event: the second filipino book bloggers meet-up

found at cubao expothe second filipino book bloggers meet-up had a lower turnout than the first one. but that doesn’t mean it was less fun! the bloggers who attended were: chachic, tarie, aaron, will, kenneth, blooey, michelle, peter, peter’s friend (whose name i wasn’t able to catch), and honey.

i’m actually having a little trouble remembering all that was talked about, but we had a wider scope of discussions this time around. probably because there were less people. and probably because the venue was more quiet and conducive to discussions.

the second meet-up was held at libreria, a new bookstore located at cubao expo. it has a wide variety of books (including a few hard-to-find ones that some attendees were quick to buy), has coffee and cookies, and most importantly, it has a table in the middle that became our venue for discussions.

the owner, triccie, was very cool and very accommodating. she even gave everyone bookmarks! and so was kenneth, who treated the early birds to coffee. well, those who drank coffee anyway. he also handed out free copies of the christmas issue of PHILIPPINE GENRE STORIES. thank you, triccie! thank you, kenneth!

now, onto the discussions. that i remember.

negative reviews. aaron brought up a tweet-exchange between a blogger and an author, where the blogger linked an average review to the author’s twitter account, and the author responded less than favorably. this brought up the issue of (the lack of) negative reviews online, and whether we should (or should not) link negative reviews to an author’s social media network. some of us opined that if you’ve written a less-than-warm review, maybe a blogger shouldn’t link it to the author’s account. after all, that link will be visible to many people, most of them fans of the author.

one blogger voiced out that if no one links to negative reviews, how will the author know what people don’t like about the book he/she had written. while one blogger defended that if an author wants to read negative reviewers, he or she could do a google search herself.

personally, i am siding with the “don’t link” group. recently, i’ve been writing less-than-lukewarm reviews. and i didn’t (and still wouldn’t) link it to the author’s pages. one, because i agree with the idea that if a person wants to read negative reviews, he or she can do a search him/herself. also, it’s like inviting fans to go to your blog and defend their favorite author on your blog. it’s not a win-win situation.

this led to the discussion on why there are too many positive reviews online. which sparked the discussion on why would a blogger write a review. many agreed with the notion that we blog about books because we want to promote it.

filipino book bloggersthen came the discussion on reviewing works where a friend is involved. tarie has a great system in which she promises to feature everything sent to her–but she gets to choose on how she will feature the work: which ranges from book reviewing, to interviewing the author, to hosting memes where she can just mention the book.

this, she says, also works for when she ends up not liking a book. instead of posting a negative review, she’ll just pick a different way of featuring the book.

kenneth was the one who brought up the issue of plagiarism in the philippines–which affects writers, and readers like us. but with this issue, most everyone just wanted an update on what’s currently happening with the court proceedings regarding this. everyone in attendance was against plagiarism. as we all should.

there were other discussions too, which i hope someone else remembered.but the only ones i remember now, aside from the ones i mentioned above, are: when to meet next (january, at libreria again); filipino book bloggers will now feature different bloggers to lead the filipino friday meme (kenneth will start next week); and kenneth is accepting stories for the next issue of PHILIPPINE GENRE STORIES.

this time, we also got to do a little getting-to-know you discussion. of who we are and what our blogs are about. some of us even answered the current filipino friday question, which is about how blogging affects our real lives, and vice versa.

and those are the things i remember being talked about. i should take note of what’s talked about in the next meetings.

29 thoughts on “event: the second filipino book bloggers meet-up

  1. Ah that negative review thing. Personally I won’t link it to the author too, because I know they can find it. I just found the reaction quite odd, because it wasn’t a negative review, just a not so glowing one amidst all the 4 and 5 star ones.

    I think I should blog about that. But that reaction totally killed my mojo to read the author’s other books.

    Oh too bad I missed the others! I got to Cubao around 7 after taking care of my writers. πŸ™‚ but I still got to see Libreira because we went back. Hope to see you guys next time!

