YugaTech Recap for the Year 2007
A number of bloggers have published a year-ender recap of what had transpired in the Philippine blogosphere for the year 2007. I will not repeat what they’ve posted as I think they make a better summary than I do. I’ll just do my own recap of the year.
And when I mean recap, it’s just a really quick and short summary of what has transpired in my own little corner of the webosphere:
- Spearheaded two (of the many) major blog-related events for 2007 — Blog Parteeh! and the Philippine Blog Awards. We were planning to have two more but the stress and the controversies we’re overwhelming I thought 2 was one more than I could muster in such a public arena.
- Had my very first junket as a blogger, thanks to Nokia for inviting me to the Nokia: Go Play event in Singapore. First time to really witness a media junket. Oh, the one with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan’s Caravan during the election campaign was also an eye-opener.
- And don’t get me started with that TV feature on Mel & Joey. It was both a blessing and a curse. I had to get me a separate phone and private number so I can live in peace. IMO, my guesting on ANC with Manolo’s The Explainer was way more interesting.
- Another round of globe-trotting — from Singapore, to Penang, Malaysia, then Lahore and Karachi in Pakistan and lastly to Cologne and Dresden, Germany. These were all a mix of fun, gut-wrenching and traumatic experiences (the airport ordeals).
- We finally launched the BBN (Bayanihan Blog Network) with Connie, Sasha, Rico and AnP. BBN is an independent, all-Filipino new media network.
- Made my very first sale of a website. Wasn’t much but t’was in the six figures. Had other offers for other blogs. They were irresistible offers but I declined.
- I was invited to join a new start-up company, IMV Solutions, the group behind the SEMCON. Thanks to partners Marc Macalua, Anton Shekker and Norelyn Babiera. This is my 3rd SEC-registered company. Had my very first one when I was 25.
- I had over 20 talks and seminars. If you count it by the days, it’s actually more. So that’s around 2 talks per month. Incidentally, doing talks has also become a major source of income for me this year. And I still have that Ilonggo twang.
- My endorsement deal with Auction.PH also made my year. T’was surreal.
- Lastly, surviving a libel case. Actually, I have another one right now (again!).
I thought 2007 was the longest blogging year ever, at least for me. Hope the 2008 presents a better one.