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Food Writing Tips: Earn Some Cash in Between Bites

Here are some pro-food writing tips from my friends from Writer's Block Philippines:


Bagnet Bicol Express

How do you cross over from being a passionate foodie to a credible and published food writer? Try these tips from the writing experts:

1. Select an interesting subject that has not yet been featured in other websites or magazines

Food features can be more than just about food. Aside from the food itself, other possible features may include new restaurants, chefs, and recipes. Just make sure that the topic is unique or that’s you’re presenting it in a different angle.

For instance, when writing about family recipes (sometimes called “heirloom recipes”), mention its unique history, what makes the family behind it special, any unique innovations that have been passed on through the generations, and so on. Magazine editors value writers who can present ideas from a perspective that sets the publication apart from the rest of the pack.

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[Survey] OAP Live an Awesome Life Planner Cover Design

Which among the Live An Awesome Life Planner Covers would you like?

I have an exciting project that OAP readers would love. I’m working on an interactive planner in partnership with the best planner designers in Manila. I’ll share some more details in succeeding blog posts. For now, can you help me decide which cover design should I use for the OAP | Live an Awesome Life Planner?

Please vote for your favorite OAP Live an Awesome Life Planner Cover Design!

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4 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Join Maven Secrets 4.0


Maven Secrets Batch 3.0 Graduation Dinner

We just completed Maven Secrets 3.0, and due to insistent demand, I’m launching Maven Secrets 4.0 from August to November 2010.

I would like to invite you to join this 90-day program. Here are 4 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Join Maven Secrets 4.0:

1. Be part of the Last Maven Secrets. This will be the LAST coaching/mastermind face-to-face group that I will be conducting for the year. If you want to capitalize on the Internet Marketing Boom in 2011, now is the time to set up your internet marketing business.

2. Attend IM-BC 2010 for FREE. You can attend the two-day Internet Marketing Boot Camp 2010 for FREE (worth P12,294) as an early registration bonus for the Maven Secrets 4.0 Program.

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[Contest] Top Blogging Tools I use in OAP; What’s yours?

Top Blogging Tools I use in OAP; What’s yours?

Contest Duration: July 12, Monday, 12.00am to July 25, Sunday, 11.59pm

I’m often asked variants of this question: What camera / hosting / tools do you use for blogging? 

So, for this blog post, I would like to share my answer to that question with you, but I also want to know what blogging tools you use.

As an incentive, the best answer (via the comments section, blog post or Facebook entry) will win my favorite Flip Ultra 120 HD 120 minutesThanks to Flip Camera Manila Distributor for sponsoring the prize for the contest!

My Top Blogging Tools

  • Blog Hosting: Typepad Pro

Typepad is a managed hosting service that has the easy blogging interface of Blogger and the sophistication and nice template of WordPress. I love Typepad because I don’t need to worry about hosting, bandwidth and security of the site. I’ve been using Typepad ever since I started. And Seth Godin also uses typepad.

  • Digital Camera: Canon 20d 17-40mm L Lens

Ninety-five percent of the photos you see in OAP are produced using my Canon 20d. I love Canon — this has been my camera ever since I started. What makes the food shots crisp in OAP is the fine 17-40 L lens by Canon. The other 5% is produced by my back-up camera (when my Canon is in the shop for repairs).

  • Video Blogging Camera: Flip Ultra HD Camera 120 minutes

I love Flip because you can shoot a video and immediately upload it to YouTube in a matter of minutes. The video is HD quality and the audio is quite good already in a relatively quiet environment. For blogging, use the Ultra HD version and not any other version if you want to publish the video in your blog.

  • Mobile Phone and Subscription: iPhone 3G with Globe

These days, you already need a GPS-enabled camera so that you can participate in location-based services like Four Square. I like the simplicity and seemless integration of the iPhone with my Mac and other online services.

I’m a proud Globe subscriber ever since — 0917-LOVEOAP (5683627).

  • Laptop and Blogging Client: MacBook Pro with ECTO

I love Mac! It is easy to use, especially for blogging. I specifically use a Macbook Pro version so that it can handle my simple video editing needs.

There is a special blogging client called ECTO (for MAC only) where you can blog offline and just publish your post when you are online. Also, ECTO can manage multiple blogs in multiple platforms.

  • Photo Editing, Watermarking and Hosting Tool: Lightroom 2.0 with Flickr.

After 5 years of blogging in OAP, I now have 78,841 photos, and they all need to be managed. I have all my photos managed by Lightroom, which automates a lot of the post-processing like cropping, renaming the filenames, placing the watermark, and automatically uploading it to Flickr.

I would recommend you also use a separate photo hosting tool like Flickr instead of just uploading your photos to your own server or hosting platform.

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That’s it! Now it’s your turn. What are the top tools you use for blogging?

To officially enter the contest, just put your answer or link your answer in the comments section of this blog post. Deadline for the contest is on July 25, Sunday, 11.59pm. 🙂

And the winner is…

Thanks
for all the great entries! It was actually very very hard to choose. I
didn’t expect a lot of people to join so thank you all for joining!

