Accepting applicants: Band of Bloggers

Written by Jayvee Fernandez

Are you Filipino? Do you own a blog? Can you handle hanging out with really cool folk like this guy, this other guy and this other really cool guy? (I’m not cool. I jut like taking pictures and writing.)

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If you have what it takes, then join us every month for the Band of Bloggers “wala lang” sessions. Topics include:

Blogging
Monetization
Pop Culture
Photography
Reasons why my girlfriend left me and other love advice from this guy (best reason to go!)

Okay, that spiel sounded really stupid. But seriously though, the past few months has been quite interesting for local bloggers meeting up casually to exchange notes over sisig and crispy pata.

One thing I’ve noticed though. Most bloggers are practicing geeks and the latter have the tendency to get along quite well. A retinue of skills that most people in the industry posses include at least two of the following:

[] maintains a blog
[] plays an instrument
[] into photography
[] dabbles with photoshop
[] watches anime
[] knows how to program
[] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
[] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
[] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

Want to contribute to the “proud to be a geek” list? Leave a comment.

About the author

Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

68 Comments

  • I qualify…

    maintains a blog — yes, but I don’t post that much.
    plays an instrument — I know how but got tired of it for now.
    knows how to program — yes, it’s part of my job too.
    knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems — Windows, Linux, Solaris. No Mac OS knowledge though.
    particiaptes in online forums and discussions — yes, though not as much as before.

  • Jayvs, Abe, Markku, tnx for the great time! πŸ˜€ Next time, I’ll bring Matus for support; now you’ll instantly how your pictures will turn out on the big screen! πŸ˜€

  • […] In typical fashion, I’m late. Rico [that’s a PR6 link, bro] just wrote about our trip to Tagaytay last Saturday and both Abe and Jayvee posted on the topic earlier today. Since all four of us were male bloggers, we decided to call ourselves “Band of Bloggers.” Discussion ranged from blogging to other forms of geek talk, and even mushy girly stuff. Hahaha. This will likely be a monthly thing considering the trend in recent months, but beware — there is a tradition that we plan to strictly observe. Clue: it involves your monthly adsense/problogging check. […]

  • wow, interesting set of geeks!! he he. πŸ˜‰ seriously, I think you guys are a cool bunch of geeks and I’m sure fun to hang out with. I just wish that I were nearby, I sure would like to join you one time. πŸ˜€

  • I know it would be fun to hang out with the geeks. But I just don’t know if anyone would want to hang out with a nearly 50 something year old mom. But during the early internet days, the young 20 something guys loved to chat with a net-savvy mommy.

    I was amused by these characteristics so thought I ‘d check some of them:

    – maintains a blog- Yes I have around 5 or 6 or maybe more.

    – plays an instrument- piano ,musical organ and guitar

    – into photography- Amateur photography. maintains 2 photoblogs and 2 galleries

    – dabbles with photoshop- am between beginner and advanced

    – watches anime- sadly no. Way too old for it but enjoy the art.

    – knows how to program- used to program in the early 80’s (BASIC)

    – girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession- My husband nearly left me though at the peak of my obsession with web development.
    I stopped doing that type of work now. Also at that time, he was clueless on the ins and outs of the internet.

    – knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems- windows and MAC

    – particiaptes in online forums and discussions- just one forum

  • [x] maintains a blog
    [] plays an instrument
    [x] into photography
    [x] dabbles with photoshop
    [] watches anime
    [x] knows how to program (HTML counts right?)
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    OMG, does this mean I’m a closet geek? :p

  • I might only be part-geek hahaha.

