“When blogging was a happy place then, without competition and without number of likes, followers, and subs to get paranoid with.” (DeiVille, September 2020)
Rizal. April 2011. I’ve been blogging for less than a year now, starting from scratch using a free platform and shared knowledge from newbie bloggers as well. As I learned the hoops and nitty gritty, somehow we acquired knowledge little by little and started to gain friends at the same time.
Attending an organized blogging event like this is another avenue to learn and increase exposure in the world of blogosphere.
Blogger Fest 2011 turned out to be a success attended by approximately 200 bloggers/participants. A social festival for the Pinoy blogging community, one way to actively encourage camaraderie among bloggers.
Thunderbird Resorts hosted the event and capped off the Extraordinary Online Video Contest, one lucky participant brought home the bacon: PhP 100K cash prize, plus 5 more consolation prizes.
Several talks and workshops await the pro and amateur bloggers. The Blogging 101 of Azrael Coladilla hit the stage first. He featured his pop culture & events blogsite, shared some tips on promoting a blog. One phrase he quoted:“Write contents for human & not for search engines”. A mixed reaction for some and an opposing argument to put forward.
I once tried paid posting, the offers are not that flourishing, but initially I write based on personal encounters, since my blog niche then was about parenting. It’s not the fault of a blogger if an offer comes in, honestly in my theory, it’s an opportunity for freelancers to monetize the site. Obviously, there are numerous contents pertaining to SE’s benefits. Noticeably paid blogs that appear overrated in terms of content, technically perceived as fake by nature. These blogs are often advised to let the readers know that they are actually reading advertorials.
On the deck, Jonel Uy’s talk regarding an interesting topic about SEO in mind and the photo blogging with Anton Carranza. Also in line was Food Blogging by Fritz Villafuerte, Domain & DNS Management, How to secure your blog from SolidHosting.ph and a lot more activities for bloggers.
Blogger Fest gave out raffles and special prizes for lucky bloggers. The most awaited price was from Thunderbird’s Free Accommodation Package and Zest Air’s 3 round-trip tickets good for two  anywhere in the Philippines. There were shirts, domain hostings, mags given away. I did not win any, but happy enough to play the Casino’s Fiesta Coupon worth PhP100 [included in each blogger’s kit], you can either encash or start gambling it! With my blogging buddies, we played the slot machines, I won PhP531, a beginner’s luck? I want to play more but they stopped me thinking I may get lost afterwards. Our Blogger Fest and casino experience was so overwhelming.
Thanks to Azrael Coladilla and Thunderbird Resorts for organizing this event. And to the sponsors: Zest Air and partners: Travelbook.ph, Nuffnang, Enjoy Philippines, Baicapture, Solidhosting.ph, Dependable Printing, Perfect Renders and Manila Bloggers Network.
Looking forward to another great event like this!
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