Content is king. Conversation is kingdom. Passion is your crown.
A long time ago I started blogging as a release from technical writing – my MA thesis was taking up a lot of my humanity and I so needed a window to barf out all my frustrations. That window was “writing stuff online for everyone to read” which is now known as
This morning I was interviewed by Yvette Tan for Filipinas Magazine about the Filipino and the blogging industry. One of the questions she posed was “how could the Filipino blogosphere be improved?” and to that I said that there should be a change in mindset since most Filipino bloggers who are aware of contextual advertising are starting to lose the passion sense in the stead of blogging for profit. Of course there is nothing really wrong with this. We all need the money. But we also, according to Maslowe’s Hierarchy of Needs, have to fend for food, clothing and shelter. Only after these things are fulfilled can we go looking for fulfillment in other things.
Is it because a lot of Filipinos are starved for cash that if given a choice, would rather open a treasure chest of SEO techniques than a box that would help them to write more interesting things?
I’d like to refer you to this short story by David Seah about 5 bloggers who walked into a bar … it is actually interesting advice on how to blog better by learning how to construct your posts and making your readers get into the conversation. In other words, a good ‘Passion Sense.”