It’s not easy as I originally thought. Honestly, my original purpose of creating a blog page is for me to have a platform where I can share my sentiments to. My intention then was to post about my personal struggles. However, I realized that it’ll be too negative when what I want is a positive vibe so I shifted to writing other/random things that interests me. I used to write as well way back on College so I really thought it’ll be easy-peasy.
Boy, I was so wrong. You have to invest time, energy, creativity, ideas, etc…to make a good blog. You can’t just type away on the keyboard and expect traffic (unless you’re really really good, maybe). I’m guilty of doing this. I wrote what immediately comes to mind most of the time.
I now realize you have to prepare everything before you post. You have to think it through. Write your content, take photos, edit them. You have to make sure that whatever you’re posting, it’s useful, positive, and significant.
During my free time at work (which is just a few hours), I read other blogs. I check how they create their posts, pages, and that’s where I saw the difference: they’ve given theirs time. They truly invested on their blogs and pages.
What causes this struggle for me is the lack of internet. I have no Wi-Fi at home. I’m only able to post when I’m at work (thank God WP is not blocked). Because of that, I didn’t feel the need to take photos because I won’t be able to post them anyways.
It’s refreshing (and envious) to see a good-looking page and posts. You guys inspire me! I plan on investing on a reliable internet connection (if there’s such a thing in the Philippines) and a laptop so I can post at home and edit photos as well.
Another struggle is the lack of ideas. I’m not a creative person so at times, I have nothing to post about. One thing that helped me on this aspect is again, visiting other blog pages. See what others write about. You may get an idea what to add on yours.
I’m also struggling with traffic. Not the typical traffic along EDSA which is always a struggle for commuters (kaway kaway sa kapwa ko Pinoy!) but the traffic for my blog page. It’s tremendously difficult to get people read your blog. Especially for me. Believe it or not, I’m shy about me blogging. None of my friends know that I blog. That I have a blog page. And that I’m shifting paradigm. I’m not confident with my work – yet. But I do appreciate kind words from other bloggers. They make me feel good about what I’ve written and they encourage me to share more. I’m very grateful to the first person who has believed in me and appreciated my blog enough to ask me to guest post on his page – Mohamad Al Karbi. THANK YOU! I can’t thank you enough. The opportunity you’ve given me is very much appreciated. The attention I have received on my post on your page is crazy. I also appreciate the comments left by my fellow bloggers on that post. The Philippines is really a beautiful country and we have beautiful people.
I hope, now that more people know that I exist (in the blogging world), I’d be able to touch more lives as I move along. I’d like to share ideas, positivity, and happiness to anyone who needs it. We all do. Sometimes, we just need someone to help us see it. I hope to be that someone.
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The first victim is murdered in his bed. A clean-cut college boy with no criminal record. Then a second victim is killed in the shower, then a third…each one striking closer to home for M.C. When loved ones become targets, M.C. must walk a fine line between upholding the law and taking it into her own hands. At stake is her job, her relationship with Kitt, and possibly, her life. The key to finding the emotionless killer lies in the stolen computers of the victims – a secret network of false identities and true evil where no one is who they seem. If M.C. hopes to capture Breakneck, she’ll have to put her own neck on the line. – From the book
It’s a fast-paced story that doesn’t disappoint. The entire story happened in less than a month (January 11, 2009 – February 05, 2009) but it’s very well-written. I’m drawn to stories that have mystery in them that’s why I loved this book. It’ll keep you on the edge until the moment of revelation. It’s kind of difficult to figure out who Breakneck is (at least for me). Anyone can be Breakneck.
The book’s genre is suspense-thriller. The writer wanted the readers to formulate their own opinion who Breakneck is based on the available information. It’s good that she did write the book that way because it hooks the readers to read more and more of it until they find the answer. It gives the book the kind of mystery you just can’t ignore. You’ll keep on picking the book up until you’re done with it.
The branching stories in the book are mostly sad but I appreciate more of Joe and Kitt’s relationship. They show what two people need to do and sacrifice to keep each other. They chose each other every time. I also like the relationship M.C. and Kitt have. They’re more than partners and friends – for me, they’re sisters. ❤
I finished the book in 2 days and I plan on buying another one from Erica. Looks like most (if not all) of her books have the same genre so I’d definitely get a hold of her writings. I bought this one for 75 PHP ($1.50) at Booksale (not brand new).
MARY CATHERINE (M.C.) RIGGIO: She went through a lot in here and she defines the words ‘strong’ and ‘brave’. It’s traumatizing to handle a case wherein the victims were family members but she has handled this with a clear head.
