on a personal note

I started blogging in 2005, not because I wanted to but because I had to. We were required to blog for a course on convergent journalism, an elective I took with the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at the Ateneo de Manila University. I called that first blog, “a cybernotebook,” reminiscent of a reporter’s tickler or notebook, where I could post my thoughts on journalism and media-related issues and events, as well as other notes I’d jotted down.

When the course ended, I decided to continue the blog. I wanted to blog primarily as a writing exercise — a few hundred words per post, a few times per month — just to keep from getting rusty. I wanted to blog to make sure I was paying attention to the goings-on in a most dynamic field. I wanted to blog for me.

Several blog posts later, aside from realizing how habit forming blogging can be, I realized that there was a lot more I could blog about. I sometimes have the pleasure of meeting people with interesting backgrounds and causes, attending events that I find more newsworthy than what sometimes gets shown on TV or written about in the papers, and learning about issues that aren’t discussed or are outright ignored in the mainstream. Like the millions who have discovered the power of the Internet and blogging in particular, I wanted to be my own gatekeeper while helping to spread the word about what I found to be noteworthy. I wanted to continue blogging, but no longer just for me.

So, I decided to put up this blog. Here, I blog about things I find interesting or inspiring, causes I believe in, and stories I think are worth writing about. I will maintain my first blog for as long as there is something worth blogging about in the media industry (and there always is), and I have time to blog about it. But I expect to spend more time here than there.

A final word on the platform: I decided to blog at WordPress this time because I love it here (go, WordPress!). It’s a more intuitive interface, at least to me. This isn’t by any means to put down the other platforms; I’ve used at least one other platform and I know some bloggers prefer the others. It’s just a personal preference.

And by the way, just in case you were wondering — I’m a freelance journalist and have lived all my life in the beautiful Philippine islands.

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