Last Saturday marked a record in blogging history in the Philippines this year as the first WordCamp in the Southeast Asia and was hosted by the Mindanao bloggers. On that date, WordPress users and soon-to-be users, developers and advocates gathered to camp at De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, Manila.
The event served as a venue for socializing with other WordPress users, sharing, networking and learning more about WordPress and its future.
About 300 bloggers attended the event (also blogger-platform bloggers were there to compare and learn WordPress). There were many interesting WordPress and blogging topics divided in different sessions and schedule to accommodate campers and to fit the time in schedule.
The morning sessions were breakaway ones, campers has options to attend in the sessions they were interested whether they were developers or users.My first session was Blogging 102 by Jayvee Fernandez. I really did not intend to attend in his session, I was just not sure to where and what room will I enter for my chosen topics. And also because I was kinda rushing when I came to the venue because I was late for an hour and the program and first sessions has started. Yes, I was late again and that was the best of me. But I still caught a great art of Jayvee’s talk which was very detailed. And Also thank you to Shari who ushered me to the session room. After Jayvee’s talk which ended early that the other concurrent sessions, I was still able to listen to Gail Villanueva’s Creating WordPress Themes & CSS Power talk though it was too late.
I entered to Blogie’s Building A Blogging Community talk (2nd session) wherein the Mindanaobloggers.com’s success was highlighted in building a community online as example.
WordPress & SEO lecture by Hans Koch was my third session. Do I need to state what was discussed in the talk with that title?
Everything was fast but informative, effective, and organized well.
A sponsored lunch by Chowking was served to all registered campers who attended the event. And unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend in the afternoon sessions because I have my (graduate school ) class in UP Diliman.
Yes, I missed Mr. WordPress himself, Matt Mullenweg’s talk and experience. Though I don’t have yet an official WordPress blog/site, my appreciation of this event is very high and maybe will be migrating to WP.
And oh, an after-camp party follows at mag:net café in Serendra, The Fort. I haven’t attended it too because I was too tired from school.
Thanks to Jehzlau for receiving my loot bag in the camp and for the cash advance. The latter is not included.