Travel Blogging talk @ Visayas Blogging Summit

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I was fidgety at my seat while butterflies were fluttering inside my stomach as the last speaker before me was closing his talk. A few minutes later after the last question was asked, the emcee introduced me: Our next speaker is a freelance photographer and blogger based in… My heart was pounding, my hands were cold and I can’t seem to stand up. But I have to.

The Visayas Blogging Summit held in Iloilo last Saturday, 27 November was my first blogging talk, and not just any kind of topic but one that is also close to my heart: travel blogging with the title, Selling the Best of the Philippines Through Blogging.

I didn’t have to prepare much but I assembled my presentation only on the morning of the talk as the previous night, I was having a mental block on what eventually to talk about. While the title is such, I focused on how to travel blog and what are the important elements that are needed to make a good one. While sense of place is the main ingredient, I stressed more on writing well and taking images right.

With photographer Anton Sheker after a great lunch at Bourbon in Smallville. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The talk flowed smoothly with my confidence picking up after the greeting and it was good until the end. After the talk, I was quite pleased with the many questions and while going to the washroom, I was flattered that Byahilo told me he got inspired with my talk. I also received several Facebook friend requests and some emails thanking me.

While the talk was short, at around 40 minutes including the Q and A portion, I just felt overwhelmed but happy to have shared with what I’m doing with other bloggers. There’s this contentment of giving back to the community and inspiring people as well.

Thanx to Jerry Ruiz, winner of the Best Photoblog – Visayas (Philippine Blog Awards 2010), for the photo above and Janette Toral for the second photo with Anton Sheker.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces.

I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

18 thoughts on “Travel Blogging talk @ Visayas Blogging Summit

  1. @earl, thanx bai. kung makahigayon ko ug visit mindanao/cdo, pwede kaayo ko. it would also be good to meet other bloggers from that area 🙂

  2. Too bad i missed your talk. I’m sure you did great 😀 Haven’t seen you talk about travel blogging in other events. I am now interested because i’ve seen you do ‘the works’ in person hehe. Looking forward to travels with you soon! 😀

  3. I’ll feel the same on the stage, bai. Congratulations for a successful talk. Maybe this will start for you a new career as a resource speaker with perks and all?

  4. congrats kuya. more travel talks on blog summits and other events to come. kelan ko kaya maririnig kitang mag-talk? para ma-inspire namn ako. din. uli. hehehe. you have so much to share talaga so yeah, share. at yung next project. photography lessons where I will be the 1st stude diba? hehehe.

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