Stricter guidelines for WordCamps

May 20, 2010 | No Comments Yet

There are a lot of helpful tips for organizing a WordCamp that can be found at the official WordCamp how-to site, but what’s got people buzzing is the announcement of stricter guidelines about who can and can’t be associated with an event, from individuals to companies in various roles as organizers, speakers, and sponsors. This all depends on whether they comply with WordPress philosophies.

Lately there have been a number of WordCamps accepting speakers, sponsorships, door prizes, etc from people/companies acting in violation of the WordPress license (GPL v2) with regard to their themes/plugins. It is the official policy of WordCamp that WordCamps not provide publicity/a platform for such individuals/businesses. They are welcome to attend, but WordCamps may not have non-GPL-compliant people as organizers, sponsors, or speakers.

It’s only fair that WordPress stand its ground on matters relating to the GPL, WordCamps included. For participants who aren’t as familiar with the software, its community, and philosophy, WordCamp is the perfect venue to discuss those things.

I’m curious to see if any part of this controversy will affect the upcoming WordCamp Philippines 2010.

The complete list of guidelines can be found at WordCamp Central.

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Keep your blog credibility amidst sponsored events (redux)

April 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Marcelle Fabie has written his own version of the previously featured blog credibility tips by Jayvee Fernandez, and his strategies are, shall we say, more aggressive:

  1. You are a VIP. Act like one.
  2. Don’t attend if the freebies are not worth your while.
  3. Never shell out!
  4. No matter how compelling, don’t blog about the event! You have better things to blog about!
  5. Always invite a MOB with you when attending these blogger events!

Bottom line: you’re the customer, you’re the one with the purchasing power, so it makes sense for companies, PR people, and the media to be at your beck and call, right? I’m sure the event organizers will agree as well.

(Happy April Fool’s Day!)

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More announcements for the Philippine Blog Awards

September 15, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Less than a week to go! The Philippine Blog Awards is happening on September 21st at One Esplanade, 5:00pm. Here are some reminders and announcements for those who are participating in various ways:

Bloggers Choice Award voting process modified. The voting process for the Bloggers Choice Award has been updated a bit so that it’s easier to participate. The sponsors link list is now optional, and you may use rel="nofollow".

Level Up! and Nokia sponsor awards extended. Deadlines for the Level Up! Gaming Blog Award and the Nokia Kaleidescope of Connections Award have been extended to September 19 at midnight. You can also email your entries to nokiapba08@gmail.com.

Register now! If you haven’t already, be sure to register for a slot immediately. There are only 200 available and they’re sure to run out soon.

PBA press conference held. The Philippine Blog Awards organizers (Noemi Dado, Juned Sonido, Gail Villanueva, Jayvee Fernandez) together with Blog Bank met with the press today to officially announce the event. See coverage from GMANews.TV and Yehey! Lifestyle.

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Voting opens for the Bloggers’ Choice Award at the 2008 Philippine Blog Awards

September 10, 2008 | No Comments Yet

The Philippine Blog Awards 2008 has just announced the nominees for the Bloggers’ Choice Award and the voting has opened. The process has changed since last year:

  • You need to be a Filipino blogger with a blog, which “must be established at least three (3) months from today with a minimum of 10 posts.”
  • You need to pick one nominee and write a blog post about why he/she deserves to win. “Yes, you can vote for your own blog. And no, you cannot vote for a blog that is not on the list of official Bloggers’ Choice Award nominees.”
  • You need to include the list of sponsors in your blog post.
  • You need to submit your blog post here.

So why would you go through all the trouble of doing that? Every blog post counts as one raffle entry (but one post per blogger only). Prizes to that raffle will be announced soon.

Finally, congratulations to the nominees:

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Performancing Ads Launches!

August 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Performancing, the team whose main goal is to help bloggers succeed, has recently launched Performancing Ads. The system is meant to be both an adserver and a marketplace where bloggers can feature their sites, and where advertisers can look for great sites to sponsor.

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There are many reasons why we think bloggers should sign up for Performancing Ads. Among my favorites are the ad-exchange feature, where you can exchange ads with other users (sort of like link exchanges). I also particularly like the fact that you can book your own ads. This way, you can use Perf Ads as your ad server.

Performancing Ads presents a radical alternative (or complement) to the usual pay-per-click ad programs like Google Adsense and the like. Image/button advertising highlights more the brand rather than the context of a link. So advertisers who are looking to enhance brand awareness would love how Performancing ads can help.

Perf Ads also offers an affiliate system whereby each successful referral will earn users both a bonus and also residual commissions from referral sales.

For Philippine bloggers, Perf ads does not offer localized means of presenting ads, though, but it’s a good start for bloggers who want to make money out of their publications.

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