    [] plays an instrument (used to. in high school but I haven’t played the guitar in ages)
    [] into photography
    [x] dabbles with photoshop (only when wanting to change my layout)
    [x] watches anime
    [] knows how to program (just learning a bit of Ruby, a bit of PHP-MySQL here and there)
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession (my boyfriend is a geek and you know him πŸ˜‰ )
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] participates in online forums and discussions (though not much)

  • maintains a blog: Check!
    plays an instrument: is a computer an instrument? Check! But I dabbled with guitars before

    into photography: I used to when I was in highschool using my father’s Nikon F3. Magastos lang. I’m waiting to get enough money to buy myself a Canon 350D. Check!

    dabbles with photoshop: dati. probably when I get my 350D (half check?)

    watches anime: Voltes V and Daimos lang po…Check!

    knows how to program: Oh yes. Check!

    girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession: This can’t say check because I don’t have a gilfriend. I have a wife. (no check).

    knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems: Oh yes! Check!

    particiaptes in online forums and discussions: Yup. Check!

  • [x] maintains a blog – on sleep mode. will be back on full-blast mode soon.
    [] plays an instrument – does the radio count?
    [x] into photography – we’re intimate, dunno about pursuing it as a career though. Thinking about it.
    [x] dabbles with photoshop – I live and breathe photoshop! I guess that was a bit too overboard. I just know photshop intimately.
    [] watches anime – uh, too much anime to keep up with. take a peek at some once in a while.
    [] knows how to program – for shit! πŸ˜€
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – nah…
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – i think i’ve lived long enough but i’m still getting a hang of the OS of life. I need a reboot.
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions – i have my feet in the water.

  • what perks does this group have? haha.. just messin’

    on to the checklist…

    [] maintains a blog – yup, – in fact i have 2…

    [] plays an instrument – i play the drums and some bass

    [] into photography – look for dennisforma in flickr…

    [] dabbles with photoshop – yup, but i prefer corel (draw, paint and rave)

    [] watches anime – not really

    [] knows how to program – i can do a little html… lol

    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – hmm, nah… my gf blogs too…

    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – i don’t know what to say.. except im using windows 2000

    [] particiaptes in online forums and discussions – sometimes…

    ..you shld’ve included: “owns at least one gadget..” haha…

  • […] First, let me say that Caren and I had a good time last night at Temple Bar, Greenbelt 2, where the Globe Innove sponsored bloggers’ meetup was held. Food was okay—not really great, but it was okay—and the drinks were good, too (anything with alcohol is, right?). But what was great was how the event gave us bloggers another opportunity to interact with each other in person. While I have been seeing an upsurge of activities lately where bloggers get to meet and do interesting stuff, this is not as common an occurrence as we would like it to be. So we try to take advantage of such events. […]

  • I..

    1. Maintain a blog – 3 of them

    2. Plays guitar and bass, in one occassion a bamboo flute that you can by in malls.

    3. do photography – I didn’t realize I now have 4 lenses, 2 flash units, a tripod, a remote cable switch, 8 AA rechargeable batteries and a PHP3K worth charger hahaha.

    4. hate photoshop, dang, it’s for sissies, GIMP rocks! peace! But I really love my pics straight off cam! No PP!

    5. know Linux/Win/Unix/CPM/DOS

    6. program in Java/C/C++

    7. believes that You don’t know anime if you haven’t seen Crystal Triangle and The Lensman hahaha PEACE!

    8. I married my girlfriend so she will not leave me haha.

    so am I qualified in the band? πŸ˜‰

  • […] The N70 I’m using now is the second most popular on the new Flickr Camera Finder. The K750i is on top – I think this was the first phone developed and marketed for photography. The N73 is catching up. It’s marketed for Flickr support but Nokia left out WiFi support which should help with Flickr. My N70 has Flickr support too – Send/Web Upload after taking a shot. It can’t upload at full size, probably due to 3G network timeouts? I need to investigate further. It’s a good thing I’m still accepted in the tech blogging crowd, even if I don’t fit Jayvee’s band of blogging criteria: the top probloggers such as Abe, Connie and Markku are photographers too. […]

