Thursday, May 29, 2008

Week 5: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2008

Here's the fifth week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as PRC Board Exam Results, RegaloService.com, Fil-Am Yellow Pages, and YesPinoy.

Week 5 only
For the fifth week, we received a total of 23 entries from Amaterasu, aleihs2go, Lerma, Remedios, Adette, Mae, Mpaunlagui85, Malugueco, JD, Prescy, Tinaryan, Dazzie, Me Anne, Utakgago, BA, Pamhazel, Tanom, Arroxas, Nina, Ed, C5, Harrell, and Tiff K.

A total of 67 blogs were cited from the 23 entries (excluding the additions made by some of the earlier week entries). They are:
  1. http://www.blogniinday.com/
    http://visitsagada.com/
  2. http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com/
    http://missingcarlo.filblogs.com/
  3. http://www.pinoymountaineer.com/
  4. http://simplemom.net/
  5. http://mlizcochico.com/
    http://creativecurio.com/
    http://www.davaodeli.com/
    http://rosegardenrambler.blogspot.com/
  6. http://www.kopongkopong.com/
    http://www.gatherlittlebylittle.com/
    http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com/
    http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
  7. http://angsawariko.blogspot.com/
    http://askmichaelcurrynow.blogspot.com/
    http://www.blissfullydomestic.com/
    http://conniebensen.com/blog/
    http://factandfiction-bridget.blogspot.com/
    http://frugaldad.com/
    http://justcreativedesign.com/
    http://www.skelliewag.org/
    http://styleobserver.com/
    http://www.thewisdomjournal.com/
    http://evilwoobie.com/
    http://www.videogamesandgaming.com/
    http://sexyshiela.blogspot.com/
    http://www.yougottech.com/
The following blogs got one mention each:
Combined with week 1, 2, 3, and 4 entries, we now have a total of 72 writing project participants citing 171 blogs. This is the overall ranking of the blogs mentioned (including additions made by previous week entries), as of today:
  1. http://visitsagada.com/
  2. http://www.filipinovoices.com/
  3. http://missingcarlo.filblogs.com/
  4. http://www.davaodeli.com/
    http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
  5. http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com/
  6. http://www.blogniinday.com/
  7. http://www.yougottech.com/
  8. http://creativecurio.com/
    http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com/
All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 6 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008.

We still have 8 weekly updates to go.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Promoting a writing project

Idea for writing project promotion - mind map

Promoting a writing project nowadays requires more promotion efforts than usual. This is partly attributed to numerous developments happening online and offline where becoming prioritized is a major challenge. This is especially true if a writing project intends to attract a global audience and the blog organizing it is unknown to the majority.

For the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs writing project, I usually do the following. Some of them are already in motion while the others are on its way:
  • Submit to social media sites (Digg, Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Facebook) with the intent of spreading the word. The key to success in this area is getting more folks to do the same.
  • Advertising is one way of getting attention from target participants. I am using Entrecard and Google AdWords for this purpose. 
  • Giveaways are also an important attraction to any writing project. For now, 10 winners of US$100 each was created for entries who submits an entry citing 10 qualified blogs. 
  • Updates about the writing project are done on a weekly basis showing a summary of entries and blogs cited. An entry masterlist and blogs cited masterlist also gets created.
  • Announcing the writing project and its summary is also done through Twitter. A big chunk of entries outside of the Philippines came through this medium. 
  • Interact with fellow bloggers by visiting various blogs is something that I make time for once to twice a week. Sending email to fellow bloggers is also something that I make time for once a week.
  • Will also be using Empire Avenue for this purpose and hope to attract participants from there this year (added: February 28, 2012)
  • Events can help boost writing project participation. Last year, entries were dwindling in the latter weeks but upon announcement of an eyeball event, there was a surge of entries. Tying it up to a conference is also another option to ensure maximum exposure of club members.
There are more ideas coming in that I haven't included in that mind map yet. However, I will update this soon once I've executed all the ideas above and be ready to share newer ones.

Additional suggestions are more than welcome too. Cheers!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Week 4: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2008

Here's the fourth week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as PRC Board Exam Results, RegaloService.com, Fil-Am Yellow Pages, and YesPinoy.

Week 4 only
For the fourth week, we received a total of 14 entries from Gilda Laganzon, Regg, Carm, Gina, Ria, BuddyMigs, Randy Countryman, Fitz, Mykapalaran, Zubli, Ange, Mica, Bhanahan, and Akosirenz.

