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Still space for a return to blogging?

I’ve put promises left and right. I tried to motivate myself and my fellow writers by leaving strong words whenever I had the chance to grasp them and utilize them on any of the blogs we command. But, is there really any space to return to blogging? For me? For my fellow Pinoy Teens Contributors? For the Philippine Teens Media?

A lot of things have been bothering me, well, hindering me from doing any blogging at all. This includes but is not limited to the people in real life who consume a lot of the time that used to be dedicated for blogging. I’m not blaming them or anything, I’m pointing out that I need to be more disciplined about my schedule. Also, the schedule at which time I go to bed.

Can I still make it into the blogging scene? Continue reading Still space for a return to blogging?

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One More Year with PTNM this 2012

I’ve promised so much in the last 2 years. I’ve planned so many things in the last two years. I’ve failed in almost everything I took charge of…

2012 is going to be the biggest year yet for Pinoy Teens and my colleagues. It’s the year in which we hope to achieve beyond our expectations, and beyond anything that Pinoy Teens has ever reached before. Something inside me believes that 2012 is going to be a great year for me and for my blogging life. I hope it beholds truth. Continue reading One More Year with PTNM this 2012

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BlogFest 2.0 – I’m so excited!

BlogFest is about 30 hours away from now.. but I’m so excited that I can’t sleep! I know I share this sheer excitement with many other bloggers as well! So, what’s making me so excited and thrilled about the second rendition of the General Santos City hosted BlogFest?

  • Meeting Avel and Orman – I’ve seen either of the two at some occasions throughout the year, but I’ve barely caught two birds with a single stone! Meh, it’s gonna be another bun, meat, bun (sandwich) photo again when I’m amidst the two!
  • It’s going to be more epic than the former! – BlogFest 1.0 was one heck of an event already, and this one is looking to be much more fun, and more epic! I don’t intend to undermine or underrate the first version, hah, even that event was great, but the way things shape up and all the hype that’s going on around BlogFest 2.0, this is certainly the blogging event of the year in Mindanao!
  • Davao Bloggers galore in Gensan! – Olan, Faust, Lyle, Brendel, Alma, you name ’em! Most, of the Davao Bloggers will head out to our neighbors from General Santos City to attend this once in a life time event (next year it’ll be BlogFest 3.0, so technically, BlogFest 2.0 is a once in a lifetime event :p)!
  • Pinoy Teens represented by my girlfriend – This will be the first major blogging event that my girlfriend will attend to, how lucky she must be that her debut blogging event is going to be the BlogFest! The first major event that I attended though, also happened in Gensan which dates back 3 years… Mindanao Bloggers Summit 2.0!
  • Getting my blogging vibes back! – I’m so positive about it that after this event, I’m going to be ubber inspired to keep blogging again the way I used to. 🙂
What BlogFest has to offer:
Of course, the list of speakers is in good shape as well, with incredible speakers all over the place! YOU, what are you most excited about BlogFest 2.0?!
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Ciao MBS5 :(

It’s quite hard for me to find the right words about what has happened, but let me get it straight to the point first… I’m not attending the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 2011 in Iligan. I know, I know… I’ve confirmed several times, even registered way ahead of the event… but things just didn’t work out the way I wanted and the way I’ve planned them.

My parents, particularly my mother disliked the idea of me traveling out of town. She’s scared because of all the hype we see on television that war is going on in Mindanao. Aside from that, my father (who had a stroke attack back in June) also dislikes the idea to travel out of town at the moment. We’re also very low on money. Even the Pinoy Teens’ funds is low on money. It’d be a terrible idea if I’d borrow some when I still have a  few payments due by the end of this month, right?

One of my sponsors for the month has backed out because they’ve got in trouble financially, too; and that really nailed MBS5 for me.

I was so excited, so eager to make it, but I was left with the ultimate decision by my parents… It’s going to be either BlogFest 2011 to which I travel with Princess Salan or the Mindanao Bloggers Summit.

Believe me, it was a tough choice to make, but reassessing our present situation and financial status of my parents [they are building a house], I just had to back out. We all have to make sacrifices sometimes!

