Monday, June 15, 2009

Who is the Emerging Influential Blogger? Poof!

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I think I could claim that I made one of the craziest lists of nominees for Mam Janette Toral’s Emerging Influential Bloggers of 2009 with nominees ranging from those who could make you a one sharp-fanged rabid commenter to a blogger fuelled with caffeine on maintaining his 13 damn outstanding blogs with vigor; from one blogger who can shut the daylight out of the career Angel Locsin for being such a beauty, to a mom blogger that I once called “bro” after her tear-jerking comment here. *blushing* And that list undeniably made me one crazy blogger after luring all bloggers from all sides of the earth to suggest two more blogs that I could include on my list of eight while actually I only listed seven and skipped a number, proving that I was always enjoying my time at the fourth row during my math subjects. I confess that it was not totally part of the trick but an honest mistake. Therefore, my list leaves me three more vacant spaces for superb and emerging influential bloggers to occupy.

Though this may came a little bit late but I would like to share some thoughts on the current buzz on the Pinoy Blogosphere about the Influential Blogger and maybe guide also those who are not yet done with their precious lists.

But who is the Influential Blogger?

Mam Janette succinctly described the emerging influential blogger by sharing some excerpts that we could use as guides on our selection from the king of leadership himself, John Maxwell who said “Leadership is influence. No more, no less.”

Here are some other points on leadership and influence:
• Everyone influences someone.
• We never know who or how much we influence
• The best investment in the future is a proper influence today.
• Influence is a skill that can be developed.

But how could we know that a blogger is influential?

Though you send me a basket of “balut” or freshly-baked gourmet pizza, but that does not assure you of my vote and love unless you are one hell of an influential blogger in your niche.

Let me share an incident.

There is this one very aggressive blogger who emailed me quite a number of times. First time, asking me how am I doing on my blogging and asked me to check out his blog. Poof! Second time, asked me if I have my list already and maybe could consider his blog to be included on my powerhouse list. Poof! I did not reply to his emails being true to my word that the one who deserves will get his due.

And the hullabaloo happened. There was this heated exchange of comments on another blog with the same guy who emailed me against one hot hunk blogger, whether a new blog with almost no posts on it be included on the nomination with the sheer reasoning that the owner of the blog has done tremendous things on doing SEO works on his other blogs. Darn, it was like Fernando Poe Jr. versus his arch nemesis Paquito Diaz! Bang, bang! Kaboom! Pow!

The owner of the blog refereed, and guess what, the SEO guy placed his blog on the top of his list of nominees!

I think, one important point is that the blogger in general could not be separated from his blog; he is his blog! This is where he expresses his ideas and connects to the world, and where the world connects to him. Without his blog, he is nothing but a solitary ordinary man confined on his own life space. His blog speaks for him and listens for him (hopefully he does know how to listen) to whatever other people say.

Therefore, one’s blogging influence is measured by his communicating power to his audience. You communicate with people and they recognize you and this is where influence comes in. Power here is not the strength to put down others or force readers and visitors to confine themselves on fear and guilt for speaking out their minds or worse excommunicate them from the blogosphere . Either, recognition is not about praises on our blogging prowess but is basically all about honesty. Readers, friends and strangers, interacts with you on your blog; they may most of the time agree but are not also afraid to disagree with your ideas for they know that being influential means being open-minded to the wider world and to other voices. This blogger may not be the highest authority or the man solely holding the bastion of truth on his niche but his voice could be recognized as a valuable point-of-view worthy to be listened to. And if I further may add, he basically influences your own blogging in some ways. That is the influential blogger.

Vote, Vote Vote!

There are those who got scandalized with bloggers who placed their blogs on their own nominations. Or those who are irritated by the nomination-spree of bloggers of their own friends to their list that makes them top the canvassing week by week.

I have nothing against this one, but if I could only use the same measure stick that I use on my own nomination on other bloggers, my sole criterion is “meritocracy”. For heaven’s sake, if you think you truly deserve and take note you feel your readers, friends and blog visitors attest to that, then go on! One who deserves his due should not be robbed by this great opportunity. Vote your friends, nominate them and even yourself maybe; if and only if they truly and you truly deserve to be on that list side by side other Pinoy uber bloggers. I saw many bloggers who did not nominate themselves though they are really pretty much qualified technically and in the strictest sense of the word influential. But in the end, our votes will therefore speak of ourselves.

