Philippines National Blogger Association: Semantics, Questions & Egos

Philippines, Blogging Nation

The Philippines, One Blogging Nation

Over the last days, since a post on the newly created Janitor Al blog, the National Blogger’s Association for the Philippines has been buzzing the Pinoy blogosphere. You can follow all the buzz on Twitter via the #nbaph hashtag.

Before I continue though, I wish to introduce myself as most bloggers in the Pinoy Blogosphere do not know me. I have been blogging professionally since end 2006, for Splashpress Media, and have worked for an extended time with respected Pinoy bloggers Angelo, Jayvee and others. Currently I am CEO of Splashpress Media. People might know me as @franky or iFranky.

End 2010 I decided to leave Europe and move to the Philippines. This (new) blog is used to comment on my experiences both on- and offline in the Philippines.

Disclosure: This site is my personal platform, represents my and solely my own opinions and nothing I say here is or can be taken as official statement by or is endorsed by my employer, Splashpress Media.

According to Janitor Al the Manifesto draft has been mailed to several bloggers in the last weeks, in particular to a small group of select bloggers. Continue reading

Online, Problogging, Real Life

In Which I Have No Clue, Return to My Roots and Turn The Site Red

Blogging on iFranky hasn’t really been a priority in the last 18 months and design was only one of the reasons. The main reason though was because I really didn’t have a clue, not about the focus of the site or about my life.

The time at Emmaus Preston was rather limited and even though I was happy not to have to deal with that board anymore, it has taken me around a year to reorganise and refocus.
Refocus and return to the colours of my roots: Racing White Daring Molenbeek, the first club I played football for.

I am no person who stands still for a long time or will whine about how miserable life is, but as the years slowly accumulated I certainly needed some time.

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Advice, Problogging

Blog Advice from a Journalist Who Started as Blogger

Last weekend while chatting with friend Thord D. Hedengren I joked about one of the things I learned over the last 4 years, dealing with pro bloggers. The bloggers who will write tutorials how to get traffic, how to promote your blog and similar crap. Of course I could not not twitter my joke:

What I learned from ‘pro bloggers’: Gimme a topic & within 3hrs I’m an authority all while BEING drunk!
Lots of work for me to become ‘pro’!

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Problogging, Tumbling

Dan Cederholm. Expect more to come on the title over the next weeks.

“I’d like to post here more often — not just to fill up bits and bytes, but to write again. Remember when blogs were more casual and conversational? Before a post’s purpose was to grab search engine clicks or to promise “99 Answers to Your Problem That We’re Telling You You’re Having”. Yeah. I’d like to get back to that here.”

What’s Wrong With Blogging (P1)


Paul Carr hits home.

And yet, I argued back, after camera phone dude helps us establish that the plane has crashed, who can we trust to tell us why it happened? While bloggers can own the first five minutes of any breaking story – a plane crash, a fire, a burglary – it’s always going to be the professional reporters who own the next five days, or five weeks. They walk the streets, work their contacts and – yes – trawl the blogosphere for eye-witness reports, and then take all of that information, analyse it, follow it up and ultimately provide an account of events that readers can trust.

The difference between traditional journalism and bloggers