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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.

A little boy needs a life saving surgery

Can you remember how you felt when you first learned you will be having another child? A new member of the family! Another bundle, another baby that will complete your family. Mye, though her pregnancy was unexpected, was filled with joy and excitement,specially that they will be having a baby boy! A prince, her two princess  have long wished for…

alphonse

Last December 27, the prince arrived! To say Mye’s family was overjoyed is an understatement! But their joy soon turned into worries when they learned about Alphonse heart condition:

Early morning, I got a visit from my anesthesiologist, my OB-Gyne and the Pediatrician. They went straight to inform me about the bad news. My baby has a hole in his heart chambers and that it needs to be checked by a Pedia Cardiologist. It was such a devastating news. What did my baby do to deserve such an illness? He is so tiny and fragile and he had just arrived in our lives. I kept on crying and I can’t bring myself to stop. It is so heartbreaking.

The next doctor who came into my room was the Pedia Cardiologist and he confirmed the illness of my son. He has Tetralogy of Fallot. He further explained that there is a hole between his bottom heart chambers causing him to lack enough oxygen supply to his lungs. It was the reason why he wasn’t crying. It was as if my son understands that the further he cries, the more stressful it will be for his heart.

The doctor was very kind and told us that even though it happened to him at this stage, this illness is curable by surgery. Yes, my little boy will have to undergo an open heart surgery to survive this illness. He needs to have it at 6 weeks old, the earliest but no more than 3 months or he will not make it. He told us how much the surgery will cost and what do we need to prepare. We will need roughly $12,500 for the surgery alone. It was another shocking news but deep in our hearts, we knew there is hope. We are not wealthy and we need to get that amount in a month so we can schedule our baby’s surgery and free him from this very stressful and scary condition.

Alphonse is fighting and as a family, we want to fight with him.

Let us help Alphonse and his family fight.. I know that with your big heart, this little boy’s heart will be saved!

We can help them in so many ways: 

Mye have a digital scrapbook store at Pixels & Company. Yuo can purchase her digital products to help her raise the money needed for the operation.

Mye is also a blog designer. You can avail f her blog design services to help her. Check out My Creative Zone for all the graphic services she is offering as well as the rates. If you are interested, you may place your order through HERE.

You can also donate directly to Mye (paypal address is admin@myedeleon.com)

Purchase a link from us ($5 for every link, will be posted in a PR2 blog, together with a 50 word description of your site, personal blogs only, commercial blogs will be charge higher). If interested, kindly fill up this form:

You can also help by spreading the word about this, just copy this blog post or create a new post about Alphonse and ways how people can help his family.

Help a child become an “e.Studyante” with P&G promo packs


School children in the Philippines face many challenges; sometimes, even the simple walk to school in the morning can be an arduous journey. Students cross rivers, traverse mountain peaks, even go through battlegrounds just to go to school. And when they arrive, they are faced with meager resources – overcrowded classrooms, the lack of books and school supplies – which all make for an uninspiring learning environment.

That is why starting on its 76th year, Procter and Gamble (P&G) Philippines is setting out to make these students’ journey more worthwhile. Taking its commitment to education to the next level, P&G will provide technology and connectivity to Filipino students nationwide with its e.Studyante program.

Along with partner Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Synergeia Foundation, the e.Studyante program will provide kids from selected schools with an XO Laptop from the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Association. The XO laptop is a rugged, low-power, connected laptop especially designed to make learning more engaging and more fun for students.

Students can use their laptops not just to learn but to share and connect with each other, with their communities and with the world – helping them all become an “e.Studyante.”

The goal is simple: Give out 1,000,000 laptops in time for P&G’s 100th year. And you can help.

“For children all over the country, the challenge of education begins even before they step into the classroom. Some have to wake up at the crack of dawn and walk miles through unpaved roads, through woods and rivers, just to get to school. We are doing this for these students. We want to make this journey worthwhile for them by giving them the tool that will place the world’s knowledge at their fingertips – through a laptop and internet connectivity,” said Chad Sotelo, e.Studyante Country Marketing Manager.

“But it’s not something we can do alone,” Sotelo added. “To help us reach our goal of 1,000,000 students, we would like to invite moms all over the country to support the e.Studyante program by buying P&G promo packs.”

Through the “e.Studyante” program, you can help give a child a laptop by buying specially marked P&G promo packs available nationwide. You not only save up to 40% on your favorite P&G products but you also help provide a child with a world of educational materials and fun activities that will inspire them to learn and achieve even more.

Participating brands include Safeguard, Tide, Pampers, Downy, Ariel, Pantene, Head & Shoulders, Joy, Rejoice, Whisper, Olay, Gillette, Vicks and Ambi-Pur.

Helping those in need has never been easier. You can help make each child’s journey to school more worthwhile. Support the e.Studyante program and help gift each student with a brighter future! Isang laptop, mas malawak na kaalaman, mas magandang bukas.

“Pinay Mommies Community supports the P&G e.Studyante Program”