuing statements/stand on issues that concern blogging, it appears that members of the minority will automatically relinquish their voices in favor of the majority.

I love organizations. I love forming groups — organizing people to meet a common cause. But the purpose of such an organization has to be clear-cut from the get-go. The idea of “build it and they will come” sounds plausible — and it is. It even appears to be the right thing to do.

But let’s step back for a moment and ask ourselves this — why the need for mobilization? Why organize?

It’s easy to group people together, urge them to march somewhere, but I dare ask, where to? What for?

*In the case of protection

They say we bloggers need to protect ourselves from people who are out to get us — to sue us, to strip us of our right to free speech — to blogging freely, hence we must form a group.

But I say, who are these people? Where are they? Are they an irrational bunch of onion-skinned celebrities/politicians/average Juans? I don’t think so.

I asked you to step back awhile and I hope you’re still where I left you because the view from afar is enlightening. Ironically, the nearer you are to the picture, the more obscured your view becomes. So if you’re still there, read on.

If you’re a fellow blogger, you know these people “out to get us” (meaning bloggers in particular) do not exist. The people likely to sue us for uttering anything slanderous offline are the same ones likely to sue us for libel online.

It is not the medium. It is the person using it — irresponsibly, destructively.

So in the case of bloggers, the single protection we need now is from “ourselves” — from that borderline disregard for the fact that whatever we publish online is open to scrutiny — legal or otherwise. We need to protect ourselves from that evil monster of self-importance and “I-can-write-whatever-the-hell-I-want-and-not-be-liable-for-it” attitude. What this blogosphere fails to discuss is this elephant in the room — that overblown ego inflated by the ability to self-publish about anything and anyone, anytime and anywhere.

If we’re able to police our ranks and practice self-regulation, such “protection” would not be necessary.

*On the issue of representation

This one’s debatable. But I’m inclined to guard my stand on issues that matter to me, heck that’s why I even blog in the first place — because I don’t want my “small voice” to get drowned in the noisy crowd. Here on my blog is where I could say what I want without anyone interrupting me or telling me my stand belongs to the “minority” and thereby won’t be adapted when the association issues statements on such issues.

Come to think of it, if that’s what I wanted, I would not have cared to put up my blog — I would’ve contented myself to lurking in forums where my posts are moderated.

In my humble and insignificant opinion, if a National Bloggers Association of the Philippines would be created, it has to be one that supports and sustains bloggers to thrive and not stifle whatever benefits they enjoy which is already inherent to blogging. A bloggers association must be one that cultivates growth in the blogosphere and not inadvertently sow division by  getting a “majority sentiment” on issues.

If a national bloggers association should exist, it must be one that celebrates the diversity of opinions and personality of its members by not forcing its members to routinely vote on issues just so they can come up with a “statement”.

Bloggers are highly opinionated people who will fight for what they believe is right. Put them in one room to get a sense of “majority atmosphere” and it will not be easy shutting them up.

Bottomline, surrendering one’s opinion to the “majority whim” isn’t the easiest thing to do if such will be required to gain membership.

*On the issue of mobilization

Going back to the idea of herding bloggers to march (literally or figuratively) somewhere, it behooves us to question its intent and purpose. There is enough evil in the world and enough groups of people trying to identify themselves with a certain label that sometimes we overlook the fact that the last thing we need is another group of revolutionary or influential set of people to tell us what’s right and what’s wrong.

And I guess, bloggers are too smart to know this already — which is probably why many of us don’t feel the need to blog frantically about every issue that comes along. In the same way other people “choose their battles”, we bloggers “choose our posts”.

And truth be told, as much as there are probably millions of blogs around, very few of them are actually in it to “change the world” or protect their rights. Many of them are contented with the fact that they can broadcast their thoughts to the world and couldn’t care less if the world ends today.

*What would a National Bloggers Association be good for then?

1. To create a directory of bloggers in the Philippines

2. To organize “Help A Blogger” events

3. To promote social good (this is where mobilization should come in)

4. To organize charity events sponsored by blogs and advertisers

5. To draft a Code of Ethics for Bloggers

6. To strengthen/promote self-regulation thru seminars, etc

7. To aim for government recognition through equal, not special rights

8. To bring decency/ethics to paid blogging by transparency

9. To expose options more than influence them

10. To reward authenticity and crush online deceit

*Just so you know…

I have nothing against the organizers/creators of this group. They have my respect and they have all the right to create one as they please, just like everyone else. But I’m happy where I am now — unbridled yet responsible, a small voice in a noisy crowd but heard once in a while nonetheless.

