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December 31, 2006

A look back at YugaTech in 2006

I’m combing thru 798 posts on Yugatech for the year 2006 and here are some notable stuff I’d like to share.

2006: The Year of the Scandals?

I don’t know about you but some of the scandals that rocked the Philippine blogosphere may have been fueled by this blog. :D

And who could forget the first and only true rant I made this year: Some people just don’t get Problogging. It’s always the one where you least expected it.

The Year of the Blog Trainer

This is probably the most exciting part of my year. Aside from being a fulltime problogger and netrepreneur, I accidentally became a trainer (well, at least that what’s printed in my contracts). That, coupled with trips both local and abroad (from Legazpi, to Vigan all the way to Taiwan, Pakistan & Indonesia) really caught my fancy. I’m looking forward to more travels to many more places next year.

The Seven Figure Blogger

When I celebrated my 1st year into fulltime problogging last month, I didn’t realized how far I’ve move along. Although a lot of my fellow Filipino probloggers already knew about this, and I know Darren Rowse got tons of press for doing so, I couldn’t really spell it quite well. Yup, seven digits but only in Philippine peso. I’m still too far behind hitting that 6-figure dollar mark.

It’s been fulfilling and my original plan of just testing how fulltime problogging goes in the Philippine setting has been proven viable — the car, slr camera, laptops and all sorts of stuff are just icing on the cake. It’s all about doing what you love most and making a living out of it.

2006 is the Year of Blog Events

I almost forgot how many blogger events we did this year but the most notable ones are the Globe sponsored BlogCon back in September and the Christmas meetup we did this December.

We’re hoping for more meetups, summits, blogcons and beercons in 2007. Don’t worry as we’re cooking up a post New Year Party next month.

MSM gets Blogging in 2006

This is one of the more notable developments in the main stream media involving the blogosphere. More and more blogs are becoming a source for news and feature stories. ANC did a series of blogger interviews in their Mornings @ ANC while ABS CBN and GMA 7 have put up blogs, albeit haphazardly, for most of their popular TV shows. It’s a start though.

And if the number of citations in my press page is any indication that traditional media in the Philippines is closely monitoring the blogosphere, then we’re almost there.

Blog Marketing is Hot

Based on the number of direct advertisers, invitations, request for reviews, sponsorships and meetings we’ve had in the last 12 months, blog marketing is certainly in. Nothing beats targeted market and demographics couple with virtual word of mouth. “Today’s market niches are no longer geographic, but psychographic“, as Mike Abundo puts it.

Another year to look forward to…

We’re just getting started and we all have our own stories to tell on how blogging has affected us personally, professionally and psychologically.

So, what’s your blogging story for 2006?


17 Responses to “A look back at YugaTech in 2006”

  1. Obet says:

    Great year Abe. I learned a lot from this site.

  2. Carlo says:

    2006 is a really challenging year. A lot happened, good and bad. But in spite of all the not so-good ones I am still thankful for all the 2006 gave me :)

    Have a Prosperous year ahead! :)

  3. jhay says:

    Yup! 2006 was a great year for my blogging antics as well. My first TLA check, a free .com.ph domain + hosting and of course my very first blogger meetup! :D

    Looking forward to the coming year. Godspeed to everyone!

  4. Hi Abe! I look forward to seeing you more in YouTube and also in the field of podcasting. :-)

    Happy New Year!

    Manuel

  5. hip2b2 says:

    Sounds good Abe! You are now the official “poster boy” of Philippine Blogging. :-D

  6. Michael says:

    Happy New Year, Abe! =)

  7. Mike Abundo
    Twitter: MikeAbundo
    says:

    Yup, market niches are now psychographic. My enemies tell me I’m psychotic, so that should work well for me.

    Happy New Year, Abe.

  8. Noemi
    Twitter: momblogger
    says:

    2006 is the year I started my personal blog and am very amazed at how far it has gone.

  9. jun
    Twitter: asislearning
    says:

    Happy New Year Abe!

    Hopefully, we can look forward to more blogging and internet successes in all forms and sizes for us Pinoys.

  10. Jaypee says:

    Happy New Year to you Abe! Wish you all the best and a more prosperous year to come! God bless! :)

  11. Carlo says:

    Happy New Year Abe!

  12. ka edong says:

    Great year indeed. Happy New Year!

  13. BIR says:

    Who cares about 2006?

    I want to know if Abe Olandres will declare his “seven-figure” income with the BIR this April.

  14. SELaplana says:

    well, even the BIR is hunting sir Abe Olandres

  15. yuga says:

    To BIR: Of course! It’s just Php12,345.67 (now that’s seven figures!) ;) Happy New Year!

  16. Rexted
    Twitter: techathand
    says:

    This site have teach me a lot. Continue to post and educate Filipinos about Blogging. Mabuhay ang mga Pinoy Blogger.

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