Pinoy Teachers Network, one month and still growing

Pinoy Teachers Network Bulletin Board

OUR HOME: http://pinoyteachersnetwork.blog-city.com

“Any new endeavour is always tough in the beginning”.

I gave us just two weeks to plan this out and prepare for the launching. Ready or not, the website of the Pinoy Teachers Network went officially up in cyberspace on July 12, 2005. We took the challenge. We learned from our own experiences and then finding our own way out of the obstacles we encountered. For most of us, quitting or not trying isn’t an option.

It’s been a month, can you believe it? What happened during that span of time, aside from my being so busy and missing my blog hopping routine?

We have more than 50 members now, and still growing. Teachers from the University of the Philippines (Visayas), Mindanao State University, De la Salle University, Claret School of QC, Xavier School of Greenhills… are proving themselves worthy of the title “Teacher” by being leaders themselves in their own schools.

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When you need more than just More

In WordPress, you can determine which part of your post gets displayed in the home page as teaser to the full article. You can either do this using excerpts or the more tag.

I suggest you use the More tag: <!–more–> . It’s an easier way to customize the length of the article’s teaser in the home page. You can do this with excerpts but you have to edit the main page to replace the_content with the_excerpt to display the excerpts of the blogpost. There’s a plugin available in this site (external link) if you want to use excerpts.

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Why Church Leaders Should Blog

What do Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Bishop Leonardo Medroso, and Monsignor Jose Manguiran have in common? They are all diocesan bishops, you say. Well, that’s quite obvious, isn’t it. But did you know that the three of them are also bloggers?

Yes, you’ve read it right. These bishops blog too. And their respective weblogs are Viewpoints, Tidbits, and The Meaning.

The blogosphere is a new place and opportunity for leaders of faith communities to dialogue with the online world. Aside from being inexpensive to develop and maintain, blogs are inherently global in reach and two-way in approach. And to think that there are more than 14 million of them all over the world. In order to be effective in their task of teaching, sanctifying and shepherding the people of God, church leaders (bishops, pastors, parish priests and other religious leaders) should blog and maintain an active, listening presence in the blogosphere. Why? Let me give you three reasons:

1. To reach and enrich
Blogging is perhaps the cheapest publishing tool, be it online or offline. Most blogwares, blogspaces and bandwidths are free. Visit Blogger, Friendster, Yahoo 360, MSN Spaces, Blogsome, MyBlogSite and you’ll know what I mean. At the minimum, all you need to pay is rent for a computer unit and a cup of cappuccino in an internet cafe. Compare that with, say, a printed parish newsletter, and you’ll realize how much time and money you’ll save (just imagine the number of trips you need to make to the publishing house and the amount of coffee you need to drink to cope with the stress). But the real power of blogging lies in its ability to reach people on a global scale in real time. Precisely because of this, blogging has created an enormous possibility in which online people worldwide can be reached and enriched.

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Blog and be Search Engine Friendly

In my first Blog Chronicles post, I made a brief introduction to the world of blogging, and promised to write more about its intricacies and the different concepts that motivate people to blog.

And so I’m back! Here I am to impart some more of the little I know of this vast blogosphere.

Let’s talk about one of the W’s: the why. Why blog? What would motivate an individual to blog? What would motivate an entrepreneur or businessman to blog ? What would motivate a corporation to blog?

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