I’d love to be part of a bloggers association in the future but I find the draft manifesto not entirely agreeable at this moment. I was hoping to find one that’s directed outside the sphere and not inward, with the goal of making bloggers an instrument of social change, allowing bloggers to give to the community and not simply assert rights and recognition as “movers and influencers”. In short, to assume the role and not simply ascribe it to oneself. Until then, I’d be happily typing away, blogging alone.

This post is in no way discouraging any blogger from joining any club of their choice. Let’s enjoy the mutual respect that blogging teaches us. Hey, see you when I see you! — RJ

How's Your Blogging?

2 Mar

I have this ultimate and rather obscene fantasy. In this fantasy, there’s this one person who digs like mad through my blog archives in the dead of the night– every night, finding pleasure in reading all the words I’ve written before and always in eager anticipation of what I will write about next. Always wondering about what I have to say and clinging to my words and opinions as if her very life depended on it — as if there is no better opinion on earth but mine.



How's My Blogging?
Photo by Laughing Squid

To this person, whatever I write about is worth gold. It doesn’t matter if I fail horribly with my grammar or if what I write about doesn’t even make sense. Because to this nocturnal being, my blog and words are as alive as I am — and that is all that matters. It may not be the most rewarding of human relationships but it’s the next best thing, she thinks.

If I told her ‘so and so’ is the best, she would believe. If I told her ‘this and that’ is a lie, she’d take my word for it. Yes, she’s completely capable of thinking for herself but she chooses to believe me just because she wants to.

I could sell her anything I want to, even the very soul she already has — and she will buy in a heartbeat. With such conviction. Without the slightest reservation. Without questions.

She is that ultimate blog reader. One who sees your blog as no separate entity from you, the blogger. One whose respect for you is intertwined with eternal fascination.

But the bad news is she doesn’t exist.

When I started out with blogging, I started fairly the same way and for fairly the same reasons as others before me did and had. All I wanted was to chronicle my life experiences one day at a time so that one day, I or someone I cared about can recreate that one specific day like a photograph — like a picture, yes, but this time, with words.

I know ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. My blog hopes to do the reverse — to recreate the picture in your mind through a ‘thousand words’. Little did I know that it would require much more effort than I prepared for or that I would end up writing about politics (as if my life as it is isn’t boring enough).

Eventually, as with many things in my life, the blog took a life of its own and chose to go out into the words, unescorted, deep into the night. You can say that it had its expected encounters with wolves, monsters and aliens. While every step was fraught with danger, it’s not without its occasional meetings with friendly animals and there were countless times when it was awakened by serenades from nightingales.

It’s easy for a blog to get lost in the woods. But the problem doesn’t end there.

Most times, the blog takes a reader with it and both of them get lost. That’s where ‘responsible blogging’ comes in, as if on cue, reminding the blogger to look before he leaps because most times, he doesn’t leap alone.

You the blogger reading this, have you ever realized how influential a blogger you’ve become? Yeah sure, you may not be such a hot shot yet but has it ever occurred to you that it’s possible someone from somewhere follows you blindly into the woods every night?

Have you ever thought that each time you come home after an evening of dalliance with your charming post, someone is stuck somewhere deep into the woods? Lost. Or worse, never to be seen again?

It’s really great that you give readers these wonderful distractions otherwise known as insightful articles. Go right ahead and woo them effortlessly like you always do. Take them every night into the woods with you. But when you’ve made your point and before the night is through, please be kind enough to take them back with you. It’s the least you could do in exchange for what they’ve given you — their trust.

Because, remember that ultimate blog reader I told you about?

What if she does exist?

What if she’s GMA? :)

Be careful how you wield that sword. We don’t want anybody to get hurt. Responsible blogging is not just a choice. It should be the only choice.

*** Blog responsibly. Nothing could be easier. ***

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How’s Your Blogging?

2 Mar

I have this ultimate and rather obscene fantasy. In this fantasy, there’s this one person who digs like mad through my blog archives in the dead of the night– every night, finding pleasure in reading all the words I’ve written before and always in eager anticipation of what I will write about next. Always wondering about what I have to say and clinging to my words and opinions as if her very life depended on it — as if there is no better opinion on earth but mine.



