To officially end the summer break, I attended Cebu Blog Camp 2011 with fellow Iligan Bloggers, Xy-Za, Ma’am Arlene, and Fleire (a Cebu-based Iligan blogger) last May 28. It was my first blog camp ever (or my first event as a blogger (daw)) apart from a couple of meet-ups with Iligan-based bloggers to formally and officially start Iligan Bloggers Society.
|Take 1: Ma’am Arlene, IBS Prexy Xy-Za, Me, Fleire, Dabby|
|Take 2 kay natabunan daw ang CBC2011 logo. 😉|
In a prior post, I enumerated some reasons why I really, really, really wanted to attend the camp and braved typhoon Chedeng just to get to Cebu by boat! (Haha! OA lang! Wala po kaming naramdamang bagyo. ;))
So anyways, let’s move on and see if my expectations were actually met and the reasons for attending (IBLOG) were justified…
|Pass number 84, wala kadaug sa raffle. :p|
I — It’s free!
And it did not end there. There were more and more and more! Round trip tickets from airphilexpress, shirts and bags and ballers from Mozilla Firefox, shirts and badges from PicLyf, stickers from Google, and many many many more were given away in between presentations.
And of course, the passes also came with free lunch and snack.
So here are the topics discussed during the blog camp…
Travel 101 by Estan Cabigas. Sir Estan is an award-winning travel blogger and photographer. He talked about how to travel alone, and he shared 8 very important things travel bloggers must do: (1) have a curiosity for the world, (2) research and plan, (3) keep an open mind and talk to locals, (4) bring what is essential [camera, notebook, pen], (5) experience the place, (6) respect local customs and mores, (7) learn about the local culture and language, and (8) always be safe.
Google and Travel by Aileen Apolo-de Jesus. Ms. Aileen is the very pretty and perky Google Country Consultant for Philippines. Her presentation was on improving traveling with services by Google. She also discussed some new cool tools from Google to “add oomph to your blog.”
Bloggers’ Etiquette 101 by Janette Toral. Ms. Janette is the founder of Digital Filipino and author of Blogging from Home. Her topic was Bloggers’ Etiquette 101, and she’s super awesome! No wonder she’s one of the most sought-after speakers in the country. She certainly knows how to keep the audience engaged and also wanting more. You can check here presentation about bloggers’ etiquette when attending events here.
|With Ms. Janette (actually, pwede na icrop sina Xy-Za and Fleire. Hehe…)|
Food and Restaurant Review 101 by Chef Anthony Gomez. This is one of the topics I was looking forward to. I’m a foodie, so I was all ears during his talk. Chef Anton worked as Head Chef in Ativo Italian resto and also in Marco Polo Cebu. He was super passionate about food, and he taught us how to understand food in order to appreciate it. According to him, food should be enjoyed with all the senses.
- Photography 101: I learned two things from Sir Paul:
- Watermark your photos. Before Cebu Blog Camp, I never felt the need to put a watermark because I felt my pictures were not as good as they should be. (Kumbaga, pang professional photographers lang ang watermark. Haha!) But now, I intend to do a little extra effort in posting online.
- Always reformat your memory card. Deleting photos is not enough.
- Travel 101: One thing that Sir Estan said that stuck was that ladies should not be afraid to travel and explore alone. (Ummm… Sige, next time na lang ang resolution.)
- Google and Travel: Ms. Aileen made me realize that there are indeed multiple ways to add oomph to your blog. That means my blog is in need of serious revamp. I will find time for that, I promise. 🙂
- Bloggers’ Etiquette: When attending events, prepare a pitch. As Ms. Janette said, “you will meet media, fellow bloggers, host, and organizers at events. Best to have a short introduction about yourself and your blog. They usually ask: what do you do? Where are you connected? What is your blog about?” True! This reminds me of the need to renovate this blog and focus on a specific niche.
- Food and Restaurant Review: The next time I attempt to describe food, I would listen to the sound of the crunch as I bite into Balamban liempo and Cebu lechon. I would capture its aroma; feel its texture; enjoy the balance of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter taste; and just fully enjoy the experience. 😉
- Social Media Marketing: I realized that there is no need to be overwhelmed with the number of social networking sites out there. You just have to focus on a few that would cater to your needs.
- Social Media Marketing Success through Facebook: Facebook is truly a very useful tool to increasing traffic. I’ll do this later, perhaps after the site renovation. Let me just focus on content. Baby steps. 🙂
|Obvious na ang height difference sa duha ka Jam! Haha!|
And then Fleire introduced Xy-Za and I to Ms. Janette, and we got to enjoy a sumptuous meal at Casa Verde, The Walk, IT Park afterwards. Weeee!
|at Casa Verde|