Congratulations once again to Janette Toral, JJ Disini and the entire team behind iBlog6! It was good to see old friends and meet other bloggers for the first time, and to also hear the presentations of the different speakers on the 2nd day of iBlog6…
Hannah Villasis (www.FlairCandy.com) talked about blogging. Her presentation slides made use of great-looking graphics and photos.
Vince Golangco (www.WhenInManila.com) inspired people to go and try video blogging. The key is to ignore the naysayers and to just go out and express yourself.
(NOTE: Go watch the video me singing boom boom pow by black eyed peas (my version), which was uploaded to YouTube by hitmanbreakeroftheye.)
Juned Sonido (www.PinoySnapshot.com) showed us different kinds of cameras, and shared the advantages of photo blogging.
Emerson Bañez (bangus.clickmomukhamo.com) showed examples of blog policies that will help protect companies in a world where more and more employees start blogging.
Racquel Cagurangan (www.PinkPutter.com.ph) talked about blogging, passion, and golfing. She also talked about mobile blogging and now my head is bursting with mobile marketing ideas that I’m excited to test soon! 🙂
During lunch, I listened to stories from Joan Piñon and Jane Uymatiao.
Marck Ronald Rimorin (www.marocharim.com) talked about political blogging and the need to move away from merely jumping on bandwagons, and to gravitate towards preserving memory so that we can move people to action and address unresolved issues.
Noemi Dado (www.BlogWatch.ph) talked about Social Media and Election Blogging, and shared info about the challenges they faced and what they did to help improve voter education in the Philippines.
Jinoe Gavan (www.takbo.ph) talked about launching successful blog contests.
(Mike Abundo looked for concrete ways to solve the issue of visitor drop-off days after the end of an online contest. Jinoe advised bloggers to publish compelling content that will keep readers coming back.)
Joseph Gonzales (www.BatangBaler.net) talked about how blogging had an impact on Baler, Aurora (not Baler, Quezon). His deadpan humor had the audience laughing every 3 minutes or so. Here’s to more local, and local-local bloggers who can help attract attention not only to their own provinces, but even to their streets. 🙂
Marhgil Macuha (www.Macuha.com) gave an overview of SEO. It was good to find out that one of the top probloggers of the Philippines uses mostly free tools to optimize their blogs.
While I was looking for some kind of complicated, secret sauce for SEO success, I liked his straightforward approach. It’s not rocket science afterall.
It was good to meet and speak with Maki Eduardo, Sire Arevalo, Jam Mayer Flores, Jab Escutin and Soraya Peralta (GeekPinoy.com), Roy Dela Cruz, Paige, Josh Liao and Lizz Buenaventura who both blog at YESNOMEH.com, Mica Rodriguez, Fitz Villafuere, Rommel Copuyoc, Jay De Jesus, Aileen Apolo – De Jesus, Dine Racoma, Pocholo Gonzales, Neva Arboleda-Santos, Ginger Arboleda, EJ Arboleda, Lorinda Lhen De Guzman, Michille Herrera, Jonas Diego, Marcelle Fabie, Micha, Atty. Michelle Dy (please let me know if she has a blog), Flowell Galindez, Carl Valenzona, Didi Paterno, May Saturno, Eugene Villar, Alvin Tan, Peter Baltazar, Menard Osena, Ryan, Azrael Coladilla, Sean General, Wilson Almendras, John Bejo…
(I’ll update this page soon…)