Saturday, May 12, 2007

Top 5 Highly Productive Blogging Articles

Darren Rowse Top 5 - Group Writing Project has just concluded. The past four days have been interesting as I got to learn a lot of things and met new bloggers in the process. The top 5 entries that grabbed my attention are:
Congratulations again to everyone who joined and made this writing project a worthwhile experience.

This whole project also inspired me to start "The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007" writing project.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Testing Book Marketing Ideas

On the 2nd day of Darren Rowse's Top 5 - Group Writing Project, a lot has happened to some of my blog sites and new blog posts I've written lately were heavily influenced by those who participated in the project. This includes:

Additional Top 5 entries that I find to be of interest are: (will add more as I get to read the other entries)

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Get your blog included in our blogging book's directory section

Ok, this is a very short notice, I have to admit. Our book project actually has a blog directory section referring to websites that offers tips, advice, and best practices to improve one's blogging craft.

However, since joining Darren Rowse's Group Writing Project, I realized that there are numerous blogs out there offering insight on how to grow one's blog.

With that, I invite blog owners specializing in this area to post a comment and recommend your blog (and of others) for inclusion in the said directory section. Just post a comment with the following information:

Name of Blog:
What the blog offers to newbie/aspiring bloggers:

We will wrap up for printing by the end of next week and it will be great to have these nice blog resources included.

Guidelines on how to get a free copy of the book is also available.

Thank you!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Top 5 New Creme of the Crop Blogs by the end of 2007

Everybody Go To just made a blog poll trying to determine the top 5 blogs by the end of 2007. The nominees are mostly blogs that have started in the last six to twelve months. I believe this is a great way of identifying new blogs and get them recognized. The site nominees include:

Internet and Technology

Making Money Online and Blogging

Web Design and Development

Entertainment and Lifestyle

Work and Career

If you are interested to participate, visit Everybody To Go and cast your vote.

Perhaps this is a concept that I can explore further in the DigitalFilipino Web Awards to encourage more start-ups in this area.

This blog post is also one of the participants in Darren Rowse's Group Writing Project. Other entries that I enjoyed reading are: (I haven't checked all of them so will add more shortly)

Monday, May 7, 2007

Top 5 Reasons Why I'm Writing a Blogging Book

Darren Rowse just announced his Top 5 - Group Writing Project. This is timely as I often get asked why I'm writing and publishing a blogging book. I hope this Top 5 reasons will satisfy the reader's curiousity.
  1. Demonstrate that blogs can be used as a medium to promote products and services by individuals, educators, entrepreneurs, SMEs, and even corporations.
  2. Share personal experience and of friends on creating blogs suited to their needs. This can be from personal sharing to generating e-commerce revenue on a product website or service offering.
  3. Show how to join 3rd-party advertising or revenue program for blog sustainability. I will also share my personal experience in creating an ad revenue program for bloggers.
  4. Provide tips on how to avoid legal problems including how to protect one's copyright and run against those who violate it.
  5. Discuss marketing practices and performance monitoring that can be explored in driving traffic to one's blog.

More than anything else, I am up for the challenge. After writing and publishing three (3) Philippines-centric books, working with this online blogging tutorial turned book as a project can provide a lot of international publishing lessons learned.

Through it, I hope to expand my network of contacts too.

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Get a free copy of Blog This: How Blogs Empower Every Internet User

Last September 2, 2006 we released the Blogging 101 Workshop Online (blogging101workshop) and have been improving it since.

We'll be publishing 1000 copies of the book "Blog This: How Blogs Empower Every Internet User" and release it by June 29, 2007. From its original version, the e-book is expanded to 8 lessons so that schools who wishes to use it can plan their programs for a whole semester term.
  • Lesson 1: Introduction to blogging (Exercise: Blog critic and setting up a personal blog)
  • Lesson 2: Blog copyright and ethics (Exercise: Identifying blog violations)
  • Lesson 3: Generating revenue through blogs (Exercise: Identify revenue generating schemes for blogs)
  • Lesson 4: Getting started in blogging (Exercise: Theme planning and Setting up your blog for business)
  • Lesson 5: Marketing your blog (Exercise: Metrics set-up, trend tracking, and blog promotion techniques)
  • Lesson 6: Introduction to podcasting (Exercise: Creating a podcast)
  • Lesson 7: Becoming a professional blogger (Exercise: Identify professional blogging opportunities)
  • Lesson 8: Setting up your own blog network (Exercise: Creating a blog network)
  • The 100-Days Blogging Challenge
  • Club Member Directory (Individual member blogs, SME and Corporate Members website)
  • Blog Directory (focus on blogs that provides further advice to improve one's blogging craft)
  • Sponsor text ads
All Club members are entitled to a free copy of the book. SME members will get 2 copies while Corporate members shall get 3 copies. Individual members will get 1 copy.

