Some time ago (I can't remember exactly when), I received an email inviting me to be a committee member of some soon-to-be-formed national association for bloggers in Singapore. The email was quite long, and set out in detail what the aims of the organisation were supposed to be, etc etc.
If my memory serves me correctly, I never replied to the email at all. I did not mean to be rude. It's just that I constantly receive a variety of emails in my "Mr Wang Says So" email account, and some of these emails are interesting, and some are not so interesting, and some just elicit a general "Huh?" response in me.
This particular email drew a "Huh?" response from me. I did not know what to say, and therefore never replied to it.
Now I see that the association has indeed been formed - (here it is) - and they have gotten themselves formally constituted (I assume, as a registered society under the Societies Act) and gotten some publicity in the mass media.
Oh yes, and the Association of Bloggers seem to have attracted a general "Huh?" response from the blogosphere as well. Or perhaps that is an understatement. Sample responses are here, here, here, here and here.
I'm predicting a fairly quick death for the Association of Bloggers. Not being mean (and anyway I might be wrong). It's just my prediction. I simply don't see any compelling reason for the existence of this association; I don't see how it would be relevant or useful to me personally as a blogger; and I don't see how this Association of Bloggers is going to be relevant or useful to bloggers, more generally speaking.
So I predict a quick natural death for the AOB. It will just fade away and be forgotten.