Sunday, June 30, 2013

Join the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013 Writing Project #emergingblogs2013

Hello everyone. Welcome to the 7th year of this writing project that seeks in identifying new and emerging blogs who are making an impact to its readers in 2013. These are blogs that started anytime from July 1, 2012 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.

This writing project will not be possible without the support of sponsors such as Optimind SEO Company, Infinity Hub, E-Commerce Entrepreneur Program.

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.
    • Any blog in the world can be picked. If you need help in completing your Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs Writing Project entry, check out this worksheet where those who want to be considered submitted their blog url. 
      • If your blog meets this criteria and you want interested participants in the writing project to consider it in preparation of their writing project entry, submit your blog here.
    • Blogs created anytime from July 1, 2012 to the present are qualified to be cited.
    • Blogs chosen should have no less than 20 blog post by the time of nomination.
    • Blogs who remove their archives just to fit in the cut-off date are disqualified.
    • All blogs mentioned should be accompanied by a brief explanation on why they were chosen. 
    • Include a link to this post to help spread the word and encourage others to participate.

2. Post a comment below and let us know about your entry. Only one entry per blogger.
 Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is on September 15. After the said date, the submission form in this page will already be removed. 

First 10 qualified entries received on or before July 13 will get a slot in our Search Influencer Boot Camp online

3. On September 14 to 17, 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 21 event and get included in the raffle, this will include adding sponsors link and 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 15. This is especially true to blogs with anonymous identities and those with pre-dated entries (versus its blog date creation).

4. On September 21, we will do the following:
  • Recognize The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2013 based from entries received at the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit happening at SMX Convention Center. 
  • 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. 
      • They will also be given a free participant slot in the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit. 
    • 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 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.
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

Many thanks to folks who submitted an entry. Results will be announced on September 21.

Get ready: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2013 Writing Project #emergingblogs2013

We are now on year 7 of this writing project that aims to identify new and emerging blogs that are making an impact to its readers in 2013 as chosen by peers.

Mechanics for this year:

  • Blogs created anytime from July 2012 to the present are qualified to be cited as one of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2013. 
    • It must have no less than 20 blog post.
    • If your blog meets this criteria and you want readers of this post to consider it in preparation of their writing project entry, submit your blog here.
  • One blogger one entry only. 
    • Blog used must be at least 3 months old in order to participate (submit an entry) in the writing project. 
    • Blog used to submit an entry must have no less than 10 blog post since its creation.
    • A writing project entry must cite at least 5 qualified blogs for it to be included in the weekly count. 
    • All blogs mentioned should have a brief explanation on why they were chosen.
    • Only those with complete 10 qualified blogs mentioned and with link to sponsors shall be included for selection in the end of writing project raffle.
    • In addition to the usual raffle held at the end of the writing project, all writing project participants with complete entries and mention of sponsors will get to attend the recognition event. 
  • The sponsorship fee for this writing project is P10,000 (or its US$ equivalent) that entitles them to a mention in the writing project announcement and participant writing project entries who would like to be included in the ending raffle. 
    • We only have 10 sponsor slots.
    • The sponsorship fees are to be used for the end of writing project prizes, winners announcement, and site maintenance.

As all writing project entries url link will be submitted through the call for entries blog post comments section, anyone interested can check and make their own independent count.

The writing project will start this July 2013.

Past editions:
For inquiries about this writing project, contact Janette Toral via Twitter.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What brings you success - head, heart, or wallet?

In the conduct of my face-to-face E-Commerce Boot Camp and Digital Influencer Boot Camp, one of the things I asked participants to work on is their business model canvas and personal business model canvas. However, the more I use it, I realized until a person focus on the things they are most passionate with, their efforts can get scattered.

Earlier this week, I was reviewing my notes and spotted Porter Gale's "Your Network is your Net Worth". It can definitely help anyone aspiring to become a successful entrepreneur and influencer. Made me reflect too on the people and what is stopping them from reaching their potential.

Here is my interpretation of Porter Gale's 13 steps to transformational networking that includes: (added my thoughts)

I. Develop a transformational attitude

1. What is holding you back?
If you are not doing what you love to do now, discover what is holding you back and what you want to become. This is easier said than done. 

From experience, this includes assessing your situation, taking steps to transform yourself, and continuously work on mindset breakthrough.

I think the moment you know what you want to become, it is easier to move forward as there is a goal you can focus on.

2. What is your purpose?
I enjoy Porter Gale's Funnel Test as it challenges you to narrow down on passions that are most important to you. Came up with a draft and showed in the boot camp yesterday. Will be improving this further as time goes by.

To create your funnel, identity your three passions, tone, and your purpose.

