August 11, 2008 is a memorable date for me. Missing Carlo, my blog dedicated to my one and only special brother, was recognized as one of the Ten Emerging Influential Blogs of 2008. Though the said list was then dominated by group blogs with different niches, I was able to make it on the list. I think blogging about something that is close to your heart makes a difference. I noticed that majority of the bloggers who voted for me are mothers and siblings of special children. Up to this day, I am still receiving some emails and comments from the readers whom in a way, was touched with my lovestory with Carlo.
Now, it’s about time to recognize a bunch of new blogs for the Emerging Influential Blogs of 2009! I would like to congratulate Tita Janette and the Digital Filipino Club as this writing project is already on its 3rd year.
So who made it on my list? Read on.
Yesterday, I scanned through my i.PH blog and read some of the entries I wrote way back in April 2007. It is the month when I went to Manila from Dagupan for two reasons: My On-the-Job training at SVI and iBlog3.
As a newbie to blog events, I was really excited to the fact that I am going to UP and learn more about blogging. I learned that a blogger can actually venture into different niches and even earn money from it. The fact that I’ll be meeting some of the authors of the blogs I’m reading added to the excitement of the Dagupena dreamer.
At iBlog3, I was with Gee, one of the bloggers I met thru a game we were in years ago. I met my cyber mom in the persona of Tita Dine. It was also in that summit where I met Cai and Louis, two of my closest friends today.
“Sa Dagupan ka pa galing? Ang layo ah” Louis said who is carrying a big backpack.
“Oo. Kahapon lang ako dumating. Excited nga ako eh” I replied.
“Wow, pare-pareho pala tayong nagbblog sa i.ph? Ang saya naman!” I told them in a shy manner.
“Oo naman.. Mas maraming i.ph bloggers last year kasi nagsponsor din sila” Cai, who was wearing a long skirt and bakya said.
We became good cyber friends even if I went back to Dagupan. We were struggling students who are finding ways of earning extra money from online gigs.
Three weeks ago, Ms. Janette Toral informed me about the invitation she received from Bitstop and Urdaneta City University to be the speaker in their Search Engine Optimization and Marketing workshop on February 27. Honestly, I was happy upon hearing it and I immediately said yes when she asked me to go with her.
We left at Five Star Cubao Station at 5am of February 26. Ms. Janette was my temporary older sister that day hehe 😀 We had our fast breakfast at Siesta, Tarlac. We slept during the duration of the trip. Ms. Janette went to Urdaneta City University and I went straight home.