Finally after signing up for two years and not being able to attend, i finally made it to the Philippine Blogging Summit, or iBlog4 for this year. Actually, I didn’t stay until the afternoon sessions. I was able to listen to the first two speakers while writing some posts, but enjoyed Juned’s topic on photoblogging.
Here are my thoughts after attending half of the iblog4:
- the first talk was definitely irrelevant. Charo was good and she knows her stuff, but to discuss blogging 101 on the 4th iblog? I don’t think it made sense. I was hoping to hear more advance blogging topics, or was I expecting too much?
- Carlo Lucidine, the second speaker was ok. Although there are some points which he raised that I disagree of. Yeah, I know it’s quite overwhelming to earn $1000 from “pro-blogging”, but hey kid you didn’t mention that you did earn it from “pro-blogging” alone, right? It might have created an impression on the young minds of the STI students, that earning $ just by blogging is as easy as attending iblog4. Here’s a piece of advice though kid, don’t go into full-time problogging and don’t waste your parents hard-earned bucks by wasting what you’ve learned in MIT. Fine a nice paying job then blog on the side. It will make you more money.
- The third speaker, aside from being a friend of mine, was the best speaker. Juned Sonido, aside from emitting that aura of “coolness” (as attested by his get-up) is well very well-verse on his subject. He didn’t need to brag about anything to get the audience attention, all he needed was some wit and a bag of props. Good work Juned.
- On other things, the reason why I didn’t finish the whole gig is because I didn’t find the rest of the topic and the speakers quite interesting (for me). I was wondering why there was no topic on Tech Blogging or Tech Bloggers. There are quite a few Filipino tech blogger who are making it big in Tech Blog Networks which are Internationally based. Or a good topic also would be “Freelance Blogging” and how big it is right now among Filipino bloggers.
In general, the iBlog 4 was fine, if you are not yet so into blogging. That could have explain the rarity of “Seasoned bloggers” in the attendees.
Would I attend the next Philippine Blogging Summit next year?….