Blog 101: No, Not Slacking … Just Hibernating

I never tried to be that active in online blogging community before until I got curious with the Comment Exchange thingy going on at BC Bloggers. How does that work?  The email goes …

‘The only way your name and blog will be included in the following week’s CommEx is if you go to our CommEx Spreadsheet and leave a comment on all the blogs listed on Column B in the latest tab (August 14 is the latest as of this writing). Once you finish leaving a comment on all those blogs you will be given a slot for next week which will guarantee you visits and comments from our next batch of participants’

Hmmm, sounds fun. So I clicked on the spreadsheet and whoah, 31 blogs to visit and to leave comment on, pretty interesting … nah, it’s challenging, actually.

So I clicked one link after the other and was surprised to like the whole thing so much I barely noticed that I am almost done with the ‘task’ in no time. The world, indeed, is still full of interesting people, yeah. We only have to really put time and effort to get to know each other a little.

Now I am more than inspired to continue this blogging ‘career’ of mine, but I still need to fully grasp and embrace this. One post at a time, Rikki. Consistency, please. So, yeah, don’t get me wrong, I never really meant to quit, I just rested. And now I’m pumped up again. Let’s do this!

Ten more blogs to go and the fruits of this ‘small effort’, I shall see next week, bring it!

Taking Pinaywriter’s Blogging Tips at Heart

Exactly one week ago, September 16, Pinaywriter has been generous enough to write this for me http://pinaywriteroraldiarrhea2.blogspot.com/2011/09/rikki.html and gave me tips as to how to go about this whole blogging thing.

I appreciate it oh so dearly that I am really taking her tips at heart as well as the comments I received from the others that’s why one week after, here’s a checkpoint of where my blogging stint is to date taking in full consideration Pinaywriter’s 101’s:

1. Keep your blog clean. Make sure there aren’t any autoplaying or flashing flash advertisement. 

My blog’s clean. In fact it is too clean, haha. Not good, I guess. And, I really have no idea how advertisement works so I’m pretty sure this will remain clean for the next weeks or more.

2. If you are going to talk about yourself, make sure it’s interesting.

Hmmm. This one’s tough. I don’t know when I am talking about myself already and if it is interesting so I tried to talk about other things – movie, food, place and current events. And here are the feedbacks I got so far:

Blog about a Place: I’ll work hard on this.

the article lacks depth and content and need to be revised. why is the place so special that tourists or visitors will visit it. certainly its not the room, i dont find it inviting (or maybe because its beauty was not captured by the lens); how about the food served (you were silent on this), the quality of service, the beauty of the sourroundings, etc. – from a Publisher of a local lifestyle magazine

This is a very good read. ^.^ Thought I was wondering how those stuff cost. ^.^ I should go check out the link. This is a nice easy travel blog entry. Keep it up!

It would be nice to know what other stuff the place offers and how you went to that place. *Some people like me really suck at directions* – from Pinaywriter herself

Blog about a Movie: Need to improve this one.

nice post rikki.. hehe i haven’t watched any of those movies yet, but at least i have a little overview now .. keep it up! ♥ – from a friend and former colleague

Blog about Food and Current Events: Nada. No feedbacks yet.

Blogs about Myself: Just read for yourself, naks.

Nice blog, Rikkiaw! Love your entries. You’re a good writer, keep on writing! – from a marketing professional friend who’s also into blogging

You can do it Karen! you are a good writer. I still remember the editorial you write when our class was downsized in high school. :) good luck! – from a longtime friend

Hi, Rikki! I liked what you wrote. I hope you continue your passion– writing! Good job – from an alumnus

Hi Rikki! Just read your blog—you’re natural honey! I enjoyed reading most of your self-expression blurbs. Fwes my fan at follower ka nang jurassic sistah ( well not dat jurasik, i must admit :)…am trying to maintain the asim kya d ko carry na matawag na jurasik ever). Keep it coming sis–hugs, junjun. 

Hmmm… which makes me think … maybe, I’m interesting, after all! Choz.

3. Have a theme.

A former UP professor, Ms. Ai, told me this: I love the theme of your blog. so neat and chic. excited to see more posts! One point for Rikki Tick Talk, yes 🙂

4. Talk about trending topics and add your own twist to it.

I think I have a little problem when it comes to this. I remember during the Miss Universe and the Cheerdance competition, I was taking down notes the whole time for a post I might think of later on, but when everybody started talking about it already, my interest on that topic literally died down and I ended up not talking about those.

5. Be careful of trolls. Make sure you let people comment but don’t let them get away with thrasing your comment box either.

So far so good on this one.

6. Be a “first to blog about something” kind of blogger.

I’m way behind on this yet given my ‘limitations’ as of the moment. You know, not having work to finance these things for me to get there and be there first, haha. But in time.

7. Label rants as such and try to proofread the rest of your pieces.

Proofread, check. Rants, I think I’m not good at it, hehe, I’m more into spreading the love. Choz, but I’m labeling it as well as such.

8. Be a quality read.

I’ve been vocal about it from the start, I’m just a beginner, but I’m really taking time to learn so that I’ll achieve this one of these days. I really want to be a quality read and not waste other people’s time. It’s too precious for me to take it away from them.

9. Choose advertisers and servers wisely. 

Servers what? Nosebleed. Haha. Looks like I really need to call a friend on these html and domain thing. Recommendations, anyone?

10. Blog with photos.

This one, check, too. The shots need improvement but that can be done.

11. Share buttons +1 and Like buttons help

Sharing this in Facebook, done. Using the Networked App in FB, hopeless. It’s no working and I don’t know why.

12. Nuffnang or Google adsense it.

Sadly, they don’t support WordPress.com site but I already created a Nuffnang account, in case.

13. Link your fanpage or a public FB account. or your Google+ account.

I don’t have a FB fanpage and Google+ account but I’m sharing my links on the FB groups that I am a member of.

Seven out of thirteen! Not bad, halfway there. Thanks again, Pinaywriter. Keep ’em comments and feedbacks coming, everyone, and help me spread my love. Thanksies. Love, Rikki.

Excited for my Future in Blogging! In the meantime …

 

… I’ll work my ass out on the present. Deyng!

Blogging, I just found out, is not e-a-s-y. I even thought of going back to my planner affair – it’s way easier than it is here. I tried movie blog, travel blog, personal blog … just blog, blog, blog all I can but in the end, I feel like I’m not near to being called a blogger in any way yet.

But, I really I want to be a blogger. So, every time I think of stopping, I write and ask for feedback. Thanks to Facebook and its Friends Suggestions, I was able to keep in close contact (just a wall post or a chat or a message away) with the people I met in almost all phases of my life – college, work, social events or activities, etc., and as embarrassing as it may seem, I ask a little of their precious time to visit my site and let me know where to improve on. And I’m both surprised and delighted with the outcome.

You wouldn’t really know until you try to open yourself and humble yourself and ask for help who are those people that share the same passion and interest like you do and in the end inspire you. They are even those you’d be surprise to be so supportive and helpful in ways you don’t really expect them to be.

I’m so thankful for those people and as early as now, I really appreciate everything.

I know I still have a very looong way to go before I get everything in this blogging career in place. But, we’ll go there! Every successful story has a crazy beginning, right? I’m just starting.

Wait for me, my bright and promising future, I’m on my way to you. Love, Rikki.