Featured Blog- The Filipino Scribe

Featured Blog #21: FBW's featured blog is owned by a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator. Winner of the Best Text Blog Award, consistently ranked #1 in the Top Blogs Philippines under the “politics and governance”, 5th most viewed WordPress blog worldwide for December 11, 2012 and 13th for November 18, 2013.

Blog Name: The Filipino Scribe by Mark Pere Madrona
Blog URL: www.FilipinoScribe.com
Category/Niche: News, Journalism, Politics

Blog description: TFS is generally a news, opinion, and general information blog. As much as possible, I try to do my best to give a fresh take on what I write about. For example, when writing about national and local holidays, I also do some research about the history of that occasion.

I’m proud that TFS shows my persistent interest in history, politics, and social media. It has received over 2,200,000 page views already from readers in the Philippines and overseas.

About yourself:

I have a page on my blog dedicated to this. Haha. Anyway, aside from blogging, I also teach at the tertiary level (Technological Institute of the Philippines). I am engaged too in news and feature writing for Yahoo News Philippines.

I have a journalism degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, where I’m currently enrolled in a graduate program for history. I also accept speaking engagements every now and then. (Shameless plugging: I’m ready to accept invitations for 2014! LOL)

How did you get into blogging?

WordPress blog, which now has its own domain, has been around since March 2011 but I purchased my own domain only last May. I’ve been engaged in blogging years before that through Multiply.com.

As an opinionated and talkative person, I always have a lot to say about the things around me. So at first, the blog is just all about self-expression. It still is up to now, though I have a much bigger audience already.

What is your biggest struggle as a blogger?

Finding the time to keep your blog constantly updated is a major challenge, especially since like other bloggers, I have a full time job as well. Aside from that, I have graduate school responsibilities too. The nature of my blog plus the fact that I have lots of readers adds to the need for The Filipino Scribe to have fresh content.

What is your favorite blog post and why?

My favourite among the over 500 blog posts I’ve made so far is titled “Is Charice Pempengco lesbian? And so?” I posted it in March 2012, and it’s my third most viewed blog. That’s when the rumors about her sexuality first came about (she only came out this year).

It encapsulates what I think about the issue of coming out and being in terms with your sexuality. That’s one thing I’m really interested about.

Where do you see your blog(s) and yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I think I will more or less stay on the same career path - teaching while occasionally writing. I hope by then I’m already enrolled on a doctorate program, preferably overseas.

I want to see my blog have a wider reach, preferably with the help of contributors. The website needs to have a better look (attention, web developers!). Hopefully, it will be self-hosted soon so I can maximize its earning potential. I’m excited to see how my blog can take part in educating the public for the 2016 elections.

How does blogging help you, in terms of life and career?

When I started TFS in 2011, I just want to rekindle my passion for writing. Two years after, blogging has already opened up so many opportunities for me. Getting recognition and compliments from people I don’t really know in the process are big bonuses.

I’m also grateful that because of my blog, I’ve had opportunities to share what I know to others. Now that what I write can be read by many people around the world, I always keep that in mind before posting anything.

I began running WordAds shortly after I upgraded my blog. The earnings made me feel a little better off during this Christmas season. Haha.

Advice/tip you can give to new bloggers to succeed in blogging.

They say there are already many bloggers out there. While this may be true, it is still possible to succeed and stand out. You can do so either by offering something new or by doing something differently. You can do this by making your blogs more insightful or more informative compared to the rest.

You can join blog communities like Filipino Bloggers Worldwide and others out there. Interacting with other bloggers will help you a lot. In joining these groups, taking part in comment and link exchanges are inevitable. Keeping your word is a must. Learning some tips on search engine optimization won’t hurt, too.

Another note: please be open to feedback. I’m not only talking about the need to have a comment section in your blog. Be as engaging as possible to your readers. Accept mistakes but learn to ignore the trolls.

For correspondence, email me at markpere2010@gmail.com or follow me at www.Twitter.com/FilipinoScribe
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About Filipino Worldwide Bloggers

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  1. Thanks for this advice/tip it motivites me as a new blogger ... :) happy new year to you.

  2. I'm a new blogger too but I realize that blogging is something which needs to be a passion, something which makes you fulfilled when you give something beneficial to others. You need to have a need to give other than receive :-)

  3. I'm new at blogging and the reason why I decided to blog is because I wanted an inspiration driver to talk about my niche which is photography. By doing so it helps me go out there to create photos as well. I really like reading this article helps me be inspired to blog for the passion of it.

  4. I am an old blogger but I realize that you never stop learning and you always learn something new

  5. The Filipino Scribe had gone a long way. Its very successful that it has a very good reputation. Thiis blog is really a good read!

  6. more power to Filipino scribe and keep on inspiring more bloggers :)

  7. Oh Mark, you had at your "shameless plugging" Haha You know even on your Facebook posts, nakakaaliw minsan basahin. E lalo pa kaya ang The Filipino Scribe. I'm so glad FTS is the first featured blog of FBW for 2014! :)

  8. Successful bloggers are really a great inspiration for us newbies and unsuccessful ones (yet!) :) Congrats and more power, mark :)

  9. This is a great feature and helped me to be motivated as a blogger. Such an inspiration :)

  10. Lot to learn from this author and he has the guts and experiences to tell. That's Mark, I think I met you at PEBA award 2012?

  11. nice advice! living in malaysia and attending events with just me as filipino blogger, feels so good for myself and for my blog. It is nice that they somehow recognize me and proud too. I guess there's a good karma when god knows you work hard and love what you are doing.

  12. The key is to generate unique content and information that readers will find helpful and educational. Not only will Google be in more favor with the blog's posts but also the readers will become more loyal to the site.

  13. Reading blog entries such as these really help new bloggers like me.

  14. I've been blogging since 2005. I started out as someone who just wanted to have an outlet for my passion for writing. Looking back now, ibang-iba na talaga ang blogging. :-)

  15. I think I happened to bump on this blog a long time ago and I find the articles very interesting. Thanks for featuring the blogger here, we an draw inspiration from his words.

  16. I have a high regard for The Filipino Scribe because of its valuable and interesting topics and I guess Mark's blog is not only known in the blogosphere but also amongst anchor men as I often heard it being mentioned on radio. Congratulations and keep it up!

  17. You have here some great advice for newbies and seasoned bloggers to follow. Galing mo.

  18. The articles on The Filipino Scribe are very informative. I love going through it all.

  19. It's nice that he was able to integrate his skills and interest to come up with a highly visited site.

  20. It is a lot different when you're blog is already established as you can get tons of recognition and invites. It is really hard to keep up the pace and always bring something fresh to the readers but apart from that, it's fun too! :D

  21. It's an inspiration. Keep up the good work. Neophytes like me are looking up to successful bloggers like you.

  22. Wow! I'm not sure if I have subscribed to the Filipino Scribe yet. Now that I have a backgrounder already I guess it's worth a read.

  23. First time heard of this website and based on the article and my fellow bloggers' comments, it sounds like this blog is awesome and fun to read. :)

  24. I love his advice to all the bloggers. Yes, he is right in saying that each of us can stand out :) And also, we do not need to overpower other bloggers. We all stand in equal footing :) As long as our lvoe for blogging is there.

  25. I always see him around our campus.. and he is just a funny and awesome person!! and I really like his blog.. :)

  26. I think he really deserves to be featured because of his achievements in life that also inspires many bloggers.

  27. my website is inspired by Filipino Bloggers Worldwide

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