I learned a lot from the entry of the winner and it made me rethink
the webhosting I use and the putting watermarks on my photos. You should
read the winning entry.

The Geekette Speaketh’s My Blogging Tools

Congratulations Charo, you just won a Flip Ultra HD Camera!  To claim, just email my wife [email protected] and we will arrange a meet-up 🙂

As a runner up, I need to mention this post because I like it:
Cher Cabula’s Mindbox My Top Blogging Tools


Live an Awesome Life,

Anton 
Founder, www.OurAwesomePlanet.com
Call or Text Me: +63917 5683-627 (LOVE-OAP)
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Disclosure: We are distributors of the Flip Ultra

The Flip Ultra HD camera selling price is at P9,995. Yes, it is now locally available in Manila! Just email my wife at [email protected] or text/call her +63917 5318949 if you are interested. Ask for the special OAP friend discount. 🙂

P.S. Join Maven Secrets 4: A 90-day Internet Marketing and Professional Blogging Program!

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10 Common Mistakes Freelance Writers Should Avoid

( My freelance writer friends are launching their first How to Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career Workshop this coming Saturday, April 24. They are among the best Freelance Writers in the country today. I’ve asked them to share some of their learnings with OAP readers. Enjoy! )

10 Common Mistakes Freelance Writers Should Avoid
by Writer’s Block Philippines — Ana Santos (SexandSensibilities.com), Nikka Sarthou &
Nina Terol-Zialcita (TheArtofChangeMaking.com

Like any other business, you need to organize a working system to manage your own freelance career – all three of us found that out the hard way. We want to share with you what we have learned from our personal experiences, so you’ll know what mistakes to steer clear of and what to do about it. Here are 10 tips to help you become more successful as a freelance writer. 

1. Never take contracts for granted. As a freelancer, the only person who can ensure your financial and professional security is yourself. Pay special attention to contracts and terms of reference, and don’t be satisfied with simple verbal agreements. Learn to operate like a small business and keep yourself protected from abusive colleagues or from lawsuits from clients. 

2. Be clear about the scope of work. It’s easy to assume your scope of work when you’re simply writing an article for a publication. However, the minute you start taking on larger projects with more tasks and more coordination work (managing a publication, for example), be clear about your scope of work and expectations from both your clients and team mates. Never assume anything and always put terms, conditions, and payment agreements in black-and-white. 

3. Even when dealing with friends, be professional. It’s easy to cross professional boundaries when dealing with friends whom you’ve known for a long time and whom you trust. However, when it comes to freelancing and managing your own micro-enterprise, you need to draw professional lines. Let friends sign contracts and agreements, prepare payment vouchers, mind your paperwork, do everything professionally.

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Blogging For Foodies

I had the opportunity to give a 5-minute talk during the Entrepreneur Networking Night, which was focused on Food Businesses. Instead of talking about the Our Awesome Planet story, I shared my learnings in my 5 years of blogging to the Foodie Market in the Philippines.

From my standpoint, if the entrepreneurs could understand my blogging mindset when relating to foodies, then they could adopt that same stance if they decide to blog or market their food businesses online. (I’m also sharing my insights with you, dear OAP readers. Read on! 🙂 )

It was a great networking event! Thanks to Entrepreneur Philippines for inviting me for the second time to share my expertise during the networking night. Congratulations also for the 10 Strong Years of Entrepreneur Magazine!

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Maven Secret: Did you know that Blog Readers are 80% Visual?


NLP Master Ben Ampil sharing his expertise during his NLP & Effective Communications Workshop

Before you read the entire post, please answer this simple diagnostic* on what kind of Blog Reader you are… (You can answer this in a minute before you read through the entire blog post.)

1. Ask yourself: Before going to bed at night, it is most important for you that:

(a)    the room is nearly or completely dark,
(b)    the room is quiet or has pleasing sounds, or
(c)    your bed feels comfortable.

2. For you, having rapport with someone is to:

(a)     see that person in a wonderful and easy-to-be-with manner,
(b)     hear that person communicate things to you in the same manner that you would, or
(c)     feel toward that person the way you sense he/she feels toward you.

3. When you agree with someone, you would most likely say:

(a)     “that looks right”,
(b)     “that sounds right”, or
(c)     “that feels right”.

Please take note of your answers and post them in the comments section with your insights after reading this blog post.

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Top 100 Awesome Restaurants Campaign

top 100 awesome restaurants

I'm FINALLY getting started on the OAP book, and I want YOU to be part
of it
. I will be launching the Top 100 Awesome Restaurants of the
Philippines book
to show my utmost gratitude to all of you who have
supported OAP through the years. This is the first of its kind for 2
reasons:

  1. because the Top 100 Awesome Restaurants will be
    composed of restaurants UNIQUE to the Philippines,
    born and bred right
    here. So no internationally franchised restaurants in this book; AND…
  2. because it will be based on 100% Foodie Votes: by foodies, of foodies and for foodies.

YOU can help me make the OAP book happen in 3 simple ways…

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