First Day at Iblog 3- Blogging for Newbies

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laurentalk.jpgAll day yesterday, Lauren complained how she was nervous over her topic “Do’s and Don’ts of Personal Blogging for Iblog 3 Summit because it would be her first public speaking engagment. I told her not to worry and just be herself as if she were just blogging. True to form, she captured her audience with her wit and charm.Listen to Lauren’s Podcast and judge for yourself. Her powerpoint can also be downloaded as you listen to her podcast. (Warning to sensitive readers: May contain Offensive language in the Podcast Intro)

In answer to the question if I read her blog. I know Lauren has a private blog since she entered college which I don’t bother to find out but I read her public blog. Recently , I was asked if I cringe over the cuss words that she uses. Her blog is her way of expression and for me to censor it is just not right. She limits or avoids cuss words in front of us. I don’t curse myself but her dad does. So how can I tell my own daughter not to say words when her own father does it?

And I finally met Dine!

Me with Dine and Joel.

Too bad I missed meeting with with Annamanila but got to meet Julie , a client and a contributor at Pinoy Moms Network.

Day 2 tomorrow and topics are quite interesting for bloggers who want to take their blogs on a higher level.

Blogging for Newbies
9:00 – 9:20 Abraham Olandres: Blogging Success Story (Philippines’ Most Read Blogger)
9:20 – 9:40 Photoblogging Success Story (Anton Diaz)
9:40 – 10:00 Philippine Politics and the Blogosphere (Manuel L. Quezon III)

10:00 to 10:30 Break

Blogging Trends Track
10:30 to 10:50 Podcasting/Videocasting Growth Trends (Wilson Chua of eRadioPortal.)
10:50 to 11:10 Blogging / Web Marketing Trends (Aileen Apolo of Google.)
11:10 to 11:30 The New Prosumer (Norman Agatep of Euro 4D.)

11:30 to 12:00 Panel Discussion (Moderated by Janette Toral)

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 to 1:15 Sponsor Talk by Globe

Blogging and Journalism Track
1:15 – 1:40 Blogging and Investigative Journalism (Alecks Pabico of PCIJ)
1:40 – 2:00 Blogging as Mainstream Media (Angelo Racoma of the Blog Herald)
2:00 – 2:20 TV Journalism and Blogging (Malou Mangahas of GMA Network)
2:20- 240 Panel Discussion (Moderated by Rachel Khan)

2:40 – 3:00 Break

Professional Blogging Track

3:00 – 3:30 Blogging for advancing one’s career (Marc Hil Macalua)
3:30 – 4:00 Professional blogging (Jayvee Fernandez)
4:00 – 4:30 Increasing blog popularity (Gail Dela Cruz – Villanueva)

4:30 – 5:00 Raffle, group picture, networking

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1386 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • Great seeing you again Noemi! Hope your cold gets better soon!

  • An ill-timed meeting made me miss this morning’s session. Kasi naman I found out about this the other night lang when I already had a full sked and all because I stumbled on Dine at gmail chat.

    At least the day wasn’t wasted. I met Dine for coffee after lunch and she said you spoke of your blogging experiences. Was I the one you alluded to when you talked about a friend who was inspired to blog by you? Ako yon, di ba? LOL I see Lauren talked too. Omg, its already a family enterprise.

  • @aileen- good luck on your talk. Looking forward to it.

  • The use of cuss words is fine with me if it was used as an expression. Well, the use of cuss words in blogs is “in” nowadays.

  • @annamanila- I thought you knew kasi I already blogged about it. I should have emailed you privately. Yes I talked about you (trying to see if you were in the audience). I don’t know why I was invited to speak. I consider my blog just “moderate” success and not that BIG compared to other Philippine bloggers

    @jeric- expression yes but it doesn’t sound acceptable to senior citizens.

  • See you again tomorrow 🙂

  • Had a blast meeting you and Dine. It’s such a great experience that I have already shared it. 🙂 Regardless of what you may think, Ms Noemi, your blog is BIG compared to us cellar-dwellers. Hehe. Peace. Hope to keep in touch. I’ll be sure to motivate both my wife and my mom to join Cesky and I in this wonderful world. Many thanks for the inspiration.

  • Janette Toral

    Hi Noemi. The event this morning made me think whether I will ever have the same experience, as you, later on of speaking in the same conference with one of my kids someday. I feel your joy and admire the amount of freedom you gave for your children to blossom. Cheers!

  • @Juned- see you today

    @Joel- I don’t like talking about “success” because it’s bittersweet.

