Showing posts with label blogging & writing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogging & writing. Show all posts

What Happened?

I promised myself I will become a better blogger. And by that I mean, take better pictures like how most bloggers would do.

I've been going places and doing stuff lately that would have been blog-worthy. But I failed big time.

Just a few weeks ago, I took a Basic Mountaineering Course and had my first ever rappelling experience at Tagbaobo Falls.  And then last weekend we had an awesome diving experience at the Taklobo Farm where I saw the biggest and most fascinating giant clams my whole life.  I came home with hives and a puffy face from eating too much seafood while island hopping at Samal. And right now, I am 50 shades darker from spending a day and a half basking under the sun in one of my favorite beaches in the world, Dahican.

But why haven't I blogged about this when I had all the time?

Five words: I. Do. Not. Have. Photos.

I don't have photos that will make the reader want to read my post. You know, save you those long and boring posts and just let the photos to do all the talking - specially now that I'm starting to become lazy with words.

Well, at least, I have one decent shot:
Dahican Surf Resort

My Life as a Blogger and Other (Not so) Recent Shiznits

I have over 50 drafts to date and not one of them is worth publishing anymore. Panis na kasi.

I don't know if I should feel bad about that or the fact that I got more stories still waiting to be written (cue: I Can Wait Forever by Air Supply). The blogging wells could run dry sometimes and I have a few things to blame. One, I am busy. And by busy, I mean, I do a lot of things that has nothing to do with productivity. Two, I have never failed at procrastinating. Three, blogging on a mobile device is absolutely frustrating.

But none of that really matters. No one's holding somebody a hostage to get me to write. So it's not really a big deal. Heck, the word deal should not even be brought up here. On the other hand, I feel like I am the one being taken hostage by this blog and it is demanding me to write something - and it does not matter if it is sensible or not. Damn you, blog. Why don't you just leave me alone?!

I can always quit though. It will save me the pressure of having to write something regularly that's not of a disposable value. But I won't. Whenever I am asked why I blog, I always give one solid reply. So if you are waiting for me to answer "because I earn from it" and expect me to talk to you about monetization strategies and shit, you picked the wrong girl. I have kept ads off my site. I find them annoying but not the same way those bakit-kung-sino-pa-ang-corrupt and drama-lang-walang-trabaho ads get into my nerves. But still, no one likes pop-ups and flashy banners, so I think I am kind of nice to spare you that one.

But I know you will not also buy my overused and overrated line, I blog for expression. Though I do love to express myself explicitly sometimes because I would explode if I won't be able to.

Blogging for expression is only half the truth. Of course, there's more to that story. The other half is divided into: one, I love the attention I get from it. Not everyone might openly admit it, but truth be told, any blogger would want readers and their attention. Otherwise, we would have just kept a private journal. And two, there are those little cherries on top of a pretty icing on a three-tier black forest cake which we can also call, the blogger perks.

As a small scale blogger who writes only about her misadventures, mundane activities, and what grinds her gears, I get to enjoy free passes, VIP seats, free dining, free trips and accommodation, free access to paid and premium services, gift certificates, free gadgets and so much more in an exchange for verbal diarrhea - the only diarrhea that I fervently enjoy. Although most of the time, I just get them with no strings attached.

The first two months of 2016 have really been great. Blogging has been slow but it was great. And believe it or not, it was not just all about the huge raid of freebies here and there. Blogging became a gateway to a lot of my life's little and even big accomplishments. And I am really grateful for that. To name a few are:

1. First and foremost, I finally took my commemorative trophy home. :)
Bloggys 2015

It took 3 months before I finally got my hands on these. I relished the few minutes of ecstasy when these were handed to me before my feelings got taken over by annoyance to the overwhelming Manila traffic.

The Blogger Syndrome

I think I've been bitten by a bug. One that injects virus that causes Blogger Syndrome. Okay, I made that up. But I'm pretty sure bloggers do experience this. You know, that instance when a blogger goes on a blogging hiatus for no reason at all. But to cover up for my lack of enthusiasm, no extraordinary bullshit happened that's worth writing and sharing. Hence, the silence.

