5 B’s to Better Blogging (My Key Take-aways from Professional Blogging Summit)

I love learning new stuff!

Last Saturday, October 18, #dPop or Digital Pop held a Professional Blogging Summit at A.Venue Mall in Makati. The half-day event was spearheaded by  Janette Toral and Jeoff Solas, who are truly influential in the world of Philippine blogging.

Our venue is actually quite cool. It has a modern and relaxing feel to it.

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My thanks to  Liberating JepoyA. Venue MallIsland RoseProFriends, and Salad Box for sponsoring the event. I am grateful for learning events like this.

I got to listen to various speakers who willingly shared with us their stories on how they started out. I appreciated valuable insights towards responsible and influential blogging firsthand from Azrael ColadillaRoss del RosarioJayL AquinoSeph ChamJeoff Solas, and Sai Montes.

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 Ms. Janette Toral formally opening the program

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Azrael Colladilla, Ross Del Rosario and JayL Aquino on Building a Blogger Network

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 Seph Cham on his Journey towards Endorsements and Entrepreneurship

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Jeoff Solas on Maintaining Goodwill Relationships

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Sai Montes on Social Media E-Commerce

Sharing with you my insights on the summit:

 5 B’s TO BETTER BLOGGING

1. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

Being a blogger cannot be a solo project. Sure, you do your writing alone and surely there are “lone rangers” out there, but unless you are a celebrity, you can only do so much. If we want growth, then we have to connect with people. Growth and learning is inevitable when we become a part of communities. It helps to have an open mind and heart because you will learn a lot. In Blogosphere, growth is a community project.

Be friendly and don’t be afraid to connect with other bloggers, companies, sponsors and PR people.  So far, I have met wonderful people who are surprisingly wiling to share what they know to help out starters like me. What a blessing to learn from others! For sure I will meet a whole lot more of people in the future. Through them, I expand my world and become better at what I do.  And by the way, being a part of a community gives you a heads-up on exciting events, worthy causes, product launches and many others.

It pays to be a part of a “bigger” world!

2. BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU WRITE

As speakers talked about various topics, I realized how powerful blogging is. What I have written stays there, forever (at least until WordPress takes it down).  A review of a resto, an event, a product can influence, if not, alter others’ perception. Believe it or not, reviews count. A LOT.

I am encouraged to stay true to myself and write about products that really tickles my fancy and makes me smile. I know that giving an honest, unbiased review may be difficult especially when companies give you all sorts of freebies. But hey, let’s not forget that we are there not just to help businesses thrive but help them improve their products and services as well.

Should there be a service that needs improvement, I choose to be a friend, helping another friend. Nothing beats that!

3. BUILD YOUR BRAND

What is your brand? How intentional are you about building yours? Without you knowing it, your personality and “voice” shines with every post you make. Are you the sentimental type who writes about hearty things or the serious type who blogs about “heavy” important issues? Are you the happy, light-hearted type who’s like a ray of sunshine to your readers?

Be intentional about the image that you show the world. Let every posts you make show YOU. Find your voice. It may be difficult at first, but as you write and keep doing it, your voice and personality naturally emerge. Take good photos. Have a brand that talks about you in a way that is true to you. Dare to be uniquely you when you blog.

4. BE VISIBLE

If you are truly serious about blogging, people are bound to follow you. How visible are you? Social media is constantly evolving. Make your followers happy by updating them via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and many others. Strive to be consistent with your posts. Share your experiences for your readers. You may join events, bazaars, trade shows and many others to keep them updated with what is happening with you.

5. BLOG ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES

At the end of the day, blogging is about you sharing your experiences to the world.  Some people may agree with your points and some may not. (I assure you this is normal). But it is about being brave to speak your heart and mind to the world. If some disagrees with what you’ve posted, hear them out, respect their opinion and continue to be better.

I am thankful to all the speakers who shared their experiences in the Summit. Now I have seen concrete examples of real people who continues to be influential through their chosen platform which is blogging.

I have learned that you may blog your way to:

–  Win awards and become person of influence
–  Find your calling (PR / Marketing) and be a part of bigger organization
–  Launch your own business
–  Partner with others to help grow both yours and their businesses
–  Achieve celebrity status (Yup..it is possible!)  🙂

Ultimately for me, I have learned that I can do what I love to do, have it complement my lifestyle and basically make a difference by adding fun and excitement to my every day!

Bloom, Blossom and Grow through blogging!

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Me and my new blogger friends!

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Professional Blogging Summit 2014

Are you serious about blogging and would like to do things right?

Would you like to take your blogging a notch higher?

If you’re like me – you love to blog and would like to learn more about it, then I have something for you. Ms. Janette Toral of E-Commerce Boot Camp will be spearheading an upcoming Professional Blogging Summit this coming Saturday, October 18, from 1 pm to 5 pm. This half-day conference is FREE but by invitation only to the first 100 bloggers who would register (tick tock, tick tock..).

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Photo courtesy of E-Commerce Bootcamp

Prepare to hear about tips and useful insights on how blog celebrities started out, managed their social media network, rose above challenges and enhanced their online business relationships with clients and partners. Registration will start as early as 12 noon. For details on the registration, speakers and topics included, you may visit E-Commerce Boot Camp’s official website.

The event will be held at A.Venue Mall in Makati Avenue in Makati.  It is near Best Western Plus Antel Hotel.

Here’s the official line-up of Topics and Speakers:

1:00 to 1:40     Maintaining a Professional Bloggers and Social Media Specialists Network

JayL Santiago AquinoAzrael Coladilla, and Ross Flores Del Rosario

2:00 to 2:40     Getting Clients, Professional Blogger Ethics, and Maintaining Goodwill Relationships

Jeoff Solas and Joselito “Toots” Tolentino

3:45 to 4:30     From Blogger to Blog Celebrity: The Journey

Seph Cham

4:45 to 5:30    From Bloggers to E-Commerce / Social Media Entrepreneurs

Sai Sayson Montes

Smart business owners today are waking up to the power and influence of blogging as an online platform to launch and their businesses. Don’t be left out.

See you there!