Yeah, I finally received word today -- after waiting word for many months -- that yours truly has been admitted as a member of the acclaimed Media Bloggers Association (MBA). So, I guess this means I'm now a bona fide bloger (whatever that means!)
Given that many revered, well-read bloggers are members of this group, I was quite pleased to get the "you're-in" nod from MBA president and veteran blogger Robert Cox, who runs The National Debate blog, which he started way back when dinosaurs were roaming the earth. (OK, silly joke, I confess. But, seriously, Bob began his blog back in June 2003, when people were like "Huh?" about "blogging." Or maybe they thought it was a derivative of "flogging.")
Anyhow, did you know that about 12 million Americans with Internet access are online content creators? Wow! This fact comes courtesy of a Pew Internet & American Life Project study released in November (and which I pulled from the Media Bloggers Association blog). About 19% of those bloggers run online journals, according to the study. Another figure I also found on the MBA site says 5 million of us have blogs.
So, in case you're completely in the dark about the Media Bloggers Association, the MBA (don't you love that business-sounding acronym?) is "a non-partisan organization "dedicated to promoting, protecting and educating its members; supporting the development of "blogging" or "citizen journalism" as a distinct form of media; and helping to extend the power of the press, with all the rights and responsibilities that entails, to every citizen."
As you may surmise, I'm a big fan of this genre of communicating. I simply love blogging, and I greatly treasure you, my dear readers.
What so impresses me about blogging is that it offers an unparalleled means of direct contact with readers. You see, while as a journalist, I did receive feedback -- letters, phone calls, and e-mails -- I never received this kind of instantaneous rapport, or criticism for that matter.
Speaking of which, contrary to what a visitor here stated, I don't delete comments here unless they're blatant spamming.
Anyhow, here, quoted verbatim, are the Media Bloggers Association's lofty missions: