Monday, October 09, 2006

Pinoy Bloggers Among the Best in Asia

I was down with the flu and stayed cooped up in the house the entire weekend. In between rests, I just played TOTAL WAR: Shogun in my PC, played with my kid, watched TV, read books and ate lots of junk food. I also spent time checking out other blogs, leaving comments here and there and generally did some "networking" with other fellow bloggers out there.

Reading blogs, I must say that I was blown away by many excellently-designed and well-written entries of some Filipino sites like Nostalgia Manila, Pinoy Travel Blog, Philippine Internet Review, and many others. Philippine bloggers are getting better by the minute and the content in some sites are just awesome. Nostalgia Manila, for example, has a treasure trove of old collectible items (i.e. Game and Watch, old movie posters and yes, even an old Magnolia Milk glass) and actual interviews with 70s legends like VST&Co. Pinoy Travel Blog and Philippine Internet Review's entries are always content-rich and well-researched. Albeit still viewed by some as an "elitist activity," I believe that blogging is the wave of the future that will eventually capture a significant chunk of the Filipino reading public segment (read this Inquirer column by Amando Doronilla). They say that in Singapore (which imposes strict censorship rules on their local media), people there get their news and daily dose of political opinion pieces not from the newspapers anymore but from blogs. I think it would not be inaccurate to say that we Filipinos are among the best bloggers in Asia.

Bloggers compete against each other for rankings (and tacitly, for dollar income). I consider myself quite lucky because, in just 6 months of blogging, I have already broken into the Top 100 of the Pinoy Top Blogs rankings. But my problem now is I seem only to "hover" between the 90 to 120 rank and cannot seem to break top 50. Surveying some of the blogs out there has made me realize that I really have to upgrade my IT knowledge and blog designing skills if I want to remain in the top 100. The problem is there's no school offering formal curricula on blogging. I heard that there are blogging workshops being held sporadically but I always manage not to get invited. So if there's some of you out there who may know some people who organize blogging conferences, please let me know. I am very interested to attend.

I may also have to expand my blog topic to include diverse issues outside of ethnic Ilonggo concerns - that is why I have started commenting on national issues like the Nursing Board Exam fiasco, the "killer" billboards, etc. - but then my blog would lose its "signature identity." Although this news article "China Says Number of Blogs Tops 34 Million" makes we wish I know Mandarin.


Willy B. Prilles, Jr. said...

Oliver, you may want to check out Abe Olandres's blog at

He's the resident resource person of the Friedrich Neumann Foundation, which is very much into this kind of thing.

By the way, Frank Mendoza told me about your professional link. Small world, isn't it?

Iloilo City Boy said...

Thanks for the tip Sir Willy, I'll check it out. Yes, me and Frank are close (but we are not relatives mind you).

Nereo Lujan said...

FYI: Abraham "Abe" Olandres is from Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. His nickname "Yuga" comes from the exclamation "Yuga???" which is equivalent to "Really???"

Nostalgia Manila said...

Maraming salamat sa pag-mention ng Nostalgia Manila! Mentioned your post and blog on our Newsflash with links to your blog. Maraming salamat ulit and more power to your blog.

--Nostalgia Manila

digitalfilipino said...

Thank you very much for the kind mention. I will certainly add you in my blog roll and read you regularly here on to. Cheers and have fun blogging!