My Final List of Even Crazier Emerging Influential Bloggers!

In the coming days, I will be posting my own “complete list” of even crazier emerging influential bloggers, minus my moronic way of counting from 1-10, promise. So brace for yourselves.

Three slots are still open and they will be occupied in just a couple of days. My congratulations in advance.

What is your own “distinct” definition or criterion of an emerging influential blogger as basis for your list of nominees? Who is the Influential Blogger for you?

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Roy said...


ang haba! akala ko kumpleto na, wala pa pala, hehe...

you got me bro!

quite a story you got there ;)

zorlone said...

Okay, good thing that hasn't happened to me. Kaya nagaantay ako makumpleto muna ang list ko. Unfortunately, I counted them again, I have an extra blogger. Whaaaa! I really have to think hard who to eliminate. The guillotine is ready, and I'll sacrifice this blogger. (Speaking figuratively, of course)


elmot said...

@roy:...oo nga eh, pang set lg ng mood yan before ko ipost yung final list ko, ehehe.

i know that you know that heated argument too between the seo boy and the hunk blogger ehehe!

elmot said...

@zorlone: ahahah! you got one got influential blogger story for yourself now,e ehheh! when everyone is having the hard time to fill in their list with bloggers, you are having an excess???!!!

wawa naman! kelan ang araw ng pagpugot? ewhehe!

hirap naman nag sitwasyon mo eheheh! tanggalin mo nlg yung hindi cute ehehhe!

jan geronimo said...

Yesterday, I stayed a lot of time at Silver's blog. She posted her own top 10. The first post was short of two or three candidates. Of course, I made my pitch. And then we talked a lot of things, about this contest, about bloggers.

She sensed I was a little anxious. And she reassured me about her own criteria for judging the merit of her own nominees. And she said that she would not nominate bloggers on the basis of her friendship with them. Isn't that great? I find it very reassuring.

She's considering merit and qualification above all else. Wonderful.

Great post. Right mix of light banter and sizzling food for thought.

I just wish some of us will listen to you, young bro. ",)

elmot said...

@jan: thanks for the compliment bro. everything is not yet in vain, that there are lots of great bloggers out there who are to list their nominees out of merit and not out of sentiments for friends.

i hope that this post is a great relief for you and to other bloggers.

but i am also contemplating alot whether i am also following to everything i said here...then we'll just see it on my final list.

fedhz said...

hehe. napasulat tuloy ako ng ABOUT ME page ko. sabi sayo eh, you're one of my influential blogger. sayang dapat pala nung 2008 naka-vote ako, wahaha!

yup, tama lahat ng sinabi mo. di dapat harassed or something. siguro kung mangampanya nga sila sa politika, eh for sure, they'll be doing the same tactics.

gusto ko nga rin maging honest sa blog ko.. not that I'm not.. i mean, ung mga not so nice na gusto kong sabihin, sana maisulat ko rin. kaso takot ang lola. kase baka ma-politika nga, at ma-ban.. wawa naman ang kita ko.

nyway, titirahin ko na lang sila ng patalikod. LOL. sorry na lang sila. wahehe. joke. slight lang. dahan dahan lang. di nila mafi-feel un. woinks. (tumbling away!!!!!!!)

Rob Angeles said...

"Leadership is influence. No more, no less."

The same prinnciple I have in creating my list. I'm not a big fan of popularity contests since I look more into value. But this is good.

Janet indeed gave a BANG in the Pinoy blogosphere. Our lists will reflect how we describe the word influential. Good job Janet!

DiTesco said...

I'll take "Leadership is influence", but having influence does not necessarily mean you have to be a leader. As a matter of fact, there are leaders who's decisions are based on "influence" being given to them by "someone" else, say their counselors.

