(quick warning, a bit of a stream of consciousness rant here)
Boy… a few candidates show up to try to get votes and these people suddenly think they are much more important than they really are.
Left-Leaning Bloggers Debate Forming Labor Union
CHICAGO (AP) — Do bloggers need their own Norma Rae?
In a move that might make some people scratch their heads, a loosely formed coalition of left-leaning bloggers are trying to band together to form a labor union they hope will help them receive health insurance, conduct collective bargaining or even set professional standards.
Collective bargaining? What are they going to do… go on strike? Are they really so self-absorbed they think if they quit blogging the world will care? Color me incredulous.
And while I’m asking questions… Do lefty bloggers REALLY want a code of professional standards? That would be more fun to watch than a train wreck.
But getting back to the questions above.. Are they really this self-absorbed? Apparently so…
Sitting at a panel titled “A Union for Bloggers: It’s Time to Organize” at this week’s YearlyKos Convention for bloggers in Chicago, Burgard said she’d welcome a chance to join a unionized blogging community.
“I sure would like to have that union bug on my Web site,” said Burgard, a blogger who uses the moniker Bendy Girl.
Madrak hopes that regardless the form, the labor movement ultimately will help bloggers pay for medical bills. It’s important, she said, because some bloggers can spend hours a day tethered to computers as they update their Web sites.
“Blogging is very intense — physically, mentally,” she said. “You’re constantly scanning for news. You’re constantly trying to come up with information that you think will mobilize your readers. In the meantime, you’re sitting at a computer and your ass is getting wider and your arm and neck and shoulder are wearing out because you’re constantly using a mouse.”
Oh my Gawd woman… Get a sense of history I have blogged about how hard it was to be a day in day out blogger… Because of the mental aspects of it and (mostly) because it’s a ton of work to not get paid for, not because the mouse was too freaking heavy. It would be hard to get a less physically demanding job. But I digress.
I think it is a safe assumption to say that at no time in the foreseeable future will there be a shortage of political bloggers. Strikes work because other people can’t be hired and trained fast enough to replace the striking workers.
Oh why am I actually taking this seriously…
Lemme just close by wondering aloud where this movement will be in Feb of 2008. You can guess my answer.