Advocacy and the New Media, part 1By Randell Tiongson on October 7th, 2009
I’ve been an advocate of financial literacy for many years now. Aside from the lectures & trainings I conduct regularly, I’ve been using the power of the internet for some time now.
In 2003, I started a yahoogroup called the financialplannersphils which was originally intended for Financial Planners and my colleagues. It has grown through the years and by the end of 2007, I partnered with another personal finance advocate and good friend of mine, Efren Ll. Cruz to put up a personal finance on-line community: www.income-tacts.com. The growth and development of Income-Tacts is very encouraging – it has grown to about 2500 members since it went on-line in January 2008. Income-Tacts has been featured several times in traditional media and has a very solid following amongst its members. Many of the members of the said forum have gone on to have articles published in newspapers, magazines and on-line sites.
Early 2009, my good friend Chinkee Tan convinced me to try posting my articles through a social networking site called Multiply. For several months, I found myself writing many things and later found out that they are called ‘blogs’. I normally write stuff on personal finance, faith and family. In a short time, I noticed that readers of my blogs were increasing in number and reached to hundreds per blog. Like many of us, I got interested in the use of Facebook because many of my friends are using it and I found the interface easy to use. I continued to write blogs in both Multiply and Facebook to convey a central theme: my advocacy for financial literacy and faith.
Some months ago, I was encouraged by my Pastor, Dennis Sy to put up my own site. I wasn’t too keen on putting up a site with my name on it, let alone pay for it so I was cold to the idea … until I met a brilliant young man named Carlo Ople. A few minutes talking with Carlo made me realize about the power of this new media he seems to be an expert on. He introduced a whole new world to me… the world of blogging. He gave such an effective argument as to why I should have my own blog site and encouraged me to widen my reach through blogging. He told me that I write good stuff that should be read by many, not just my friends. Carlo said I have a message and that message must be heard. This was the birth of my blog site, http://www.randelltiongson.com/
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