Still another use of the Nordis blog is for its network of supporters and readers to post notices of all types, of private purpose but for public consumption. Think of it as a free platform for classified ads, for public messages of a personal nature (e.g. letting the world know a loved one died, a new baby was born, a friend got married, a daughter graduated cum laude, etc.), or of an organizational nature (e.g. you want to remind everyone that the regional assembly is set for next month).
At bago tayo mag-alangan na mag-post dito dahil baka puro Ingles at ilang Pilipino lang ang nababasa natin at hindi tayo gaano matatas magsulat sa Ingles, o baluktot din mag-Tagalog, maigi din linawin agad na ang blog na ito — tulad ng mismong diaryo at website ng Nordis — ay bukas sa mga sulating multi-lingual.
Kung gayon, huwag tayo mag-alangan na sumulat sa Ingles, Pilipino, Ilokano, Kankanaey, Kalinga o iba pa, o halu-halo pa nga, kung doon tayo mas kumportable. Huwag din tayo masyadong magpasagka sa mga debate, kaguluhan at posibleng kamalian sa grammar, word usage at ispeling. Basta ang mahalaga ay makapagpahayag tayo ng ating mga kaalaman at pagtingin sa paraang accurate at klaro.
Sa kabilang banda, engganyuhin din natin ang patuloy na mga pag-aaral at diskusyon sa larangan ng lengwahe at estilo ng panulat. Ang kategoryang “stylebook” ay nakalaan para dito.
Still another potentially useful function that can be served by this blog is for Internet users from the various areas (regions, provinces, districts, towns or cities) and sectors (labor, farmer, fisherfolk, youth-student, women, IPs, migrants, etc) of NL to post update reports and discussion points about their current situation and issues. Others could comment on previous entries, if not post their own entries. Of course, blog users could also comment on articles contained in the Nordis website. Hopefully, the various threads of entries and comments will greatly help the Nordis network do its work better in serving the grassroots media needs of the people of NL.
Another possible use for this blog is for Nordis readers and supporters to post advisories, proposals and discussion points about recent, current and forthcoming events of public significance here in Northern Luzon. For example, this month of October is both Peasant Month and Tribal Filipino Month — both very significant concerns for NL people. Peasant and IP organizations could post advisories and brief statements about their forthcoming activities and calendar dates, and request media coverage. We could invite and constantly remind our media friends (from all over, including NCR-based media) to constantly check this blog for the said events.
One possibly very valuable use for this blog is to provide Nordis staffers, contributors and readers with a forum to propose, discuss, and finalize a wide range of editorial guidelines on content and style that will collectively comprise the Nordis stylebook.
(Note that we used the term “wiki” in the title to this entry. Wiki is new Internet jargon for any body of documents that are progressively and collectively written. This blog is not actually wiki-based, but the approach is similar. If it turns out later that we need to convert to a true wiki environment, we will do so.)
Welcome to the web-based logbook (aka “blog”) of the Nordis Weekly and other NMIN activities. Since blogging is a rather new tool for us, we will see in practice if this recent Internet tool is useful and practical for us, or just another over-hyped ningas-cogon ek-ek. For now, we will allow any visitor to post comments on blog entries, without the need to register. If we see that this results in much abuse (although we can simply delete spam), we will shift to registered users-only mode. Posting new entries (i.e., more than just comments on existing entries) would still require users to register. Sorry, not our fault, that’s the basic requirement of the blog software we are using.