A total of 62 blogs were cited from the 14 entries (excluding the additions made by some of the earlier week entries). They are:
  1. http://www.filipinovoices.com/
  2. http://www.davaodeli.com/
  3. http://www.yougottech.com/
  4. http://www.kopongkopong.com/
    http://www.blissfullydomestic.com/
    http://creativecurio.com/
    http://missingcarlo.filblogs.com/
    http://visitsagada.com/
    http://workwithria.wordpress.com/
  5. http://www.gensantos.com/
    http://dantonremoto2010.blogspot.com/
    http://www.digitalputo.com
    http://ie-student.blogspot.com/
    http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com/
    http://www.migsmobile.net
    http://www.moneysavingmom.com/
    http://www.skelliewag.org/
    http://www.thewisdomjournal.com/
The following blogs got one mention each:
Combined with week 1, 2, and 3 entries, we now have a total of 49 writing project participants citing 151 blogs. This is the overall ranking of the blogs mentioned (including additions made by previous week entries), as of today:
  1. http://www.filipinovoices.com/
  2. http://visitsagada.com/
  3. http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
  4. http://www.davaodeli.com/
  5. http://missingcarlo.filblogs.com/
    http://www.yougottech.com/
  6. http://workwithria.wordpress.com/
  7. http://www.gensantos.com/
    http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com/
    http://www.mapiles.com
    http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com/
All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 5 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008.

We still have 9 weekly updates to go.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Week 3: The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008

Here's the third week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This effort will not be possible without the support of our sponsors. One of them is Fil-Am Yellow Pages. This site is a directory of Filipinos that conducts business in the U.S. Philippine-based businesses can also be listed in the site if they can give a U.S. address.

Week 3 only
For the third week, we received a total of 15 entries from Kevinraychua, Flowell, Carruthk, Charlie, JustCreativeDesign, Lynnae, MargaretSchaut, Geexie, Wavecritter, KristenForbriger, Tiffany, Superbong, Gabbeh, Jehzlau, and Markkamote.

A total of 59 blogs were cited from the 15 entries (excluding the additions made by some of the week 1 entries). They are:
  1. http://missingcarlo.filblogs.com/
    http://visitsagada.com/
  2. http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com/
  3. http://www.filipinovoices.com/
    http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com/
    http://phildebate.com/
    http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
The following blogs got one mention each:
Combined with week 1 and 2 entries, we now have a total of 35 writing project participants citing 120 blogs. This is the overall ranking of the blogs mentioned (including additions made by previous week entries), as of today:
  1. http://www.filipinovoices.com/
    http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
    http://visitsagada.com/
  2. http://missingcarlo.filblogs.com/
  3. http://www.davaodeli.com/
    http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com/
    http://www.yougottech.com/
  4. http://www.gensantos.com/
    http://joanjoyce.com/blog/
    http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com/
    http://mapiles.com/
    http://newphilrevolution.blogspot.com/
    http://phildebate.com/
    http://www.techykid.com/
    http://workwithria.wordpress.com/
All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 4 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008


Hello everyone. I've decided to come up with a part 2 of this writing project of identifying new and emerging blogs that are making an impact to its readers in 2008. These are blogs that started anytime from July 1, 2007 to the present. They are gradually gaining a considerable amount of readership and influence.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of our major sponsor YesPinoy. Also to minor sponsors such as PRC Board Exam Results, RegaloService.com, and Fil-Am Yellow Pages.

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.
To join this effort, please do the following:
  • Write a blog post and pick your choice of 10 (or less) emerging influential blogs.
    • Any blog in the world can be picked.
      • You can update the same post entry up to August 4. However, please inform us of any changes.
    • Old blogs who move to a new domain are disqualified
    • Blogs who remove their archives just to fit in the cut-off date are disqualified.

  • Include a link to this post to help spread the word and encourage others to participate.

  • Post a comment and let us know about your entry. Only one entry per blogger. Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is on July 30, Wednesday. Afterwards, submission of comments in this page shall be closed.
Every week, beginning May 1, I will:
  • List the blogs that you've chosen. Only those that are blogs and created from July 2007 to the present shall be listed.
  • Feature one sponsor per week (logo and one paragraph blurb).
    • Each sponsorship slot is US$150.





    • Those getting more than one slot will have their logo appear at the sidebar of this blog.
    • Interested sponsors can email me at digitalfilipino at gmail.com
  • All entries will also be put in a master list on the 2nd week onwards.
  • I encourage you to subscribe to our blog and receive updates as this writing project evolves.
On August 5 to 10, I will:
  • Make a final review of posts. We will post a message in your entry to inform you that we've completed the review and no more updates shall be entertained afterwards.

