The Story of a One-Year-Old Blog Becoming a Finalist

the millennial writerBlogging is not a job where we earn thousands; it’s a passion, a motivation, an inspiration. Bloggers, however, can earn if they want. They can do so by receiving an honorarium from partner organizations, working with agencies as a full-time employee, writing directly for a client as a freelancer, and a lot more. 

Well, that last line might contradict my first statement; but, yes, you can earn a living through blogging. That is, after a lot of struggles, trials, failures, rejections, mockeries, disappointments, and everything we experience in life.

Bloggers start small. They start doing the craft as a hobby or a way to express their thoughts and feelings without seeking money or recognition, whatsoever. I’ve never thought before that I can earn through blogging. The knowledge comes to me when I’m already doing my thing: writing what I love to speak about. And this year, I’ve just found out that blogging can earn recognition or award.

The blog where you are reading this story is just a one-year-old platform, but the creator has already about 6 years of experience in blogging. Don’t ever think of the past six years to be an active blogging thing. They are just a part of a scrambled story of the Best Cebu Blogs Awards finalist in the making.

Discovering Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS)

Writers and bloggers don’t grow alone. They can’t achieve things alone without connecting with other writers and bloggers. Since I’ve started writing and blogging, I’m always on a search for communities of same-minded, same-hearted, same-handed individuals. I always ask people if they know a group where I can join. Sadly, no one can lead me to an organization. Well, I’ve already accepted the fact that most, if not all, of my Facebook friends don’t have the same interest as mine; hence, they can’t really refer me to anyone. Thankfully, Facebook has a lot of groups and pages depending on someone’s likes and prejudices.

Needlessly to say, I found and followed Cebu Bloggers Society‘s Page more than a year ago. It was June 21 this year when I saw a post on the Page about the opening for new members and learned that I know one of the existing members, Dr. Narciso Tapia. It took almost two months before I received a response to my application. Before that, they already announced the 6 new members on July 12, and I was not one of them. Frustrated. Disappointed. Ad nauseam. 

Surprisingly, they welcomed another batch of new members and announced the four on August 17 (five days after I celebrated the 1st anniversary of this blog). No need to guess, I’m one of them. LOL. Guess what? (Yes, you have to guess.) Three of us in the newest batch of members are finalists of Best Cebu Blogs Awards. I should hear something like applause in the background. That’s great! Thank you.

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Here Comes Best Cebu Blogs Awards

As I’ve told you earlier, it is only this year that I learn that a blog can earn recognition or award. And this year, it is already 12th year for Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA). It means 12 years of recognizing local bloggers, 12 years of inspiring local dreamers, 12 years of empowering local influencers, and 12 years of supporting local businesses.

I feel obliged, no that’s not the right phrase; I think it to be necessary (that’s better) to mention that the founder of BCBA is the same person behind CBS: the one and only, Mark Monta.

This year, BCBA will be choosing 8 awardees from 23 finalists. Each blogger comes from a different niche or expertise, namely: Technology, Personal, Travel, Food, Style, Photo, Events, and Video. The criteria for judging include content and relevance, user-friendliness, authority, and social media presence.

The sponsors of #BCBA2019 that are continually trusting local bloggers to advertise their brands on social media include Summit Galleria, PLDT-Smart, Megaworld, Cebu Pacific, Realme, Krispy Kreme, BPI, Pancake House, Starbucks, Red Ribbon, Sizzlin’ Steak, and Teriyaki Boy.

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The Millennial Writer: A Finalist

The Millennial Writer is an intersection of a personal and professional blog that is more properly called a lifestyle blog. It speaks a wide range of topics, such as writing, motivation, social media, business, career, politics, and religion. 

The blog made it to the finals of the 12th Best Cebu Blogs Awards in the Best Cebu Events Blog category. Why is that so? The reason is clear for me; it is because the award is for Cebu bloggers, so the blogs must be about Cebu aside from me being a Cebuano. The blogs you’ve found in this site that talk about Cebu are the events going on in the Queen City of the South. That’s how I perceive it, by the way. 

Whoever wins the award, one thing is for sure: ALL OF US ARE WINNERS. We are winners in our own way. We are winners in our own niche. And yes, I want to go back with my introduction. We are winners with the same passion that has connected us in the blogosphere.

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JP Abecilla

JP Abecilla is a lifestyle Filipino blogger, freelance content writer, copy editor, and motivational speaker based in Cebu City, Philippines. He was awarded Blog of the Year 2020 (2nd Place) and Best Cebu Events Blog of 2019. More than writing, JP loves drinking a cup of coffee and eating donuts while reading a book or magazine.

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