The Flash Drive that Blogging Won

12:23 pm PHT

I went to the first ever Philippine BlogCon 2006 last night at the National Sports Grill in Greenbelt 3 sponsored by Globe Innove. I finally got to meet some of the people behind the local blogs I read such as Abe Olandres and Markku Seguerra.

Now if you know me, you’d probably be surprised to know that I went there own my own, not knowing anyone personally who would come as well. I’m your classic introvert and mingling with unfamiliar people is something that I’m not very good at. (I’m shy, hehehe.)

Anyway, I sat down with Mimi and Karl de Leon, the founders of and struck up a simple conversation. Mimi was very nice and made me feel comfortable talking about stuff. A little later we were joined by Markku and his girlfriend, Anne Bailon, and Markku fortunately recognized me from cyberspace. Rounding up the group were Dax Dizon, Joey Climaco, and Kevin Codamon.

There were some nice short talks by Abe, Noemi, Marc and others on topics ranging from the history of the Philippine blogosphere, to professional blogging and blog-related careers, and some search engine optimization specific for blogs (or Wordpress-based blogs it seems). After the talk, people mingled around and interacted with the other participants.

Interestingly, aside from one renegade Nikon, all of the SLR cameras I saw at the conference were Canon cameras.  =) Canon prides itself in being the #1 choice of professional photographers. Several of their ads, in fact, show pictures of rows upon rows of sports photographers sporting Canon cameras with matching thousand-dollar camera lenses.

Anyway, what about the post title? I was lucky to win one of the conference’s raffle prizes: a 256 MB PQI USB flash drive. I was thinking of buying a flash drive for my personal use, and now I don’t have to. And all because I blog and had the nerve to attend a social event.  =) Incidentally, Markku and Anne each won the same prize. The post title is also a play on the problogger quote, “the something that blogging bought”. Hehehe.

Found below are some pictures from the event. (My Canon Digital IXY 800 IS pales in comparison to the EOS SLRs there.  =p)

Update: Sep 27, 12:12 a.m. I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one feeling a just bit left out or OP (read Jeff’s feedback). The first word that came to mind when I observed the crowd was ‘cliquish.’ Most people seemed to know each other. Or maybe most of them were just extroverts. But that won’t stop me from attending the next BlogCon; the event was great and I did leave it feeling happy. (Of course, the flash drive had a part in it.)  =)

Another thing: I had a hard time answering the question people there asked asked me the most: “What’s your blog?” I resorted to some combination of uttering “vaes9” (pronounced like “vice 9”) and “a personal/technology blog.” Pffft.

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On 12:54 a.m., 27 Sep 2006, yuga wrote:

I guess those bloggers were already chatting on each other’s blog comments so when they saw each other personally, tuloy tuloy ang flow ng usapan. Ako I was really glad to meet the faces behind the URLs which was our main intention talaga. So, til the next BlogCon or even our small meetups.


On 6:48 a.m., 27 Sep 2006, Sonnie wrote:

It’s also my first time, err, 2nd time pala because I attended the Blogger Summit at UP. Some faces are familiar since some of them were speakers before.

I wish I have more time that night.


On 8:39 a.m., 27 Sep 2006, seav wrote:

@yuga, yeah, I figured that many bloggers network heavily online but I somewhat stayed at the fringes and lurked. Hehehe. But it was really nice having the opportunity to meet many of the guys I only know from the web.  =)

@Sonnie, I wanted to go to the Summit at UP but I was in Japan that time. Hmmm, I don’t think I got to talk to you the other night. Anyway, thanks for dropping by.  =)


On 8:53 a.m., 27 Sep 2006, jun wrote:

didn’t get to shake your hand. next time, i will. I actually took only 4 pictures with my 4-year-old finepix 303. I chickened out and kept it when the Canon Rebels started clicking. I want one too!


On 8:54 a.m., 27 Sep 2006, Kiven wrote:

Hi, nice meeting you, bro. hope we can talk more sa next blogcons. thanks.


On 12:49 p.m., 27 Sep 2006, missyosigirl wrote:

wanted to go there sana kaso it was a monday and it was in makati pa  :(

congrats on the flash drive!  :D cool!


On 6:23 p.m., 27 Sep 2006, markku wrote:

Pre, nice to finally meet you! Fave ko tong blog mo, dati pa, promise.  :) Sama ka ulit next time, kahit dun sa mga trip-trip lang kung saan-saan…  ;)

Congrats sa flash drive. Hehehe.  :)


On 11:45 p.m., 27 Sep 2006, noemi Dado wrote:

The first time is never easy..I am the oldest in that group but I put all of my fears aside . I had already met Yuga and the rest in the 2nd blog summit, then the globe-innove meet for 12 bloggers. So this is my third time to meet up. If you put all your fears aside, trust me you are going to have a blast the next time. BTW, thanks for sharing these photos. (I like my shot there parang I don’t look old)


On 2:19 a.m., 28 Sep 2006, Rico wrote:

Hey Eugene! Now I remember meeting you! Congrats sa Flash Drive that blogging won.  ;)

I shall see you next time.


On 4:03 a.m., 28 Sep 2006, Migs wrote:

Sayang, we could have met! But it’s my turn to be out of the country…


On 10:41 a.m., 28 Sep 2006, drei wrote:

buti blockmate kita at di na kitang hanapin in some blogging summit. hehe. but i think it would be fun to attend one of those.  :)


On 8:03 a.m., 1 Oct 2006, seav wrote:

@Kiven, Nice meeting you too pare.

@missyosigirl, sana pumunta ka.

@jun, Yeah, the Canon SLRs were intimidating for us compact-camera weilders. Dapat sa next BlogCon, naka-EOS ka na.  =)

@markku, sige, naniniwala na ako sa iyo, kahit sabi nina karl at mimi na nambobola ka.  =D next time ulit.

@noemi, it was nice meeting you and talking with you for a bit. Thanks for the nice words.  =)

@Rico, thanks! Next time again.

@Migs, There’s always a next time. You’re one of the people I want to personally meet.

@drei, punta ka next time.  =)


On 10:15 a.m., 2 Oct 2006, chris wrote:

shy type din ako hehehe, pero i was there and was able to meet a good number of great people. sayang i was not able to meet you. next time dude!


On 8:36 p.m., 6 Oct 2006, joey wrote:

oi dude eto pala blog mo.. pareho tayo konti lang kilala dun pero oks lang. next time inom tayo konti para mas masaya.

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