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Malu Fernandez thinks blogging is a slacker job.

Have you read Malu’s latest article entitled "The problem with blogging…."? I agree with the majority of her sentiments, especially the bit where people are so easy to make vicious comments under the cloak of anonymity… it’s true. For instance, I often get flak from a lot of people for speaking what’s on my mind (even though I’ll regret it any time in future), for being too vulgar, too offensive, too "controversial" (whatever that means) and for being highly opinionated. Like Malu (though I’m not a journalist), at least I have the balls to be 104% behind what I write on my blog or elsewhere.

Now. With all of that being said, I disagree with what the Philippine’s most adored lifestyle columnist said about bloggers. I don’t understand why she wrote careless statements such as these. Is she courting for trouble again?

Ahh… attention is addictive, I know.

Malu Fernandez Bloggers

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Isn’t reaching out and connecting with people the main essence of blogging?

Blogging gives anyone AND everyone from all walks of life, regardless of their background, the chance for their voices to be heard.

I don’t understand the condescending tone towards non-"big time
bloggers". Perez Hilton aside, define what a "big time blogger" is.

A blogger has to start somewhere. Not a lot of bloggers hit it "big" overnight.

And just because a blog doesn’t have a huge following it doesn’t mean it’s less superior than someone who does.

People blog for various reasons under the sun.

When I first started my blog more than four years ago, my intention was to update the people close to me when I went to Russia. Instead of sending dozens of emails to everyone I know, I figured it would be best for them to just go into one site on a regular basis to see what I was up to. Who knew my site would be the way that it is today? Who knew I would have the readership that I have today?

Over the years, I’ve attracted a (hopefully) loyal following and an audience. By sharing some of my  personal experiences, dirty laundry, my thoughts, my emotions, I gained a lot of readers. Some have stood by me while some got bored of me. However, every day is a new day and I can guarantee you that people see my blog one way or another.

ANYWAY.

Are you THAT disconnected with
what goes on these days? I have no idea what it’s like in that insulated cave you live in
but woman, get on with the program!

Isn’t it funny how traditional journalists have embraced the wonderful world of the internet and are now using blogs as another channel where they could express their opinions and deliver information? Let me name a few examples.

Cathy Horyn, Fashion Critic of the New York Times, is the lady behind "On the Runway".

Cathy Horyn, On the Runway Blog

Christina Brinkley of the Wall Street Journal, blogs at "Heard on the Runway"…

Christina Brinkley, blog, Heard on the Runway, Wall Street Journal

What about video blogging? Tim Blanks, who used to do "Fashion File" on TV, is the main guy who covers the shows during fashion week for super style site Style.com.

Tim Blanks, Style.com

Even the revered Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune goes video blogging.

Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune

Or what about successful ventures that started FROM the internet, such as the online fashion networking site IQONS, who recently launched a print magazine this year where the almighty chica Diane Pernet is Editor in Chief?

Bryanboy, IQONS magazine

Don’t even get me started with the number of bloggers who were asked by traditional print publications to write for them.

In case you haven’t noticed, the internet is fast replacing traditional print as
sources of information, opinion and reports.

I genuinely hope to hear
from you in 10, 20, 30 or perhaps 40 years and see if YOUR column still
exists.

If it weren’t for my blog, I wouldn’t have the slightest chance in the world to connect with some of the most amazing and brilliant people in fashion. Case in point: one of my favourite designers ever, Marc Jacobs, who comments on some of my posts.

Marc Jacobs, Bryanboy

I’ve spoken to him on the phone and have exchanged emails and messages for months.

Does that mean he’s not a real live person and all our communications are null and void?

Would it be more credible if I were a real journalist and I got to meet Marc on a press junket where he probably won’t even remember my name at the end of the day?

Please.

The internet is a great platform in connecting with people. I’ve met (in real life that is) so many people over the years, thanks to the internet and to my blog. I’ve had lovers, I’ve made friends, I’ve made enemies, I’ve made frenemies. Nevertheless, all it took was one single contact. Online.

NOW.

I agree that journalists have to adhere to certain guidelines and I FULLY AGREE with your points… but
what does your statement about bloggers and journalists have something
to do with comments left by a blogger’s readers? I honestly don’t see the connection.

Malu Fernandez, Blogging

Your main beef is with the readers leaving anonymous comments, NOT the blogger itself.

Journalists have to identify themselves because they are the source of
the article.

If a paper HAD TO PUBLISH its readers’ comments, would the paper — or the journalist — be liable for those?

Since we’re on the subject of ethics and guidelines, why don’t YOU tell me about the rampant press release journalism that goes on in third world broadsheets.

You all know what I’m talking about. Why don’t you all go to the Filipino newspaper websites and post links on the comments section of my blog on what YOU think looks like a regurgitated press release. What’s the excuse for that? Ah yes. The paper has to make money. Money, money, money come to me, right?

So much for well-written, well-researched articles and lifestyle journalism, huh?

Interestingly enough, the man who told me about YOUR article, Malu, is a journalist for a broadsheet who also happens to be a blogger and a real friend.

In any case, you brought up some very valid points. Thank you, Malu, for telling your readers what you know about blogs.

Also, Ms. Fernandez, don’t forget to buy the Marc Jacobs Bryanboy/The BB handbag that’s going to be released this fall/winter 2008. It’s gorgeous.

Email me and tell me y’all love me! My email address is bryanboy@gmail.com or SMS +63.915.785.1492.

I love you all!