During the Misters of the Philippines 2014 Pre-Pageant last Wednesday night, I was speaking with an online media colleague who intimated to me a “small” incident that happened during an earlier product launch where someone who represented the print media allegedly blurted out with a comment belittling websites and bloggers as publicity wannabes who do not even have enough reach to put across press releases, events and news updates to as many readers as possible.
I got irked.
I share the sentiments of my colleague who was significantly slighted by the remark that he could not help but snap back with a retort so sharp that it sent the commenting individual reeling to the next table. Serves him right.
Personally, I do not boast of logging in mind-boggling hundreds of thousands in monthly hits, but averaging close to 400,000 on not-so-heavy pageant months is not bad. At all. And since we are looking at starting with coverages for the big league of international pageants from October to December, I expect the numbers to at least double, just like during Bb. Pilipinas seasons when I play between 800,000 and 1,000,000 – all for a month’s worth of blogs.
I thought further. Perhaps, a few of these ‘lazier’ members of print media are constantly pressured to work double time with their write-ups and could no longer cope with the daily (and real-time or close-to-real-time) updates of blogs and websites. Instead of just meeting a weekly deadline, they need to go at it 24/7 so as not to be left with outputs so stale by the time they finish up.
So why am I ranting? One word. Respect. Online media reporting is not the easiest to accomplish. I lose sleep, yes. But I love to blog. And the readers love me in return. And the numbers don’t lie. And I have a pretty good number of contacts who respect the work that I do and the measurable power (of reach) that I am humbly proud of as having.
Live and let live. If not, shape up or ship out. Or better yet, find a different career where procrastination and tardiness are tolerated. Senior retirement maybe? Nuff said. 😉