Blog Weekend Bootcamp September 21-23, 2012

Delightful Freebie Tshirt from the Bootcamp

I’ve been blogging on and off again since high school, but never seem to quite stick to one blog and sustain it. I needed something that will really jumpstart my blogging endeavor – and the Blog Weekend Bootcamp organized by the Davao Bloggers seemed like an answer given to me by heaven.

Imagine almost 100 participants from all over the country coming together in one of the best tourist spots in the south for a blogging and social media event. I’ve met a lot of great people in this bootcamp, and I’m grateful for the new friendships that I’ve made.

My only regret in the event is that I wasn’t in both places (beginner track and advanced track) at the same time. I took the advanced track and I did learn a lot, but I bet that I could have learned a lot as well at the beginner track.

Speakers of the event with some of the organizers 

Janette Toral of gave a keynote speech on Bloggers as Digital Influencers. She discussed the importance of having a community of your own as blogger and having a vision in creating an online movement through your blog. She also talked about the various ways of earning money as a blogger.

Jojie Alcantara, journalist and photographer extraordinaire, gave both the beginner and advance tracks lessons on photoblogging. As a PR and Creative Consultant, she also shared how to build your media credibility and taking into mind that blogging is not an overnight success. She also gave us tips on how to take great photographs. Photos can also be a means of generating income from our blogs.

Justine Cooke of shared one of the most anticipated topics of the bootcamp – how to make money from problogging. What interested me the most in his talk is his “Set-And-Forget” Method of earning through niche sites and his very direct, no-nonsense process of earning through Google AdSense.

Kring Elenzano, the video blogger of, shared great tips on why get into vlogging, creating your own videos, and other important things to consider in video blogging. She showed us great examples of her own viral videos in Youtube such as eating exotic Korean food and how to get your own Korean boyfriend.

Roy Geonzon, KBP President of the Davao Chapter, discussed how important it is for bloggers to know about the Broadcast Code of the Philippines. The most important thing that I learned from the talk was that when you step on someone’s right, your right to publish stops. During the question-and-answer portion, issues such as the coming elections and how to adapt to future changes in technology were tackled.

I also learned a lot of tips on what to add on my social media arsenal from Jay Frank de Jesus, Emerging Media Specialist of the U.S. Embassy. He shared social media strategies and tools to both beginner and advance tracks that are sure to put online interaction to a whole new level.

The best thing I learned from the bootcamp is having a strong passion and purpose for blogging. Whatever you put up online is your legacy. Especially on the aspect of thinking before clicking. I hope that I will be able to join more events like these. More power to Davao bloggers and to all bloggers in the Philippines!

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