  • [x] maintains a blog
    [x] plays an instrument (piano, violin)
    [x] into photography (but not that good)
    [x] dabbles with photoshop (ditto!)
    [] watches anime – HELL NO
    [x] knows how to program (knowledge limited to basic and hmtl haha)
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – No / not yet
    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – windowzzzz ruleeezzzz
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions – hell yeah

  • [x] maintains a blog
    [x] plays an instrument (guitar amateur)
    [ ] into photography (but not that good)
    [x] dabbles with photoshop (ditto!)
    [x] watches anime – some
    [x] knows how to program
    [X] boyfriend left him
    [x] knows how to use windows
    [x] online forums/discussions

  • [x] maintains a blog – all about Online Gaming
    [x] plays an instrument – Guitar
    [] into photography
    [] dabbles with photoshop
    [x] watches anime – Naruto and Basilisk Roxxors
    [] knows how to program
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    I don’t hit everything on the list but i’m a geek at heart.

  • Hmmm.. let’s see.

    [check] maintains a blog (maintains 3 or 4)
    [] plays an instrument
    [check] into photography (kahit mahirap lang at walang pambili ng digicam or dSLR at natutuwa na sa SEK750i camera
    [check] dabbles with photoshop (and mspaint-microsoft photo editor combi)
    [] watches anime
    [kinda check] knows how to program (basic html and basic flash?)
    [kinda check] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession (hindi makahanap ng jowa dahil sa obsession na ito)
    [check] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems (windows, OS X
    [check] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    Parang awa niyo na (etchos!) chikadora naman ako eh! (ang pathetic ko no?)

  • count me in…

    [] maintains a blog – badoodles.wordpress.com
    [] plays an instrument – does playing my balls qualify? it gives a squeaky sound, i can play lupang hinirang…
    [] into photography – with my nokia phone He he. na holdap nga ung bus na sinasakyan ko kanina, natangay cp ko – andami ko pa namang butt-naked photos dun saka my pototoy in different angle shots. tsk tsk.
    [] dabbles with photoshop – d last one i used was version 4. ha ha!
    [] watches anime – x
    [] knows how to program – dotnet
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – x – she just smacks my wide forehead with remote control if she catches me on booze
    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – ms 2000 and xp
    [] particiaptes in online forums and discussions – a lot

    πŸ™‚

  • [x] maintains a blog – atleast one
    [] plays an instrument
    [x] into photography
    [] dabbles with photoshop
    [] watches anime
    [] knows how to program
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – ??? gf left (him/her)?
    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    3/9 hehe

  • Would I qualify?

    [x] maintains a blog
    [] plays an instrument – No but I can carry a tune
    [x] into photography – a little bit
    [x] dabbles with photoshop – sort of—learning stage
    [] watches anime – only my kids does. but I love looney tunes, though
    [] knows how to program – sorry not a techie..
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession — so far my wife is telling me to sleep because it is already 2am
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – windows lang eh.
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions – chatterbox here…

    Cheers!

  • [X] maintains a blog //reyian.blogspot.com
    [] plays an instrument
    [X] into photography // but no professional digital camera
    [] dabbles with photoshop
    [] watches anime
    [X] knows how to program
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [X] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [X] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

  • [x]maintains a blog – more than 1
    []plays an instrument
    [x]into photography – wannabe
    []dabbles with photoshop
    [x]watches anime
    [x]knows how to program
    []girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [x]knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x]participates in online forums and discussions

    Am I qualified in the band?

  • [X] maintains a blog – I get paid for it too. πŸ˜‰

    [X] plays an instrument – I used to get paid for this too. πŸ˜‰

    [] into photography – Nope. I can just operate cameras, but not in the ΓΌber sense.

    [X] dabbles with photoshop – “Dabbles” is a strong word in my case. More like “struggles.”

    [] watches anime – I watch cartoons, but not anime per se. In fact, I’m kinda getting tired of the whole local obsession over anime.

