Thursday, August 2, 2007

I Won a Car from the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2007 Party

I'm still not feeling that silly. I must be really exhausted. Uh-oh.

I was in a daze last night coz I walked from Ayala to Max's and that's the kwento behind my "Sometimes when I'm alone, I Google myself" shirt from Y.R.Y.S. (I had to buy one coz the long walk made me look like I joined a marathon). Anyway, I was 45 minutes late, but good thing the program didn't start yet.

Last night was the culminating activity of Janette Toral's writing project for the "Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2007". She arranged for an eyeball of those who joined and raffled off ten $100 and a lot more of goodies. Dinner was sponsored by our country's local search engine (Yehey!) and Iggy spoke about their new online game Dangka (more about that in a future post).

Anyway, anyway! Let's get to the car chase! I mean... the car! Yes! I won a car! And here it is:

Hehehe. Asa pa ako. The only other raffle I've won in my whole life was during the 2003 Ad Congress and I won PhP100,000. It all went to my Mom and Miguel. Hehehe.

After all the prizes were raffled off, Janette announced the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs of 2007 and An Apple a Day was one of the first. Wow! I never really dreamed that my blog would earn such an accolade since I only mainly write to amuse myself. It was also great that my other blogs - Stitching, Lakwatsera Ako, and Tales from the Moonless Sky (I don't think the Twisted Wedding Planner got any mentions though) garnered some mentions. I'd like to thank all those who included any of my blogs in their entry for this writing project. HUGS! Believe me, I was really surprised An Apple a Day was there in all the 11 weeks of the project coz I only got my best friends to join in the last week (thanks Darwin, Anne and Harry!).

Here's the list:
  1. An Apple a Day
    The Philosophical Bastard
  2. The D Spot
  3. CokskiBlue
  4. Make Money Online with a 13-Year Old
  5. Culture Shiok!
  6. Kubiertos
  7. FruityOaty
  8. The Dork Factor
    The Anitokid Chronikos
  9. Gibbs Cadiz
  10. Confessions of a Hopeless Romantic
I hate making speeches and good thing Janette didn't make me say something last night. LOL. I think I'm able to gather my thoughts better on paper than when I'm forced to speak. I still don't know what to say. I'm still quite overwhelmed by all this attention and am quite embarassed coz I know I've been writing a lot, and a mean a lot, of silly things here in An Apple a Day (ummm... I think it would be better for your sanity if you just read Stitching hehe).

Well, since I've made it a point to go beyond amusing myself, ummm, I guess I just wanna leave these thoughts:

1. Blogging is just a platform - use it to express whatever is on your mind. You can use it for personal use or for your business. There are no rules. No existing code of ethics. And nobody should force you to disclose anything about your blog. And nobody can claim that he/she is the overlord of blogging. So you can basically do anything with it.

2. Be a responsible blogger - always remember that bloggers are human beings and they have feelings. I've noticed some bloggers who attack/criticize other bloggers. Be constructive. Controversy does bring traffic, but it does not really gain anything. It is counter-productive.

3. Check your blogger ego - don't let it get out of hand. Blogging is just blogging. There's a whole world out there who doesn't read you and doesn't know that you exist.

4. Bring Good News - I've said this time and time again (online and offline). Let's help our country. Talk about good news. Help the media with it. I am glad that and the Philippine Daily Inquirer now have a section on The Good News. Check out iGMA. They've got loads of good news as well.

5. Love the Philippines - the SEO community has a huge project called the Bayanihan SEO Contest which is supposed to promote the keyword "Paradise Philippines" and that is precisely what we need.

Now, this doesn't sound like me. LOL. I know it's not a silly post. But then again, being silly is just my writing style for this blog and it does get the message across (I think). Hehehe.

Before I end this post, I'd like to sincerely thank Janette for pushing me to blog more. She gave me a lot of tips and really encouraged me when I was just starting to blog. We need more generous people like Janette in our country. Will you be one?

What about you? What are your objectives for blogging? Have you thought of how it can help others? Your community? Your country?

And, now for the photos...

You know what I realized about the photo opt part? There were more cameras than any media event I've attended! I think about 70% of people had cameras trained on us when we posed with our certificates.

Oh and please don't forget!

SM Hypermarket Blog Writing Contest
Wika 2007 Blog Writing Contest & Review-a-Blog

And mark your calendars for August 23! Planning is still underway, so kindly await further announcements!


