October 2018 Meetup—From a First-Timer’s POV


A few moments before community time started.

New and familiar faces showed at the room. Small groups huddled on their own. Meanwhile, loners like myself leaned on my trusted social crutch—my smartphone.

A few moments later, people started pouring in. And, like clockwork, the short introductions and overviews began.

The October meetup event description promised lighthearted but informative discussions. Yet, as Dreb broke the ice, it was clear that we were oblivious to the coming meaty talks.

James Retuya started with SEO basics. Anyone who hasn’t heard about SEO would have thought he was speaking a foreign language.

Even so, for us who have a basic grasp of SEO, there was plenty to learn from his talk.

Georg Kevin Paquet, a seasoned WordPress blogger and Editor-in-Chief of Pinoy Teens Media, shared tips, anecdotes and the essentials to get started blogging with WordPress. The latter consisted of his humble days back in 2007 as a teen blogger in WordPress.

His stories, consequently, reminded me of my teen self who slaved way tweaking my Friendster theme.

Finally, Ria Jose, another seasoned blogger, wrapped the talks. She discussed blogging and writing succinctly–like a true online wordsmith.

Her directness and agreeableness embodied the thriving online whizzes of the gig economy.

Looking back, not much of a fuss preceded the October meetup. But, it was fruitful, enthusiastic, and practical.

Here are the links to the presentation slides of our speakers:

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