What I am trying to say here is that influence is "Power", a power to affect persons, a power to convince, to motivate, to guide, to give advice, etc. It can also be "Power Based" such as, I got a new Job because my father has good influence on that Company. Then again, this is my opinion:)

Last but not least, you know I am not a participant of these project, but - "And she said that she would not nominate bloggers on the basis of her friendship with them" - as mentioned above is definitely worth being nominated.

BTW, and this is off topic, why have you not installed the JS Kit commenting system yet? Did you know that it is now "one click" installation?

reyna elena said...

i'm not happy though that there are "blogs" there that i will not consider as "blogs" and one of them was obvious na obvious as kopya and i think those types should disassociate with the contest because hindi sila fair

Snow said...

What a story you got there elmot and I got your point well taken. :)

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Gem said...

Well said.. there are lots of bloggers in the blogosphere but not all blogs are really that influential. Yung ibang blogs - well, they have some sort of ME feeling and don't really care much of their readers.

BURAOT said...

toinks! me entredropper badge ka pala di mo nisasabi. di rin nagegets ng radar ko. hehhehe. di bale, salpak ko na agad sa list. now na.

Reesie said...

Wow, good point here Elmot!

Reesie said...

at siya nga pala, may feed burner na ako. thanks to you! :D

fatherlyours said...

Corrected by. Dapat wait lang yang mga yan na manominate sila. Kung talagang influential blogs nila, lalabas at lalabas yan.Nagkamali nga si pusang maganda at ninominate ako. Sabi ko hindi ito paguapuhan.Joke lang yung huli ha.hehehe

Adrian said...

salamat din po elmot. :)

Donald Serrano said...

am i late??? wahehe

pehpot said...

ano ba un! kokopyahin ko pa naman sana ang listahan ni fedhz.. waah di ka naman pala quali..weehh

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Kelvin Servigon said...

haba ng post ah, malaman pa.

I wonder, sino kya ung seo boy and hunk blogger... meron palang ganun d2 sa blogoshpere.. ^_^

elmot said...

ahahah! dami talagang nagkakamali, akala eh lalake ka...pero napakagandang lalake mo naman nun ah eheheh!

actually, i got sad also that i am not qualified pero, this is just a contest lg naman di ba. ;)

ahahha! natawa naman ako dun...pwede ka naman sigurong magsulat ng satires na medyo hindi naman ganun ka tindi ehehe. wla naman kasi talaga akong kinikita dito kaya ho holds barred, eheheh!

elmot said...

i agree rob. this is a great project of ms. janette for all bloggers. just like you, i am no big fan of popularity contests, but giving those uber bloggers the appreciation and the recognition that they deserve through our nominations is i think but only fair and just.

elmot said...

well explained bro! power is actually one complex thing and influence is just one facet of it. there are those who can actually influence us because of power or could actually influence without using any power on us.

and one good thing you shared is that of "power based" which i think could actually happen on this kind of blogging project though in a very subtle manner.

and on the off the topic...i successfully installed js-kit and commentluv. wow, it never occurred to me to be this easy huh. thanks bro! ehehhe!

elmot said...

hi reynz! mukang mainit yata ulo mo at gusto mong mambangas ah, ehehe!

i am totally clueless kung anong blog ang tinutukoy mo, alam mo naman inocente ako lagi ehehehe.

clue naman dyan, baka masama ko yan sa mga inominate ko yari pa ako :D

elmot said...

you know me snow, i love to tell stories here. but i am assuring you na totoo naman ang kwento ko dito ehehe at hindi bunga lamang ng malikahain kong isipan

elmot said...

yeah, and i detest those kinds of bloggers gem. i think it is such a lonely world out there for them na blogging out there i, me, myself way.

elmot said...

ahahhaa! slamat sa pagdaan mo. meron yang EC dito, kita ko nga agad na nagdrop ka eh. andun lg kasi ako sa bungad ng blog mo kaya di siguro nahagip ng radar mo, paano, nagloloko internet connection tuwing visit ko blog mo eh.

elmot said...

ahahha! ayos! maganda un, kasi ako personally sa reader ko sinusundan mga fav blogs ko. salamat sa pagdaan dito reesie ah ehehe!

so, biglang dumami ba kaming mga readers mo sa feedburner mo?

elmot said...

