Professional Blogging Summit 2014 #DPOP

The first ever Professional Blogging Summit was a success and it was a great pleasure to be part of it.

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Professional Blogging Summit attendees and the obligatory ‘groufie’

We may have gotten in for free (yes!) through the generous support of Island Rose, Pro Friends, and A Venue  but the learnings shared among bloggers, entrepreneurs, and public relations professionals were priceless. Here are some of my favorites: Azrael Coladilla of Azrael’s Merryland talked about his blog’s evolution from a personal diary to a lifestyle blog to a (his) life blog. He also gave tips on how to strategically build a network from merely being a member to being the center of it.

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Azrael Coladilla of Azrael’s Merryland talks at the Professional Blogging Summit #DPOP

My takeaway: Building a community does not take genius, it takes sincerity and genuine desire to be helpful. Ross del Rosario of Wazzup Pilipinas shared his step-by-step guide to “Maintaining a Professional Bloggers and Social Media Specialists Network”, chronicling his personal journey from an embattled to a multi-awarded blogger.

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Ross del Rosario of Wazzup Pilipinas shares his experiences of triumphs and intrigues and how to nurture a professional network amidst it all.

My takeaway: Be significant. JayL Aquino offered a sneak peek into the social media lives of celebrities.

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JayL Aquino of Blog-PH clues us in on social media influencers as Janette Toral queues the next presentation.

My takeaway: Never overpromise to clients. Never burn bridges. Blog celebrity Joseph Cham, a professional model and fashion entrepreneur shares insights on networking with potential clients, content management, and engaging new readers.

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Blogger, Model, and Entrepreneur Joseph Cham tackles his journey from blogger to blog celebrity.

My takeaway:  Be visible. Go where the clients are. Brand professional Jeoff Solas switches hats between blogger and public relations professional in discussing the DOs of being a “PR-friendly” blogger.

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Janette Toral with Jeoff Solas brandishing an Island Rose bouquet. But no Kuya Germs in sight?

My takeaway: Market yourself. Fashionista-slash-fashion-entrepreneur Sai Montes fleshed out the details of “social selling” or selling on social media sites.

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Jeoff Solas poses with Sai Montes as the Professional Blogging Summit concludes.

My takeaway on social media stats: Analyze. Analyze. Analyze.

Now, stop reading and work on your digital career. See you on next year’s #DPOP!