Vloggers’ quarrel


I came to know that there’s a conflict between two vloggers arising from their personal choices as to who should run for President: Sara Duterte or Bongbong Marcos. In my livestream last night, a viewer said I might also be dragged into the fray because of my views about the May 9, 2022 elections which is fast approaching. Honestly, I don’t watch the videos of other vloggers. Most of my time is spent researching for the topics I have scheduled for my livestreams. The balance of my day is devoted to reading books and watching YouTube videos on lectures by prominent leaders in business, academe and military around the world. There’s really no time for me to watch anything else.

It’s not to say that I have a poor estimate of their intelligence and knowledge on local issues. I know they have their own opinions, and I have mine. I respect what they have to say on issues, and I expect them to respect mine. My vlogging is issue-oriented, and I’ve long ago embraced the policy of not wrestling with other vloggers on who does a better job at this craft. I leave it to the audiences to make that decision.

Hence, I believe it makes no sense why vloggers will attack each other on their shows. Vlogging is a platform to help educate and enlighten viewers on almost any subject under the sun. Politics is just one of them. Arguing with other vloggers will not contribute to the accomplishment of that objective. It’s a waste of time and energy. What if I come under attack? Well, I won’t bother to respond. I will not allow anybody to distract me with their tirades. If that’s what makes them happy, or if that’s what helps them attract viewers, then I’ll leave it to them to follow that path.

I’ve always had my share of bashers even from when I was in radio and newspaper writing in Iloilo. When I was writing about the corruption of the disgraced city mayor of Iloilo City, Jed Patrick Mabilog, and his cousin, Senator Franklin Drilon, I was regularly attacked on Facebook by trolls in the payroll of city hall. I was attacked on radio. Several times, Jeffrey Celiz, intimidated me with threatening acts in the premises of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo.

Only last year, I was swarmed by the vloggers on the payroll of Francis Leo Marcos, or Norman Mangusin in real life with all sorts of character assassination. I simply brushed them off, not giving them a single minute of my time. I stayed focus on my investigation into the real character of FLM and exposed the fraud that he was perpetrating. I watched FLM mock me on his livestream, and I just laughed. When you are insulted by the target of your expose, it means that you’re hitting him where it hurts.

My advice to my fellow vloggers is to concentrate on your content and make sure everything is backed up by solid evidence. Digging for dirt about others is not going to make your channel better. Nobody can have a monopoly of viewers. In my case, I don’t mind having less views than the others. I know that viewers have different tastes. I intend to cater to a high-intelligence level of viewers, and not just to those who want vloggers who fling themselves into tirades that are all hot-air and no content. It’s a smaller segment of the audience, I know.

But it’s not the number of viewers only that I am after; I want to have viewers who want to find answers to their own questions about politics and society at large. When I started, I was happy to see 100 viewers for each video. Right now, I have reached an average of 20,000 viewers for each livestream. I look at it as a tremendous accomplishment even though I know they constitute only a very small fraction of Filipinos who regularly watch YouTube. I vlog because it is my passion, and each time I go on air, I am filled with enthusiasm and energy. It is my way of serving our people.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

2 Responses to Vloggers’ quarrel

  1. Lilia Papa says:

    I am now one of the 20,000. Am glad 🙂👍

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Emelita M. Covarrubias says:

    Sir your contents are informative the fact that it is well researched. The basis are quite clear. Yours is a responsible action. My appreciation. Am following you also on youtube – am a subscriber. Am always giving you my thumbs up. Just continue Sir and keep the good work.

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