I don’t know why I bothered writing this… but thanks to those who bothered to read it. I’m sorry for whoever expected me there. </3 Kitakits nalang sa BlogFest because that’s the blogging event of the year that I’m not gonna pass out on!

ps: I’m still looking forward to a press release of the event so I can still write about it 🙂

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Taking on WordPress at Software Freedom Day 2011

I’m very happy to announce that I’ll be part of the exceptional lineup of speakers at the Ateneo de Davao University edition of this year’s Software Freedom Day 2011.

Software Freedom Day will happen on a Saturday, September 17, 2011 at the 6th Floor of the Finster Hall, at the Ateneo de Davao University’s Computer Studies Division. SFD is a celebration of free and open source software (foss) which is simultaneously going on all over the world.

It’s nothing new for me to talk during Software Freedom Day, more so, talk about WordPress. This is going to be my 3rd session about my favorite blogging tool in the span of 4 years (I missed SFD 2010)

Anyway, I’m very happy to tell you that I’ll be giving away a decent number of domain names during my talk… add to that 1 year hosting courtesy of my kind hosting provider, too.

One thing that makes me feel a bit tensed and confused though is that I’m not sure what kind of people I’ll have to engage with.. Will it be those geeks who already know most about WordPress? Bloggers who started at BlogSpot? People interested in getting started with WordPress?

It’s really hard to figure that one out before I have them before me. That’s why I broadened the scope of my 1 hour slot to talk not only about the basics of WordPress but to extend beyond the out of the box functions.

WordPress Basics and Beyond – Student Blogger Edition

I have the gut feel that I’m surely not the only one who opted to name his talk like such, but I see no better fit to it. This is what I plan to cover during my talk at the Ateneo de Davao University:

  • WordPress Fundamental
    • Background of WordPress
    • Looking back at 2.x – 3.1
  • Installing WordPress
    • cPanel 1-click Installer
    • Manual Install
  • WordPress Basics
    • The WordPress Dashboard
    • Write Page
    • Posts Area
    • Pages Area
    • Comments Area
    • Settings Run Through
    • Appearance
      • Widget fiddling
  • WordPress for the above average Joe
    • Lucky 7
      • 7 Favorite Free Themes
      • 7 Must Have Plugins
      • 7 Things to Check
    • WordPress as CMS
      • Custom Menus
      • CMS-type Themes
    • Making WordPress Faster
      • The Fast Five Plugins
  • WordPress Beyond
    • WordPress Help
      • Codex
      • WPBeginner
      • WPRecipes
    • WordPress Themes
      • PaddSolutions
      • Theme Repository
      • Elegant Themes
      • Studio Press
      • WooThemes
    • WordPress Communities
      • WPTavern
      • Weblogtoolscollection
      • WPCandy
    • WordPress Hosting
      • Eleven2
      • Dreamhost
      • Bluehost
  • (if time allows) Blogging and the Blogger
    • Why do you blog?
    • Blogging Ethics
    • SEO Basics
  • GIVEAWAY Portion
    • 1 x 1 year domain + hosting
    • 3 x 1 year WordPress hosting
    • 4 x 1 domain
Note: Final presentation flow may be different subject to no prior notice. It looks like a heck long talk for an hour, but most of them are just one slide – one liners. Especially the one in the WordPress beyond section.
I’d  like to thank Eleven2 Web HostingThe Travel Teller, Abdul Hakeem, Scolex PortalTEES.PHAlohagems Online and, Tech at Hand for the domain and hosting giveaways!
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Getting ready now

Look how quickly I can change my mind, or say, mood. A post ago I was still talking about ending this hopeless blogging life of mine. Yet, this very moment I’m writing this piece; my motivation could not be any higher!

I have created a few accounts for those who have volunteered to become part of the Philippine Teens Media and Pinoy Teens Online. I have prepared a few topics that I hope to discuss on PinoyTeens.Net, and I’m feeling more determined than ever before.

Continue reading Getting ready now