    [] knows how to program – Used to, but I won’t consider this a factor. I regretted taking my college course, I should’ve taken up masscom or journalism.

    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – She shares it, though she denies this.

    [X] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – Windows and DOS? Maybe a bit of Linux.

    [X] participates in online forums and discussions – Well, we wouldn’t be here now, wouldn’t we?

  • hey, jayvee, lemme see:

    [] maintains a blog – yep, if I can post via mind-control, I will

    [] plays an instrument – used to, now I just mainly operate an i-pod. πŸ™‚

    [] into photography – and incorporated it into a separate blog. yep, one more count there.

    [] dabbles with photoshop – hehe, how else to purify those photos with potential?

    [] watches anime – does The Avatar count?

    [] knows how to program – oooops….

    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – no bf

    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – i can: 1) operate on a frog and identify its major organs, 2)operate on lechon and identify its juiciest parts. Sorry, yun lang eh.

    [] particiaptes in online forums and discussions — obviously!

    so, i suppose, count me in? πŸ™‚

  • I qualify too!
    ] maintains a blog
    [X] plays an instrument
    [X] into photography
    [X] dabbles with photoshop
    [] watches anime
    [X] knows how to program
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [X] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [X] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    hahaha! La lang…commented pa even if the entry is more than a year old.

  • [tick] maintains a blog
    [] plays an instrument
    [tick] into photography
    [tick] dabbles with photoshop
    [tick] watches anime
    [tick] knows how to program
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [tick] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [tick] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    .i want to join the force!
    .can i join the league? LOL

  • [yes] maintains a blog === (now) my Naruto Shippuuden blog/download site (later ABS-CBN Global – International Sales website.
    [no] plays an instrument === just a plain frustrated singer.
    [yes] into photography === love it especially when I am visiting my hometown – Anilao
    [yes] dabbles with photoshop === very much!
    [yes] watches anime === almost every anime (animated, manga, ova/aov, movies)
    [yes] knows how to program === yup, yup, yup
    [no] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession === common denominator – long distance.
    [yes] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems === geek!
    [yes] particiaptes in online forums and discussions === PEX, techno, music, anime, TV shows, hackers, porn?!?

  • [] maintains a blog
    Taas kamay:

    [Yes] plays an instrument = a bit of guitar
    [Yes] into photography = my usual role in conventions is a photographer when I’m not joining in any of the activities (drawing contests, cosplays, etc.)
    [Yes] dabbles with photoshop = although I’ve stopped for awhile to make way for my studies on Web development
    [YES] watches anime = Hell yeah. I have 2 computers dedicated to downloading and watching the stuff.
    [Yes] knows how to program = .Net, Java, and now php. I could name a few other languages but I can’t really remember how to use most of them.
    [No] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession = Mas gusto nya raw na obssessed ako. kinky daw =.=
    [Yes] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems. Linux (gentoo, slack, ubuntu and derivatives), Windows at onting Mac before i messed up installing parallels (tama ba?) =.=
    [Yes] particiaptes in online forums and discussions = madalas sa 4chan although it’s an image board pero I’m active when the discussion interests me.

  • [x] maintains a blog(s)
    [x] plays an instrument (guitar)
    [x] into photography (sort of)
    [x] dabbles with photoshop (i use GIMP)
    [x] watches anime (kaso di na masyado dahil sa thesis)
    [x] knows how to program (Java!)
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession (never had GF, was in a more than MU but less than GF relationship pero tapos na rin yun)
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems (*nix systems)
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

  • [x] maintains a blog
    [] plays an instrument
    [] into photography
    [x] dabbles with photoshop
    [x] watches anime
    [x] knows how to program
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    and i thought my friend was joking when she said this is the next generation social network πŸ™‚

  • [X] maintains a blog
    [x] plays an instrument – guitar and bass
    [x] into photography – when i get my own camera
    [x] dabbles with photoshop – my work revolves around this program
    [X] watches anime – right now seirei no moribito, naruto, and kekkaishi
    [x] knows how to program – some time ago
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [X] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems – does MAC OS count?
    [X] particiaptes in online forums and discussions – even if it does not remotely concern me

  • P.S.

    my gf did not leave me because of my hobby, she’s super understanding. tho i wish the reason was “she’s a geek like me”

    geek chicks are HAWT!