I wouldn't have actually written anything lately if not for Snape's demise. I think for the longest time, that's the only time I have spent an hour or two over the internet, reading about the news, tweets, tributes, and homages made for him and still convincing myself that it wasn't true.

I haven't actually drowned myself online like I used to because I have been spending most of my time getting back to my active self again or sleeping or eating after work. I left the world of cat videos, social media bickering, infinite selfies, and Be Like Bill posts to experience the real world. Although I still give about half an hour reading posts and researching for our next getaway destination. Teehee. :)

This hiatus isn't new to me. I went from months to nearly a year without a blog post before. And I know that it has not even been a month yet but I can already see where this is heading. It's going down the basement to sit in the dark and gather dust til it pleads to be taken out and written on again. Hehe. Kidding. Well, I have the real world to blame for being far more interesting than the internet.

But really. I'm quite busy and I have a lot of things-to-do lined up ahead (work, travel, campaign, blogger perks, etc). Yes, blogging is a therapy for me, but facing another hour in front of the computer while the day is beautiful outside is the last thing I would want to do.

I guess the real world is doing a pretty good job keeping me away from the pixels and making tales out of it. Blogging will definitely be light and slow but I promise it will not be kept in the dark. Yeah, I might have been bitten by a bug. It's nothing really serious. But before this virus could spread all over my body that I'd lose myself again to making excuses as to why I can't make a blog post and get stuck in a blogging rut, let me give you a quick update of what's happening lately:

1. Everyday I wake up at the sound of my alarm at 4:30 in the morning, turn it off and close my eyes for a "minute" because I like to live dangerously.

2. I think I'm starting to become a Belieber. :|

3. The mountains are calling and I must go.

I hope you guys will still be around because I'll be telling you about the amazing things I will experience and places I get to see when I get back. See you! :)

Of Twerks and Thank Yous

I should have written this post the moment I knew this blog won a major award in Bloggys 2015. A few bloggers have published a word of thanks on the same date after bagging their awards and I could have done it too knowing I wasn't actually doing anything the night they announced the winners. But from the moment Jan broke the news to me, I fell short for words. I had to wait a day or two for the elating feeling to subside because my vocabulary became limited to "oh", "my", and "gosh", and only in that particular order.

Honestly, I do not know what to say anymore. I believe I have already said everything before - from the moment I got nominated to the time I made it to the voting stage and when I finally became one of the finalists. I never thought I'd have to write another post for this. I don't want to make it sound like I'm giving a speech in The Oscars (albeit the feeling might be pretty much the same thing), so I'll keep this short and simple. This may sound like a broken record, but I'm going to say it again anyway...THANK YOU SO MUCH!

I guess, no matter how many Thank Yous I write, it will never be enough to express how grateful I am to every single one of you reading my blog, my family and friends who never get tired of clicking the links I shamelessly feed on Facebook, and to Jan who always believes in me. You fuel my desire to write, be better, and make a difference. I know more blogs deserve your time than mine, that's why I am truly honored. Again, thank you!

Life Is So Full of Tae won Best Personal/Diary Blog in #Bloggys2015 Philippine Blogging Awards. So as promised, this is yours truly twerking it (even) better than Miley:

Finally found a way to post a "video" of me twerking without giving you nightmares. I hope you guys didn't think I won just because I said I'd do a twerking vid if I win, did you? Haha.

Thank You!

First of all, I really don't know what to say.

I am still waiting for my brain to fully process my thoughts and turn them into words. Because right now, my mind's clouded with emotions that the words just might not come out right [insert inaudible words, shriek, and mild and stifled sobs here]. And I also suspect ninjas have been cutting onions in front of me again.

But it's not what you think it is. No drama, I promise. Earlier today, I was in for a huge surprise because.... drumroll please...