Macbook Air, Butch Dalisay and Writing Tips

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At a press conference for a food event, the Singapore-based president of this events company handed over his calling card to me. After introducing himself, he asked the food publication that I belonged to. I smiled and without hesitation, informed him I’m a blogger.

The stunned president stepped backwards, Really? I’ve never met anyone who introduced herself as a blogger. Aren’t bloggers scary? They just write anything.

I assured him I don’t know about other bloggers but I’m fair.

Someone spoke up in my table and added And what’s up with some bloggers who write “I woke up and went to the gym… and she started ranting about how boring blogs are and that she never reads them, that mainstream media will always be the source of reliable news. yadda..and on and on.

I refused to sound defensive so I just listened and retorted that “Traditional media is established with its role in objective news reporting and special features while bloggers provide a niche not covered by them”.

Being relatively new in blogging with very limited writing skills, I appreciate feedback. Most bloggers I know strive to improve their writing and blogging techniques. Through the Blog and Soul Movement, a series of monthly roundtable talks was established for all bloggers and would-be bloggers. For the month of March, I invited Butch Dalisay to talk on Creative Non-Fiction for bloggers at the Kape Isla in Serendra. If you missed it, Listen/Right Click to download Podcast

Here are the tips that I gathered from the two hour conversation with Butch and the 22 bloggers in attendance.

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1. You are your first audience. You have to please yourself. If you are not happy with your blog, then who else will read it?

2. When you think of your readers, you write for a reasonably intelligent reader. Your reader is just smart as you are. That’s the reader worth going forth.

3. When you write about yourself, it’s never just yourself. It can’t be. Who the hell are you anyway? Why should your life be so interesting to people? It could be interesting only up to a certain point. There’s got to be a point when you are no longer talking about yourself. Or even when you are, there are points others can relate to .

4. Educate , enlighten and entertain. Have a way to make them accessible and funny. Using self-deprecating humor makes your reader feel relaxed and that’s what creates a bond.

5. Find the image that will capture the idea rather than express the idea itself.

6. Move towards one syllable words. The simpler the word the better. It is not the fancy word that carries the story.

7. Read authors you want to emulate. Stop reading authors that don’t write as well as you. You won’t grow.

And what does Butch Dalisay have to say about the future of blogs?

Blogs are here to stay.

Standards will emerge. People and readers will develop a sense of good and bad. Someone will not set these standards. People will be discerning of the writer and the reader.

(Asides: Which reminds me, that same afternoon I got this email about a scandal involving Manila’s High Society with a request to help spread it around. Much as I sympathize with the blogger, I felt it wasn’t right to promote a libelous entry in this blog and besides, it’s all over the place by now. But that’s just me. Seeking Justice for Cris Mendez is a more worthwhile cause.)

With those inspiring words from such a humble person, the 22 bloggers took time off to have a photo shoot with this Palanca Hall of Fame awardee and his Macbook Air.

Guess the author I want to emulate. What about you?

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You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) 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.

  • I have a collection of some of his books. The Best of Barfly. His writing style is so casual. I like it. Too bad I missed his talk.

  • writing with imagery is best done with practice. I tend to just tell my story

  • Wow! You actually brushed elbows with penmanila himself! Woah! I could only imagine how interesting he equally is in person, or even more! I love his writing style and his transparency. Plus the fact that he is probably the most techie journalist ever! 🙂

  • Great tips. Really helpful…I should’ve been there too (for a photo op with the MacBook Air)…lol.

  • nice post..love the tips ..i always love dropping by in your site…
    keep it up!

  • ian

    thanks for the timely tips! i often have this recurring feeling of being ‘lost’ on why i blog, what i ought to write about, and for whom do i write. plus blog monetization can muddle motivations too hehe hope to join your next event for bloggers =]

    so… is the Macbook Air really that stunning? hehe

  • miej

    i couldn’t go last sat. 🙁 sayang! can’t wait for the podcast. tips are quite helpful for a newbie like me. thanks noemi!

  • @jennie- it just so happens that my husband is a good friend of Butch Dalisay

    @edward- oh it was a fun session and goofing around with his macbook air

    @ian- it’s quite handy for those that often bring their laptops around. Since Butch is a writer, I am sure it’s quite convenient for him

    @miej- the podcast is just as educational.

  • Great advice. If you are not happy with your own blog then who else will be? I am learning but that is very good advice. thanks, Rick

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  • hi! this was a great post… and i’m so inggit about the butch dalisay workshop. 🙂 i’m not super serious about blogging but i’m always looking to improve my writing. i really, really would appreciate it if you could let me know when the podcast will be up. and if there are more similar interactions with established writers in the future. 🙂

    thanks!

  • I wish I could write as naturally on a broad range of topics as you Noemi. Thanks for the writing tips.

  • Too bad I missed this. Butch is a truly gifted writer and so humble. Hector and him were classmates at Philippine Science and all of them continue to be awed by his talent.

  • oh man I missed this. I got a chance to get my hands on the Air at GB and it is indeed made of unbelievable engineering. I still can’t justify paying MacBook Pro prices for something that’s less than a MacBook though, but that’s just because I’m a cheapskate 😆

  • twas a 2-fold meet: listening to “the” Butch Dalisay and meeting MBA in person.

  • I was able to hold my aunt’s MBA but I still would want to have an iPhone than the MBA.

  • dapat pumunta ako dapat pumunta ako dapat pumunta ako… for the macbook air! makahawak man lang! hehehehe 😛