Monday, May 28, 2007

Trainer principles

I often encourage highly-skilled friends who are into consulting to consider using training as a means to attract new clients. But then, not all skillful persons can teach and vice versa. What may appear to be easy for you, may not be so for other people. To always keep my feet on the ground, the following principles are adhered to:
  • Make it easy
    When teaching technology or process related matters, use the commonly accessible tool as possible to keep things simple for your participants. For example, when teaching people how to blog, I find Blogger to be the friendliest tool around to demonstrate quick blog creation, blog customization, to blog monetization.

  • Show it is possible
    You can't teach a person to do/use something if you don't do/use it yourself. Show that it is possible, that it can be done. In the end, it is all about credibility. Like, how can I teach you to sell stuff online, by having an e-commerce enabled website or blogging, if I don't do it myself right?

  • Share lessons learned
    We all make mistakes and had our share of wrong moves. Acknowledging and reflecting on them can save your students a lot of time and take the necessary steps to do better than what you've done.

  • Give them a take-out
    I find students always fond of templates, forms, samples, guide, among others. Focus on giving stuff that they can immediately use when they get back to their respective lives.

  • Help them succeed
    A trainer succeeds if their students can do well in their endeavors and achieve their goals. This includes referrals to people who can help them to project exposure.


    This success can also lead to a never-ending cycle of repeat business and new opportunities later on.

  • Be open to learning
    There is always something to learn from every person that we meet if we only open our minds. The moment that motivation to learn disappears, we also lose our effectiveness to teach others.

  • Improve your thinking process
    We all can improve in how we do things if we are always willing to challenge the way we think. The sharper you get, the more your students will benefit too.
Of course, each trainer has their own principle or code that they believe in. If you are a trainer, I hope you can share yours too.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Week 2: The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007

Here's the second week summary of entries and their choices in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

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Week 2 only

For the second week, we received a total of 23 entries from thegrapebunch, lateralus, this eclectic life, Dennis Rito, ww-success, Shari, pusa, David Ledoux, Happy Lizzette, Fjordan Allego, the philosophical bastard, Noemi, Agent Grey, Cliff, Johnny, Ross, Blogbastic, Peachy, Joan Pinon, Iva, fruityoaty, ApplesH, and Jake the Miserable.

A total of 130 blogs were cited from the 23 entries (excluding the additions made by some of the week 1 entries). They are:
  1. Kubiertos
    The D Spot
  2. An Apple a Day
    Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic
    Make Money Online with a 13-Year Old
    The Dork Factor
    Thirty Thousand Fishes
  3. CokskiBlue
    Culture Shiok!
    Gagopolis
    Greenphils

    The Philosophical Bastard
    Utakgago
  4. Fighting Gravity
    from the boondocKs
    I Heart Manila
    indexed

    It's not only fruity, it's oaty!
    jun.anteola
    Pinoy Moms Network
    Pinoy Seminars
    Quotes in Can
    Solo Mother
    Studies in Technopreneurship
    Tingog
    TraderPinoy
    Unsent
The following blogs got one mention each:
Overall
Combined with week 1 entries, we now have a total of 44 writing project participants citing 217 blogs. This is the overall ranking of the blogs mentioned in these entries, as of today:
  1. An Apple a Day
  2. Make Money Online with a 13-Year Old
  3. Make Money Online with Dosh Dosh
    Kubiertos
  4. The D Spot
  5. Culture Shiok!
    Make Money Online with Ja Kel Daily
  6. Career Ramblings
    Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic
    Make Money Online Free : Courtney Tuttle
    Net Business Blog
    Ryan Shamus
    Studies in Technopreneurship
    The Dork Factor
    Thirty Thousand Fishes
  7. CokskiBlue
    Gagopolis
    I Heart Manila

    It's not only fruity, it's oaty!
    Greenphils
    Quotes in Can
    SmartWealthyRich
    Solo Mother
    Strangeweed
    Successful Blogging Tips by Gary Conn
    The Philosophical Bastard
    Unsent
    Utakgago
    Worldwide Success
  8. adClustr
    Bakla Ako, May Reklamo
    Blogging Tips
    Darn Slick
    esofthub's web finds
    Fighting Gravity
    fitsphere
    Fortune Reading
    from the boondocKs
    FunnyMunny
    Go Elyen
    indexed
    Jessica Mah Meets the World
    jun.anteola
    Make Money Online at Kumiko's Cash Quest

    Letters to Mikee
    Life is Good

    Nate Whitehill

    occupation: SAHM
    PinoyCentric
    Pinoy Moms Network

    Pinoy Seminars
    Software and Web Development
    Stephanie Caragos

    Shouting my whispers to the universe
    Tingog
All blogs listed in week 1 and 2 won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 3 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page to join.