How's My Blogging?
Photo by Laughing Squid

To this person, whatever I write about is worth gold. It doesn’t matter if I fail horribly with my grammar or if what I write about doesn’t even make sense. Because to this nocturnal being, my blog and words are as alive as I am — and that is all that matters. It may not be the most rewarding of human relationships but it’s the next best thing, she thinks.

If I told her ‘so and so’ is the best, she would believe. If I told her ‘this and that’ is a lie, she’d take my word for it. Yes, she’s completely capable of thinking for herself but she chooses to believe me just because she wants to.

I could sell her anything I want to, even the very soul she already has — and she will buy in a heartbeat. With such conviction. Without the slightest reservation. Without questions.

She is that ultimate blog reader. One who sees your blog as no separate entity from you, the blogger. One whose respect for you is intertwined with eternal fascination.

But the bad news is she doesn’t exist.

When I started out with blogging, I started fairly the same way and for fairly the same reasons as others before me did and had. All I wanted was to chronicle my life experiences one day at a time so that one day, I or someone I cared about can recreate that one specific day like a photograph — like a picture, yes, but this time, with words.

I know ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. My blog hopes to do the reverse — to recreate the picture in your mind through a ‘thousand words’. Little did I know that it would require much more effort than I prepared for or that I would end up writing about politics (as if my life as it is isn’t boring enough).

Eventually, as with many things in my life, the blog took a life of its own and chose to go out into the words, unescorted, deep into the night. You can say that it had its expected encounters with wolves, monsters and aliens. While every step was fraught with danger, it’s not without its occasional meetings with friendly animals and there were countless times when it was awakened by serenades from nightingales.

It’s easy for a blog to get lost in the woods. But the problem doesn’t end there.

Most times, the blog takes a reader with it and both of them get lost. That’s where ‘responsible blogging’ comes in, as if on cue, reminding the blogger to look before he leaps because most times, he doesn’t leap alone.

You the blogger reading this, have you ever realized how influential a blogger you’ve become? Yeah sure, you may not be such a hot shot yet but has it ever occurred to you that it’s possible someone from somewhere follows you blindly into the woods every night?

Have you ever thought that each time you come home after an evening of dalliance with your charming post, someone is stuck somewhere deep into the woods? Lost. Or worse, never to be seen again?

It’s really great that you give readers these wonderful distractions otherwise known as insightful articles. Go right ahead and woo them effortlessly like you always do. Take them every night into the woods with you. But when you’ve made your point and before the night is through, please be kind enough to take them back with you. It’s the least you could do in exchange for what they’ve given you — their trust.

Because, remember that ultimate blog reader I told you about?

What if she does exist?

What if she’s GMA? :)

Be careful how you wield that sword. We don’t want anybody to get hurt. Responsible blogging is not just a choice. It should be the only choice.

*** Blog responsibly. Nothing could be easier. ***

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I am a Purist Blogger

6 Oct

Wordpress, Technorati, GBC stickers
Photo by Titanas

I am a Purist Blogger

(a blogger’s creed, by: RJ Marmol)

I am a purist blogger, I write original content.

I do not scrape from people’s blogs.

I give credit where it is due, I link back “no unfollow”.

I generally don’t get paid to blog.

But when I do, I disclose, always.

I am a purist blogger, I do not spam.

I do not send readers to unsafe links.

I do not cram my pages with ads, but with quality content.

I am a purist blogger.

I am not after your hits, I am after your hearts.

I am not after your traffic, I am after your respect.

I do not criticize just for the heck of it.

I do not blog anonymously just so I can malign people.

When I criticize, I sign my name — the real one.

I have accountability and responsibility for what I write.

What I write, I own.

What I own, I protect.

I am a purist blogger.

I do not deceive my readers.

When I’m selling something, I tell them.

When it’s an opinion I write, I warn them.

I am a purist blogger.

I intend to contribute to the discussion, not confound it.

I intend to build  communities, not destroy them.

I write for my readers, I write for myself.

Some will read me, some won’t.

Some will love me, some won’t.

Some will praise me, some will attack me.

But because I’m a purist blogger, I will keep on blogging.

I will write, and blog, and write.

I am a purist blogger.

And to all the world, let it be  known,

In this vast cyberspace that is my home.

I blog assured that I am not alone.

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