The Blogger Essentials


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Blogger Essentials – sunnies, check. Laptop, check. Time.. Focus.. Determination.. Patience?

I’ve been asked numerous times on how I started blogging and what keeps me going. The obvious answer would be inspiration but that only works for the former than the latter. Let’s face it, it’s not everyday a brilliant idea comes to mind and personally, I always seem to be wracking my brain on what I could possibly write— this post included. When I began blogging 3 years ago with personal blogging as my starting point, I never really had a certain goal with my blog. It was a hobby to me and I enjoyed every second of doing it. Although the answer may be subjective, it pretty much goes down to why I started in the first place – having the passion to write and the passion to share.

Before anything else, I want to point out that there is no standard to blogging. And there never should be. It is not for “the rich and pretty people” and “the ones with thousands of followers” as what other netizens would point out about bloggers. Blogging started simply as a hobby way before it evolved into the vastly growing industry we now know. You don’t need to be “rich” and have expensive equipment to be a blogger. If you’re a newbie, an inexpensive camera and a restricted budget could go a long way— and that’s from personal experience. I will not lie since there will be some investing needed if you want to expand your blog. But consider these things as “upgrades” and not a requirement.

Looking at most established bloggers now, they’re nearly at ‘celebrity status’ – a term used in a conversation I had with some blogger friends as we fangirl (lol) over the top bloggers now. Always remember that you never find yourself at the top without having to work your way to it. As much as receiving blog traffic is a good thing, it doesn’t determine who you are as a blogger. Fame shouldn’t be an objective to begin with and wanting to blog shouldn’t be for the sake of hype. Focus on your content and your hard work will eventually pay off. Love what you do and do it because you love it.


Bea Marin

14 thoughts on “The Blogger Essentials

  1. I CAN’T LOVE THIS MORE. Blogging is a fun hobby. It’s a way to get your voice out into the world and meet people with similar interests.It’s not only about the hypes. I couldn’t more with what you said Bea. 🙂 Keep it up!

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  2. I agree with this po ate, pero how did you start with a restricted budget… puro po Zara and Topshop ang damit niyo. May Aldo, Bersha, Stradivarius. Hindi po yun restricted budget.

    1. Yes, I started meaning back when I began blogging. The article was based on how I started as a blogger 3 years ago and how a “restricted budget could go a long way”. If you followed my old blog way back in 2011, you’d see how I barely buy branded clothing, etc. I also mentioned that you’ll need to invest if you wanted to. As for brands, there’s such a thing as sale season and you could buy clothes for as low as P400 sometimes. Personally, that’s what I do and I also save up/work for it. I hope that cleared things out for you. 🙂

  3. Such a great post! I really agree with you. Is it because you model and work at candy now you get to buy these so called “upgrades”? I follow you pa since 2012 and you are getting somewhere already! Congrats and I love your blog always

    1. Thank you so much Nadya! Yes, I get a few job offers and earn small time income. I also save up my allowance. 🙂

  4. I strongly agree with your sentiments! Its all about passion and eventually that passion will be evident through the job well done, progress met in years of learning and experimenting. Keep on rocking! Your posts are definitely inspiring. x


  5. Look at you now. I’ve been ghost reading your blogs few years already and it was the first time I rummage through your old posts. You’ve grown a lot po. Keep inspiring us.

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