Teacher’s Reflections: When your Blog “doesn’t” Mean Anything, Anymore

Friend: “I want to make a video blog. Is that a good idea?”
My close friend asked me after her makeup class while on the car.
Me: “Yes, it is an awesome idea. Like you’re studying it already, might as well make the most out of your talents. And through it, you can get some future clients and projects like a legit makeup artist/vlogger.”
Friend: “But many of my friends are already doing it. Entering to it makes me an ‘another vlogger’ in a pool of YouTube vloggers.”
Me: “There’s nothing bad about it, you just have to be different and have a good purpose for it.”

I don’t know how to start here, but one thing I’m sure when it comes to blogging is this – it’s NEVER EASY, BUT WORTH THE INVESTMENT OF TALENT. I can encourage people to go and do blogging with a caution. But because of the popularity that this industry can give, most of us are not well-educated to see its good and bad side of it. That’s why many of us can jump to a wrong conclusion that blogging is ALWAYS GOOD.

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For some, it’s easy to see the life of blogger/vlogger/online influencers as luxurious and fun because of the events, travel, and perks. But the reality is this: NOTHING IN BLOGGING IS FREE and NOT ALL THE TIME IT IS ALL ABOUT LUXURIOUS. IT COMES WITH A PRICE. A price that you need to constantly need to pay if you want to keep your blogger name stay alive in public.

How about this, the blogging community is getting larger every year. And because of that, some people don’t want to enter anymore no matter how great their ideas are. There’s another dark side of it. Because the blogging community is so big today, fake news is starting to put poison to the name that we protected. We’re no longer making a difference because of these issues.

So this is how we make our blog sites not relevant to the public. By experience, these are the things I’d seen that dull our color and credibility as a blogger (no matter how we try to impress with gimmicks):

1. Your blog ONLY fuels for MONEY

Any blog perks/honorarium/cool stuff you get as a blogger is not a bad thing. However, if these things are the only fuels you to blog, better recalibrate and have a heart check. Just like a famous artist once told me, “If you’re only doing your art for money, it’s like your making a prostitution out of your talents.” Personally, I used to be tempted to do a blog project that compromises the values of my blog for a good price. Yes, I get my honorarium, but I lose some of my readers in the process because they no longer know me and my niche. Money or Niche? Where do you focus your blog? Have a heart check now and recalibrate.

2. Your blog is “NUMBERS-oriented.”

One of the things that keeps me all night is to OVERCHECK the numbers of my follower and stats on Instagram, website, etc. It gets so weird to the point that I even bargaining to people, just for them to like or follow my social media accounts. And that’s how it can ruin a blogger. When every single thing we do is the ULTIMATE GOAL of making us big in numbers, we’re degrading our values, not just a blogger but a person as well. We’re living on a facade that we need to try so hard to fit in, ALL BECAUSE OF NUMBERS. The effect: depression and self-doubt come in. People see their self-worth based on their social media likes and they will lock to this delusion that being popular is better than not. I learned this lesson by shutting my phone sometimes and rely on God alone for more followers and stats. Because if I don’t, it will hurt my reputation and it will leave me obsessed and arrogant. There’s nothing wrong with numbers, you just have to learn how to control it right, not the other way around. And because of that, you can now sleep tight and so will I.

3. Your blog is ALL OVER THE PLACE.

People from the blogging industry always reminds us of this main important point: FOCUS ON YOUR NICHE. For some reason, I tend to jump from one niche to another; even if I’m not good at it. Before I started blogging way back 2015, I made it clear to myself and my readers that this blog site is a Christian Blog. So I started that way from promoting church events, worship songs, and my favorite Christian kids show online. Little did I know, opportunities start to open, that leads me to do food, beauty, and lifestyle blogging. And it didn’t stop there because I ended up selling food supplements, and doing PR posts of the things I have no idea what it is. So people no longer distinguish me from the rest, even PR companies don’t know where to put me because my website is full of things that are no connection to who I am as a blogger. So I have to learn to choose well my blog projects. I should not be swayed to any perks nor gimmicks just to fit in. Be a blogger that I want people to be, and surely God will honor my work.