  1. Anonymous1:33 PM

    Kala ko naman tutuong kotse! A la SEO World Champ! Hehe

  2. CONGRATS!!! Mabuhay ang iyong apple! :D

  3. Congrats po! I've been reading your blog for the last two months, and honestly i added your blog in my pc's favorites so as not to type your url again and again... it's only now that I've got to comment..^^

  4. galing talaga! sana totoong kotse na lang. ^^

  5. Anonymous3:27 PM

    woah! You won the the hundred grand in 2003's phil ad congress? Cool! I couldn't even get myself to that event, it's soo expensive this year.

    Oh well, at least now you're the top 1 and you now have an F1, just drop water and it will grow big!

  6. Anonymous3:51 PM

    waaaaah! nakakainggit! kahit kotse din sakin okay na sana... hehe...

    CONGRATS! this blog truly deserves it.

    i'll be coming back to this entry to quote something ha? pag sinipag ako magblog... nyahahaha!


  7. @Rico - I wish! I wish!

    @Christina - thanks sister!

    @BB Anne - many thanks for dropping by! You may want to use Google Reader :)

    @Footbarph - korek!

    @Agent Grey - yes the price for the AdCon went up! Aaargghhh!

    @Andianka - many thanks po :)

  8. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Taos-puso akong bumabati ng isang rakenrol tonggatulatiens sa inyo, idol.

    Tsaka marapat lang na malaman ng marami ang mga kaisipan iyong iniwan. Great job.


  9. congrats, aileen. and more apples to come :)

  10. Congrats po ng marami...

    Magpapapicture po sana ako sa iyo pero wala nang time kasi gabi na masyado at may class pa ako kinabukasan...

    Congrats po ulit...

  11. @jake - pati ako napapa-rak en rol sa iyo! hehehe.

    @freelance jervis - maraming salamat po sa iyong pagbati.

    @richard lionheart - di bale next time! don't forget august 23 :)

  12. Awww.. too bad I didn't get the chance to shake your hand Aileen! Hope to meet you na in the next blogger event... Congratulations!

    Coy of CokskiBlue

  13. Anonymous6:43 PM

    congratulations, dear!!! till next EB

  14. Anonymous7:25 PM

    Congratulations! :) I just keep on going back to your blog , it has "heart" :)

  15. Anonymous7:43 PM

    hi ms. aileen!

    congratulation ha! and it was nice seeing you last night. touch ako, nagustuhan niyo tagaytay pics ko hehe :D

    see you again, soon! :)

  16. congrats ate aileen! and thanks again sa pag reply sa txt ko.. weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

  17. Anonymous8:45 PM

    Congrats Aileen. The tips are very useful for everyone to remember by. Any contest or awards is not perfect. But the top 10 is a venue for new blogs to be promoted

  18. Anonymous9:27 PM

    Congrats Aileen! :)

  19. @coy - sa August 23 kitakits :)

    @sexymom - you too! hugs!

    @sophie - awww, that's the best comment ever!

    @rick - just keep the photos comin'!

    @jehzeel - I hope you keep your enthusiasm forever!

    @noemi - yup yup! :)

    @jaypee - salamat po!

  20. akala ko rin real car. hehehe... napaka sosyal naman ni miss janet kung real car yun.

    anyway, congrats miss aileen. i envied jehzlau. buti pa siya nakapunta sa event. hehehehe

  21. Hi Aileen. You might want to read my post about you :-)


  22. Anonymous9:17 AM

    congratulations! :)

  23. Ei congrats! Blog on...

  24. I knew you had the quality of being #1 of the top 10 (kaya nga po binoto kita eh xD)

    Thank you for attending po and for being friends with my beloved mother :D

  25. congrats aileen. you really deserve it. if being the most influential blogger means inspiring people to start blogging, then you are it personified. I mean, you got me started and that's no mean feat. hehe. again, congratulations. joyride tayo sa new ride mo. hehe

  26. Pahabol! Hehe. Congrats! :)

  27. Congratulations! I've been a lurker of your blog hehe :)

  28. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Congrats!!!! akin nalang yang car. hehehe.

  29. Anonymous8:21 PM

    gaahhh would have wanted that thing to materialize into something huge?? and drive-able?? teeehee! CONGRATS!! hug! Hug!

  30. hello po. congrats po for winning the first place! dapat pupunta rin po ako kaso hectic ang sked. di po ako artista huh? nway, thanks for posting some of the pics. at least, parang andun na rin ako sa blog event na un. keep it up, ma'am.

  31. Hi Aileen, congrats. You write so well. And you inspire a lot of people also. You deserve it. Cheers!

  32. Anonymous5:42 PM

    congrats fro winning, my nephew KArlo got the 7th place naman i made a post about this at my blog

  33. Congratulations Aileen and many thanks for all the support!

    I hope you can also join the Filipina Writing Project. Cheers!