Millennial Writer: From #BCBA2019 Winner to #GMEA2020 Finalist

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Sometimes, success will take us by surprise. Seeing the efforts of independent bloggers getting paid off through awards and recognition is a stirring thought. It kindles the idea of the large-scale opportunity the digital world is giving us to learn, grow, succeed, and be the person that we can be.

Best Cebu Event Blog of 2019 Winner

For the first time, I learned last year about bloggers and blogging platforms getting awards. The Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA) of 2019 has opened my vision to see the door of recognized efforts.

Many Filipinos think that blogging pays big for individuals doing it, like owning a fortune. Though this is true for some, many of us are writing online voluntarily as a hobby, interest, public service, or craft.

Paid bloggers are the ones working directly or indirectly for particular clients. They could work as an in-house blogger, freelance blogger, influencer, or brand ambassador. The blogs of in-house and freelance bloggers are posted on the client’s website. On the other hand, the write-ups of an influencer and brand ambassador are posted on the blogger’s platform. It’s significant to note that influencers and brand ambassadors don’t have regular fees and most of the time, they are not receiving payments at all.

For this reason, I’m thankful to learn about BCBA. The initiative is an excellent way to recognize the works of bloggers, especially the ones who are not getting paid. In lieu of unpaid efforts, getting recognition is a more noble accomplishment.

When I saw the call for nomination of bloggers for BCBA 2019, I thought it was not for me. After all, the Millennial Writer blog site was still a one-year-old platform back then. Nonetheless, I reconsidered thinking about the opportunity. On the very last day of submission, I entered my details for one of the categories. Being one of the finalists came out to be a surprise for me. And you know it, I won the Best Cebu Event Blog Award of 2019. I want to reveal something: I shared with one of the finalists that I had high confidence in winning the award. She was surprised when I did win it.

Read more here: The Story of a One-Year-Old Blog Becoming a Finalist

GMEA 2020 Blog of the Year Finalist

When the PR of Globe Telecom sent an e-mail about this event, I thought it was an invitation to cover the event. The reason for the skepticism is because we also covered the Globe Media Excellence Awards at Radisson Blu last year. I was surprised when the PR person verified that the invitation is about joining the event as an entrant. Similar to BCBA 2019, I was doubtful about it. And this time, my doubt is far-reaching. It took me weeks to think about it. And yes, similar to BCBA, I submitted my entries on the last day. The fact is it was not just the last day but the last hour before midnight came.

The announcement of finalists came after about three months. I even thought that the event was already over, and the ones not nominated were not informed about it. I saw the message about the nominees a day after the e-mail was sent to my inbox. I was surprised to see my name on the list. The astonishment is caused by the way I submitted the entries. I thought I did it wrong. And when I saw the entries from co-bloggers, I didn’t think of having a chance to compete with them. And yet, I was one of the finalists.

I read the blogs of the other finalists to measure the possibilities of winning. I revealed the confidence I have in winning BCBA 2019. But this time, I doubted about getting the Blog of the Year award. I even chatted with a co-finalist about what I think about it. The clue I thought about is correct again. The veteran blogger, Lovingly Mama, won it.

 

How I got the feels right?

As a graduate of English-Language and a practicing writer for three years now, I somehow develop an instinct of easily determining the quality of a piece of writing. I can even immediately say if the writing is of good quality or not with its title and the first paragraph. With that instinct, I got the high confidence of winning Best Cebu Event Blog 2019 but not with the Blog of the Year Awards of 2020. By learning about your abilities and being familiar with your skills, you’ll know your worth.

Blogging and writing are not synonymous, but they are a powerful combo. If you learn both of the arts, you can find a way to survive in this life and be recognized for your efforts as an online and offline talent. One thing that you should remind yourself: Do not think of competing with others. Think of competing with yourself and be the best version that you can be.

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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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