  • 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 August 6. This is especially true to blogs with anonymous identities and those with pre-dated entries (versus its blog date creation).
On August 11, 2008, we will do the following:
  • Have an eyeball event for writing project participants.
  • Announce the The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008 based from entries received.
  • Pick ten writing project entries in random who will get one hundred dollars (US$100) each.
    • Only those in the entries master list (who cited at least 10 qualified blogs in their entry) shall be included in the raffle.
    • Prizes are given in cash during the eyeball event or transmitted via Paypal.
  • There'll be three special prize winners as well (one for each) targeted to those who helped us promote this writing project via Digg, Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon.
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.
I hope you can join.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mind mapping book projects

Mind mapping can be an effective tool for aspiring book authors in sorting the content of their planned book and help put things in proper perspective.

I had to admit there are moments my creative side gets hungry and drained at the same time. Being able to jolt out of it required much better understanding on how the brain works that includes getting both sides involved concurrently on a project.

To help me get through this process, I use mind maps to plot out my ideas. Afterwards, write the text version of the mind map image to explain it further.

The last time I published a book was in 2004. Work for it started in 2006 and dragged due to concerns with its content. After attending a mind mapping workshop last week, I started working on my book outline using the said tool. It dawn on me how scattered my ideas were.

So finally, I took the task of finishing the text version of the mind map and will be working on the final manuscript by reorganizing the content and adding a few more. Changes can still happen during this process.

I'm now contemplating of including a colored detailed mind map (with images) for easy reference. There are a few form templates in the book too and might included a mind map counterpart for easy visualization purposes.

Number of chapters have been reduced from ten to five.


The blog introduction part is the biggest and have been very tempted in reducing it. However, I can't allow the curse of knowledge to make me take for granted the target audience needs.

For the ethics part, I'm supposed to include personal conduct commitments online. However, I suppose that bloggers need flexibility to express how they feel at a particular moment.

This chapter has the assumption that the blogger is clear on the theme of their blog and ready to put structure in their ideas.


This part documents how I usually promote my blog. Amazed on the amount of work required just to ensure a blog's longevity.

I have my own niche in this online world and definitely do not belong to the a-list kind of crowd. That is why on matters relating to money and other sensitive concerns, I lumped it under insight to ensure that what I share at this part is based on practical personal experience and may not necessarily shared by other players in this field.

Updates (March 1, 2012):

The book was released last August 2008. It had mind maps included to introduce each chapter.


Saturday, May 10, 2008

Today Impacts Tomorrow's Success

John Maxwell highlighted in his book "Today Matters" how daily things, if not handled properly will impact any success desires we have tomorrow. The following are also misconceptions about success:
  • Success is
    • impossible
    • productivity
    • an event
  • Success comes from
    • luck
    • an opportunity
    • leverage
    • connection
    • recognition
Maxwell argued that success comes from making a decision early and manage it daily. The book Today Matters focuses on the daily dozen that if worked on and checked daily can make everyday a masterpiece and attain the success we desire tomorrow.


This includes checking on our:
  1. Attitude that gives us possibilities
    1. Choosing positive attitude
    2. Change the negative ones
    3. Show gratitude to other people
    4. Express appreciation
    5. Manifest positive attitude
  2. Priorities gives us focus
    1. Determine things that are:
      1. required
      2. better result
      3. great return
  3. Health gives us strength
    1. Know your health situation
    2. Improve your lifestyle for longevity
    3. Follow correct health habits
  4. Family gives us stability
    1. Care for the family and give the priority it deserves
    2. Communicate daily
  5. Thinking gives us an advantage
    1. Develop thinking skills
    2. Interact with thinking people
    3. Practice your thinking
  6. Finances gives us options
    1. Earn substantial enough to make life comfortable
    2. Manage finances to avoid getting into debt and trouble
  7. Faith gives us peace
    1. Deepen our faith - strength and perspective
    2. Live-out our faith. Overcome and prevail on tests.
  8. Relationships gives us fulfillment
    1. Reach out and build relationship
    2. Invest in relationships by adding value and provide support.
  9. Generosity gives us significance
    1. Helping others, through part of what we have, makes our lives more significant.
    2. Plan and do it regularly.
  10. Values gives us direction
    1. Knowing where our values lie, in support of the 12 items listed here, can help support whenever we have to make decisions in our lives and its impact to them.
  11. Growth gives us potential
    1. Developing ourselves to acquire new skills and further develop our potential to attain success goals.
This book is a good read and can help you assess how you live your life today.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Week 2: The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008

Here's the second week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This effort will not be possible without the support of our sponsors. One of them is RegaloService. A Winner in the APEC Digital Opportunity Center ICT Awards and DigitalFilipino.com Web Awards 2007 Gifts Category, RegaloService is a full-service online gift shop that offers globally-known brands and quality Philippine-made products. The site is known for its free Gift Registry service that can be used for any upcoming event. It also has "Gift Shopper" that helps busy buyers to purchase their "got to have" items. Shop now at RegaloService and make your gifts memorable!

