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Blogging tips from the award-winning Geek Girl

Time was, few people had heard of blogging, let alone maintained their own blogs. Now that blogging has become a familiar online activity, with users ranging from hobbyists to professional bloggers to journalists to companies, how can Pinoy bloggers stand out from the crowd?

For blogger and social media manager Lia Espina Lopez, who maintains the Geek Girl Manila site, the key differentiator is passion. It's what fueled the growth of her blog and led to it being named the best blog in the Lifestyle Category for the National Level of the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards.

Tip No. 1: Write about your interests

"I felt really honored and happy and, of course, surprised! I didn't really expect to win since the other finalists were really good! I was just happy being one of the finalists. It was surreal for me going up the stage and giving an acceptance speech," she told Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

Geek Girl on stage at the 2011 Philippine Blog AwardsGeek Girl at 2011 Philippine Blog Awards

A personal website, Geek Girl Manila is all about Lia's interest in gadgets and technology, geek culture, anime, movies, TV, books, fashion, shopping, food and events.

Tip No. 2: Love what you do

"Personally, I consider blogging as a hobby—a hobby that I'm passionate about. So being recognized for doing something that I love to do feels simply amazing," she shared.

As someone who has always kept some sort of diary, Lia began blogging in 2004 with an online diary she created in livejournal.com.

"It was purely full of random thoughts, rants, and feelings, while occasionally linking to things I like and find interesting," she detailed.

Tip No. 3: Recognize opportunities

"In 2007, I met Jayvee Fernandez of [the tech blog] A Bugged Life and he asked me if I was interested to write for Gadgenista.com, a tech blog for women where you can read about cute things, pink gadgets and gadget reviews from a woman's perspective. They apparently needed a woman's touch in their testosterone-filled tech world. And that's how I got hooked on blogging!"

She launched Geek Girl Manila in October 2009. The following year, she was out of Gadgenista but continued her blog on her own site.

Tip No. 4: Share what's useful

The best thing about blogging, Lia says, is that it's a good platform for self-expression and allows her to help people when she shares useful information. The trade-off, of course, is that blogging is time-consuming.

"But I guess that's not such a bad thing since it just means blogging is such an enjoyable thing to do that you lose yourself in it," she said.

Tip No. 5: Never blog for money

And if she could add extra advice for aspiring bloggers?

"Just be yourself. Be real. Write about the things that you love. And if you can, never blog for the money. Blog because you love to."

Photo courtesy of GeekGirlManila.com

Author's note: Hi Rocco, di_mo_til, thanks for reading the article and your feedback. I could be wrong, but I believe "Time was" is idiomatic. It's been used for quite some time:

http://idioms.yourdictionary.com/time-was
"Formerly, in the past, as in Time was, the city streets were perfectly safe at night. [Mid-1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

"Time was when" is also acceptable informal usage:

http://www.antimoon.com/words/time_was_when.htm
"Time was when" is an informal way of saying "There was a time when".

Thanks and keep visiting Yahoo! Philippines!

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Joey Alarilla is the Southeast Asia Head of Social and Community of Yahoo! Southeast Asia. Visit his personal blog at JoeyAlarilla.com and follow him on Twitter: @joeyalarilla

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