I want to thank all of you who have joined BC Blogger’s Secret. To date, we have helped almost 1000 blogs connect with each other. If you’re a blogger and want to meet people who share the same interest as yours you can join us by subscribing at my blog’s sidebar.
As a thank you to all our members I want to start featuring some BC Bloggers here in my blog. For now, I will be doing it on a monthly basis but I hope I can do it every week so I can feature more bloggers.
So let’s start with our featured blogger for the month of December. She is no other than Liz of Pinkville. Last February she quit her job to become a full time blogger and never looked back since. She is managing a mind boggling 40 blogs under her belt and she’s still making some more!
Hi Liz! I’m so honored to feature you as our very first BC Blogger. Can you please tell us more about yourself?
I’m Liezl but you can simply call me Liz or Lizzie because I hate it when people mispelled my name so I prefer to be called with my nicknames. I’m a certified Batangueña but I spend most of my time in Manila since my life revolves around this city. I graduated Cum Laude from Batangas State University with a degree in Bachelor of Industrial Technology Major in Computer Engineering Technology. That’s big thanks to numerous scholarship. I’ve worked with two different IT companies and right now, I have no plans of going back to the same industry. I’m enjoying my carefree life as a blogger. And I’m happy with my 4-year-and-still-counting relationship with my boyfriend.
Every blogger started somewhere. Tell us your story. When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging way back college days, on my third year I think. My first blog post went live last February 10, 2005. My classmate and a very close friend (Roch) introduced me to blogging. She helped me setup my blogger account in our computer laboratory. She even helped me with the HTML codes and I first heard the word “blogroll” from her. Since then, I updated my blog once in a while. I love writing so I eventually appreciate blogging especially in Friendster. Then there came busy days and I was not able to actively blog until 2009. When I got my first job in Manila, I contented myself updating my Friendster blog. And as I moved to the next job by 2008, I started exploring WordPress and buying own domains. It then leads to setting up more blogs and I eventually got almost 40 blogs/sites. My blogging addiction rewarded me with money and lots of friends.
A lot of bloggers are doing this only as a hobby but you are different because you have been earning from your blogs. Do you think blogging can be a career for everyone?
Yes, blogging can definitely be a career but you have to be patient and passionate about it. I recommend reading my post about The Right Attitude to Keep Earning a Sustainable Online Income to get more inspiration. Just a heads up to aspiring bloggers and online earners… You should really love what you’re doing because just like any other work, if you are having fun, the pay is just secondary. I’m not saying that money is a wrong kind of motivation. It’s just that I didn’t start that way. This post might help, too: Blogging and Earning FAQ
Please share one (or two) of the most important lessons you learned as a blogger.
I’ve learned a lot from blogging and here’s the two most important lessons I’d like to share:
Lesson #1: Blogging can make or break you, or even the things around you.
I almost got a libel case because of what I posted on my blog against a hiring agency. It is when I said nothing but the truth yet the company wanted to take my post down and sue me. I even experienced psychological torture with them. But as long as you are a responsible blogger, there’s nothing to fear. I was able to handle the issue and ended up keeping the post in my blog. Until now, I am getting several “thank you” from people I’ve helped through that post.
Lesson #2: It all boils down to passion.
Yes, passion. It will keep you blogging without getting tired of it. As I’ve said in one of my previous guest posts, “Passion keeps me alive and kicking. Passion keeps the ideas flowing. Passion motivates me to blog.” True passion yields the sweetest fruit.
There is competition in every industry, how do you handle it?
What I love about blogging is the healthy community especially the group of mommy bloggers. Every opportunity is being shared among other bloggers and in terms of competition, you just have to compete with yourself to stay in the industry. It means that you have to continuously challenge yourself. A good example of healthy competition is when there is a direct advertiser looking for bloggers. Advertisers usually set requirements or qualifications for blogs and bloggers spread the word about it. To be qualified, you must meet all the requirements. If not, then it is about time to work harder to increase page rank or traffic until you meet the common qualifications.
How do you deal with negative comments on your posts or your blogs?
As the saying goes, “Don’t feed the troll”. I still publish negative comments if it will suffice them but I handle them just like a grown up woman would. You know how customer service works.
And if needed, I modify comment and put a note or reason why it has been edited before publishing.
I have one last question for you. I know you had a very difficult experience a couple of years ago when your blog was deleted by Google without warning. To bloggers, waking up one day with their blog gone is the worst nightmare. But instead of giving up and losing heart you fought back and did all means necessary to bring your blog back. I am glad that you succeed and ultimately Google brought it back. Can you tell us about your harrowing experience?
My PR4 blogspot blog was detected as splog or spam blog and it was taken down by Google without prior notice. It was really a disheartening experience but because I know that my blog wasn’t really a spam, I was so determined to fight for it. I sent numerous appeal until it was restored.
My first post about that incident was here.
An updated post with tips to avoid splog detection along with steps on how to restore deleted blog can be found here – How to restore deleted blogspot blog.
Thank you very much for this wonderful interview. We surely have learned a lot from you.
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