    • I think you should blog about it too. It’s an interesting topic to discuss, and everyone has a different take on what to do. πŸ™‚ And it’s also interesting to discuss how the author reacted to receiving the non-glowing review. πŸ™‚

  2. First post about the meet up, haha congrats! You should’ve stayed longer because we had dinner at Singapore Chicken, did the bookstore rounds and went back to Libreria where we had our second dinner care of Bellini’s. πŸ™‚

    Your post is so detailed! I can’t even remember most of the things that we talked about, just that it was comprehensive because we talked about the relevant things happening in the book blogosphere.

    • Bellini’s! πŸ˜€ On our next meeting, I’m getting loaves of Focaccia bread from Bellini’s πŸ˜€

      And I know I wasn’t able to write down everything that was discussed. But it was fun talking with you guys. More fun because it was a discussion on what to do with the local book blogosphere. πŸ™‚

  3. Glad it was successful! I felt bad we couldn’t make it, but Shaps and I only had the endurance for one event, and we needed to be at the Komikon.

    As far as the Supreme Court ruling on plagiarism… as mistaken as I believe the decision is, this doesn’t automatically mean that the Court will apply the same definition (or the same leniency with regard to “intent”) if confronted with a case of alleged plagiarism in the sphere of the creative arts. Don’t get me wrong, this is a matter of concern and people who disagree with the ruling need to make themselves heard, but I highly doubt that even if it stands, it will have an effect on the arts.

    • I sure hope that the ruling doesn’t affect the arts. But even then, what about school works? Can students now plagiarize and say, “no malicious intent, ma’am/sir?”

      Kenneth wants this to be the topic of the next Filipino Friday over at Filipino Book Bloggers. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, blooey!

      I hope someone was able to remember the rest of the discussions. Like the one where we talked about the increasing/decreasing number of readers. And the effects of kindle/iPad/etc on the publishing industry.

      It was great talking to you all yesterday. πŸ˜€

      • One question raised was, are we really a nation of readers, with bookstores disappearing or shrinking? Others said Powerbooks – Megamall branch, which transferred to a smaller space in the mall, may have simply suffered a setback from its competition with Fully Booked.

      • Michelle, that’s a good discussion for Filipino Friday, methinks. though, personally, I wouldn’t base readership decline on disappearing stores on SM malls, if the rumors I heard are true.

        … I should have mentioned that during the meeting. Since I can’t really post the content of the rumor here without it spreading online.

      • haha, that’s true. but that’s still a couple of months away. i don’t know if i’ll still remember what the rumor is. πŸ™‚

  4. I think you should link it to the author. Feedback is the breakfast of champions.

    You will serve the author by sharing what the readers (you are one of them, right?) think about his or her book. Doing so will help also his other readers.

    • I stand by my choice not to link negative reviews (when I do write them). Because the authors who do want to read negative comments, or constructive criticisms, can search for them online.

      What would be the purpose of tagging an author to a negative review? You would only succeed in hurting someone’s feelings, and earning the ire of those who might be offended by reading a negative review on a book they liked.

      Unlike when you just post your thoughts (negative or otherwise) online, and let the author find it for him/herself. I’m sure they know how to go around asking for people’s opinions of their latest work. And other readers also know how to scour the world wide web for the reviews they seek.

      But everyone is entitled to their own opinion. So if you believe that we should tag authors to negative reviews, we can just agree to disagree. πŸ™‚

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  7. Great Review!!! Just kidding. That was one of the things we discussed last Saturday: Great Review comments. I forgot to ask you about one thing you posted on Filipino Scares that got me really curious. I hope I get to remember to ask it the next time we meet.

    And oh, you were hilarious at the photo Chachic posted on her recap. πŸ˜€

    • Haha! That’s right, I completely forgot about that one too!

      We could talk about whatever it is that got you really curious during the next meet-up. I’m also thinking about opening Filipino Scares for guest-storytellers. πŸ™‚

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