Week 2 only
For the second week, we received a total of 8 entries from Manuel, Rhyan, Yoru, Apples, Winston, Luis, Blogie, and AJ.

A total of 34 blogs were cited from the 8 entries (excluding the additions made by some of the week 1 entries). They are:
  1. http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.yougottech.com/
  3. http://www.gensantos.com/
    http://www.davaodeli.com/
    http://visitsagada.com/
The following blogs got one mention each:
Combined with week 1 entries, we now have a total of 20 writing project participants citing 67 blogs. This is the overall ranking of the blogs mentioned (including additions made by previous week entries), as of today:
  1. http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com/
  2. http://www.filipinovoices.com/
  3. http://visitsagada.com/
  4. http://www.davaodeli.com/
    http://joanjoyce.com/blog/
    http://mapiles.com/
    http://newphilrevolution.blogspot.com/
    http://www.yougottech.com/
  5. http://www.gensantos.com/
    http://ageeksjourney.com/
    http://julia-aquino.blogspot.com/
    http://moncasiple.wordpress.com/
    http://www.pacute.com/
    http://www.pinaymommyonline.com/
    http://www.prcboardexamresults.com/
    http://www.jpsimbulan.com/
All blogs listed in the previous weeks won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 3 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

Five Ways to Accept International Payments Online

Online sellers can choose between CCNow, 2CheckOut, Paypal, AlertPay, and TrialPay to accept payments online. It is best to have more than one option for back-up.
  • CCNow is one of the pioneers in online payment. It is currently limited to the selling of tangible items and has tools like coupons and cross-selling of products. I started using this service in 2000 to sell my books and research reports online.

  • 2CheckOut is one of the most comprehensive online payment solution today that accepts all forms of payment from electronic check drafts, credit card, to Paypal. It has its own debit card, as an option, that merchants can use to transfer their payment.

  • Paypal is a popular option especially when it added more countries to send and receive payments from. The primary challenge in using Paypal is its multiple layers of fees from transaction rate, transaction fee, withdrawal fee, and currency conversion. However, most merchants I know use their Paypal collection to pay their contractors and buy products online that lessens the need to withdraw that much and be subjected to the multiple fees.

  • AlertPay is new to me (mentioned in a CNN article). It intends to serve as a Paypal alternative. It is the only payment system I've seen so far that accepts e-gold as well. Its verification process requires submission of a valid id and proof of billing.

  • TrialPay is also new to me (mentioned in a CNN article). What makes this one unique is that it profits and give fees for the products it cross-sells. In my case, I decided to give a one-year individual membership in the DigitalFilipino.com Club for free to TrialPay users.

    When my product was accepted, a special checkout page was made and Trialpay matches an offer to the product or service. If the customer accepts the offer, I get a commission and the amount should no less than the fee I indicated which I like to receive. However, if the buyer did not avail of the offer, they will be routed to my existing individual club membership payment page.

    However, your collection should reach US$100 before receiving any form of payout. So you can consider this more of a complimentary add-on rather than a payment system stand-alone.
A growing number of payment providers today do not ask for a sign-up fee and this encouraged more merchants to have more than one payment solution alternative. Healthy competition should be encouraged to avoid monopoly by any single player in the market.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Persuading the unwilling


"I'm afraid to drive
and I don't know why
I'm jealous of the people who
are not afraid to drive."

Sounds corny no? (That is the 1st paragraph of the song "Falling" and edited.)

I've always wanted to learn how to drive when I was younger. My Dad taught me once in Kalookan. After one round in our area, he left me inside the car and like any over-excited learner, I started the engine and my Dad chased me (of course, I stopped the car). He never gave me a driving lesson again.

My desire to drive also diminished with the following reasons:
  1. Metro Manila traffic. I always had this reasoning that I might just die in a car accident if I'll ever drive.

  2. I like to treat travel time as sleeping time. I always tend to fall asleep whenever inside a transportation vehicle unless I get engaged in an interesting conversation.

