When I first started blogging, the only reason I had for doing so was to share my thoughts and experiences. So I wrote about stuff that I liked (books, movies, and TV shows) and shared stories about myself and what I liked to do. At that time, blogging was just a means of self-expression for me. I considered my blog as my online diary.
I also looked at my blog (rawscribbles.blogspot.com) as a good platform for my writing. Since I wasn’t working for a magazine or publication anymore, I wanted a place or venue where I could dump all my random writings. Blogging helped me to continue feeling the sense of fulfillment I got every time my work was published.
That was back in 2009. It was only in 2011 when I decided to take blogging seriously and created my first WordPress blog post.
Today, blogging has become more than just an online diary for me. Now, I do not only share my thoughts and experiences, I also do my best to share the stories of others – individuals, organizations, companies, and advocates. Nowadays, I use my blog to reach out to people and share with them some of my most important learnings and realizations. I also use my blog for my advocacies; and most especially, to help promote Cagayan de Oro, its people, and its beautiful wonders.
I’m quite satisfied with how my blog has positioned itself in the online world. No, I don’t earn big income from it, but I do get to meet a lot of interesting people and discover places through it. It has helped me become more aware, too. And, no, I still don’t have thousands upon thousands of followers or readers, but I do have some people and groups who trust me. And that’s what matters most – that they trust me to give the information they need.
Despite this, however, there are still things I want to learn and discover so I can improve my blog. Learning, after all, is a continuous process that can only be good for anyone. So, I’ve challenged myself to grab every opportunity that can help me bring this blog to the next level. And the 1st CDO BlogCon happening this April 11 to 13 is the perfect venue to fulfill that challenge.
CDO BlogCon: Shaping the Era of the New Media (The First in CDO)
Co-presented and organized by soon-to-launch app Starpod and CDO’s very own The Explorer’s Channel, CDO BlogCon is the first event of its kind in Cagayan de Oro. For three days, bloggers, vloggers, and influencers will gather at the Limketkai Mall Rotunda to exchange stories and learn from experiences and ideas shared by special guests.
In addition, some of the best and most popular companies, brands, and services will have representatives in the 3-day event. The exhibit will not only help them promote their products and what they have to offer, but it will also give them an opportunity to connect with bloggers, vloggers, and influencers who can bring their brand to a different level.
Likewise, the convention is the ideal venue for reaching out to brands and businesses as they begin to realize the value of blogging, vlogging, and influencer marketing.
It is also intended for aspiring bloggers, vloggers, and influencers who want to jumpstart their career the right way. Participants will learn a lot from a 2-day workshop headlined by well-respected facilitators and speakers from Cagayan de Oro and Metro Manila.
On my part, I have three major reasons for joining the blog convention.
Three Reasons Why I’m Joining the CDO Blog Convention
1.The guest speakers are practicing bloggers, vloggers, and influencers.
Famous and respected personalities will be gracing the convention, each one eager to share their experiences and tips for all participants. Check out this list:
- Chuckie Dreyfus – celebrity blogger/vlogger and YouTube content creator. He blogs at www.chuckiedreyfus.ph.
- Richard Paglicawan – blogger/vlogger, entertainment & lifestyle and YouTube content creator. His blogs are www.lionheartv.net and www.dailypedia.net.
- Kaycee Enerva – a.k.a. The Macho Mum, influencer/blogger/vlogger. She blogs at www.kikaysikat.com.
They will be joined by Kagay-anon speakers:
- Clement Dampal – professional photographer, hotelier, travel blogger at www.bestspotsph.com, and Camera Club of Cagayan de Oro founder.
- Atoy Martinez – professional videographer and photographer, well-respected and renowned here and abroad, owner and founder of Atoy Martinez Cinematography.
2.The convention will allow me to connect with like-minded individuals.
I like meeting new friends, especially those who share my passion for writing and blogging. So, yes, I am excited about the convention bringing in bloggers, vloggers, and influencers from different parts of CDO and region 10. It will be interesting to know what we have in common, as well as what we can share with each other.
In addition, the blogcon will give us – my fellow bloggers and I – time to socialize and have fun outside of our blogging tasks. It will also be fun meeting people who are enthusiastic and excited to start their own blogs, vlogs, or social media channels.
I’m sure all the participants will enjoy the exhibits, the business-to-business session on the 3rd day, and the guest influencer appearance and awarding ceremony (also on the last day of the convention).
3. The 1st CDO BlogCon to connect with businesses and brands.
I’d be lying if I say I don’t want to work with prominent businesses and brands. It would be nice to know that there are people, groups, and companies that believe in me and in what I can bring to the table for them.
Connecting with businesses and brands is also one way of opening channels so I can finally start earning from the blogs (although this isn’t really a major goal for me). Wouldn’t it be fun to earn a little from doing something that you love and enjoy?
Starpod: Media, Influencers, and Talents Network
Starpod, the blogcon co-presenter, is an application that will soon be launched in Metro Manila. I’m eager to find out how I and the other participants can use it to connect with other bloggers, vloggers, and influencers; as well as how it can link me with brands and businesses.
So, have I convinced you to join the 1st CDO BlogCon?
If you’re all pumped up and have decided to join, you can register by getting in touch with Ms. Khristine “KC” Curay through the official FB page of the blogcon: https://www.facebook.com/cdoblogcon2019/ or by sending a message to or calling 0917-560 7254.
Registration fee is PhP1500 for professionals and PhP500 for students with valid school ID (except Masteral students). This includes snacks and a certificate of participation. It covers all the three days already.
See you at the Limketkai Rotunda on April 11, 12, & 13 for the 1st CDO BlogCon! 🙂