  • [x] maintains a blog
    [x] plays an instrument
    [x] into photography
    [x] dabbles with photoshop
    [x] watches anime
    [not enough to save my life] knows how to program
    [there’s no one to leave me in the first place] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] participates in online forums and discussions

    is this group still open?can one still join? πŸ™‚

  • hmmm… i am not quite sure whether or not i belong. only one two things, perhaps, suit me: i blog and i dabble with photoshop. i like photography but doesn’t have a very good camera. simply put, i just take everyday pictures, and that’s not saying I am a pro at it.

  • I qualify and possess all of the above skills, except that am female and i don’t watch anime. i create them (plus my name often gets mistaken for a male). πŸ™‚

  • I qualify and possess all of the above skills, sir, except that am a kick-ass female and i don’t watch anime. i create them, though. πŸ™‚ (wink)

  • ] maintains a blog
    [√] plays an instrument ( piano )
    [√] into photography ( a fuji )
    [√] dabbles with photoshop ( use it at work )
    [√] watches anime (not that often)
    [?] knows how to program (obsolete programs)
    [x] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [?] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems (win 3.11 to vista
    [√] participates in online forums and discussions ( specially online games forums)

  • oo nga… geeks tend to love porn. How about music? And comic books! πŸ˜€

    Anyways I’m probably 50% geek girl…

    [x] maintains a blog
    [x] plays an instrument – I used to play in a Rondalla in my elementary days
    [] into photography
    [x] dabbles with Photoshop – and GIMPshop too
    [x] watches anime – I looove ’em!
    [x] knows how to program – partly because I only know how to edit… I don’t create from scratch
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession – wala ako’ng boyfriend
    [] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] participates in online forums and discussions – a lot

  • exposed in computer [not really] but im not on for online games [because hindi aku na tagal sa OLGames]

    [x] maintains a blog *yeah!*
    [x] plays an instrument *Guitar,love it! rocker*
    [x] into photography *Not Really*
    [x] dabbles with photoshop *Graphic Desinging*
    [x] watches anime *Can count on it*
    [] knows how to program
    [x] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession *don’t have any girlfriend*
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems *XP Prof & Vista?*
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions *PKMN-ph Forum…*

    may age requirement b?
    btw i was about to make a new blog for podcasting…

    just e mail me if somebody are interested~

  • Let me try… why not, right?

    [/] maintains a blog
    [/] plays an instrument
    [x] into photography
    [/] dabbles with photoshop
    [/] watches anime
    [/] knows how to program
    [?] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [/] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [/] participates in online forums and discussions

    am I too late for this?

  • [/] maintains a blog
    [X] plays an instrument
    [X] into photography
    [X] dabbles with photoshop
    [X] watches anime
    [/] knows how to program
    [X] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    [/] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [/] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    Cheers,
    BloggerOfTheWeb
    http://bloggeroftheweb.com

  • this reply may be too late, but can i still join? πŸ˜€

    [x] maintains a blog
    [x] plays an instrument
    [] into photography
    – i prefer being the subject. hehehe
    [] dabbles with photoshop
    – i’m not good but i can learn πŸ™‚
    [] watches anime
    – does having a liking to japanese music and japanese language count?
    [x] knows how to program
    [] girlfriend left him / her because of hobby obsession
    – don’t have a boyfriend *sigh*
    [x] knows how to use at least 2 types of operating systems
    [x] particiaptes in online forums and discussions

    i hope you won’t mind, i included a link of your site to mine… sorry for not asking you first.

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