“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.”
These are just a few of the reasons Susie Madrak (aka Suburban Guerilla) thinks a “blogger union” is a swell idea. This is nonsensical on so many levels; of course the first thing it brings to my mind is having to pay $20 union-dues every month before I’m allowed to blog. Fat chance.
I think the word she’s looking for is “professional association”… such a group that could set professional standards and buy group insurance. But that term probably smacks of capitalism (oh! the horror!).
[update] ugh, I read down through more than 10 of her posts, and she clearly states that she isn’t trying to start a union, she’s just trying to buy group insurance. I can’t fault her for that — in fact it’s exactly what I wish for all Americans — buying your own health insurance and not having it tied to your employer. The corporate tax benefits of employer-provided health insurance is a BIG HUGE part of the reason we have spiraling health care costs (see previous post on “if car insurance was like health insurance” — wait, that was over a year ago, I should probably update it).
Butt she didn’t refute the quote that kicked this whole post off — so I stand by my headline.