Monday, September 15, 2014

Winners: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2014

Sincerest thanks to everyone who took the time to attend the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit as we recognized the most cited blogs in the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2014 writing project.

As chosen by bloggers who participated in this writing project, the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2014 are: (there were ties in some of the scores and hence more than 10 are listed)
The ten (10) raffle winners who got US$100 each are as follows: (please email me at digitalfilipino (at) gmail (dot) com and give me your contact number to coordinate your prize claim. Kindly expect me to perform a verification to ensure that no one is misrepresenting you.)

  1. Fernando Lachica
  2. Rey Baguio
  3. Rhodora Espiritu-Valdez
  4. Maria Rochefel De Ocampo
  5. Alvin Gale Tan
  6. Jennifer Lopez Gana
  7. Marites Manahan
  8. Ryan Ferdinand De Ocampo
  9. Teresa Martinez
  10. Leira Pagaspas
If you are planning to join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2015 Writing Project, note that blogs created anytime from May 2014 to the present can be cited in your writing project entry. Will make an announcement about it soon.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Do you Communicate or Connect?

John Maxwell's book "Everyone Communicates Few Connect" is a must read and be reflected upon by anyone who uses social media and content marketing to communicate and connect with their leads and customers. Got this book last year and found it helpful.

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It made me reflect on a lot of the challenges I have. This includes:

The need to communicate and connect regularly.

With a growing number of new faces in the industry today, being relevant requires having a proactive mindset in connecting to people and giving something of value. Accepting the reality as well that there are some whom you won't be able to connect to and some will outgrow you faster than you expect.

Can I inspire others?

Although awards and recognitions can boost a person's credibility, but it can't be denied that it can also be exaggerated. It is embarrassing when someone points out that a person's claim of an award or recognition was not really genuine - it is only a certificate of recognition issued as it was requested. Or a prominent sounding award but it requires payment and/or presence, otherwise it would be forfeited.

Proof of work can also be seen through personal success story sharing. However, caution needs to be made as it would be misleading to claim credit for one's person success - as you are just one piece of the puzzle. Hence, I feel, the best testimonial stories are naturally given or shared. Written on their sites or online presence rather than on yours.

I have my share of making audiences feel great at events where laughter can be easily sparked among other "follow-me" or "do-what-I-say" activities. However, as more speakers do the same, I still believe that the essence of what you have shared, if they are able to resonate, is what will make you relevant to that specific person.

Moreso, if the gist of your sharing is to help the person you are connecting to.

Building skills to connect one-on-one, group, and audience.

As John Maxwell summarized in every chapter of his book, connecting to people on a one-on-one, at a group, or a large audience requires different depth of skill sets. I guess this is the reason why some speakers are at their best when with a large audience while some do better at small groups or one-on-one. However, I feel that they are all necessary. 

Most of my training programs are designed for one-on-one especially those done online. For face-to-face boot camp sessions, this happens in a group size environment. But if a participant doesn't open up and share their concern, I may also miss out in serving their needs. For online , this is where getting an assistant who will track and help out became an absolute necessity.

The discipline to follow-through

I have a LOT of back log for the things I want to do and finish. This is the reason why I have less activities this year as I want to complete all of my back log. If I will get to do it again, getting help is something that I would not hesitate to invest early rather than later. Could have been more systematic in my process of keeping in touch with students and club members.

Do you communicate or connect?

Although most of us are communicating but only a few of our messages are connecting. There are many methods to go about this. Hope you can buzz me and share your thoughts on this article piece.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2014 Writing Project #emergingblogs2014

Hello everyone. Welcome to the 8th year of this writing project that seeks in identifying new and emerging blogs who are making an impact to its readers in 2014. These are blogs that started anytime from August 2013 to the present.

These blogs are gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership, following, influence and fascinating the reader in various ways.

The bloggers behind them established the blog for various reasons such as expression of thoughts, sharing of knowledge and insight, building a movement, events reporting or coverage, and some for profit.

Who can join?
  • Any blogger in the world. Only one entry per blogger.
    • Blog or website owner profile and e-mail is accessible or visible online.
    • Blog is at least 3 months old by the time one joins the writing project.
    • Blog used to submit an entry must have no less than 10 blog post since its creation.

To join this effort, please do the following:

1. Write a blog post and pick your choice of at least five (5) to ten (10) emerging influential blogs.

2. Submit an entry by filling up this form and let us know about your entry. Only one entry per blogger.
 Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is on August 31, 2014. After the said date, the submission form in this page will already be removed. 

Complete entries (cited 10 qualified blogs and sponsors mentioned) received on or before May 31, 2014 will get a slot in our Digital Creators Boot Camp (online class starts on June 18, 2014).

3. On September 1 to 10, I will:
  • Make a final review of posts. A COMPLETE ENTRY MEANS, THE BLOG POST ENTRY HAS:
    • Link to the writing project page (this blog post)
    • 5 qualified blogs cited with an explanation on why they were chosen.
    • For those who want to attend our September 13 event and get included in the raffle, you must have cited 10 qualified blogs.
  • Note that we have the right to disqualify entries and the citations they made, if we are not able to confirm or authenticate the blogger's identity on or before September 3. This is especially true to blogs with anonymous identities and those with pre-dated entries (versus its blog date creation).
4. On September 13, we will do the following:
  • Recognize The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2014 based from entries received at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit happening at SMX Convention Center this September 13, 2014.
  • Pick ten writing project entries in random who will get one hundred dollars (US$100) each.
    • Only those in the raffle entries master list and with link to sponsors shall be included in the raffle. 
    • Only those with complete 10 qualified blogs mentioned shall be included in the raffle.
    • Prizes are given in cash during the eyeball event or transmitted via Paypal.


The sponsorship fee for this writing project is ten thousand pesos (P10,000) that entitles them to a mention in the writing project announcement and participant writing project entries. 

    • We only have 10 sponsor slots.
    • Kindly contact me if interested. 
    • The sponsorship fees are to be used for the end of writing project prizes, winners announcement, and site maintenance.

Join the #emergingblogs2014 Writing Project

Joining a writing project has its own benefits that includes:
  • Getting link love.
  • Meet bloggers.
  • Receive traffic (especially to those who join early on) from current and prospective participants.
  • More than anything else, you will also be supporting a worthy purpose of spotting and promoting new blogs that are making great waves out there.
Please don't forget that this is a writing project - not an award. Who gets included in the final 10 is based on the total number of mentions by all qualified writing project entries.

As all writing project entries url link will be posted in the comments section, anyone interested can check and make their own independent count.

I hope you can join.

For further inquiries, contact Janette Toral at or via Facebook private message.

Many thanks to folks who submitted an entry. Results will be announced on September 13 at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit.