Saturday, August 22, 2009

Becoming a Good Thinker through Change Masters

To become a change maker, Tony Buzan in his book Embracing Change cites having change masters as a must and is one of the 7 tools for transformation. Change masters are role models and mentors that acts as personal agents for change. Their insights and inspiration can help in managing personal change and achieve goals.

I use this blog to document lessons learned from authors and individuals that have one way or another influenced my thinking (hence you'll find in the sidebar "lessons learned from change masters). I never had the benefit of having a mentor. A lot of the survival skills I've learned to date were mostly gained from authors. Some of them are:
Although there are some that I haven't blogged to date as the skills learned when imparted may be misused and abused if the reader is not enlightened or matured enough.

In the book Thinking for a Change, John Maxwell explained the value of good thinking as it:
  • Creates the foundation for good results.
    "Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results." - James Allen

    "The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts." - John Locke
  • Increases your potential.
    If people can keep growing in their thinking, they will constantly outgrow what they're doing, and their potential will always be off the charts.
  • Produces more good thinking if one makes it a habit.
    "An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an invasion of ideas." - Victor Hugo. The more you engage in good thinking, the more good thoughts you will continue to think. It's like creating an army of ideas capable of achieving almost anything.

This blog transformed into a reflective thinking blog back in 2005 was a result of the said book as well.

There are 11 thinking skills that John Maxwell emphasized in that book which I will tackle in the weeks to come.

Most of the authors I've read constantly emphasizes the need to change one's thinking in order to reach your change maker potential. I feel fortunate that there are a good number of them who have shared their knowledge through books that we get to read, discern, try it out, and learn further.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions on the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 Writing Project

Hi everyone. I thought of making this post as I have talked to a lot of people answering questions after the winners announcement.

Since the start of the writing project, I have corresponded with some of you through e-mail, have given information and clarification. With more than 200 writing project participants, I am sure there are more questions unanswered and I hope this post will give an opportunity for such an exchange.

Question #1: What was the intent of the writing project?


To help promote new blogs/bloggers and put the spotlight on them. I hope the writing project, as it introduces new blogs, will give blog newbies the chance to shine and grow.

At the end of it, we celebrate and give recognition to those that were favored by writing project participants.

Question #2: Last August 8, you mentioned that the top 10 this year got the highest votes. How many exactly?


  1. Writing to Exhale (130)
  2. Patay Gutom (120)
  3. The Struggling Blogger (114)
  4. Zorlone (112)
  5. Father Blogger dot Com (99)
  6. Kelvinonian Ideas 2.0 (91)
  7. Tales from the Mom Side (88)
  8. Adaphobic (76)
  9. Lakwatsero (73)
  10. Let's Go Sago! (69)

Question #3: Last August 8, you shared some sites that "if there were more than top 10" also deserves recognition. Which sites are these and how many votes they got?

Answer: If there were top 20, this would be the 11th to 20th:

11. Lifelots (68 votes)
12. Dear Bloggery (67 votes)
13. Good Times Manila (64 votes)
14. Video Chops (63 votes)
15. The Law of the Force (60 votes)
16. Millionaire Acts (53 votes)
17. Through the Focal Glass (50 votes)
18. It's All a Matter of Perspective (48 votes)
I Love / Hate America (48 votes)
19. Flair Candy (46 votes)
20. Numbrd (37 votes)

Question #4: What do you consider as legitimate blogs that can be used to submit an entry to this writing project?

Answer: For as long as the identity of the blog owner can be identified, it is considered as a valid blog and can be used to submit an entry for the writing project.

Question #5: Can a blogger nominate his or her own blog?

Answer: Yes.

Question #6: Are there restrictions on campaigning?

Answer: None.

Question #7: Are the writing project entries visible to everyone?

Answer: Yes. All submissions are made in the comments section of join the writing project page that anyone can view, check, and make their own tally.

Question #8: Is a voting page something that you can consider for next year?

Answer: Not at this time as this is a writing project rather than a popularity vote contest. It encourages bloggers to take a a stand by writing a post that states the blogs they find to be influential.

Question #9: Will you consider additional criteria next year other than a blog post submission to tally the top 10? This can include Alexa, PageRank, number of posts, number of comments, RSS subscriptions, etc.

Answer: Including additional criteria, in my observation, would require creation of categories. Also, a lot of the parameters can also be directly manipulated if a person knows how to do such. Unlike in a blog post where a person does it on their own desire, or responding to appeals, to come up with a post and cite their top 10.

Question #10: I noticed that you do not directly respond to attacks or criticisms. Why?

Answer: Monitoring the entries week after week gave me a big picture view on the politics happening while the writing project is ongoing. If the person giving the criticism or attack is a writing project participant that I have been constantly in touch with and suddenly lashes out, I observe and see if his issues are bigger than the writing project and me, and if the attacks are personal. If yes, will not respond if I have nothing personal against the person and if their anger is beyond my writing project scope. (still an e-mail and chat person)

In the end, these instances shows the best and worst in us. On the positive side, it will allow us to get to know each other better.

