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Recapitulating 2007 in bursts

The year 2007 began with fearful undertones as I had just left my “day job” and decided to go full time into the world of freelancing. As it turns out, I made the right choice. 2007 showered this blogger with a lot of blessings (and blessings in disguise) and looking back, this was a pivotal year in terms of career. Maybe 2008 will be pivotal in terms of my love life. Heh. ๐Ÿ™‚

Attended and helped organize more than 30 events that had participation from new media editors (aka bloggers).

Turned my photography hobby into a relevant income stream. I don’t really advertise it as I mostly shoot by request for friends in the advertising and PR industry. They usually get me for food shoots.

I was on a plane ten times this year. Most were trips for the press. Two or three were for leisure. Two were at Boracay ๐Ÿ™‚

Gave a significant number of talks and presentations that were mostly new media related. These talks were divided among blogging and new media conferences, advertising agencies and

Formed my first company in mid-November 2007 with Markku and another friend. Most of it has to do with local non traditional advertising. So yeah, I own an advertising company.

Co-organized the first Philippine Blog Awards. Honestly though, most of the work was done by Gail, Yuga as well as the blogger-volunteers who helped out with the program.

Appeared on television once or twice this year. Also finally got into doing podcasts and online video as an experiment to get comfortable with the medium.

Launched or repackaged 6 new blogs with b5media. I’ll be launching two more in the next few weeks for the technology channel.

The Blog and Soul Movement was founded and has grown into a volunteer group that helps educators and students understand blogging as a relevant communication tool.

Got to know a lot of great bloggers this year. Special mention goes to the guys and gals from the Man Blog who have become a staple in my monthly leisure exercises.

Nokia Philippines took me in as a brand ambassador for the Nokia N82. Though December’s activities are expectedly slow, there will be a lot of things I’m going to help them with come January to April of 2008.

By 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.

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