Last Friday, May 24th 2013, I attended the Blog@Talk Bohol Seminar – Workshop at the Arabelle Suites. This was the first ever workshop I’ve attended since I’ve started working online 3 years ago. So, I was really excited and was so eager to learn. I wanted to share my experience and my insights on the said activity, so here goes:
Social techpreneur Ruben Licera, Jr. started out with the question, “Why Blog?” (This guy’s got ample experience on blogging, internet marketing, SEO, etc.).
He’s right. Why do I blog?
First thing that came out of my mind was that I wanted to get back to writing. Honestly, I kind of missed doing my thing. My first online jobs were writing but I never got a chance to actually get recognized as the “blogger” or the “writer”. I’ve written articles for websites that tackle fashion brands, health, international holidays, real estate, stuff toys and a lot more. I’ve had so many clients before but I never got to see my real name out there.
Ruben shared the following reasons why people blog:
- To express feelings, thoughts and experiences
- To market or promote something
- To help people
- To connect with people like you
- To establish yourself as an expert
- To make a difference
- To stay active or knowledgeable in a field or topic
- To stay connected with family and friends
- To make money
- To have fun and be creative
If you notice, I have highlighted most of the above-mentioned reasons. For now, those are my objectives especially that I’m not yet a well-known blogger. I don’t know if I will ever become one but I do look forward to that stage. Wishful thinking. 🙂
I also want to promote something and earn money at the same time. However, I just think that these objectives should come at a later time.
WordPress Developer Junix Villacorta tackled about the basics of blogging. There was a lot to be shared and a lot to be learned from his presentation. However, the time was limited, as speakers were only given more or less an hour to discuss their topics. Plus, the internet connection wasn’t that good. It’s a necessity especially that the topics are relevant to the Internet world. Yet, there’s nothing we can do. I just hope time will come that the internet will be readily accessible wherever we go in this little province called Bohol.
A funny Spaniard looking guy named Ka Bino Guerrero (I guess he has Spanish descent though because of the family name) talked about ways to promote blogs through social media. His presentation was full of fun as he’s got a great sense of humor. He is a heritage interpreter and a tourist guide at the same time. If I were a tourist, I would truly have fun with a very outgoing tourist guide like Ka Bino. One of the things I couldn’t forget from his presentation was on the secrets to Twitter. He mentioned three: Tweet – Retweet – Follow.
Boholano blogger Edik Dolotina shared about his experiences as a blogger. I couldn’t forget this guy because of his tagline, “The photographer who only owns a phone camera”. It’s interesting, right? Nowadays, you’ll see photographers bringing all those expensive DSLR cameras. But here’s a Boholano blogger who depends on his phone camera. He mentioned also about someone who merely copied his blog posts, which made him feel bad. I wanted to know more about how he handled the situation. But time was limited. I planned on asking about it during the open forum but unfortunately, time was again limited.
A Fil-Am blogger named Albert Balbutin also gave an interesting presentation. Love his personal blog, especially on how he designed his blog’s logo. He grew up in the US but his blog posts spoke of how proud he is to be a Filipino, much more a Boholano. Kudos to you, Albert!
Certified inbound marketer Bjorn Bernales focused on blogging for business. One thing I couldn’t forget from his presentation was a very important tip: to create a blog editorial plan. I’ve seen one before which site editors at Crowdsourcing.org (where I presently work) referred to. But I never thought about it as an essential tool in blogging. So, I’m starting one as well.
E-commerce specialist Janette Toral wasn’t able to make it to even, so she sent a video presentation instead.
Last but not the least, celebrity blogger Abby Asistio, also shared her experience as well as her talent in singing. I’ve seen her on Kris TV before. So, when I saw her in the event’s tarpauline, I got even more excited as I wanted to take a personal look at her and hear her talk about her struggles. Despite of having a hair loss condition known as Alopecia Areata, Abby is a beautiful woman inside and out.
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, “Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body”. So, just imagine if you had this condition since you were born. It’s difficult, right?
Abby shared her struggles as a child when she got bullied as a kid, when she wore wigs for most of her life. But when someone encouraged her to just go out there without wearing any wig, she also decided to search on the internet, for resources about the condition. From that time on, she realized that she wasn’t alone. She saw that were others like her and they weren’t afraid to go out and show to the world that they are bald. So, one day, she decided to finally face everyone without a wig, to just be bald. Then she started the Alopecia Awareness Campaign, encouraging everyone to do the double “A” sign. She didn’t expect it to have a great impact, but it did! Bravo!
While listening to her, I could really see her strength as a woman.
Kudos to you, Abby!
She made me realize a lot of things. When I was younger, I wasn’t bald, but I also got bullied, for being chubby and for undergoing through precocious puberty (which I will be sharing my experience as well in a later blog post). Growing up was not that easy as well. It affected my self esteem.
So, looking at Abby that day, and especially after watching her sing her original composition entitled “Beautiful”, I got inspired to blog, to show off my skills, and to be confident at what I do.
Aside from all the blogging tips I learned from the workshop, Abby Asistio made me realize that I am beautiful in my own way. I just have to believe! To free myself and to let go of my insecurities. Like Abby, let’s keep on believing in ourselves!
This is for you Abby, got my kids to do the AA sign… an addition to your AAawareness Photos!
*Thanks to the Ms. Dalareich Polot, BiCTC, and the Cebu Blogger Society for this event! I’m truly looking forward to another one!