August 1 eyeball - I invite those who submitted an entry to the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs to come and attend. We will be drawing the 10 winners on this day who will get US$100 each. Of course, those who can't make it are still part of the draw and can win.

If your blog was cited and would like to attend this eyeball, then please write an entry as well citing your Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs.

Friday, May 25, 2007

PLAN AHEAD your blog or website

Whenever I hear one of my friends doing well with their blogs, it brings me great joy. Then thinking about it further makes me realize that those who do very well usually have taken a series of steps to attract success.

In the book "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership" by John Maxwell, he talked about the "law of navigation" - leaders charting the course. He encourages readers to PLAN AHEAD to ensure success. Translating this to a blog can refer to:

Predetermine a Course of Action
Using blogs as a tool to grow oneself. In Blogie's case, it is about promoting Davao, its IT sector, and his various advocacies.

Lay out your Goals
Whether that goal is about attaining a certain PageRank, attaining income or stature through it. Make that clear.

Adjust your Priorities
It will be very hard to dream of generating income through your blog if you don't assign a high priority in taking care of it.

Notify Key People
Communicate to those who need to know. This can include people with most influence in the field you are getting in and can help you spread the word on what you are doing. Or simply reach out by interacting with other blogs.


Allow Time for Acceptance
Success doesn't usually happen overnight.

Head into Action
Start doing with what you need to do. If this is a blog, then it can be a series of attention grabbing topics.

Expect Problems
They say it is part of the ripening process that we will encounter stumbling blocks once in awhile. Perhaps not being able to please everyone or getting into a fight or your control panel/server just gave up on you.

Always Point to the Successes
We shouldn't be shy in giving success updates regularly as your community plays an important or contributor to it. Share that happy moment as you thank their support.

Daily Review Your Planning
For the ultimate so-serious blogger, this can be checking of whether you are hitting your goals. Like checking your blog post traffic stats, technorati or ratified rank, mailing list membership, among others.

How about you? Did you PLAN AHEAD your blog or website? Share your story!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Leadership is influence

When you read authors like John Maxwell, he says: "Leadership is influence. No more, no less." His favorite proverb is: "He who thinks he leads but has no followers, is only taking a walk."

In the book "21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership," Maxwell explained that the following can't be assumed as leaders.

  • Management
    Managers can maintain direction but can't change it. Leaders can create positive change and move people to that direction because of their influence.
  • Entrepreneurs / Salespeople
    They can persuade people for a moment to buy items but not necessarily hold long-term influence with their customers.
  • Knowledgeable persons or experts
    Having great knowledge (as power) doesn't equate to leadership.
  • Pioneers
    Being the first is not the same as leading.
  • Position
    It is not the position that makes the leader. It is the leader that makes the position.
In the book Developing the Leader Within You, he reminds readers of key insights that includes:

  • Everyone influences someone.
    Realizing your potential as a leader is your responsibility.
  • We never know who or how much we influence.
  • The best investment in the future is a proper influence today.
    What kind of an influencer will you be? Positive or negative?
  • Influence is a skill that can be developed.
    Maxwell cited Robert Dilenschneider, author of Power and Influence: Mastering the Art of Persuasion, for sharing the idea of a "power triangle" comprised of communication, recognition, and influence. You start to communicate effectively. This leads to recognition and recognition in turn leads to influence.
That influence is dependent on what level of leadership do you possess. You can be a:

  • Level 1: Position.
    People follow because they have to.
  • Level 2: Permission.
    People follow because they want to.
  • Level 3: Production
    People follow because of what you have done.
  • Level 4: People Development
    People follow because of what you have done for them.
  • Level 5: Personhood
    People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

Do you add value?

Hard work is required to gain influence and right to become a leader. If you influence people for your own gain, that shall be seen as manipulation. Positive influence can only take place when it presents clear benefits to everyone involved.

