Category Archives: Blogging

Finding My Own Place in the Blogging World

How I started blogging more than 10 years ago.

I started my first blog on a free platform in 2009 in the hope of continuing to share correct information about HIV/AIDS.

My husband encouraged me to set up a blog so I could post the news and feature articles I wrote for a daily publication. Those stories were mostly about People Living with HIV/AIDS or PLWHAs. The intention was to share them online for people looking for reference materials about HIV/AIDS.

Because I was a newbie in the blogging platform, I searched for other blogs/bloggers who may share the same interest as mine. I did not find one, but I stumble on mommy blogs instead. One blog features photos of kids following a weekly theme. I thought it was cute and decided to join the “meme” by sharing my kids’ pictures on the blog. The fun part was visiting and dropping comments to each blog participant. It was fun because I look forward to interacting with fellow mommies every week.

Earn online

From interacting with other bloggers, I’ve learned that I can earn online. So I started signing up for various companies that paid bloggers for writing articles.

In 2010, I bought my first domain in the hope of earning more online. Online friends were supportive, they even help me set up a blog with a nice layout. I’m still thankful to them for all the help they’ve extended to me. Other mommy friends also helped me with the technical stuff and hosting my first blog and the succeeding blogs thereof. It was an overwhelming experience indeed.  

They’re the same friends who were generous in giving referrals to paying sites and direct advertisers. I was able to generate funds from the passive income. It was a big help for a single-income family like mine.

Brand ambassador

In 2012, I became part of a campaign that assists people to lose weight. Thanks to mommy friends who recommended me to join the weight loss challenge. Overall, it was a nerve-wracking but productive experience. I believe it was the peak of my blogging journey to date. I’ve met a lot of interesting people behind the blogs.

I guess I share the same sentiments with popular influencer Amy West when she recalls her memorable brand partnerships, although hers are travel-related. Amy travels a lot and sees various places yet still does what she loves most – promote and write blogs, and make money in doing so.  

I didn’t win the weight loss challenge, but I learned to take care of my own health. I continue to exercise and mind my food intake.

Blog coverage

The blog exposure somewhat allowed me to cover events. I was lucky to attend a few, a Family Day in an exclusive school for girls; green social enterprises in a municipality in Metro Manila; and an art exhibit by human rights activists. The coverages brought back the memories I had as a reporter.

There were opportunities to review certain products. The good thing about blogging is that you can express your honest opinion about the product. For me, blogging plays a big role in the promotion of new merchandise in the market. Potential consumers can easily access product reviews online and decide for themselves if they will buy the product or not.

Blogging onward

I have been in this business for more than a decade now. I can’t say I’ve made a mark in the blogging world because I’m an ordinary blogger with no accolades or large following to boot. I feel happy enough to share the side of an introverted mommy blogger.

What keeps me motivated to continue blogging these days is a personal goal. You see, my son is in the last two years in college and I rely on whatever income I get from blogging.

Advocacy

I’ve mentioned sharing/posting PLWHAs stories here. I have actually posted a few in my other blogs. I believe those real-life stories will help convey a serious message about the real threat of STDs, HIV/AIDS to the current crop of young people.

Thankful for the Online Source of Income

I wrote about my source of passive income ten years ago. It was the time when most mom bloggers that I knew earn from their blogs. Those were the good old days of blogging.

I’m a stay-at-home parent since 2009. The passive income I’m getting from blogging, sponsored posts, and link ads have helped me in several ways such as, buying essential items at home, paying utility bills, and even contribute to my kids’ tuition.

I was and still thankful for all the blessings that come my way through my blogs. This year will be my ninth or 10th year in the blogging business. I’m still maintaining several blogs and still on the lookout for new opportunities.

Photo by Pro Church Media on Unsplash

I’m currently receiving opportunities or assignments from the following companies:

Valued Voice, Payu2Blog, Linkworth

If you love writing and want to earn from it, you can start creating a blog.

Know the niche you will specialize in. You can start by writing a personal, lifestyle, or a general blog.   

Photo by Christin Hume on Unsplash

If you already own a blog or a YouTube channel and want to monetize your site, you may sign up with Valued Voice and Payu2blog to start working and receiving tasks from them.

I’ll be receiving a small commission if you signed up through this referral link.

Valued Voice can also help you reach a wide range of audiences if you are a business owner.

I’ll appreciate it big time if you sign up through the referral link.

I wish you good luck in your future endeavor online. Please check on the links provided in the post to help you earn your first income online. I hope you’ll receive your first assignment soon. Cheers!

Blog buttons beautify,support personal advocacy

Gone are the days when blog buttons were made to only “accessorize” or add a dash of personality to a blog or website. These days, blog buttons are created to express personal advocacy or a cause. They are called statement buttons.

At Squeesome Designs, they do personalized and unique statement buttons apart from web designs and various other services. They also offer premade blog badge, word arts, sidebar titles, and statement buttons for free.

If you are a breastfeeding mom who also blogs you’ll be proud to wear this awesome badge that supports breastfeeding in public.

Free Public Breastfeeding Support Button

There are actually more cool buttons to choose from. If you are a bookworm, a coffee addict, a food lover, a travel buff, a green living mommy, etc? Squeesome Designs has made something that suits you. I‘ve already picked some buttons for my blogs and still want to add more. Thanks Squeesome Designs. They’re simply awesome!

Feel free to visit them anytime and grab a button or two. Squeesome Designs only requests that you retain the link back to their site for others to find these blog freebies too.

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