KITT LUNDGREN: M.C.’s partner and is older than her. She has her own troubles but I admired her loyalty to M.C. It’s difficult to be lied to numerous times but she stuck with M.C. even if it may cost her the relationship she has with Joe.
SPECIAL AGENT JONATHAN SMITH: He worked together with M.C. and Kitt to capture Breakneck. The Feds have been working on their case for quite a while. It was the first time M.C. and Kitt saw someone from the FBI who’s not a total a**.
DAN GALLO: M.C.’s fiancé. A loving boyfriend. Unfortunately, their upcoming wedding didn’t push through.
JOE LUNDGREN: Kitt’s husband. They were trying to fix their marriage after Sadie passed away. He’s a very understanding man and a patient husband.
ERIK SUNDSTRAND: Dan’s best buddy. Handsome and rich. Has a good reputation. A perfect guy. He created Kids in Crisis to help families who can’t afford the hospital fees for their kids.
GINA DE LUCA: M.C.’s cousin and Erik’s assistant. She and M.C. resented each other since their younger days.
TOMMY and SAM MARIANO: Brothers. M.C.’s cousins. She babysat them when they were young so they’re both close to her. Tommy was the good boy and Sam was the opposite.
ZOE PETERSEN: Tommy and Sam’s friend. She played a crucial role in this story.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Last Known Victim
Killer Takes All
See Jane Die
All Fall Down
Cause For Alarm
See you on the next review! ❤
Whatever you’re going through right now, remember that it’s not permanent. The hurt, the pain, the negative thoughts that swarm your mind will pass. Be strong until you get to that day. Whilst struggling, you have to know the purpose of this test in your life. You must use this to empower yourself in the future.
Learn from your mistakes. Try to see the positive side of things. Surround yourself with beautiful people who’ll make you feel better. Go out, have fun. Meet new people. Try some things you haven’t done on the past.
Live your life. Be strong. Stay happy. ❤
After being asked to guest post by Mohamad Al Karbi, I’m now nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by Renata Fernandez. I’m so happy that I have new friends on my blog page! Thank you! 🙂
Renata’s site is about mental health and feminism. I strongly agree that we should support each other, especially those who are suffering from mental illness. We should never look at them as weak (as others sometimes do).
I am greatful for the nomination though it took me a while to understand what I needed to do because I was so gobsmacked. ❤
She said that the award is designed for people who have a ‘real neat blog’ – so I guess mines ‘neat’ 🙂
- Put the award logo on your blog
- Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs
- Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
- Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs
- Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc)
– Ask your nominees 7 questions
Here are my answers to Renata’s questions
How organized are you?
–> I think I’m in between. I’m organized when I feel like it but there are also times that I just don’t care. I do DIYs to organize my things. I like to keep them looking clean and pristine but sometimes, the potato coach in me gets the better of me.
What do you usually have for breakfast?
–> I wake up in the afternoon so I really don’t have time for it.:)
Do you appreciate John Mayer’s music?
–> Yes, I do. However, I only know one music by him: You body is a Wonderland.
What’s your favorite local kind of music?
–> I like pop rock, pop, rnb, reggae, etc. I usually appreciate different music genres.
How would describe your neighborhood in 3 words? And where is it?
–> Noisy, children, and pets. It’s located in Makati, Philippines.
Do you know anyone who suffers from a mental illness (depression, bipolar disorder etc.)? What’s it like for you to deal with them?
–> My co-worker used to be depressed. She inflicted pain on herself by slashing her arms. Though we didn’t know the reason why, we think it was because her marriage didn’t go well. They separated and their only child was living with her. No monetary support from the father. It was difficult dealing with her because her mood drastically changes from one to another. However, I’m happy to say that she has improved now. We’re able to joke around her and she involves herself already with office activities. She’s very much into K-pop and anything Korean so we usually use that to start small talks with her.
What topic of conversation do you enjoy the most?
–>Almost anything under the sun. I don’t have preference but at least something I can relate to. 🙂
Questions for my nominees
1. What do you like most about your country?
2. What place you’d like to visit and why?
3. Have you ever done something spontaneous? What was it?
4. What makes you feel happy?
5. How do you share positivity?
6. How do you deal with stress?
7. Do you share your knowledge or experiences with others? If so, how?
AND THE NOMINEES ARE…
I’ve chosen some of my new neat followers to receive this award. Let’s get to know each other better. ☺ If you’re too busy or don’t feel like doing it, no worries.
- Chi Apostol
- Mohamad Al Karbi
- Pooja Thapliyal
- Jessica Bakkers
- Cristian Mihai
Don’t forget to leave a link below to your response to the award.