  3. I'm afraid of myself. I somehow knew that I tend to exploit whatever skill I gained. Driving a go-kart twice got me overly excited that made me want to do it more if not for the hot weather and far venues. Please don't put up a go-kart area in Commonwealth / Fairview area!

    So with that, learning to drive might push me to explore a road trip. Still my #1 fear prevails on this one.
But now that we have a 2nd home, at least up to 2010, in Australia, my partner is asking me again to learn how to drive. He reasoned that my #1 fear is unlikely to happen as the roads in Adelaide is completely the opposite in Metro Manila. There's no traffic either. The rules are more defined and observed by the citizens. There's even incentive or subsidy for using environmental friendly engines / fuel.

Upon return to Adelaide the last time, he observed my enthusiasm when Honda launches the VCM 643 as a friend got a project in relation to that and got me involved. He is now using this pitch on me to get the Aussie version of that vehicle. Now I'm not sure who influenced who.

I'm fixing my driving license this month so I guess I will eventually learn how to drive. It is inevitable.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Managing 1100++ mobile phone contacts


When preparing for events, sending emails (days before the event) and text messages (reminder a day or two before and on the day itself) to contacts is important for communication purposes. The latter I do especially for evening activities.

When preparing for the May 9 E-Commerce / E-Business Owners Meet-up, I realized that my 3-year old mobile phone number has accumulated more than 1100 contacts. Mostly got added after I receive an important call and save their information.

When I was using a Nokia Communicator, I have created groups in my phone. However, upon switching to N95, I just realized that managing a contact based through it will be harder.

Gradually, I started using online text messaging tools again to communicate with friends and contacts for activity reminder purposes. This ranges from Twitter, Yahoo Messenger, and GTalk. One account I also activated is Chikka (downloadable and online).

I have been using Chikka since it started and enjoyed the free text messages allotment. Although I lied low for quite sometime. Upon discovering that I had more than 1100 contacts in my address book, I knew that I need to start to relying on other tools.

Trying out the all-new Chikka. It is a web-based version of the original Chikka Messenger. Some of its features:
  • Web-based
  • Universal messaging as it is compatible with other IM netorks from Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, MSN and ICQ. Signing in to all your IMs is quick and easy with the new auto-login feature.
  • Text for free to the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Guam, Saipan and the Philippines you can now text over 100 countries with rates starting only at 10 US cents per message sent. Simply sign up for a Chikka Wallet and load credits using PayPal to enjoy this feature.
What makes me eager further about this application is its ongoing program for working with web 2.0 and social network application developers. If such pushes through well, it means users will have more applications to use with Chikka.

Technogra.ph also notes of the Chikka weekly raffle where 3 users will win an iPod Touch, Nano (3G) and Shuffle. This will start this Friday, May 9, and every week till July 24. To qualify for the raffle, just invite and build your Chikka contacts.

I've always been proud of Chikka because it is a unique Filipino innovation and a pioneer in this type of service (patented). Here are some who have blogged about their Chikka experience:
I also found the following on YouTube:


Chikka TVC ad for the US


Google and Chikka announcement


New Chikka 2.0

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Week 1: The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008

Here's the first week summary of entries and their choices/nomination in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008. If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.

This effort will not be possible without the support of our sponsors. One of them is PRC Board Exam Results. The site has a comprehensive, fast, reliable, and accurate professional board exam results archive on the world wide web.

For the first week, we received a total of 12 entries from Filipinayzd, Benj, Kimsan23, Selaplana, Tonex, Joanjoycew, Joliber Mapiles, Rhodilee, MLQ3, Shari, Nick, and PinayMommy.

A total of 33 blogs were cited/nominated from the 12 entries. They are:
  1. http://www.filipinovoices.com
    http://www.mapiles.com
    http://newphilrevolution.blogspot.com
    http://delfindjmontano.blogspot.com

  2. http://joanjoyce.com/blog/
    http://moncasiple.wordpress.com/
    http://www.pacute.com/
    http://www.pinaymommyonline.com/
    http://visitsagada.com/
    http://www.jpsimbulan.com/
The following blogs got one mention/nomination each:
Note that next week, we will be showing two lists:
  1. The list of blog entries and their choices for Week 2.
  2. Updated Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs as of Week 2.
All blogs listed in week 1 won't be re-posted unless it gets chosen again by entries submitted in Week 2 or still included in the total The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008.

If you haven't submitted an entry yet, head on to our writing project page on how to join.