Mybloggercon 2010 - I was there
Mybloggercon 2010 – I was there

On the second day, the two days conference for Blogfest Asia 2010 was to commerce. After a quick, light breakfast at Hotel Malaysia, I caught the shuttle bus provided by the organiser to Wawasan Open University.

My simple breakfast

My simple breakfast

Wawasan Open University

Wawasan Open University

Lining up for registration

Lining up for registration

Blogfest Asia signage

Blogfest Asia signage

Certificate and tee-shirt for all participants

Certificate and tee-shirt for all participants

I met up with Silver and Siew Kian there and we sat through the opening sessions in the main auditorium together. An estimated audience of over 300 bloggers attended.

With Silver and Siew Kian

With Silver and Siew Kian

Silver is really damn good at reverse shots, taken without looking at the camera screen

Silver is really damn good at reverse shots, taken without looking at the camera screen

Some of the other bloggers at the other side of the auditorium

Some of the other bloggers at the other side of the auditorium

First up was the keynote address by Mr Peter Herford, Cheung Kong School of Journalism and Communication, on “Changes”, particularly on technological advances.

Peter Herford, the first speaker for the day

Peter Herford, the first speaker for the day

Tea break

Tea break

The Chair-person of this year’s Blogfest, Mr Jeremiah Foo then gave a casual welcome, followed by a short introduction from one of the dean at Wawasan Open University.

Jeremiah Foo giving his casual welcome address

Jeremiah Foo giving his casual welcome address

One of the dean at Wawasan Open University

One of the dean at Wawasan Open University

The morning session rounded up by 12pm whereby we break for lunch. I have to eat quickly as I was scheduled to host a break-away session at 1pm on Commercial Blogging.

When I stepped into my assigned room, I was shocked to see a huge crowd already waiting. More people were still streaming in. Eventually, the organisers have to bring in more chairs to accommodate everyone.

I appreciate the strong show of support, given that there were two other break-away sessions going on at the same 1 to 2pm time slot.

I guess everyone is curious on how to make money from blogging. That’s a tough question to answer. I am not making money from my blog, at least not at a level which I can quit my full time job.

However, I do believe I have a compelling story to tell as I am one of the rare individuals who straddle between the dual role of marketing to bloggers (via my day job as a marketer with omy.sg) and as a blogger myself (via my Alvinology blogs).Hence I divided my presentation into two portions – the first part was on what marketer look out for in bloggers; the second part was on what bloggers can do to get oneself noticed by marketers.

Hi I am Alvin!

Hi I am Alvin!

Short intro on omy.sg and what I do

Short intro on omy.sg and what I do

Sharing on omy.sg's Hong Kong trip with bloggers earlier this year

Sharing on omy.sg’s Hong Kong trip with bloggers earlier this year

Me speaking to some bloggers after the presentation

Me speaking to some bloggers after the presentation

After my presentation, Silver, Siew Kian and I attended a session by Malaysian blogger/radio deejay/visual artiste, 吉安 (Ji An), on public performance art. The speaker has an interesting story to share on his experience as a public performance artist, but it was not too related to blogging.

吉安考古地带

吉安考古地带

Following this session, the three of us head off to get some food as we were getting a little hungry. Silver recommended us to try out the Old Town restaurant nearby.

Old Town restaurant

Old Town restaurant

The menu

The menu

I had their signature prawn noodle

Silver and I both had their signature prawn noodle

Potato curry and toasted brown bread to share

Potato curry and toasted brown bread to share

We then shopped briefly around the area before heading back to Wawasan Open University for the dinner hosted by Tourism Malaysia as well as to attend the 2010 Mybloggercon Award (2010第四届《大馬中文部落格祭》) after dinner.

A dilapidated house in the process of being torn down

A dilapidated house in the process of being torn down

Lorong Swatow! My Teochew relatives will be happy to see this.

Lorong Swatow! My Teochew relatives will be happy to see this.

A small chapel

A small chapel

A row of restaurants, collectively called "Little Shanghai"

A row of restaurants, collectively called “Little Shanghai”

This kind of retro architecture is very common in Penang

This kind of retro architecture is very common in Penang

More brightly coloured architecture

More brightly coloured architecture

We can smell the lingering fragrance of freshly baked bread from a distance of this bakery

We can smell the lingering fragrance of freshly baked bread from a distance of this bakery

Inside the bakery

Inside the bakery

There were some cultural performances on showcase during dinner. Food was served, hawker fare style.

Dinner was served in outdoor tents

Dinner was served in outdoor tents

Wave your flags

Wave your flags

Silver and I with KK, one of the volunteers in the committee who put this event together

Silver and I with KK, one of the volunteers in the committee who put this event together

Flag balancing performance

Flag balancing performance

Various tents, serving different hawker fares

Various tents, serving different hawker fares

My ice kachang and fried kway teow

My ice kachang and fried kway teow

Met a friendly Singaporean lady with her husband at Blogfest

Met a friendly Singaporean lady with her husband at Blogfest

They have a very cute little boy who fell in love with Silver at first sight and would follow her everywhere

They have a very cute little boy who fell in love with Silver at first sight and would follow her everywhere

Me with Silver - she can get her photos centralised for every single shot, simply amazing

Me with Silver – she can get her photos centralised for every single shot, simply amazing

Malay cultural dance

Malay cultural dance

Mybloggercon Award started at around 8pm. It was an eye-opener for me as the award was run by a committee made up of volunteers from different part of Malaysia. In Singapore, the Singapore Blog Awards is ran as a commercial entity by omy.sg. I cannot imagine trying to get Singaporean bloggers to volunteer and help out.

Bloggers taking photos outside the auditorium

Bloggers taking photos outside the auditorium

Mybloggercon award was held in the auditorium at Wawasan Open University this year

Mybloggercon award was held in the auditorium at Wawasan Open University this year

The theme for this year's Mybloggercon was 相信 (Believe)

The theme for this year’s Mybloggercon was 相信 (Believe)

Around 200 bloggers from around Malaysia specially traveled to Penang to attend the award. A total of 25 awards were given out. I am glad one of my friend, Sze Ping, won the Best Photography Blog award. Sze Ping also won the Best Photography Blog award at last year’s Singapore Blog Awards. This makes him the best in Singapore and Malaysia!

The two emcees

The two emcees

Free wifi - hence I was able to update the award results online instantly

Free wifi – hence I was able to update the award results online instantly

I had my Macbook with me too

I had my Macbook with me too

Best Social Commentary Blog award

Best Social Commentary Blog award

Best Current Affairs blog

Best Current Affairs blog

They have an interesting category called "Ten Most Recommended Blogs"

They have an interesting category called “Ten Most Recommended Blogs”

Sze Ping won the Best Photography Blog award

Sze Ping won the Best Photography Blog award

This little girl won the Best Humour Blog

This little girl won the Best Humour Blog

Blogger of the Year Award - Vincent Yu

Blogger of the Year Award – Vincent Yu

The award winners

The award winners

Rounding up the day, Silver, Siew Kian and I went for super again at Old Town. I then took a cab back to my hotel to tuck in for the night, after accompanying the two ladies back to their hotel.

Our day ended with supper at Old Town

Our day ended with supper at Old Town

My earlier post on Blogfest Asia 2010:

Alvinology goes to Blogfest Asia 2010 @ Penang, Malaysia – Day 1 of 3

Blogfest Asia 2010: Alvinology in Malaysia’s Sin Chew Daily (星洲日报)

BlogFest Asia 2010 @ Penang, Malaysia

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