oist, salamat sa pagbisita ah, ehehe! tuwa naman ako.

ei, oo nga, wag yung pa-epal at trying hard humingi ng nomination...mas lalong natuturn-off yung hinihingan nyan.

ahahha! pero pwede mo rin naman totohanin yung joke mo. pero sympre disqualified pa rin ako, kasi hindi ako gwaop eh, cute lang ahahha! oist, hindi joke un ah.

elmot said...

no problemo bro. give and take lang naman dito sa mga tropa eh, ehehe!

hope to see you here more often, para kulitin sa mga jedi knights ehehe!

elmot said...

hindi pa naman bro, ehehe! nagche-check pa lang naman attendance si mam kaya hndi ka pa late ehehe!

elmot said...

ahahha! yari ka dyan, i-memo ka ni mam janette tulad ni roy kapag sinulat mo ko sa listahan mo ehehe!

moral lesson dyan is: WAG KASING MANGOPYA. ehehhe

elmot said...

ahahha! puno ba ng drama? eheheh!

clue ng seo boy? hmmm....and hunk blogger? hmmm...

hanapin mo na lang sa mga nakatagong mga comments sa mga posts ni jan about sa influential blogger eheheh!

andun lahat ng naiwan na bakas ng karahasan ehehe!

Silver said...

Influence? Basta't hindi influenza ha. Hehe.

Ngayon lang ako nakabalik sa blog mo elmot. Anak ng pateng, natambakan ako ng papel sa opis. Bwahaha.

Silver said...


Bakit nachorva ang name ko dyan? Hahahhaha....

ceblogger said...

the first edition had its controversies. popular or influential? basta i know that those i nominated are influential in one way or another.

arbee said...

wow. haba nga ng post. congrats ng apla in advance (sobrang advance ba? hehehe) sana masali din ako nito next year.

nice blog

Coy said...

I agree with your points. Meritocracy indeed.

I added uniqueness and originality to my criteria. Content that you don't see anywhere else - that's why I'm not really fond of some event bloggers. I think a few is enough. But then again the advertisers wont like that. :P

BTW, I also have a new blog for Video Bloggers - . hope you could pass by. :)


elmot said...

oo nga eh, na miss kaya kita dito eheheh! naks!

hindi naman influenza, si kulapo lg yung gumawa ng list na may mga influenza ang nominees nya...

elmot said...

eheheh! i visited your blog and checked out your nominees and they are all uber bloggers... influential sila for sure, kasi ninominate mo sila eh, nainfluence nila ang isang katulad moeheheh!

elmot said...

hahah! slamat sa pagpunta dito sa blog ko. haba ba ng post? madrama kasi ako eh, eheh!

wala naman yung prob, basta't qualified ka, pwede yan...ngayun palang mangampanya ka na ehehhe!

elmot said...

thanks for adding a some more criteria. uniqueness and originality are really also as important with meritocracy. event bloggers? hmmm... i think it is also on the way they present their contents and article to be interesting and unique...

ill try to check your video blog.

thanks for dropping by here and commenting. you are always welcome here on my humble blog.

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elmot said...

thanks for the visit here. hopefully you could interact with readers here next time.

bloggista said...

Hello Bro, how are you doing? Although I support Ms. Toral's efforts but this influential blogger thing is something that I don't take that seriously. Esp. that you're not eligible for nomination. LOL.

I am however trying to come up with my own list - and I would welcome new bloggers to recommend themselves for me to nominate them. Hehe. Sounds tough. But it should lessen the burden to come up with the names. :-) One lazy B here.

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elmot said...

thanks bro for being back here despite you very busy schedule.

hahah! you made me smile with that one. yeah, unfortunately, ms. torral sent a memo to all those who nominated me, ehehe!

care to help you out with your list?

i recommend other jedi bloggers. you can check their blogs and see for yourselves but im pretty sure they will pass by your high standards.

1. jan of
2. doc z of
3. roy of

hope you could consider them. *wink*

jan said...

Diyos mio, pati ba naman spammer pinasasalamatan mo, Elmot? ahahaha. Gentleman ka talaga. Kung sa akin yan..... Heh, wag na nga. Stop na lang ako. lols

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