TRAVEL BLOGGER WINS 2017 BLOGGER OF THE YEAR | GLOBE MASS MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Globe Media Excellence Award (GMEA) is Globe Telecom’s recognition for both traditional and online media practitioners.
The award categories include digital media, print, and broadcast. The print media, recognition are as follows: Columnist of the Year, Reporter of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, and Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year.
The awards for broadcast media include the following: Public Affairs Story of the Year for Radio, Reporter of the year for Radio, Explanatory/Investigative Story of the Year for Television and Reporter of the Year for Television.
The digital media awards are as follows: Blogger of the Year, Social Media Advocate of the Year, Social Media Campaign of the Year, and the Reporter of the Year for Online News Portal.
receiving the Blogger of the Year award
GMEA 2017 AWARDEES
Reporter of the Year for Print: Cris Evert Lato Ruffolo
Columnist of the Year: Atty. Gloria E. Ramos
Photojournalist of the Year: Amper L. Campaña
Explanatory Story of the Year for Print: Cherry Ann T. Lim
Reporter of the Year for Radio: Joel P. Franco
Public Affair Story of the Year for Radio: Serge C. Santillan and Jeony A. Bigay
Reporter of the Year for Television : Alan P. Domingo
Explanatory Story of the Year for Television: Reyn Nikko P. Sereno
Reporter for Online News Portal of the Year: Nickolas Earl D. Tubo
Blogger of the Year: Marianito “Jojo” Vito, Jr., The Happy Trip
Social Media Campaign of the Year: Maria Sigrid D. Lo
Social Media Advocate of the Year: Maria Sigrid Lo
Bacolod, Negros Occidental Team: RMN Bacolod Program Manager Serge Santillan won the Best Public Affairs Story of the Year. Other finalists from Bacolod are Ronnie Baldonado of Visayan Daily Star, Yasmin Pascual-Dormido and Romeo Subaldo of ABS-CBN Bacolod, and Betsy Gazo of Sunstar Bacolod.
Winning a Blogger Award is No Simple Feat; Here’s Why
I have been a blogger for quite some time now. By “some time,” I meant years which I could not fully recall when it was begun. But during that innumerable span of time I had been blogging, I gained some insights about the practice which I was not able to prior to considering using the internet as my platform of choice.
Back then, I thought that blogging was just a simple means of publishing a content with the intent of sharing information to other people even with something as trivial as a personal experience or voicing one’s own opinion given a certain topic.
If you have a thing about writing, producing your own content for your blog is easy enough if you have a good mastery of your chosen language, its semantics, and syntax.
But, on the opposite side of the spectrum, I also learned the cold-hard truth about blogging: winning an award for doing it out of passion or fun—is never easy.
There are plenty of reasons why it is hard to stand out among fellow bloggers as to be awarded for your contribution on the internet.
Here are the few common reasons why:
It’s Hard to Establish Your Brand
You may have the most exciting information to share with the world, the catchiest label, or even the coolest blog layout and designs but without people to recognize your blog’s existence, your brand is as generic as any.
Many bloggers fail to make the needed traction to make their brands long-lasting due to their inability to gather people’s care and make such attention stick.
The Happy Trip also made it last year in Thailand’s TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign
There’s Already an Oversaturation of Bloggers Globally
Given how relatively easy to make and maintain a blog these days than they were in the early years of blogging, more and more people are wanting to get in on the fun about blogs.
Some are just curious at what blogging may be about and whose inclusion makes for the growing pile of negligible existence. But there are also others who are well-equipped with knowledge about the trend, they literally engage in blogging to establish themselves and be in business.
Yet, with more and more brands popping up in the competition wanting to be noticed, your chance of getting noticed, on the other hand, as a brand gets slimmer and slimmer. Not many people are able to overcome this obstacle which keeps them and their dreams to remain relevant in the dark.
The Happy Trip at Kerala Blog Express Season 3
It Can Be a Full-time Commitment
If you are really serious about building your label from the ground-up, oftentimes the solution to it is to commit your full-time in producing quality content on a regular basis. But if you are a working employee who routinely follows a 9-to-5 schedule in the work setting, giving your all to establish your blog might be a conundrum or close to impossible.
If you are not willing to sacrifice that something which takes most of your time to focus all your time and energy for your blog, then do not expect to build your followers and reader-base in the shortest time possible. Worst, do not anticipate an award based on a brand not many recognize as an authority figure in a certain niche.
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