Bloggers Forming Union?

As strange as it might sound, there appears to be a group of bloggers who are actually attempting to form a union. At first, the idea sounds a bit odd, but on closer inspection of the situation, the idea may have some merit.

To begin with, the situation is not at all unlike the organization of freelance writers in the early '80s.

“Organizers hope a bloggers' labor group will not only showcase the growing professionalism of the Web-based writers, but also the importance of their roles in candidates' campaigns.

"I think people have just gotten to the point where people outside the blogosphere understand the value of what it is that we do on the progressive side," said Susie Madrak, the author of Suburban Guerilla blog, who is active in the union campaign. "And I think they feel a little more entitled to ask for something now."

But just what that something is may be hard to say.”

The idea of assembling any large group of people for the purposes of getting discounts is generally an easy one to get people to go along with, and there's nothing wrong with it. Many organizations would be more than happy to offer discounts in order to attract a large volume of new clients. So what is slowing things down?

By their very nature, many bloggers lean a bit towards the independent side, and that might make finding enough common ground for the majority of them to agree on anything a serious challenge.