My funnel represents my 3 passions. They are:

a. E-Commerce - Electronic Commerce in the Philippines is a huge topic. In the Philippines context, it covers both commercial and non-commercial form. There are various facets under it that includes developing your business model, entrepreneurial development, content creation, online payment, marketing, security, website development, search engine optimization, among others.

b. Education - I am a lovecat and enjoy sharing knowledge. This I do as an advocacy and a business. For instance, this blog post allows me to share what I learned and experience. But at the same time, I also discuss this in my boot camps and help people go through their transformation experience.

c. People - In the book "Everyone Communicates but Few Connect",  John Maxwell says that in order to connect to people, you have to put their interest ahead first and be of service.

My tone is change. That when I communicate to people, my intention is to give them wisdom that will help them change for the better.

From identifying the 3 passions and tone, I came up with a purpose statement. This affirms the focus I have with the end goal of empowering 100 start-ups.

"Empower individuals with e-commerce wisdom and skills they can use in sustaining business, advocacy, and achieve better quality of life."

3. Be positive
There are many ups and downs in life, love, and business. One thing I learned is that in order to move forward, you had to disrupt your pattern and embrace positive change. Although it will not shield you from another heartache or project failure, you will definitely keep learning and move forward. 

4. Focus on giving
Porter Gale reminds readers the importance of giving and helping others as the centerpiece of building quality relationships. If done well, it can also pave the way for having a sustainable business presence (by giving valuable free stuff).

5. Don't stay too long in your comfort zone
Keeping your eyes open on opportunities that will allow you to grow is very important. That includes creation of new services that will allow you to serve a wider audience and needs.

II. Build a Values-Based Team

6. Accelerate connections with technology
Compared to how I started, entrepreneurs are lucky today because of social media that allows them to reach out to as many people as possible. But making a genuine connection is another challenge as it means allotting time to make that happen. 

7. Cultivate relationships aligned with your passion and purpose
Joining communities and forming your own movement allows you to connect with individuals that may lead to collaboration. Most of the people I am working with today I have met through the DigitalFilipino Club and those who joined our boot camps.

8. Visit Power Pockets to accelerate networking
This is a limitation I have at the moment as I don't get to attend meet-ups and the likes that often. However, whenever the time and opportunity arises to meet people, through events, club consultation and gatherings, ideas surely fly.

9. Connect with Hub Players
I think I have been fortunate enough to meet folks whom I have encourage to become hub players in their area, especially among blogger organizations today. However, connecting to bigger and more expansive groups require meeting more people of like-minded interest. This is not achieved by just meeting them once, it requires follow through to establish higher-quality of relationship. 

III. Cultivate fields of creativity

10. Create content, products, and services to share your purpose
We currently have website, blogs, webinar series, e-learning, boot camp programs, among others all aligned to promote the growth of e-commerce in the country.

11. Develop partnerships to extend your reach
Currently partnering with various individuals and groups to bring our content to as my many people as possible in different parts of the country.

12. Learn to make successful asks
This is tougher than I expected as the least I want is to take advantage of my connections by asking favors that I know they wouldn't be able to say no to. However, if a win-win can be achieved, I guess there is no harm in collaborating.

13. What brings you happiness and success: head, heart, wallet?
It depends on the situation I guess. Whichever leads, the other two will follow.

When the head leads (want to be the most successful start-up this 2014), the heart (meet with partners, collaborators, ambassadors who can help) and wallet (get buy-in from stakeholders to make this vision possible) will follow.

When the wallet leads (be the most profitable start-up this 2014), the head (identify ways to generate profit and keep cost expenditures reasonable) and heart (sell the idea to people who can benefit from it patiently and persistently) will follow. 

When the heart leads (get a million entrepreneurs embrace e-commerce), the head (develop education and technical resources to empower) and wallet (invest in infrastructure taken from earnings in other projects to make it happen) will follow.

(Blog post updated: May 25, 2014)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Inspired by Man of Steel: Readiness, Rest, Focus, and Protection (week 11 - 3090 minutes)

Run and workout in Cebu and Bohol #ntcFor the past two weeks, I returned to my 40 to 45 minutes running time practice reaching almost 5k each time.

Was able to ran in Mactan Cebu (June 6), CPG Sports Complex Bohol (June 8), UP Diliman Academic Oval (June 12), and Teacher's Camp Track Oval in Baguio City (June 14).

My running speed in track ovals and practice sessions is usually slower compared to actual running events.

However, on the last 3 practice runs (June 8, 12, and 14), my speed is nearly the same already as my May 18 run.

Must bring during travel
my running shoes
Looking for new running shoes
One of the things I am now contemplating is to get a new pair of running shoes. Kept getting feedback from friends that I need a new one the moment they see it.

