Ten years after, I say: I may not be the best writer in the world but I like to express my thoughts through blogging. Like blogging with my trusty laptop.
As cliche as this sounds but the world is an evolving place. Change is constant and technology proved it. When I was in high school, I used to make blank books as journals by sewing a bunch of brown newsprint papers and cutting illustration boards for book covers. Now, I'm constantly changing my blog site "theme" to fit my mood (since I don't have my own domain, I'm a blogspot and tumblr user).
Before, media can be identified as newspaper, radio and TV. Now joining the line-up is online blogging. Yes, blogging is the new social media. But just like some people, some bloggers doesn't think before they click and that's gonna change this November.
Cebu will be hosting the 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit (VBS). The organizers are stepping up by giving the participants world-class talks that will improve their craft as social media users. According to the VBS website: this year's theme: "Blogging and Beyond" will highlight the value of blogging as a potent tool in community development and in encouraging community participation.
So mark the calendars in your planners and set the reminders on your phones for this coming November 26, 2011, Saturday 7:30am to 5:00pm at SM City Cebu. All Cebu-based and/or Visayas-based bloggers are invited to join. Non-bloggers are also welcome. Admission is FREE!
For participating bloggers, one have to write an article about this event and link the sponsors to their sites. After doing so, you may proceed here.
For non-bloggers, you may click here. The organizers will email you for further instructions after confirming your registration.
To make an interactive learning experience for the participants, the organizers have divided the talk into different segments. Here's the gist:
(07:30 – 08:30 AM) REGISTRATION
(08:30 – 09:00 AM) WELCOME by Mayor Michael Rama, City of Cebu
(09:30 – 10:30 AM) PERSONAL BLOGGING
Know the advantages of blogging, how to improve a blog’s visibility and how to make it sustainable.
SPEAKER: Vernon Joseph “Iggy” Go
“Getting Steady with Blogging”
(11:00 – 12:00 PM) PROFESSIONAL BLOGGING
There is more to blogging. This can be a career and even become a business. Find out how professionals make it to the top.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Chris C. Ducker
“From Blog to Business – Getting Serious Online!”
(12:01 – 01:00 PM) LUNCH BREAK
(01:01 – 02:30 PM) SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING FOR BUSINESS
Learn how small businesses use social media to boost their sales and visiblity. Learn their experiences, secrets and tips first hand.
Speaker: Ms. Joanne Apat
“Basic Tips in Using Social Media for Business!”
(03:00 – 04:00 PM) SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY
Blogging is not only for business but for social change. Find out how bloggers influence and use blogging as a medium to change their communities and improve lives.
SPEAKER: Janette Toral
Social Media Responsibility: A Perspective
(04:01 – 5:00 PM) AWARDING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES
The 2011 Visayas Blogging Summit is presented by Cebu Bloggers Society Inc in partnership with SM City Cebu and Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. The event is also supported by Virtual Staff Finder, Geiser Maclang, Watsons, Solidhosting.PH, Cebu Directories and Bluewater Resorts. Media partners are Cebu Daily News, SunStar, The Freeman, ABS-CBN and GMA 7.