Before I concluded with these points, I have to learn the hard way. I was open to the good, bad and ugly of blogging and it affects me in so many ways. But let me tell you this before you question my points: I never imagine to be a blogger. As a teacher, blogging is not my cup of tea nor top of my talents. I’m still figuring it out why I ever enter this industry with less expertise and connections. But I believe the reasons why I’m doing what I’m doing because of these things:

1. God gave me a PURPOSE TO BLOG
2. I value things that GIVE VALUE to PEOPLE, that’s why I blog it; and
3. It will be a PLATFORM for me to SHARE HIS GOSPEL OF LOVE to MORE PEOPLE, earning from it is the second.

And all of us need it, doesn’t it? A PURPOSE AND VALUE that makes us a blogger worth following. What I learned as I made this article is this – The only thing that separates a blogger from anyone else is their PURPOSE and VALUES they’re shown to the public. And that’s how #ResponsibleMedia works.

If you want to be a blogger, focus on these points first. Surely, with or without the big numbers, perks, and honorarium, you will be ok because God honors all good work that’s honoring to Him. In this industry, I learned that every opportunity is a blessing from Him. A blessing that I can’t take for granted nor ignore. So with or without blog events/opportunities, I AM STILL HIS. No room for bitterness nor complaining. Just pure love and stewardship for the talent and avenue He gave.

 

Christian Matters: Victory Worship released new worship song about #BeautifulLove of Jesus

How do I listen to music? For me, my qualifications are 3 things: lyric content, musicality and the most important one – SONG STORY. In worship songs, I believe that there’s more to it than proclaiming gospel lyrics and good vibes. It’s about the GOOD NEWS of the love of God in our lives and the AWESOME LOVE STORY of a Savior who died a beautiful death so we can reconciled with the Father who loved us first. It will never be about cheesy lyrics nor upbeat tunes, it’s the matter of the heart that wants to reach out to people. And that’s how the Filipino worship team Victory Worship wants to present to a lot of people.

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As they released their new 3rd straight digital single “Beautiful Love,” Victory Worship aims to be true to their purpose of leading people towards “missional worship” to God through the Jesus Christ. This worship song is the follow-up ballad to its No.1 worship anthem, “Safe” which sung by Isa Fabregas. 

“Beautiful Love” was written by Victory Worship member Lee Simon Brown with Every Nation Music songwriters Franklin Asuncion, Moira dela Torre (the singer behind the song “Malaya”), James Murrell, and Kensho Yo. The song takes inspiration from 1 John 4:10, which says,

“. . . true love is God’s love for us, not our love for God. He sent
his Son as the way to take away our sins . . . ” (ERV).

By combining the passion of Christ to take on a punishment He did not deserve, so that we may receive salvation that we did not earn. Taking inspiration from “Beautiful Love” makes the declaration that the kind of love that moved Jesus to take on this ultimate sacrifice, can only be described as beautiful.

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Picture courtesy by Ganns Deen.

As of now, this song is now no.1 at iTunes Philippines after their other new songs “Safe” and “Awit ng Bayan” released. This marks a good response in our Filipino music industry, as we launched our own worship songs not just in the Philippines but also around the world. 

Get a copy of Victory Worship’s “Beautiful Love” at http://bit.ly/beautifulloveonitunes, or stream it directly on Spotify at http://bit.ly/beautifuloveonspotify

Teacher’s Beauty Finds: Nailaholics celebrate #NationalPamperingDay again!

All of us need to relax sometimes. As a both teacher and blogger (plus a Financial Advisor as well), I tend to forget to treat myself sometimes. With all the business meetings and blog events I went, I tend to forgot that pampering at least once a week is essential to tame ourselves down and apply this perfect word: RECHARGE. More than that, it will help us be more presentable and neat than haggard. Just imagine, seeing me as a unpleasant teacher/blogger/financial advisor; NOT A GOOD THING TO SEE. So when it comes to pampering, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa is one of the known place to be.

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And on it’s national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

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The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

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“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM.  Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas added Amaro.

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So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

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Picture courtesy by Ms. Cie Cisneros.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and SpaTwitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.

Geeky and Techie: New Nokia 8 Flagship Smartphones are here in PH

Do you remember your first Nokia phone? I did remember my first phone during 3rd year high school. During the existence of internet connection to students, my Nokia 3210 phone (if you don’t know that model, better google it kids) is one of my good call/text companion; and even a cheap thrills to kill a boredom with its games.

