LIEBSTER AWARD: DISCOVER NEW BLOGS
I got nominated by Kristine of The Blank Polaroids for the Liebster Award 2016, and I thought it was extra sweet because it was one of the first things I read when I woke up. I’m not sure what the Liebster Award is and what the mechanics are, so let me just put it right here:
The Liebster Award 2016 is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
Well, now that is sweet. 🙂 I appreciate it when other bloggers recognize me for my blogging work because I really put a lof of effort in it. So, thank you, Kristine, for nominating me! 🙂 You can read the Liebster Award rules here. So anyway, here are my answers to Kristine’s questions:
How long have been blogging?
I have been blogging since I was in high school, and like other successful bloggers I know now, I started with random photos and tidbits of my days, until The Bae Blogs was born. From what I remember, I started doing official blog entries when I was already in college, so it’s safe to say I’ve been blogging for five years now.
Yep, I just checked my Tumblr archive and from what I gathered, I’ve been writing daily updates since 2011. I even averaged 10 personal blog posts per month. So make months into years. Wow, guys, this is crazy. I’m crazy. I’m seriously having nostalgic feels right now, but I have to move on to the next questions. Hah!
Do you have any message to bloggers who just started doing it?
Yes, I do. And I’ve been meaning to write about this one, actually. Nice one, Kristine! Haha. However, I don’t have a draft on it yet, I just have the ideas in my head, so I’m going to make a brief blog post/advice list right here. Although, I have written some blogging tips here, you can read that for now instead.
So, for new bloggers. You should know by now that there are already so many other bloggers out there. Suddenly, they came out of nowhere. Everyone wants to do sponsored posts (or at least most of them) without really knowing what their goals are. Here’s my first advice, set your goals straight. Having no goals is like riding a boat in the middle of the sea without any compass. You can get lost easily. Second, stay true to yourself. Don’t let those perfect images other bloggers impose get to you, scare you or intimidate you. Allow your inner glow to shine through. Third, just blog. Don’t think about the competition, don’t think of any comparisons. After all, blogging communities exist for us to help each other. So, just be you. Write for yourself because you want to, not because you are trying to impress a person or a brand. Stay humble. Good impressions will come after when people start to see that you are good at what you do, whatever it is. Lastly, enjoy. Blogging is such a fun endeavor and it will allow you to know yourself better. 🙂
If you could change your blog name, what would it be? Why?
Alright, Kristine, I’m really beginning to think you got inside my head last night while I was asleep (of course, you would have been awake that time. LOL.) because I’ve been asking the same question myself. I chose The Bae Blogs for two simple reasons. I’m Bae, and I blog. It makes complete sense. And it’s versatile enough to be used years from now. But I’m starting to think that my domain might be a little too narcisstic because it makes me refer to myself as The Bae. But to be honest, how many Baes do you know? 😛
About my blog name, I don’t know. I don’t have other potential domains in my head and I don’t see myself changing The Bae Blogs anytime soon. Anyway, I’m just starting. 🙂
If there is one time in your past that you would like to change, when would it be?
There are a lot of times I wished certain things didn’t happen, but to be honest, if I were still given the choice, I wouldn’t change a thing. If I let that happen, I wouldn’t be where I am now. I’m not exactly where I want to be yet, but it’s happening, I’m getting there. Also, I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason, such as why I had to leave the corporate world to be a freelancer, why I had to commit certain mistakes to learn, why I had to meet and lose certain people, etc.
What made you pursue the course you are in right now (if still in college or graduated)?
I graduated with a degree in Business Management Major in Internal Auditing (naks, yabang!) and my mom made me pursue it because I had no choice. Haha! I wasn’t given the freedom to choose my course but if I did, my first choice would always be Architecture. Next to that would probably be Psychology. But with what I do for a living right now, I should probably have a degree in Literature or Creative Writing or Journalism. LOL. Confused yet?
What is something that you really really really want to do, but never got a chance/guts to pursue it?
For one, there’s Architecture. I’m already 23 years old, but my heart still aches when I see Architects or see people posting something, anything about Architecture. That’s on the top of my list right now because I actually wonder if I would have been a successful Architect had I pursued that career. Other than that, I can’t think of other missed opportunities. I believe it’s not too late to achieve the rest of my dreams.
What is one movie or song that made you cry?
Songs do not really make me cry. That seldom happens. As for movies, I can’t remember the last time a film made me cry, but the last time I ugly cried was when I watched this video compilation of local celebrities getting married. LOL. I have a soft spot for weddings. I couldn’t understand it before why people get so sentimental over weddings (I was a cold hearted person then), but I do now.
When was the last time you laughed so much that you actually burst out in tears?
I honestly can’t remember. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t laugh often. I know that’s a funny statement, but I’m actually trying to laugh more often now. Like the real, hearty laugh, and not just a snicker or a wide smile.
What is one thing that you’ve learned about love?
Love is love only when it is real. Otherwise, that’s not love at all. Love is apparent, it’s not something that you hide or filter. Love is not also confused. It’s something that you feel in the pit of your stomach. It makes you whole inside even without that person or object in front of you. Love is something that you are sure of.
What are things that make you cringe?
People who spit on the sidewalk. Lipstick on teeth. D/ck pics. Assymetrical brows (with the brow makeup). Close-minded people who keep insisting their twisted beliefs or philosophies. Sashimi or any other raw food that people actually love to eat. Men who pee on the sidewalk. Lack of proper hygiene in general. This list is making me cringe. Hah!
What would you like to tell your future self?
You better be a strong, independent woman by then. Don’t screw it up.
Here are my questions:
- What does your name mean?
- What has been your greatest struggle in life so far and how did you conquer it?
- What is one thing that you want to achieve despite other people’s lack of support/understanding?
- What is your favorite book and why?
- Who do you consider your life mentor/coach?
- What is your favorite blog series to write?
- Have you ever had that One Great Love?
- What are you most passionate about?
- Name three people that you look up to (bloggers or non-bloggers).
- What is the perfect Sunday for you?
- What is the worst decision you have made in your life so far? Something that you deeply regret.
I nominate the following bloggers:
Bae is a 20-something passion blogger from Manila. She likes hoarding hobbies and trying out new stuff, blogging about her mundane adventures, and tweeting about random realizations and musings.