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Notes from the DLSU Bloggers’ Congress 2

Weekends–in my vocabulary–are defined as days that are meant to do nothing but pointless whatnots. I sleep at 4 AM on a Friday and wake up 4 PM the next day. Not a good example, I know, but do know that I’m trying my best to curb this habit of mine.

Two Saturdays ago, I decided to jumpstart my new-improved “weekend life” by attending the DLSU Bloggers’ Congress 2 held at De La Salle University – Manila. Sure, I went alone but I seriously had a blast during the whole event! I hope the La Salle folks would organize something like this every month.

Warning: I apologize for the photos you are about to see. I was seated at the far back and this annoying microphone was blocking my view.

Anywaaaaay.

First speaker up was Rob Cham of RobCham.com. Christian San Jose, who was initially invited, can’t make it at that time so he sent Cham to fill in. Rob Cham is a professional illustrator. I have never browsed Cham’s blog until now but he apparently gets 3,500+ hits a day so he must be a pretty well-known. He’s just a year fresh out of college and yet has done several notable projects already.

Next was food and travel blogger, Anton Diaz of OurAwesomePlanet.com. This guy doesn’t need any fancy introduction. His blog is one of the most-visited sites in the country. And thanks to him and his equally grub-lover team, Mercato Centrale was born. Now, say it with me in true Plants vs Zombies fashion: Fooooooooood.

Camille Co of Camille Tries to Blog had a more streamlined presentation; Quick and straight-to-the-point. Aside from being a fashion blogger, she’s co-founder of the clothing brand, CoExist. She only started blogging early April of this year but she already seems like a pro. I sometimes head to her LookBook and Chictopia pages for fashion inspirations now.

Co raised several good pointers when blogging. In bullets. OC!

  • Be cohesive.
  • Keep it clean, simple, and interesting.
  • Share stories.
  • Always give proper credit.
  • On photos: Quality over quantity. Don’t scrunch in tons of photos in one blog entry.
  • On product reviews: Research and inform.
  • Invest time and effort. Never do anything half-baked.
  • Be honest and grateful.
Saab Magalona of Spell Saab was the last of the roster. How do I even start describing her ‘speech’? At one point, I stopped punching in notes on my trusty BlackBerry because I sensed that I was in for a laugh. And I was right. I loved how she gracefully fumbled and fidgeted her way through her talk that made us, the audience, at ease. It was very heartfelt, spontaneous, and frank.

Saab recounted how she went through a phase where she was sick of being compared to her older sister, Maxene. Aside from having her hair dyed purple, blogging was kind of her escape from the teen angst-y stage most of us go through. We both started blogging in 2003 and we both have issues on time management. MAJOR issues. It’s kind of surprising that we are very alike in some ways.

I’m not technically a fan of her celebrity status per se but I thoroughly enjoy reading her blog. It’s light, casual, and college-level cool. Sobrang chill lang.

There was a meet-and-greet after the event but I decided to skip it. I was too shy, I guess, because I went to the Congress alone. Besides, I’m sure that I’ll be seeing them again sometime soon because we live in the same country.

So there I was, munching on free tacos and drinks while the others mingle. I’ll take it as a good sign that no one was giving me odd looks. My petite frame can pass me as a high school or college student, you know.

It was my first time to step inside DLSU’s grounds so I wandered idly while waiting for my ride. I admired the school’s architecture, the manicured lawns and tress, and its people. Kids are probably bred well here.

At times like these, I always miss my Alma Mater. Hands up if you’re an Adamsonian!

Thanks to Kat Lorenzo for being so accommodating on answering my e-mails, as well as to Efril LagmanYsa Chong and her co-host (I forgot her name. Sorry.) for keeping the crowd alive at the Congress. Good job, you guys!

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I’m so going!

Blocked October 15th for this:

You still have five days to e-mail Kat Lorenzo (kittykat_lnzo8@yahoo.com) and have your name included on the list. Come on, it’ll be fun!

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My readers, my loves!

When I created this blog, I thought no one would notice my previous site’s shutdown. I mean, I’m mildly surprised how some people actually took a fraction of their time reading my political angst-related post and other nonsensical narrations. Ugh. No wonder  that blog didn’t live–it’s mostly melodramatic trash!

While I was tweaking Our Daily Pancake prior to its ‘launching’ a month ago, a couple of friends and acquaintances started asking my previous blog’s whereabouts.  Wow. Out of the bajillion humans that go online, there are a handful of individuals that actually care of what I think.

Aww, you guys.. Thank you!

And because I was touched, I’ve took screen shots of your Facebook posts and Twitter mentions. I just want to immortalize it before it gets buried in my timeline. Babaw! 😛

I blocked their names and my name for privacy reasons, by the way. Anyway, the screen shot above is by my high school friend, AC’s. My co-dance enthusiast and Sweet Valley series lover.

And then there’s Shirly, a kind and sweet girl whom I’ve met during my days at the fast food store (more on that someday). Incredibly smart and hardworking, this one. And a car accident survivor to boot!

