My dogs got me a dollar savings account!

16 August 2007     •     9 Comments
Tech Things

With so many issues and controversies popping up for the past few weeks within the Philippine Blogosphere, I need a break. Whatever relaxation I got from a long weekend in Angeles City and Subic Bay was zapped as fast as blinking as soon as I saw the mess that was the Pinoy blogosphere. So I thought of writing about something lighter.

My dogs got me a dollar savings account!

I used to tease Marc, my husband, that my dogs are “earning” more than he was in blogging, but never really thought much about it. But yeah, come to think of it, the majority of my blogging income comes from my dog-inspired blogs. Read more

Are we selling ourselves too cheaply?

15 August 2007     •     10 Comments
Tech Things

I know this isn’t the right time for it, with all the controversies going on regarding the 13-year-old kid (frankly, I really hope this issue would settle down already. Imagine the pressure and the stress this gives the kid), but I can’t help it. I just have to let it out.

There are times that I wish that I could thread in two rivers. But I can’t. As a web designer, I am sometimes bound by non-disclosure agreements—especially the outsourced ones. The client privilege of privacy and non-disclosure just sucks when you’re also a blogger. You get the juiciest, first-hand accounts of interesting and bloggable tidbits, but you can’t write anything about it. Sometimes, I really wish it was as easy as disclosing PR involvement (like, it’s as simple as “I got this gift from this company and they fed me dinner, so I’m blogging about it as a gesture of ‘thanks’ even though I don’t have any idea what the product or service really is”), but it’s not.

However, that’s not why I’m ranting.

Are we selling ourselves too cheap?

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Joining the fray on blog disclosures

11 August 2007     •     7 Comments
Tech Things

After two weeks of house arrest in front of my PC, I finally got that much needed break. Marc and I are at Fontana Leisure Park in Angeles City with my college friends right now, taking a very short vacation over the weekend before we tackle another tiring, work-laden week ahead. I made a vow to really take a break, and just brought along this laptop for the sole purpose of pleasurable blogging. But I guess sometimes, it’s really hard to avoid not to sneak in a bit of work if you’ve been so used to doing something more productive than getting morning glory on my eyes from too much sleep. I know I should be enjoying it, but for some weird reason, I find the peacefulness of the place a bit unnerving—it gives me this uneasy feeling that I’ll have another load of work backlog when I get back.

But then again, I have to admit that all these nature stuff (for once I could actually hear myself think, albeit the crickets and occasional croaks of nearby frogs) and peacefulness are helping me to finally get my thoughts in order and blog about something I’ve been longing to write about but haven’t had the time and energy nor the inspiration to do so: Blog Disclosures.

Some of my friends have already made their say on this issue. Others I agree with, but some, I honestly don’t. But then again, disagreements do happen even between the best of friends—because after all, people have different views on things, and stand for different priorities and advocacies. So yeah, you can either agree or disagree with me. But allow me to give you my piece.

I’m a strong believer of transparency, and of how that transparency helps you protect your integrity. I don’t why, I guess my parents just brought me up that way. Besides, I myself have been an unfortunate victim of underhanded tactics, which probably pushed me further to this line of thinking. Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you.

So what does this have to do with blog disclosures? A lot, I think. Read more

Back from my hiatus (but not quite), PTB anniversary, and the Timbuk2 Blogger Bag Launch

5 August 2007     •     7 Comments
Daily Dose Tech Things

This has got to be a record. 14 days of no blogging since I’ve started blogging regularly. I’m getting worse. But, of all my hiatuses, I think this was the most worth it.

I’ve been sick the past few weeks 🙁 And I’m telling you, getting sick in the middle of a stressful workload won’t really help you get well when you need it. I’ve been perpetually bone-tired the past days, but it’s hard to complain when you’ve got a lot of responsibilities to think about—work and family. Work stress, I’m used to it. The thing I didn’t expect to get is another butt-load of family stress.

You see, my sister’s psychiatrist tried out a new medication for my sis in the hopes of lowering down her blood sugar—the old one, albeit effective, has high sugar content. But as it turned out, it wasn’t for her, so we had to endure her bouts of craziness the past month 😛 I guess that’s the thing that attributed a lot to my stress—you really can’t relax when you’re on the edge, keeping an ear out just in case another tantrum is in the works.

Now that my sister’s back to drinking her old medicine, we’re able to relax a bit. Funny. It’s just like in Harry Potter, where “the wand chooses the wizard.” In her case, the medicine chooses the drinker 😛 Forgive my corny remarks, I’m just trying to see the best in all of this. Read more

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