Can bloggers be influential?

Blogs and the bloggers behind them have done or given something of value (joy, insight, inspiration, worthy cause, among others) that moves readers, at least most of them, to regard them as influential. How long will it last shall depend on how they'll evolve and mature.



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Monday, May 21, 2007

Look back through past writings

I wish I could organize my past writings and articles in one location.

Its first manifestation came in the form of a ring binder that contains print outs and cut-outs of past articles. I use that, along with my published books, whenever I apply for a travel visa. I lost track and haven't been able to do that for the past five years.

To gradually strike out this item in my "I wish I could" list, a new blog was just created for this purpose.

In my limited experience, writing in the early days of the Internet was different. There was a strong need to be rigid and compelling. There were no hyperlinks then but references that are not easily accessible for the readers. I knew a good piece when the thought of it still lingers a few days after writing it, especially the excerpts that meant so much. I still get that feeling once in awhile.

I also lost a big chunk of my "ranting" side as having the capability to come up with solutions compelled me to contribute in solving the problem or shut up. Although some of it serve as an inspiration.

Becoming creative and free once again in expressing one's thoughts mean getting rid of the "monsters" that silence us.

Being able to look back and reflect, I hope, will help in this journey. Be able to revive that passion for writing as intense as this song is.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Week 1: The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007

Here's the first week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This effort will not be possible without the support of our sponsors. One of them is Galing Pinoy. The site is an e-commerce portal for unique Philippine made products such us native handicrafts, gift items, home furnishings, smocked dresses, barong tagalog, dried mangoes, and more. Being able to deliver in major cities worldwide, at competitive prices, is its unique advantage. They are actively looking for distributors and stores, outside of the Philippines.

For the first week, we received a total of 21 entries from C5, Rexted, Aileen Apolo, Radueriel, Leyteño, Em Dy, Stephanie Caragos, Zubli Zainordin, Ryan Shamus, Ja Kel Daily, Hoop, Chris, Damsel_SEO, Andoy, ChrisH, Manuel Viloria, Blogie, BetShopBoy, Jonathan Phillips, Sorren Galiza, and AbbyLim.

A total of 105 blogs were cited/nominated from the 21 entries. They are:
  1. Make Money Online with Dosh Dosh
  2. An Apple a Day
  3. Make Money Online with a 13-Year Old
    Make Money Online Free : Courtney Tuttle
    Make Money Online with Ja Kel Daily
  4. Career Ramblings
    Successful Blogging Tips by Gary Conn
    Kubiertos
    Net Business Blog
    Ryan Shamus
    SmartWealthyRich
    Strangeweed
    Worldwide Success
  5. adClustr
    Blogging Tips
    Culture Shiok!
    Darn Slick
    esofthub's web finds
    Fortune Reading
    Make Money Online at Kumiko's Cash Quest
    Letters to Mikee
    Nate Whitehill
    Stephanie Caragos
    Studies in Technopreneurship
    Shouting my whispers to the universe
    The D Spot
The following blogs got one mention/nomination each:
Note that next week, we will be showing two lists:
  1. The list of blog entries and their choices for Week 2.
  2. Updated Top 10 Emerging and Influential Blogs as of Week 2.
All blogs listed in week 1 won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 2 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

August 1 eyeball
- I invite those who submitted an entry to the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs to come and attend. We will be drawing the 10 winners on this day who will get US$100 each. Of course, those who can't make it are still part of the draw and can win.

If your blog was cited and would like to attend this eyeball, then please write an entry as well citing your Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007

This writing project is now closed and will no longer be accepting new entries. You are encouraged to subscribe to our blog and receive updates. This will keep you posted on upcoming activities too.

Thank you for the support and hope that you will join again next year.

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Hello everyone. I've decided to come up with this writing project of identifying new and emerging blogs that are making an impact to its readers in 2007. These are blogs that started anytime from August 1, 2006 to the present. They are gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership and influence.