Feel free to post questions about the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 in the comment section and will reply as I update this post. If your question does not appear right away, it is likely that the disqus commenting system has hold it for approval.

Thank you everyone!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Special Gift: Business Summaries Subscription

During the final count last week, I made a quick note that those who cited all sponsors in their Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 entry post shall get a special gift.

I just got the nod from DigitalFilipino club member Jojy Azurin to increase the original allotment of 20 Business Summaries one-year subscription to include all writing project participants that cited all sponsors in their entry.

This year's top 10 emerging influential blogs and raffle winners are also entitled to this special gift.

To claim this gift, just do the following:

  • Visit Business Summaries and sign-up for a 1-month free trial.
  • Once done, just send me an e-mail at digitalfilipino (at) gmail (dot) com and indicate the e-mail address that you used for the trial.
  • I will send this to Jojy for upgrading to a one-year subscription account.

Many thanks to all writing project participants who supported this humble writing project. Cheers!

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, Events at Work, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, Budget hotel in Makati, Lucio C. Tan Group of Companies, and

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Post-Eyeball: The Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

(thanks to Ada for the photos)

Congratulations once again to all the winners of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009. Many thanks to bloggers who took time out to attend last night to catch up and listen to the winners' personal blog story.
This event was sponsored by DigitalFilipino Club member PAGCOR. Please don't forget to sign-up as a Facebook fan of PAGCOR today. =)
Here are some eyeball participant photos, videos, and write-ups for your reading pleasure: (will update this as we get to read more post about it)
Blog post

Lessons Learned in Organizing a Writing Project

The 3rd year of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs writing project has given me a live preview on what I mentioned in the blogging ahead segment of the book - Blogging from Home.

This year's winners list is something that I'm very proud of for the following reasons:
  • Masa - Real People
    There was a notion in the past that blogging was somewhat an elite activity for the resources and time required to actively maintain one. However, our winners this year represent people of various economic status and some are even going through crisis challenges. This year winners has shown that blogging can no longer be seen as an elitist activity - especially in the Philippines.
  • Ageless
    This year has strongly proven that one can excel in blogging regardless of age as our winners roster comprised of bloggers from various age groups and profession.
  • Community spirit
    I think they key in winning this year is all about genuinely reaching out and being part of communities. The top 10 represents bloggers who do not hesitate to converse, exchange information, and learn from their peers online.

On the administration side, this is the most challenging year so far for the following reasons:

  • More entries
    I was hoping for more entries but what I did not expect is that nearly half of them will be submitted on the last 5 days of the writing project (July 26 to 30). As a result, the one-week final count and preparation time was quite chaotic.

    Fortunately, as in the past two years, several bloggers also took this opportunity to observe and learn by making their own tally sheet using information submitted in the comments section, weekly summary, and the masterlist. The stream of e-mail reminders from August 1 to 7 has helped a lot in providing the necessary check and balance on this one.

    For next year, will certainly allot a minimum of ten days from the deadline to the winners announcement date to be more rigorous in the final checks.

  • Sponsors
    This is the first time that we required entries to mention the sponsors if they like to be included in the raffle. Our updating requests have caused inconvenience and irked some. We got suggestions for the use of a program script next year to avoid this hassle.

  • Offline entries
    This is the first time I encountered a situation where some entries were offline during the final count for one reason or another. We asked the bloggers concerned for a replacement entry that can be posted in another site. Those unable to provide were removed from the masterlist.

  • Transparency
    In the past two years, I receive clarificatory e-mails about entries - checking if they got included in the weekly summary or not. This year was the first time we got something similar although the questions were more broad and no specific blog url entries mentioned.

    One way this concern was handled is by exposing our spreadsheet count. In the process though, it created a new set of problems where some got disheartened to participate as they felt the winners are already clear earlier on. Some also expressed worries about their blog being exposed to spammers since the spreadsheet is already a database of new blogs.

    To work-around this, I have provided a list of blog entries to those who worry that their votes not being counted accurately for cross-checking with the hope that we'll get a heads-up in case we missed any for our immediate cross-check as well.

Are we going to have another Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs writing project next year? As of this writing, yes I still want to do it as the writing project has always taught me the following for the past 3 years in various ways:

I thank all participants, supporters, and sponsors for your patience, understanding, and support to this humble writing project. More power to you all!

Related notes:

Winners: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009

Sincerest thanks to everyone who took time-out to attend the eyeball event for participants of The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2009 writing project.
(thanks to Iris Aeirin for the photo)

As chosen by bloggers who participated in this writing project, the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009 are:
  1. Writing to Exhale
  2. Patay Gutom
  3. The Struggling Blogger
  4. Zorlone
  5. Father Blogger dot Com
  6. Kelvinonian Ideas 2.0
  7. Tales from the Mom Side
  8. Adaphobic
  9. Lakwatsero
  10. Let's Go Sago!
Here's the badge (original design made by Just Creative Design) that the above Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009 can opt to put at their site:

PAGCOR is also giving additional prizes to the above winners. Please coordinate with Gary Viray about it.