If you are not a club member but would like to receive one of the 100 copies we are giving away, just do the following: (this promotion will end on May 29, 2007)
  • Blog about this project and why you want to have a copy. Make sure to add a link back to this blog entry. Note that blogs created only for this purpose are not qualified.
  • Make sure that your contact / mailing address details is clear in your blog.
  • At your option, you can add the technorati tag blogging101workshop for mutual promotion.
  • Post a comment here with the url to your blog.
  • Only one copy shall be given per person. If you are based overseas, we will send you an electronic copy of the book instead.

Those who'll qualify for a free copy shall be posted here and be directly contacted too. This promotion shall end upon reaching the 100 free book giveaway count.

So far the following have linked to this blog post and shall get a free copy once it is available:

  1. Jeric Peña
  2. Weng Cheng
  3. Rowena Lim Lei
  4. Jane
  5. Jervis
  6. Vix
  7. Aaron Roselo
  8. Pierre T. G.
  9. Happy Lizzette Pajimna
  10. Shari Cruz
  11. Jomar Hilario
  12. Maria Kristina Eduardo
  13. Tess Romulo
  14. Ria Jose

Thank you for all the support.

Support petition for release of Eyptian bloggers

I got an e-mail recently from the Reporters Without Borders / Internet Freedom desk (blog), appealing for the release of two Egyptian bloggers now facing imprisonment for opinions expressed and exposes made in their blogs.


Six months after the arrest of Kareem Amer, Reporters Without Borders has started a petition calling for the bloggers release and that of his colleague Abdul-Moneim Mahmud.

Internet-users are being asked to sign online, in which the worldwide press freedom organisation calls on the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a conference organised under the UN mantle, to block Egypt from hosting the event in 2008 unless the two bloggers are freed.
Sign the petition :

Text of the petition:

"We call for the release of Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman (Kareem Amer) and of Abdul-Moneim Mahmud, who have been imprisoned for expressing their opinion online. We urge the organisers of the Internet Governance Forum to intervene with the Egyptian authorities on behalf of these two bloggers. It would be intolerable for a UN summit on the future of the Internet to be held in a country which imprisons bloggers".

The petition will be sent, on 6 November 2007, exactly one year after the arrest of Kareem Amer, to Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, to Executive Coordinator of the IGF, Markus Kumar, as well as to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.

"Kareem Amer"
Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman, better known by the pen name Kareem Amer, was arrested on 6 November 2006, for articles published on his blog ( He frequently attacked the authoritarian excesses of the government of Hosni Mubarak and criticised the country's top religious authorities, particularly the Sunni University Al-Azhar, where he was studying law. The blogger was sentenced on 22 February 2007, to three years in prison for "inciting hatred of Islam" and one year for "insulting" the Egyptian president. The sentence was upheld on appeal on 12 March.

Abdul-Moneim Mahmud
Abdul-Moneim Mahmud, who runs the blog Ana Ikhwan (, was arrested on 14 April 2007. He has been officially accused of membership of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, but his detention appears most likely linked to articles and photos he has posted online and at his work exposing torture committed by the security services.


Manuel L. Quezon III during iBlog3 encourages the growth of political bloggers that are not affiliated with any politician or working in the media. This is a leadership role that every blogger can take on. He encourages bloggers to ask and answer the question as to why are we still here in a situation within our countries. Politics is a human activity where personalities and issues are always involved. It is important for bloggers to find out and ask questions on what people are thinking, what matters to them, their concerns, opinions, and observations. He encourages bloggers to be a fighter of freedom of expression.