We just completed Maven Secrets 3.0, and due to insistent demand, I’m launching Maven Secrets 4.0 from August to November 2010.
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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 minutes! Thanks to Flip Camera Manila Distributor for sponsoring the prize for the contest!
My Top Blogging Tools
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Congratulations Charo, you just won a Flip Ultra HD Camera! To claim, just email my wife email@example.com 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,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call her +63917 5318949 if you are interested. Ask for the special OAP friend discount. 🙂
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( 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! )
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.
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!
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.
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
YOU can help me make the OAP book happen in 3 simple ways…
Allow me to share with you my talk during the 2nd Top Menu Masters Conference in Tagaytay…
Good Morning! I’m honored to contribute to the restaurant industry by sharing with you What’s Hot and What’s Not In the Evolving Philippine Dining Out Market. I’m an engineer by profession. I worked for P&G for 13 years as an IT Manager and turned into a full-time blogger in 2008 to focus on OAP. I don’t know how to cook and my family is not into any restaurant business.
What I can share with you today are the insights that I got from running one of the most popular food and travel blogs in the Philippines for 5+ years. I’ve been to most of the awesome restaurants across the Philippines — just name almost any restaurant and I’ll share with you my experience there. I interact everyday with Filipinos who love food. Since I don’t have a conflict of interest with any restaurant, I can give my insights without any bias.
Hi, OAP Friends!
The Asian Institute
of Management (AIM) is conducting a market survey as part of efforts to
remain responsive to the needs of prospective graduate students.
Can you do me a favor and answer this brief survey? Rest assured that your
identity and the results of this survey will remain strictly
Please click on the link to the survey: AIM SURVEY ON MARKET TRENDS
(I’m hoping you can answer the survey before December 11, 2009.)