Today, I received a message via email from an old college friend (#1). She said that she just heard via SMS from another former classmate and friend (#2). Apparently, classmate/friend #2 just read an article by Conrado de Quiros from one of Manila's leading newspapers, The Inquirer. And, he was surprised to find my name in the said article. So, he told friend #1, who then told me.
I had no idea what they were talking about --- or, why anyone (let alone, a popular columnist/writer) would mention my name in an article.
Today, as Lourd de Veyra, who also spoke at the seminar, pointed out, blogs have become as ubiquitous on the Web as text messages on cell phones. "Blog" is short for "web log," which is a journal of sorts of individuals, paraded before their world in gory or glory detail. Notably by the youth, who have the energy, enthusiasm and grasp of the technology to put blogs up. The principle remains garbage in, garbage out, but as Lourd says, you would be astonished by the quality of writing that comes out of some of these blogs.
I got an idea of that only a few weeks ago when I edited an article on a young Filipina named Sheila Ann Manuel-Coggins. Sheila lives in Australia (she is married to an Australian) but works for a New York company as a blogger. She is no ordinary blogger, she is a Web log guide for About.Com, the portal used by one of every five people in the Internet. Guides are required to produce blogs that set the standards for others to follow. Which means A-one, top-of-the line, world-class, quality. Where Sheila has gone, many of her compatriots can always go after.
I tell 'ya, it's like an out-of-body experience reading about myself like that. It all sounds so much grander than in real life.
After all, I'm just here, blogging... hunched in front of my PC at 2.30am, wearing my comfy, homey clothes and purple fluffy slippers. I just finished making a bottle of milk for my toddler, who got up from bed to look for his mummy and to know why she's still up and not snuggled next to him, ready with his drink. But then, he's been used to mum's blogging, as probably one of the most familiar sounds to him is the clickety-clack of the keyboard.
It can't be any more ordinary than that, can it? 🙂
In any case, thank you Mr. de Quiros - and everyone else who's been writing to me about finding inspiration and ideas from what I do. I feel humbled and honoured by everything.
1) Emphasis, mine.
2) I'm married to an English guy who's got an Australian citizenship.
3) I do more than just blogging for About.com. And, Guides do many other things apart from "producing blogs that set the standards for others to follow." 🙂
Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.