A week ago, I received a call from Miriam, the chairperson of the VoIPCon Philippines Event Management Company thanking me for the wonderful photos and the VOIP convention entry I blogged about the event. I attended that convention in search for a [tag]VoIP[/tag] reseller in conjunction with future expansion plans for my online business. Miriam wanted to meet up with me because she wanted to have some sort of exchange deal for the upcoming [tag]VoIP Philippines convention[/tag] in March 2007. Right away, I explained that I have limited financial resources but I can help with the logistics.
Yesterday I met up with Miriam and Mar, her Operations manager. Mar expressed gratitude for the great photos of the VOIP event. I was surprised. “really? Why?”
Mar explained “We hired an expensive professional photgrapher who gave us 1000 photos but most of it were heads. We liked your angles! ”
I laughed “That’s because I was a participant and blended very well with the crowd. I mean Speaker Jose de Venecia’s bodyguard probably thinks I am harmless”
I was thinking, maybe amateur photobloggers see the event in another perspective. They shoot to capture the human emotions, that certain “moment”. Like in this photo below, I could not get inside the hall so instead I took a shot of the photographers.
But as a participant, I was right beside the Speaker of the House . Speaker de Venecia turns to me as if on cue ( Hey you can take my photo). No he didn’t say that but he must be so media friendly to give this photo opportunity.
Mar and Miriam were curious how my tech blog ended up high in the search engine’s keyword “voipcon philippines”. First, I clarified that I was a pro-blogger that earns income from google adsense through my blogs and photoblogs. Second, I explained that search engine optimization is a strategy to monetize blogs and increase search engine rankings. These concepts were all new to the events organizer but it probably impressed them. They immediately negotiated media partnership with my business. I had a really good exchange deal if everything works out well.
And so goes another episode of the misadventures of a photo blogger. This time it will boost my business.
Related Entry:Misadventures of a Photo Blogger: Part 1