Now in this present year, Nokia keeps on bringing people together with a dash of entertainment and more. As they launched Nokia 8, a new versions of mobile communication technology in a new level and marks three world first for Android smartphones.

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The “BOTHIE” CAMERA FEATURE

The new Nokia 8 smartphone features the first-ever “Dual-Sight” camera, allowing users to capture or livestream moments in both first- and second person perspective. The 13MP front and rear cameras, co-developed with ZEISS, can simultaneously and show images in a split-screen mode, making it be “less selfie, and be more BOTHIE.”

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The Nokia 8 also pioneers the use of OZO audio for more precise 360-degree partial surround sound. This high-fidelity playback complements 4K videos and brings Hollywood technology in mobile technology. Now talk about HD features!

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If durability is your concern, the Nokia 8 has the “Qualcomm Snapdragon” 835-powered phone features that comes with its seamless unibody and full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe for better heat dissipation. It helps the phone move smoothly even when you use demanding apps like facebook, netflicks, and so on. It runs with the latest Android Nougat 7.1.1 and comes in single- and dual-SIM variants for more contacts storage than ever.

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More than just the launched of the Nokia 8, they also offers a wide range of smartphones to address the needs of everyone in different terms.

The “Nokia 3” is one of the simplest yet powerful memory with its 16GB internal memory, plus expandable 128GB microSD slot. It also has the aluminum frame that supports the Gorilla Glass HD Screen and 8MP camera for a cost of P6,990 only.

The “Nokia 5” smartphone, on the other hand, has the fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with 2GB RAM for fast access for your apps. For P9,990 pesos, you can have this phone with its 13MP camera with dual-tone flash, 5.2-inch HD screen and “fingerprint sensor” for that extra security.

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For the full-entertainment experience, the “Nokia 6” has the 5.5-inch full-HD in cell hybrid display with a wide viewing angle and wide color reproduction. It also has a dual speakers with Dolby Atmos and a smart amplifier, good for video hopping. And with its 16MP main/8MP front camera and 32GB internal memory capacity, this phone is worth the keeps for your entertainment pleasures at a price of P11,990 pesos.

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These new Nokia smartphones will surely make “connecting people” more and more accessible and fun to people. These Nokia Smartphones are available today at your nearest Nokia Stores and Mobile Gadgets nationwide. 

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For more updates about the new Nokia smartphones, just visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NokiamobilePH/ and website https://www.nokia.com/en_ph/phones

Teacher’s Insights: The Launch of “Pre-need, Memorial Life” Plans on the new “Cosmopolitan Climbs”

All of us have money needs (and wants) in every aspect of life. In fact, earning it is not that easy if you will see it. However, when calamity or deep need strikes, where will you get the funds? Family relatives? Friendly neighbor? Nearest Barangay office? Well, you don’t need to make it complicated if you know HOW and WHERE to get the funds you need. Good thing that last week, the merging companies of “Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels” and “CLIMBS Cooperative” takes on to a new venture of making financial needs to less fortunate Filipinos more accessible. 

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The “Cosmopolitan Climbs Life Plan, Inc. (CCLPI)” aims to bring Filipino a more convenient and affordable pre-need plans, in anywhere in or outside the country. This partnership is first of its kind in a private-cooperative sector and it will give ways for more accessible and convenient service to the public.

With the approval of the Insurance Commission of the Philippines, the CCLPI will now ready to serve you with their “Pre-need Memorial Life Plan” that is now relevant and it will benefit our Filipino people. The insurance packages of CCLPI will be available in public soon and it aims to bring security and protection to people and their love ones in times in need.

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Apart from their pre-need plans, the “private cooperative” side of Cosmopolitan Climbs will still be available for many people. The members of the coop will offer the pre-need plans to their customer and rest assure that the people from the Insurance Commission will be hands-on with handling and training these members for better service to people.

A private sector and a cooperative has merged together. Our promise to the public is to make sure their protection not only now but in the years to come,” said by Mr. Renato Dychangco, the Chairman of CCLPI. He assured the public that the aim of the company is to protect the people with their services with no partiality.

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For more updates and insights about Cosmopolitan Climbs, just visit these sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cosmopolitan-Climbs-Life-Plan-Inc-429730784095489/

Cosmopolitan Memorial Chapels – http://www.cosmopolitanfuneral.com.ph/

CLIMBS Cooperative – http://climbs.coop/wordpress/