Saturday, August 28, 2010

August 31 Blogger Fiesta

Everyone loves a party; me included!

Join us this Tuesday, August 31 as we celebrate Blogger's 11th year!
The party starts 6:00pm at the 5thflr of Fully Booked, Bonifacio High
Street. See you there!

Here's a list of people who you just might run into:
Azrael's Merryland (main organizer)
Abie Serrano
Andrea Sagragao
Anne Generoso
Bob Reyes
Brain Spreads
Chanta Chantita
Cher Cabula's Mindbox
Chic & Cheaps
Chinese Angel's Food Trip
Daomisyel Liao
Dennis Angulo
Don Covar
Eat.Drink.Dance. (Repeat!)
Edmond de Mesa
Edna Diano
Eric Dizon
Firefly360's Blog
Flow Galindez
Frances Amper Sales
Frances Ivy Manalansan-Casagnap
Francis Lim
Hear Lian Laugh
Iris Camille Mejia
Iris Rebao-Pulga
Janette Toral
Jay Angeles
Jaycelle Playda
Jefferson Tuazon
Jeffrey Limbauan
Jennifer Legaspi-Aspacio
Jester Derla
John Bejo
John Remir Cueto
John Lacson
Jomar Hilario
Nomnom Club
Juanel Servio
Kumukutitap's World
Leira Bhagwani Pagaspas
Let's Go Sago
Life as Experienced Daily
Mark Morfe
Marlon Marcelo
Marnell Delos Reyes
Maureen Tordesillas Flores
Mommy and Money
My Home Works - OrLee Pasion, Jr.'s space
Making Things Happen
Mondo di Musica
My Thoughts and the Act
Nino Venzon
Patrick Zulueta
Ready to be Rich
Renzie Baluyut
Ria Hazel Lumandog
Ria Tirazona
Rich Money Habits
Rommel Galang Ardenio
Ryan Espinola
Ryan Zaens Joson-Vargas
Sarah Cada
Sefh Gutierrez
The Beautiful Manila
The Beauty Gaga
The Girl in Suede Boots
The Intersections and Beyond
Wentot's Thoughts

For more details, visit the Meetup site

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Blogger Statistics is now available

“You cannot manage what you cannot measure.
Identify the areas in which improvement is essential
to your success and find a way to track your progress.”
- Dr. John Maxwell

I just discovered that Blogger Statistics is now available for use.
This is great! Blogger users now have the convenience of checking
out their statistics from within Blogger. Just use Blogger in Draft
and you can avail of this function.

Why are statistics important? Basically, you will want to know if
people are visiting your blog or not. Yes, I said WILL. When I first
started out, I was content with just blogging. But as the months /
years progressed, I had to ask myself, "Are people ACTUALLY
READING my blog?"

You could say this is a valid question for any "passion blogger".
But this is a vital question for any problogger. And the time you
start asking yourself this is the time you'll start looking for a
way to measure the blog's statistics (also called metrics). As they
say, "The numbers don't lie."

Unfamiliar with Blogger in Draft? Simply type the words "draft" over
the "www" portion of the Blogger URL. Your URL will now look like
this: ~~~ Congratulations, you are now using
the Blogger in Draft mode! You will notice that the Blogger logo is now
blue. Yes, it's that simple!

Here's a visual:

Step 1 - Use Blogger in Draft (
Step 2 - In Dashboard, Click on Stats

Step 3 - View the stats

p.s. No need to rush this. Enjoy your blogging first. Do this when you've
decided on getting "major major" serious with your blogging. hahaha!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Promote Promote Promote (31DBBB #3)

Promote Promote Promote.

Promoting is something most people avoid like the plague. Why???
Reactions range from: "It makes me feel like a salesperson" to "Im shy"
to "Im not ready" to "Can I just pass on this?"

Like it or not, this is part of surviving and thriving in the online world.
Don't worry, just like any other skill - practice makes perfect.

If you really must, you can at least use Day#3 - 31DBBB Challenge as an

3 Things To Do with Your Blog Today (31DBBB#2)

Today's challenge is all about making lists. Great! I love lists! I already
have a few in All Simple Living. But none yet for this blog?!?

Let me start of with a list that can help you jumpstart your blogging.
Something simple that you can do TODAY.

3 Things To Do with Your Blog Today

1. Make a new post
I know this sounds "duh". But you'd be surprised at how many "stale"
blogs are out there. I should know, Im sometimes guilty of going on
for days without a new post! Basically, you need to post something
new so people have a reason to go back to your blog.

Did I say "reason"? Yes you read that right, "REASON". People have
lives! It would help if your posts provided some value to your readers.
Something that would inspire, educate, motivate, provide laughter,
provide comic relief, etc. Otherwise, there are a million other blogs out
there for them to visit.

2. Place a picture in your post
Pictures help "whet the appetite" of readers. It's not really a must for
everyone. There are many successful blogs out there that do not
employ the use of pictures. Personally, I think pictures are an effective
way of enhancing peoples' reading experience.

The next question usually is… Where to get the pictures? Jomar has
a good how to on the wheres, whys and hows of putting pictures in
your posts. You can click here.

3. Promote your post
If you want people to read your blog, you have to do this! How else
will people know you exist?

It doesn't have to be complicated. You can do the serious promoting
later on; when you're ready. For now, a friendly reminder in your email,
Facebook page, forum visit, etc. that you blog is all that is needed.

I hope you guys enjoyed going through my 3 Things To Do with Your
Blog Today. Send me a comment. I'd love to hear how this list has
helped you.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ekodigo's Elevator Pitch (31DBBB#1)

Today's challenge is all about the Elevator Pitch. Details of this challenge can
be found here.

Here's my take on it:

ekodigo is the ultimate cheat sheet for earning money online

ekodigo is the ultimate kodigo, cheat sheet, reference, guide and life hack
for bloggers, internet marketers, virtual assistants and anyone who wants
to earn online! Visit ekodigo for how-tos on blogging, search engine
optimization, online promotion, and more!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

31DBBB Challenge Pre-Event

Here's our 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge Pre-Event to do:

1. Join the forum. - done 8/15

2. Install a metrics program. - done 8/14
- I installed Google Analytics (recommended by ProBlogger).
ekodigo is a fairly new blog. Was I surprised that the results
showed only zeroes? Of course not!

3. Invite a friend to join you. - done 8/14
- Invited friends from the online club. Not sure if there are any

4. Do a SWOT Analysis of ekodigo.

Other Pre-Event to do (my personal one):

1. Place Google Adsense - done 8/24
2. Place Kontera
3. Place Nuffnang

Saturday, August 14, 2010

31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge (31DBBB)

I've been a blogger since the last quarter of 2008. Sadly, it has been an
on again, off again love affair. Like most people, I have one too many
things happening in my life--- work, errands, entrepreneurial endeavors,
and recently, solo parenting (hubby is currently overseas). Yes, now is not
exactly the best time to be taking on a new project.

But... I have told myself for the NTH time, "You've got to give this a go!"
What makes this time different? Hmmm, Nothing!

Soooo, wish me luck as I start my 31 Days to a Better Blog Challenge
(courtesy of Problogger). You are most welcome to join us. Just click

Happy Blogging!