The Bloggers Credentials & Credibility in Filipino Voices

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Wayne Dyer

My husband is not a very patient man whenever I ask questions concerning politics. He always tells me to read the news report or the Opinion Columns. Sipping coffee and feasting on my heaviest meal of the day is never complete without reading a newspaper. Another daily routine is reading Filipino Voices (FV) usually during lunch or dinner time. You can say, that newspapers are my breakfast fare while Filipino Voices, my dessert.

I like to enrich myself with varied opinions when it comes to the current events, politics and national issues that are not normally found in the newspaper. The thing is Filipino Voices are composed of bloggers from all walks of life. When I first read the entries of the FV bloggers, it never entered my mind to check on their credentials. I simply read their blog entries and if I have something to contribute, I comment. If I had nothing to contribute, I just move on to the next entry and so on and so forth.

I have met some of Filipino Voices’ prolific bloggers (like Benj Espina, Carlo ““Wauks” Ople, Ding Gagelonia, Arbet W. Bernardo, Flow Galindez, jester-in-exile, Jon Limjap, Lester Galvez Cavestany, Marocharim, Martin Benedict Perez, Patricio Mangubat , Dean Bocobo, Sparks and Nick, the Editor NOT Chief) in social events. Of course, my smart and handsome husband 24/7! In one occasion, I enjoyed hearing some of them talk, argue and discuss even if my jaw is dropping to the ground or I am experiencing a “nose bleed”. Despite the diversity of opinions, I enjoy their company and the arguments. I don’t also agree with some of these bloggers. We all agree to disagree, right?

I try to make it a point to get to know the person behind the blogs, whether online or offline. The more I know the person, in whatever limited capacity, the more I feel comfortable with their opinion or ideas on their entries. I don’t claim to know that blogger. Whether I agree or not with that blogger, I built a foundation of respect for them.

Of course, I have yet to meet the famous Benign0 who uses a monicker but even if he is sometimes annoying, I still enjoy his “out-of-the-box” way of thinking.

The issue of credibility is 5 days old with over 200 comments. The question is about credentials of the FV bloggers. But really, are credentials or the show of one’s Curriculum Vitae really necessary? If a blog is not credible, I will just leave and hop happily on to another blog. If they don’t like Filipino Voices, they might just as well stop reading the blog and create their own version of the “Filipino Voices”.

You are essentially what you write and will be judged accordingly by your readers, the blog’s community. One’s educational attainment and the show of credentials are not necessary for opinion or personal blogs. I feel it is optional. That option is left to the blogger’s discretion in their own blogs but for Filipino Voices, I don’t think posting their credentials is essential to a blog’s credibility. It might be necessary for blogs that deal with academic discourse, basic sciences, math or medicine.

A blogger once opined that I don’t have credibility but do I care? No, because that blogger is not in my community. The blogger’s perception on my questionable credibility is real for that blogger. I may not be credible to that blogger but my community of readers think I am. Why do you think they want to read my blog? Why do they subscribe to my feed?

The basic equation is really:

Perceived Trustworthiness + Perceived Expertise = Perceived Credibility

What is credible to one person can be seen as questionable to another. It is all a matter of perception.

Instead of wasting one’s energies on questioning a blog’s credibility, one should look inward and start focusing on improving themselves, their blog or if one doesn’t have one, start a blog today.

A commenter once told me that I am a “trying hard blogger”.

My reply:

Yes, you are right. I am trying hard to be a better blogger. Thanks for reminding me.

I received my fair share of critics on some of my blog entries but instead of sticking to the issues, they drag family members, friends or my affiliation to their litany of woes. The same thing is happening to FV. It started with a personal issue against one or two FV bloggers then escalated to a demand of credentials. Criticisms and negative feedback just drive me to do even better. I made mistakes in the past and learned from it. Despite this latest issue on credibility, I believe Filipino Voices will continue to become even better than ever.

Let’s just continue to improve not only our blogs but ourselves including our mental and emotional health. Develop healthy tolerance of each other. I agree with a comment from that same entry which says that

Easterly Credentialing Process 🙂 Health is your only Wealth, a criteria.

Emotional Health is a hidden criteria. Healthy individuals have a great relationship with themselves. they recognize their best traits and know that they are of great value to themselves as well as to others and the online community they serve. But superficial measuring tools such as ““the needs for academic credentials” coming from outside of themselves cannot sway their self-worth. In short, they are true to themselves, despite what they perceive other people may want for them. They know that no one can give them significant meaning simply by writing in a way that pleases another person to their own detriment.

emotional health = self worth = acceptance of people with or without credentials.