It seem to appear big on the front. Picked this one when I was given choices  at Runnr store (after doing a run analysis) as I felt more secure with it.

Nevertheless, I guess there is no harm getting an extra pair for alternate and be able to compare.

Hope to get this done after my coming 10k run.

Getting Protected
Yesterday, I tag along a blogger friend to watch the Man of Steel screening hosted by Pru Life UK at Trinoma Mall, Quezon City.

The movie surpassed my expectation. This Superman has a very emphatic and emotional aura.

It makes you contemplate of controlling your sudden anger and think about the bigger picture instead.

How a present action, no matter how justifiable, may cause bigger harm. But at the same time, heeding the call and fulfilling your destiny when the time comes.

No matter how much the Man of Steel hurt himself, he can't be brought down easily. At times when Krypton elements are present, he pushed through and fights on. If I recall correctly, he also recovers with the help of the sun.

But we are not as strong as the Man of Steel.

Runners, especially newbies like me, tend to get excited when we complete a milestone. It inspires us to do more and better next time. Oftentimes, forgetting that we need to also "recover".

Before and after the May 18 run, I shared the "ngawit" feeling on my right leg which may be due to over-stress as I increased my running time practice (+15 minutes) in 2 consecutive sessions. The May 18 event also had me run 12k instead of 10k due to wrong directions given by people manning the water stations.

From then on, I slowed down as that feeling persisted. What helped in the recovery were:

1. Did slow runs for 30 minutes in several practice sessions.

2. Drink coconut juice whenever the opportunity arises.

3. Allowing the body to rest (no workout or run) for 2 to 3 days a week helped too.

4. Getting foot and back massage once to twice a month.

5. Dip in the pool after workout or run when possible.

That "ngawit" feeling is gone so far.

Got warned by friends to be more careful as I might encounter more running injuries, accident, and may even get hit by illness if I don't give adequate time for recovery, practice preparation, and having the right shoe to run with.

Another thing that came to mind is getting myself adequately protected - insurance wise. Have been freelancing for quite sometime and my insurance coverage has been on and off.

Yesterday, I learned about Pru Life UK's two new products. Based on materials provided, they are:

1. PruLink Advance Care Plus - a regular pay unit-linked product that carries accident, disability, and critical illness benefits. It features Life Care Advance Plus rider which pays an additional mount on top of the basic insurance cover when the insured is diagnosed to have any of the listed 10 critical illnesses in the early stage such as heart attack, stroke, cancer, and brain tumor.

2. PruLink Multi Care Plus - similar to PruLink Advance Care Plus. It is formulated to pay multiple claims, up to three times for as long as the illnesses fall into separate critical illness categories. The benefit is also paid on top of the basic insurance cover and may be availed of together wit the Advanced Care variant.

Both packages may include hospital income, surgery, and ICU benefits, according to the customers' preference.

If you are not familiar with Pru Life UK, here's one of their recent television ad:

Am currently studying their offering and will likely avail of an insurance package soon.

Preparing for 10k run
Will be doing practice runs this week increasing duration by 5 minutes each time. Hope to try ULTRA track oval in Pasig this Tuesday.

If all goes well, will do a 10k run this coming weekend.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Slow Down for Recovery and Re-Learning to Swim (Strength Building - 2nd Month - 2970 minutes)

Month 2 #ntc
Last May 31, my strength building programme has reached its 2nd month.

As of this writing, I have clocked in a total of 2970 minutes using the Nike Training Club application.

Did 10 runs for a total of 33.20 miles.

Re-learning how to swim
Last week, re-started my swimming program but this time without fins.

It was difficult as my lack of swimming, the dependence on fins, and not having a companion unable me to swim on my own.

Month 2 #ntc
During the practice session, I had to use a board for my hands to hold on to as I practice breast stroke kicks without fins.

Will need to do swimming as often as possible to rebuild my confidence.

Slowed down and focused more on strength building

I slowed down with my workout and runs in the past week.

Month 2 #ntcNoticed the #ntc "get strong" series focused more on strength and did not find myself getting tired too soon. Decided to add #ntc "bonus workouts" per session.

Did a 30-minutes run at the People's Park in Davao City last May 30. Tried putting ice after the run and it seemed help in the recovery.

Preparing for another 10k run.

Since my 10k run and for the past 2 weeks, I have limited my runs to 30 minutes only with the intention of observing my right leg.

If recovery will proceed smoothly as it is now (didn't encountered pain after my 30 minute threadmill run last night although I dipped in the pool to relax), will do a 10k run this June 22.

Are you on a fitness or strength building journey too?  If yes, how are you doing?