    @Janette- More freedom as they got older. She’s a graduate after all.

  • Was nice to see you Noemi. I enjoyed your daughter’s talk. She’s witty and funny.

  • tell Lauren I like her outfit. youthful and very stylish. i’ve been trying to access her podcast but her site is down. the traffic must have sent her server will try again some other time.

  • Ahh. Ikaw pala yun… Hehe. I think I saw you at the PBA then, I’m a bit new here so I’m not really familiar…

    Anyways good luck on your iBlog summit. I’m sure you speakers have a lot to impart out there.

  • @Julie- It was nice meeting you too.

    @dexie- I told lauren. she’s thrilled with your compliment.

    @ferdz- I was one of the committe heads of PBA .

  • Too bad I wasn’t able to go to iBlog3 because of my back pains 🙁

  • i was finally able to listen to the podcast last night. seriously, she is so articulate. and so witty. i wanna be like her when i grow up :).

  • you know what? i enjoyed meeting you face to face. though my feeling was – twas like we already knew each other before, the face-to-face encounter was just to seal whatever interaction we had in the net.

    twas also nice to have finally met lauren and marielle. smart kids! my BA even felt comfortable with you.

  • Hi! 🙂 I was the one who asked the question. Anyway, I was just curious with how it was for the both of you. I used to hide my blog from my mom and she discovered it when my sister left the PC running with my page on the screen. Mom called me up to tell me she read it. Oh lords! She complained on how everyone else could read it and why wasn’t she allowed to do so too. Oo nga naman. So yeah. She doesn’t like it too that I cuss (which like Lauren I refrain from doing when I’m infront of her) but since I am my dad’s daughter and my grandfather’s granddaughter, she reminds me that I got it from their side and not hers. =P Will refer my mom to your site. I’ll ask her to start blogging too. Hehe.

  • @Prudence- I hope you are well now. Maybe next time. I heard it is ging to be regional

    @dexie- Thanks. After her talk, I think she gained an ounce of confidence.

    @sexy mom- yes that is so right. We got to know a bit of each other through our entries. And it was really nice to meet BA, even made better that Marielle and BA were classmates. it’s so cool.

    @kris- hi. I knew that Lauren had a blog ever since she was 10 years old. I monitored it till her 16th year because I was afraid she might give out too much information. My main concern was no address, no contact numbers and no description of her school or home. Mainly security reasons. About her thoughts, I would try to understand. Along the way, she learned what was bloggable and not bloggable. After all thoughts are just thoughts unless it is suicidal or criminal in nature…I would not bother thinking much about it.

    about cussing, i wouldn’t think too much about it if done in front of friends or in the blog. However, social norms especially in front of business or older people might frown upon it. And young people know this.

    I might get flak from your mom but I’ve learned to adapt to the youngster of this generation. Let her blog and share her knowledge to other moms. Let her join our 70 plus Pinoy Moms network member at

  • I think that’s why I didn’t want my mom to know. I was afraid that she’d be paranoid and she wouldn’t let me go online anymore. And back then she wouldn’t even touch the computer so, it was harder to explain to her (or at least, I assumed it was harder). Didn’t think she’d understand the whole fuss about weblogging and chatting online. But now it’s alright since I’m twenty-one and living away from home. Keeps her posted. Though the phone bills still pile up. :S Hehe. 😛

  • Hi Noemi! Was so happy to finally meet the face behind the Touched By An Angel blog. Will email you pics I took of you both (plus pic of you and me so you can remember who I was amongst all the bloggers you met).

    My kids were bloggers way, way before me and I never understood what kept them awake till past midnight till I tried blogging myself. Now, it is my “connect” with their generation. They actually take time to comment on some of my posts (believe it or not).

    Their friends think it’s COOL that their Mom blogs. And I am happy they actually invited me into their blogs (cuss words and all in some of them). Through their blogs, I have a bird’s eye view of who their friends are as well. Nice!

    The blogging summit was an eye-opener (meaning, I realized how much I did not know about blogging). It was also enriching (i.e., meeting people like you and other newbie bloggers like me). And motivating (if you guys can do it, then maybe I have a chance to make a go of mine as well).

    See you around the blogosphere and hopefully, next summit.

  • @kris- it is the fear of the unknown that parents fear..actually

    @Jane- It’s always amazing to meet the face behind the blog. I am amazed at new friendships formed. Yes kids also read my blog maybe for wisdom since I am older . I also read kids’ blogs to be in tune with the times.