I don’t think it is a united we stand divided we fall argument here. This group of bloggers with aspirations did not get it right from the start. The president, Jayne Goh, the blogger at East Coast Life, seemed like an angry insecure person with little grip on reality. The association started with much pomp but then it was hilariously downhill all the way from then on, and the association rapidly imploded. She tried to be exclusive about membership, charging membership fees and even claiming that the association can represent Singapore bloggers at one point. Other group blogs like The Online Citizen, New Sintercom, Singapore Angle, Singapore Enquirer, Tomorrow, etc have never made the suicidal leap of faith to say that they represent Singapore blogs. This incident puts into perspective anything she comments in her blog from the past and also in the future. Which criticism is fueled by petty personal complaints rather than facts?
8 drop out of Bloggers Association
Tuesday • February 3, 2009
LESS than a month after the Bloggers Association (Singapore) was officially formed, eight founding members have stepped down, leaving president Jayne Goh and secretary Wilfrid Wong at the helm.
The sudden departures mostly stem from the negative response to the association and personal commitments, said Ms Goh, who admitted: “There are quite a lot of disagreements as well, on the way the association is run and on my conduct.”
After Today first broke the news about the association, netizens reacted with a flurry of criticism. Some questioned the $110 registration and membership fee, others felt it did not have the legitimacy to represent the blogosphere. Ms Goh, 42, responded with comments posted on blogs and other online mediums.
“(Some) felt it was a big PR disaster. (Members) felt I should not have burst out and scolded back.
“It looked ugly because that’s not what our association is trying to portray … the president should behave as a role model. But if my members are being attacked, I should be able to protect them,” she told Today.
While not regretting her actions, Ms Goh said she would “try to restrain myself next time”.
The eight who stepped down will still be considered as ordinary members, said Ms Goh. But one former member, who declined to be named, said those who dropped out were not consulted on this.
Referring to how Ms Goh had reacted to the criticism, the blogger said: “With any committee, the leadership, respect and direction is very important.”
Former vice -president for operations, who blogs as Mr Endoh, said on his site that his decision to drop out from the association had to do with “internal issues” and work commitments, rather than flak from the blogosphere.
Blogger Paddy Tan, who was the association’s marketing director, wrote: “I don’t see it going the way it ought to be, with the original vision and direction going differently.”
He alluded to “top-downdecisions made by a few”, saying that everyone ought to have been involved in the decision-making.
According to Ms Goh, the association has some 10 volunteer bloggers who have offered to help out, such as in designing the blog template. Even so, the departure of eight committee members has slowed down the association’s progress “by one or two months”, she said.
“Our top priority now is to re-group and build a strong team … Our objectives as written in the constitution remain unchanged. It is the execution that is going to be improved this time,” wroteMr Wong on the group blog.
One lesson the association has learnt, said Ms Goh, is that instead of trying to bring together the whole blogging community, it will concentrate on “our niche” of small, independent bloggers.
“We don’t see it as a doomed association just because we started off on a shaky foundation,” she added.
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