the pictures from the slides all flashed their smiles, waved their hellos and showed their beauty to the audience. each image was telling its success story, but in a tone repressed by the nimbus clouds of the general blogging do’s and don’ts, blogging etiquettes and blogging tips.
i cleared my ear from the clutters of dust and dirt to better grasp the photo-blogging success story by mr anton diaz, but clearing my auditory passages did not help that much. my sense of sight, touch and smell all focused on the presentation, but mr diaz’s success story was overpowered by the slides about the technicalities on blogging, which were already discussed on the previous talks by the other speakers.
mr diaz’s encouraging idea of presenting the “good things” of the philippines made me think if that’s his key to success as a photo blogger; but seeing only a slide solely dedicated to photography made me think otherwise.
i raced the early morning traffic filled with smog to catch mr diaz’s photo blogging success story at 9:20 in the morning not knowing that i will be filled with more blogging do’s and don’ts homily.
ironically, mr diaz’s photographs could have said more about using photographs in addressing social issues, about how photographs could effectively reflect the various faces of the society and about how photographs could inspire people to change.
i personally admire mr diaz’s photography. his presentation showed me the smallest spark of inspiration to succeed in photo blogging. i was thankful of that spark, no matter how small it may be, simply because it fuelled my hope that i could be a successful photo blogger someday.
i remembered how my frozen nerves were defrosted by dean alfar’s inspiring talk about literary writing and blogging. the up college of economics auditorium’s low temperature did not stop mr dean alfar to deliver his presentation about why we should keep a blog and continue blogging. his eloquence as a writer and as a speaker entertained the audience for a while, taking them away from the soporific atmosphere of the auditorium.
another entertaining topic discussed at the iblog3 event was blogging as alternative publishing for comic book creators discussed by mr jonas diego. mr diego presented the topic in such a way that almost every comic book lover at the auditorium would want to make their own comic books and publish it on their blogs.
in fairness to the organizers, the topics included in the iblog3 can cater to most of the audience, despite some technical talks that can best be appreciated by the pro-bloggers.
having lunch with shari, jeff, moses, jhed, aaron,rens, mike, ian, thysz, janin and other bloggers for two days was one of the highlights of my iblog3 experience. meeting my fellow bloggers in flesh and bone was a totally different experience than communicating with them online.
despite the information overload about blog niche, blogging etiquettes, blogging do’s and don’t’s, blogging profit, and professional blogging, the post event night-out with moses, jhed, hener, ian, aaron, mike and billycoy broke the urband legend about bloggers; that bloggers are all a bunch of computer nerds and geeks who lacks social skills.
generally, the event did ok. the topics were interesting, though the organizers could have provided the participants separate venues for separate topics of their interests. doing so could lessen the need for caffeine inside the auditorium. the speakers could also have the opportunity to direct their talk to their audience, which could also encourage better participation.
iblog3 was a proof that the blogging industry in the country was something that should not be taken or granted. the power of the blogger as the master of the communication process should be acknowledged by the prime movers of the country. iblog3 is one of the many reasons why i am a proud pinoy blogger.
i just hope that next time, the participants who signed up online would show up and tell the blogging community that they were human beings, not just some virtual persona.
more iblog3 photos here