Getting Some Nuffnang Love

I love writing and blogging contests. Maybe because I won in the first contest I joined.  I lost in a few. But that did not dampen my spirit.

So, I joined and joined.

I got the consolation prizes delivered last week.

Goodbye, germs! I got the Safeguard gift pack which I shared with my family.

And the Php1,000 Sodexo gift certificate.

I gave Php400 to my aunts. We bought Selecta Cornetto with the Php100 so I am left with Php500 which I will use to buy stuff from Watsons!

Watsons just opened in my city. I was not able to check it out because of the crowds. Soon!

Here’s what I got from Benetton!

If you have a blog and have not joined Nuffnang, you should.  I have not really cashed out with my Nuffnang ad revenues but, with all the freebies I got, I will not worry about it even if I cash out in 2 years or more. Metro Manila bloggers have better opportunities than those in provinces (like me) because they get to enjoy a lot of free movie screenings. Nevertheless, I am still happy with my loot!

Thanks, Nuffnang!

Owning a Blog

This is not my first blog. I started toying the idea of creating a website to earn money in 2006. I had a grand dream of creating a website and sit pretty while revenues keep coming in.  I realized that it was not as easy as I though it would be. HA!

I started the website for the wrong reasons.  Ultimately, it did not succeed.  Besides,  I did not have fun creating it.

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I did not stop there. I created another blog similar to this one but I distanced myself from it. I wrote posts where I think would yield great SEO (search engine optimization).  If my friends find that blog, I do not think they would know it was me writing it. It was hard for me to maintain that blog and I was having hard time updating it.

Content , they say, is king.  It is a challenge to write interesting content.  I try to visualize who I am writing the content for and I try to keep it engaging.

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Last year, I decided to change my mindset about blogging. I started writing about my experiences in my own voice. I now write like I am talking to a friend. I stopped worrying about earning from it.  I just gave it a go and, a year later,  I am still enjoying the process.

I built a blog almost from scratch. Instead of going through free hosting sites, I went for a self-hosted site. I chose a WordPress platform because I have heard wonderful things about it.

You can also build a website even without experience.  There are helpful sites like http://www.hereshowtomakeawebsite.com/ that can guide you into creating one. Although content is king, you still need at least a workable space where you can start building your content. Find your niche. I suggest that it has to be something you are interested in because it is difficult to write about something when you heart is not into it. You have to enjoy what you do.

Photo of the Day

This week, Shadz sponsored a blog meme for the BC Bloggers.  All I have to do is share a photo (or photos) and let readers write a story about the photo (or photos).

I work from home and this is what my desk look like.

 What can you infer about me when you see this picture? Ha! I can take harsh criticisms but break it to me gently.  😉

Albert Einstein got my back on this one. 😀

30-day Blogging Challenge

This April, I will be on a self-imposed blogging challenge.

I created the graphics using Pantone’s colors for Sping 2012.

When I started blogging, my goal was to write one blog post a day. I am still not reaching that goal. There are days that I don’t feel like writing.  I read somewhere that you need to write 1,000 words a day to be a good writer.  So instead of worrying what to write, I have already written down the topics so I have a guide. I cannot guarantee 1,000 words or good writing but if I write something everyday, I believe it will improve my writing a teeny-tiny bit . (Or maybe not.) What I know for sure is that: In the future, when I look back at April 2012, I’ll know what I did during this month. 😉

So, here’s the challenge:  I will write about the chosen topic of the day. I chose some of the topics to force me to do something creative and write about it.  I hope to tap my creative side (if I still have one). The topics chosen are based on my interests.

If you are a blogger, you are free to join me. Let me know by leaving a comment so I can read your entries, too. 😀

Got Firmoo?

I saw this little ad last month.

I reckoned, ” I am a blogger.  I need RX sunglasses for my astigmatism. Summer is near.”  The deal is too good to be true.  I emailed the contact person on that site and he answered all my queries.  If you notice that little Firmoo link on the side bar, this is the reason. I placed the link and then sent my choice of sunglasses and my prescription.  Good thing my optometrist gave me the details of my prescription when I bought my eyeglasses last October.  Fifteen days after I sent my details, these came in the mail.

Props to the Philippine Postal Corporation, I only paid P40 for these. I’ve heard complaints of people who ordered from international sellers that they are charged with custom fees with an amount more than the value of the item. I have not experienced that yet. I hope I won’t experience that in the future.

I know I ordered a masculine-looking sunglasses.  Force of habit, I guess. I used to borrow my father’s sunglasses.

Summer, here I come!

Firmoo offers free eyeglasses or sunglasses for your first order. Just pay for the shipping fee. Check out the details on their site.  If you are a blogger, you know what to do.