To join this effort, please do the following:
  • Write a blog post and pick your choice of 10 (or less) emerging influential blogs. Any blog in the world can be picked. (You can update the same post entry up to July 28.)
  • Include a link to this post to help spread the word. (Hope you can also vote for it in Digg)
  • Post a comment and let us know about your entry. Only one entry per blogger. Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is on July 28, Saturday, 5:00 pm (GMT+8). Afterwards, submission of comments in this page shall be closed.
Every week, beginning May 19, I will:
On July 29 to 31, I will:
  • Make a final review of posts. We will post a message in your entry to inform you that we've completed the review and no more updates shall be entertained afterwards.
  • Note that we have the right to disqualify entries and the citations they made, if we are not able to confirm or authenticate the blogger's identity on or before July 29. This is especially true to blogs with anonymous identities and those with pre-dated entries (versus its blog date creation).
On August 1, 2007, we will do the following:
  • List the The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2007 based from your posts.
  • I will pick ten entries in random who will get one hundred dollars (US$100) each.
May this serve as a worthwhile learning experience and be able to spot new blogs that are making great waves out there! Cheers!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Lessons Learned in Policy Lobbying

I spent a big part of 1998-2000 to lobby for the passage of the Y2K Law and an E-Commerce Law legislation in the Philippines (and several implementing policies last year). Since then, I get invited from time to time on various fora and encountered people ranting on lack of legislation (or our existing E-Commerce Law is incomplete and even some would say obsolete).

In a lot of these events, I don't necessarily disagree. But what irks me though is that they are raising that with the insinuation that I should work on getting it updated. This is where I encourage the person or group to take action if they truly believe in what they say. Some would get discouraged by me saying that but then again, I went through it. You can't just rant and expect things to move just because you complained.

This also heavily influences my attitude, conviction, and protocol in dealing with politicians, especially legislators. I work with those where I could achieve bigger policy agendas and have support for it. Not your usual wine and dine, social travels, get sponsorship or grant money of sorts, as every centavo they spent is taxpayer's money. The responsibility is there to deliver something that will bring great benefit to target constituents and not just satisfy personal or limited group interest.

As there are a lot of things in this area that are better left unsaid or unblogged, for the love of country and due process, I decided to share lessons learned through my Cyber Legislation Journal.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Blog revenue models, managing online finance, finding good writers

In doing some blog hopping today, I found myself reacting to the following topics:

  • Wesabe is an online service where you can manage or track your finances. However, I don't think I'm comfortable in putting my personal financial information online. I'd rather do it still in my personal organizer.
  • There is also the discussion on 7 levels of revenue for your blog. I get very concerned when some tend to bash potential earnings for Google AdSense. I still find myself thankful to it as it revolutionizes the online advertising sector. It would not have paved the way for more democratized online earning opportunities today. In my limited experience, most ad buys are seasonal. It is best to plan for the long term and establish your own network where you can sell/place ads. I still use Google AdSense for some of my sites and blogs while I’ve signed up the ones with high Google PageRank to my own small network. Combining AdSense with other programs still works well for me.
  • I also found this finding good writer tips to be useful in building my content development program for club members. I should try it out soon.

Also, I'm now using my Ituloy AngSulong blog to record my travel adventures. I've roamed so many places in my nearly 11 years of e-commerce advocacy. I wish I was more diligent in taking pictures and record the places I've visited. My first topic is about my visit to the Alegre Guitar Shop in Cebu.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Growing together

Earlier today, I discovered that three of my niche blogs have achieved a Google PageRank 4. They are:

These are great addition to my two sites that got PageRank 4 as well last January.

The last two were experiments on creating niche and wider audience blog. Seeing this achieve such a PageRank is a great break. It meant the site is ready to graduate from using Google AdSense and participate in our advertising sponsorship program.

I also found that some club members who joined our ad network have experienced progress with their respective PageRank. One achieved a PR 4 and 5 (when they started as PR 0). A few more were able to align their Technorati ranking to their Google PageRank. At least some of the stuff we do in mentoring worked! Of course, this good news means an increase in ad rates of their respective blog or website which makes all club members in the ad network quite happy.

Those who had a decrease in Google PageRank will be given up to the next update to recover, without any fee decrease.

Congratulations and let's continue growing together!

I have a strong vision on what I want do and achieve. As DigitalFilipino.com turns 8 years old this year and with a growing number of advocacies, that gives me no time to spare for free lunch, it makes me wonder if we can reach 25 years, still strong and competitive as ever.

I just like to share this inspiring video interview of U2, obviously my favorite.