My neighbor, Mina, who’s actually a friend of my sister’s. Normally, I wouldn’t like people in my neighborhood reading stuff from or about me but she’s an exception. She’s a newbie blogger, too, so if you could, please make her feel welcome here.

And how can I forget the consistently pretty and youthful, Ate Irene? I bet her male patients (she’s a nurse) fall in love at the sight of her. She looks waaaay younger than her actual age. She also blogs at Anything Under the Sun.

Again, my heartfelt gratitude who morally supports my writing, both offline and online. It’s definitely better than a thousand blog hits a day!

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Why I stopped caring about my blog stats

Aside from having major privacy issues, I set my two previous blogs on private because I felt that those sites weren’t me anymore. It’s just a toss up between an angst-ridden journal and a platform where I could do ten-dollar posts. In other words, it was a screaming sellout. I had to virtually shove my blog to people’s faces because the more visitors I make, the more paid posts I get.

And then it hit me: I realized that when I care about numbers, I lose who I am as a writer. And I don’t like that very much at all!

You see, I’ve been blogging since 2003. Back then it was filled with lots and lots of kababawan posts. But I was happy. I was a happy teen blogger, to be exact. I never had to impress people with what I have to say. I blogged ’til my time at the Internet cafe was up (wala pa kasi kaming Internet sa bahay noon!).

Of course, now that I’m a full-grown woman (naks!), it’s just proper that I polish my words a bit but still maintain that same level of silliness, care-freeness, and joviality that I had with my earliest blogs before. No more of those boo-hoo-hoo-my crush-didn’t-notice-me-today kind of entries. But in fairness ha, my old posts always brings a smile–mostly guffaws–every time I read them!

So if you want to know me more, read this blog. It’s that simple. I’d love to see your thoughts in the comments section below. 🙂

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Mine has wow factor

Got this earlier today via e-mail:

Of course, I didn’t believe it. This blog is barely updated so it’s probably one of those generic e-mails the folks of WordPress send every end of the year. But still, I thank the people behind this blog publishing application. My move from Blogger is so much worth it.

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Do you have this feeling that 2011 is going to be a great year for you? My Twitter and Facebook news feeds have been overflowing with positive statuses, declaring that they’ll own 2011. Well, I wanna rule this year, too (and the succeeding years, of course)!

I went to Quiapo Church yesterday to hear the holiday mass. Albeit the annoying 3-year-old-ish squirmy kid next to me, I think I had a long and heartfelt talk with God. It’s amazing how prayers work, I’m telling you. I just poured out my happiness, anger, and frustrations to Him until I can pour no more. I haven’t been exactly so “Christian” the past year but one wrap-up prayer zaps me back on track.

Now that’s one hell (or heavenly!) of a wow factor for me.

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Book shrinker

When a college friend posted a link on Facebook about him wanting a Kindle Wifi + 3G for Christmas, I had this striking realization that I’ve always wanted one for myself, too. But because I haven’t really pondered on the thought of owning one because of monetary constraints, an eBook reader wasn’t actually a priority.

Being a bookworm all my life, a Kindle is a piece of heaven plucked from the sky. Don’t get me wrong; nothing –I repeat—nothing will ever beat the smell of freshly pressed paper and ink, the hold and feel of an actual book as you leaf through the pages. Nothing.

However books, especially new releases, do not come cheap. With eBooks, I can score them reeeeally cheap and store thousands of them in an email for backup for, I dunno, forever. I don’t have to worry about losing another paperback with someone who forgets the rule of borrowing.

I’ve been good all year. Well, at least I think I did. I believe I deserve a Kindle Wifi + 3G after what happened to me at the start of November (that’s a post for another day). My last expensive splurges this 2010 were a second-hand camera zoom lens and 4th generation iPod Nano which made serious damage on my savings account. No regrets, though; these babies serve me very well everyday when I need them.

Why a Kindle and not one of those ulta-cool iPads, you may ask? Allow me to explain in a bibliophile’s point of view:

  • It is simple, fuss-free, and a dedicated eBook reader. I have a bad case of ADHD so apps would just veer me away from finishing an eBook.
  • It’s lightweight and inconspicuous. Or in true Tagalog fashion, Hindi mainit sa mata ng magnanakaw.
  • It’s not another touch screen gadget. I’m allergic to touch screens; I need something that is durable and klutz-proof.
  • It’s Wi-Fi enabled. The screen is in black and white, though I think I can live with that. The Kindle features 50% more contrast to closely mimic actual paper. Unlike LCD screens, the Kindle has anti-glare and can still be read under bright sunlight without you squinting for the words.
  • It has awesome battery life. Lasts up to a month without charging. Wow, life will be so much easier.

Fellow bookworms, do you think it’s worth it?

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Chloe says hi!

Chloe and I are happy to be together. Can you see our smiles?

She was born three days before my birthday. I am incredibly happy. I cannot explain how ecstatic I am when I first saw her. I literally felt joyful tears welling up! She’s the newest member of the family. Tonight, she’s sleeping beside me. Again. Tee-hee.

Thank you, Lord!

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