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Why I did not regret going to BlogFestAsia

Posted in Blogging & Technology by juned on the November 20th, 2009

The plane came in at 10:00. It was the Hong Kong Express flight UO73 from Manila. Passing through imigration and customs was fast. And the trip via Airport Express to Kowloon Station was fast as well It took some time though for the K5 bus to arrive that would take guests to the hotel – CityView. Checking in was not a big problem – there were no rooms until after 2 in the afternoon. And Tonyo Cruz was there and we went straight away, bag and all, to the Asian Blogfest.

Just made it in time for the panel discussion, I was part of the panel. The panel talked about … well updates of the different blog communities in and around Asia. In the panel there were bloggers from Malaysia, Cambodia, Taiwan, the Philippines (Blogie Robilo) and China. Probably China was the most interesting in that it was probably the one in China - the image of the building in the center of big man made crater where a building was to rise was a statement. This image:This photo: This snapshot seemed to me that it brought home a point that blogging is powerful but it is also a dangerous business.

There are things more powerful than a photo and that is listening to a first hand account of what happened.

And unfortunately you really get to realize this when you meet a fellow-blogger face-to-face and listen to their story. You get to learn about it on-line or even learn about if during a presentation but to nothing beats an actually tale and talk. It is only that you realize that life is not as tough here in the Philippines for bloggers, although we do have problems of our own - libel for one, over commercialization and other things that makes blogging interesting.

As I looked on and participated and became part of the first Blogfest Asia. I cannot but help to remember the early days of Iblog, the meet-up of bloggers, the Philippine Blog Awards and the Blog & Soul Movement. All this events introduced me to a lot of people I call friends now. I wonder will the same hold true for Blogfest Asia? I think so.

One of the blogger, Jerry Foo at the event said as we went on our seperate ways - You Are Not Alone … not original but apt.

This an interview Ching Chiao of BlogFestAsia1.


BlogFestAsia, the Philippine Blog Awards, activities with the Blog & Soul Movement. talk with friends and a number of other things have convinced me to compartmentalize and start a new blog at - Notes Blogging, Social Media, On-Line Media and On-Line Reputation Management.

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