It’s time to let this issue go.

Excuse me, while I move on to my dessert.

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  • Dina

    I measure credibility with the quality and tone of the blog.

    • to each their own perception. What is credible to you might not be for me.

  • meg

    I just read the entry at Filipino Voices. The last comment caught my eye and find it relevant with the discussion.

    The pot calling the kettle black

    Oho!’ said the pot to the kettle;
    You are dirty and ugly and black
    Sure no one would think you were metal
    Except when you’re given a crack.

    Not so! not so! kettle said to the pot;
    Tis your own dirty image you see;
    For I am so clean -without blemish or blot
    That your blackness is mirrored in me.

    • I have once been guilty of doing that kind of judgment and learned from it. Hence, when I get criticisms I treat them with a grain of salt.

  • Controversial topics are nice, especially for you and me who are online for many hours of the day, even flaming inasmuch as flamers don’t go beyond the topic, but sometimes we forget that we are a pikon people. Chip Tsao caught us at our worst.

    Credibility? As a reader of fiction for most of my adult life, I don’t find it difficult at all to judge a credible post or blog. I was one of the few protectors of Benign0 in his early days, to name drop.

    Then again, Filipinos aren’t very consistent in assigning credibility. It’s not so much that we make a lot of mistakes in judging people, but it’s this habit of never looking back on our mistakes, preferring to be be oblivious about the embarrassments and humiliations that we sometimes deserve, and we should learn from for our own good.

    • Oh well, I didn’t react to the Chip Tsao or the Desperate Housewives because I believe in myself as a Filipino Citizen. I am also proud of the domestic helpers working with me who have advanced themselves in their life.

      Perception of credibility changes over time. One can be a fan of a blog and then get turned off one day. These things happen. Yes, I have made mistakes in the past and I wish people can accept that one learns from that mistake. That we are not the same person of the past. What is important is the present.

  • It’s human nature, things like these are bound to happen, and they always happen. The characters change but never the plot. However, one episode has always been different from the other, often in amusing ways.

    Jhays last blog post..PhotoHunt: Triangle

    • I guess it is indeed human nature. I try to learn from the experience and apply it to myself.

  • J

    True, pero sometimes credentials help too. Pero just because someone has fancy credentials doesn’t mean he’s better than anyone. I know someone with a PhD who most of the time doesnt make sense. 😀

    BTW, my credentials? I worked as an errand boy in a laundry shop, a lowly sales man-cum-janitor in a electronic department store. I’m now a student in a small school (but of which I’m proud of) called the Lyceum of the Philippines.

    Js last blog post..Thai military’s double standards.

    • That’s nice J. You are very hardworking. We can learn a lot from your story because your experience builds your character.

  • This is just another example of how Filipinos tend to get overzealous at times. It is also common in the culture to put labels and separate classes by judging people’s lifestyles, education, money, etc.

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  • Hi Noemi,

    Like what I told you over YM, my take on this is pretty simple and straightforward.

    Sa dinadami-dami problema ng buhay, and I just don’t mean politics, why do people spend so much time on this issue? I can’t understand how much hate and angst people have over such a simple thing like blogging credentials. I’d understand if this issue went on for a day or two but OMG. Ang tagal na. Get over it already.

    Bottom line is this, if you don’t enjoy the content being produced by the blogger or the blogger network, then don’t visit the site anymore. Better yet, make your own.

    As for credentials, I think it’s not practical to post every single blogger’s resume on FV’s about page. I believe most, if not all, of the bloggers have their credentials on their main blogs, just check it there if you’re really interested to see who they are. 🙂

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    • I so agree with everything you said. More or less, a list of credentials are stated in their about me page. I think the persons concerned a more detailed one similar to a CV.

  • Karyo

    What is in your Blog Post is your credibility. If your mind believe the
    Blog Post. It is your responsibilty. You have to determine on your
    own initiative, if the Blog Post makes sense, or just be a nonsense.

    Not because a Blog Poster has a lot of educational attainments. That
    he has no hidden agendas to promote. Look at our Leaders and
    Politicians. Some have hig educational attainments. Yet most are

    The readers will determine the vericity of any Blog Post. They have
    minds and eyes of their own.

  • Donald

    I think You are right Karyo

  • tasio

    Credibility is between my legs…it has gone to the sewers already
    in the Phillipines…

  • andrea ladrido

    whats your connection with lauren dado?