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. Raychel
  2. Inghinyero
  3. Meikah
  4. Eel.jay
  5. Donna De Sena
  6. Jet
  7. Eric
  8. Leirs
  9. Joanjoyce
  10. Donald Serrano

I'll be posting the details of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2010 soon.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Final count & See you on Saturday!

Hi everyone. I just finished counting submission on week 12 (July 26 to 30) and got an unexpected 116 entries. Just like to sound off the following:
  1. Edits to your writing project entries, those who have not been marked as complete yet, can only be done up to today.

    The few new entries whom I have checked this morning that had problems, you have time to fix it till tomorrow.

  2. I'll start doing rounds in all blog post submission from week 1 to week 11 for complete markings today. If you have concerns with your entry, you can GTalk me at digitalfilipino.

  3. For those of you who have not confirmed your attendance to our August 8 eyeball event, I will very much appreciate if you can do so now as this will affect our food pax allocation, raffle items, among others.

  4. There are certainly a lot of challenges and lessons learned that I shall post on August 9.

Love and regards to all participants, supporters, and sponsors who supported this humble writing project.

Monday, August 03, 2009

August 8 Eyeball: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 Winners Announcement

First, many thanks to those who submitted entries to the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs writing project. Let us meet up on August 8, 2009 Saturday, 6 pm to 11 pm at the Forum Hall, Casino Filipino, PIRC Bldg. Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Parañaque City. Shuttle to the venue is available. Pick up time will be at 5:30 pm at Starbucks 6750. Just state in the comments section that you'll be taking the shuttle.

This event is sponsored by DigitalFilipino Club member PAGCOR. Please don't forget to sign-up as a Facebook fan of PAGCOR today. =)

PAGCOR on Facebook

Program shall be as follows:

  • Dinner
  • Observations and Lessons learned - Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs writing project (Janette Toral)
  • Eyeball sponsor talk - PAGCOR
  • Raffle Draw - 10 winners who will get US$100 each. Of course, those who can't make it are still part of the draw and can win.
  • Recognition - The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2009 - as chosen by writing project participants.
  • Raffle (we will welcome all raffle contributions), games, networking

Writing project participants are requested to confirm their attendance by posting a comment here. As slots are limited, interested guests must join the writing project in order to attend.

Non-writing project participants interested to join are requested to sign-up as a Club member.

Attendance confirmation: (you can also confirm via Facebook)

  1. Elmot
  2. Arvin
  3. Emzzz
  4. Lyle
  5. Fitz
  6. Don Trivino
  7. Frances
  8. Anne Flores
  9. Applejoy
  10. Dia
  11. Aubrey Gabral
  12. Louinne Amii R. Tayag
  13. Yourmajestysire
  14. Inghinyero
  15. Kelvin
  16. Bloggista
  17. Fjordz
  18. Makieduardo
  20. Sonnie
  21. Billycoy
  22. Lace
  23. Earthlingorgeous
  24. Tonyo Cruz
  25. Aileen
  26. Jaydj
  27. Fritz
  28. Ever
  29. Mon
  30. Donna Llaguno
  31. Ayei
  32. Ikogsakanding
  33. Aeirin
  34. Mommy Dharlz
  35. New Media Philippines
  36. Winston
  37. Momblogger
  38. Ron
  39. Ada
  40. Coy
  41. Leirs
  42. PMonchet
  43. Crisiboy
  44. JP Manahan
  45. Shalomsiy
  46. Yatot
  47. Eric
  48. Letsgosago
  49. Zorlone
  50. Angelcuala
  51. Meikah
  52. Reyjr
  53. Roy
  54. Ceblogger
  55. Jangeronimo

I will update this post as soon as we receive confirmation.

Thank you!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Entries Masterlist: The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2009

Here's the master list of entries in The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2009 writing project.

Note that those who submitted an entry with a complete and qualified list of ten blogs are listed here.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Absolute Traders, My Brute Cheats, Business Summaries, Fitness Advantage Club, Events and Corporate Video, Events at Work, Dominguez Marketing Communications, Red Mobile, Budget hotel in Makati, Lucio C. Tan Group of Companies, and

(Due to lack of time, all entries who have cited sponsors in partial or full were included in the raffle last August 8. However, those who took effort of mentioning the full sponsors list will get a special gift from Business Summaries. Thanks for your patience.)

I got a suggestion to improve the listing here to reflect on masterlist entries based on the week they submitted. I shall be updating this one to reflect that within the week.

(work in progress)

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 10

Week 11

Week 12 (deadline week - July 26 to 30)