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Acknowledge New Media Mention: #31Newness No. 10

A few days ago,  I was alerted to the news that ShaiCoggins.com was featured in the October 2013 issue of  The Philippine Times (Australia). It was my former school mate and current Literary Editor of the paper, Ma. Asther Bascuña Creo, who tagged me.

New Media MentionShaiCoggins.com was included in the "Top 3 feeds" feature. Hurrah!

It was definitely a pleasant surprise. So, thanks again, Asther and the rest of The Philippine Times crew. Do visit their site and/or like their Facebook Page. 🙂

Oh, and yes, a couple of other former school mates were featured on this page too. There's Paolo Mangahas, who's a fellow blogger/writer/comms person in the Top 3 list. And, there's Anna-Marie Friedlander Chainus, whose article got published here.

And, if you've just found me and my blog through this article - WELCOME! Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Hopefully, you'll say hello so that I can get to know you too.

Anyway, in case you haven't read the feature yet and you're interested, the text in the image below reads:

Shai Coggins' Notes for a Creative Geek Lifestyle - Based in Adelaide, Shai is a popular Filipino (Philippines-born) blogger who has already been profiled in many publications. In this site, Shai gives us a glimpse in her life as a creative person, who's also a mother and a business owner! http://shaicoggins.com/ 

Top 3 Feeds - The Philippine Times Australia

What about you? Who are the Top 3 in your blog reading feed?


This is my tenth entry to the #31Days of New blogging project, where I’m exploring the concept of #31Newness. Tell me what 'new' means to you. I'd love to chat more about it.

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Web Wednesday #20: CNET Asia Interview and More Webby Finds!

Web Wednesday with Shai CogginsSo, it's finally time for another Web Wednesday edition. Here are some things that you might find interesting -

  • Make Your Own Comics - It's a web app that enables anyone to create their own comic by using pre-drawn characters and symbols. Just add in your story! (Found this via Janette.)
  • TwitBacks - Customise your Twitter backgrounds using this free web tool. To remove the ad, you can pay a small fee.
  • How to Make a Hobo Bag - This one's for crafters who love the idea of making bags like I do.
  • Blogger Templates - If you're using Blogger.com and you're looking for some fresh templates to use, check these out. These ones seem really fun!  
  • Better Fonts - I so love fonts. If you do too, then here's a site where you can find some really cool free fonts for download.
  • Musicalgorithms - The marriage of maths and music. Quite interesting!
  • Bootstrapping a Startup - When it comes to starting businesses, I'm all for bootstrapping. The last business I started, I barely spent $1,000 in capital - and it turned out to become a multi-million dollar funded company. So yes, it's possible.

Also, I just want to share my two-part interview with Joey Alarilla from Babelmachine (CNET Asia) : Filipina co-founder of b5media cited among most influential female bloggers . Here's Part 1 and Part 2.

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On Gratitude, Influence and Possibilities

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'll just admit it: I can be sickeningly sappy. At work, I get all serious and business-like when needed. In front of my kids and husband, I get all silly or 'mummy-ish'.

And, in the face of amazing love, support and encouragement from incredible sources - I get sappy.

And, that's what I am right now. Just unashamedly sappy.

You see, I can't begin to express how I feel about the incredible comments, messages, and emails that I've been receiving from many of you over the last few days since I shared my news. I really appreciate you all for taking the time to offer your sincere support and encouragement. I am so, so grateful.

Other than these very kind words, I've also been receiving some wonderful offers of help --- and even opportunities. Many of them are quite exciting. I'm definitely exploring all of them. And, looking forward to the possibilities.

And, as an extra bonus, just shortly after my last post, I was contacted by Fast Company to let me know that I've been included in their latest feature of "Most Influential Women in Technology". Listed, of course, in the Bloggers section. At first, I thought the private Twitter DM was a mistake. I even asked them if they weren't mistaking me for someone else. But, when I found the link, sure enough, I found myself listed there - together with the likes of Heather Armstrong (of Dooce), Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone (the BlogHer folks), as well as Gina Trapani (of Lifehacker), among a few others. It's always an honour to be mentioned alongside these incredible women.

Most Influential Women in Technology - Bloggers by Fast Company

Definitely a nice way to be acknowledged and encouraged.

And very, very sap-worthy.

Oh, and another thing that got me all sappy the last few days: Jade Craven's post, "25 Awesome Lessons I Learnt from Shai Coggins" (Thanks again, Jade! I learned a couple of awesome things from your post too.)

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The Advertiser Readers: A Belated Welcome!


Last week, The Advertiser published a piece titled "The world at your fingertips" by Samela Harris in the Review section of this local newspaper here in Adelaide. It's basically a collection of the writer's Top 50 Blogs to read. And yes, ShaiCoggins.com got a mention:




Adelaide's most influential female blogger. One cannot omit Shai Coggins, a professional blogger, who not only keeps the postings prolific but keeps her blog up to the moment in the blog design stakes. She is a go-go-go multi-talented person - artist, psychologist*, community strategist - and, among other things, is one of the country's experts in blogging. Her blog is a mix of diary and reflection and geeky news.

Stop me from blushing already! 😀

Okay, seriously, thank you so much Samela and the rest of The Advertiser crew. And, thank you to all new readers and visitors from Adelaide (and beyond) who came here after reading the article. I've already received a handful of wonderful comments/emails. And, thanks too to all my fabulous Adelaide friends who sent congratulatory/caring messages. And, of course, a special thanks to Lee Hopkins for scanning the complete article and sending the file (a whopping 200 Meg). What a patient, caring person 'eh?

Yes, I actually missed the paper that weekend. We usually buy a copy - especially the Saturday one - but sadly missed it that day. That's why I was confused when I began to get some comments/emails about getting mentioned on The Advertiser. I thought they were just referring to an old piece that was published about me a couple of years ago. It was only after a Tweet from Lee that I found out that there was indeed a different article published (another yay for Lee).

In any case, it's nice to see Darren Rowse's blogs mentioned too (Problogger and DPS), as well as Karen Cheng's. Non-Aussie blogs like Wonkette, SlashDot, and Dooce were included too. Yay bloggers!

Anyway, here's a quick tour of this blog, in case you're looking for one:

  • About Page - For a quick background of this blog/blogger.
  • Highlights - Some of the most popular/most favourite blog posts.
  • Tell me about you - A post where you can introduce yourself.
  • 52WoC Central - An ongoing project for bloggers.
  • Forum - A place to chat with other bloggers in this blog's community.
  • Archives - A collection of all blog posts, organised by date/categories.
  • Galleries - Some of my artwork.

To keep in touch, you can subscribe to this blog's RSS feed and/or receive updates by email. You can even visit via mobile phone.

You can also interact with me in various social networks like: Plurk, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

So, take your time and hope you find something that you like in here. And, if you have any questions, just ask away. And, if you like to say hello, please do. I'd love to hear from you.

*PLEASE NOTE: I am trained in psychology but 'am not officially able to call myself a psychologist here in Australia just yet until I get registered. So, that part isn't entirely accurate. 🙂

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