It has been a while since I last updated this blog. For the past years, blogging has been my oasis – my online home. It became my outlet and my way to voice out my thoughts. I want this online home to be happy, cheerful and positive. (Para naman pag may nagbasa magiging happy din sila at hindi stressed-out. Hahaha!) I also want it to be AUTHENTIC, REAL, and GENUINE.
It is my belief that as long as there is at least one person who reads your blog, you have the responsibility to be REAL, to be HONEST, and to be GENUINE.
You should not pretend to be somebody else that you are not just to gain readers. You should not pretend to “enlighten other people” when in real life, you are just deceiving them. You should not pretend that you are “blogging to help people” when in reality, your priority is to gain money. You should not pretend that you want to “help brands and entrepreneurs” when in reality you just “want to get their products and services for free”.
When I re-launched my blog two years ago, I tried my best to stick on my blogging ethics and values. Please don’t get me wrong, I know a lot of bloggers who are getting paid to go on an ALL EXPENSE PAID VACATION or try NEW RESTAURANTS, PRODUCTS, STAYCATIONS, and SERVICES. I don’t see any problem with that because they are LEGITIMATE BLOGGERS with a LEGITIMATE NUMBER OF AUDIENCE/READERS. Both the readers and the brands know for a fact that these bloggers are doing business and that they are not hiding it in the guise of passion projects or in the vernacular, “kumikitang kabuhayan”.
Honestly, I am also enjoying some of the perks of being a blogger. Some brands send me products, some restaurants invite me to try their meals, while others want me to review their services. I am grateful for the brands who trusted me to review their products/services and I appreciate that all of them allowed me to do my honest reviews. What makes it a good collaboration is that honesty is being practiced right upfront. I do not oversell myself. I believe that it is better to be underrated than being overrated. I know my abilities and capabilities – what I can do and what I cannot do. I am truthful to the brands that approach me and I try my best to blog with all honesty and integrity.
NOW, THE BIG QUESTION – – – WHY I STOPPED BLOGGING???
Want to know the real reason why I stopped blogging for months?
I GOT DISCOURAGED… I GOT DISAPPOINTED…
There is somebody from this blogging industry that I highly respected and looked up to, I genuinely treated this person as a friend – and it turned out that this person has been deceiving and defrauding a lot of people for years. I did not believe it at first but when a good number of people told me about what happened (and their stories are in-sync), I became brokenhearted. Like other people who believed and worked with this person, I was very sad and disappointed.
…I had to stop for a while to gather my thoughts and let the pain pass.
…I stopped for a while so I could be more objective when I write about this experience.
…I stopped for a while so I could process what happened and learn from it.
WHY I CAME BACK?
When I stopped blogging, I had no idea when I’ll come back – or if I’ll ever blog again. I tried to write a number of times but I just stared at the blinking cursor. I did not open my blog for months.
Then one day, I finally felt the longing blog. I missed interacting with the readers, I missed writing, I missed blogging. By then, I realized that I am now ready to blog again. Hopefully, this will be the start of my regular blogging. I am looking forward to blog more. But for now, let me end this post by saying, “This is Audrey, signing in again for Cheerful Journey.”