The Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award By theuglywriter

This week I received the “Blogger Recognition Award” from the stunning Ms. Carmel Reeves of Smart Living Blog. I just got a Facebook notification and lo and behold, such recognition to start the day right for me! I am equally honored and humbled having my advocacy noticed. 

Carmel Reeves’ site is LifeHacker meets Martha Stewart.  And no, boys, you will actually enjoy reading her articles. I guarantee it!  I have learned a lot from her materials. Her site is a gold mine of ideas and tips that I usually end up nodding satisfied after finishing an article of hers. It is that good. Anyhow, this recognition comes with a price. A price I’m thrilled to do. Here we go! 

What is the Blogger Recognition Award? 

It’s a way of giving recognition to sites that truly breaks the mold. It is also a way to inspire and encourage aspiring bloggers/content creators who are interested in starting one. Such a recognition also allows link building (hence, being associated) with more experienced/seasoned bloggers. In that way, these already stable sites can generate traffic to the new sites they are linked with. And I think it’s a lovely practice. With that said, here are the requirements for the recognition:

You must thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

Write a blog post to show the award.

Write a brief story how your blog started.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

Select 10 bloggers to pass this award to.

Comment on each nominated blogger to let them know that they are nominated and provide a link to this post.

Sounds easy? Probably. But doing the whole thing on a mobile phone is pretty darn challenging. 

How I/We started

I started The Ugly Writers way back 2011 as world literature educational site. The students loved it and looked forward to original content. I set the thought aside as my objective is to provide educational materials for my subject. August of last year, I started a separate new site hosted by WordPress that did just what my students were clamoring for. I renamed my world lit site as Litera and used The Ugly Writers for the new one. Ten posts in and I attracted the minds of two ladies who went and became regulars of the site. I upgraded and got the site hosted by Siteground and it started to really pick up speed. I started welcoming more contributors and decided accepting guest posts as well. Now, the site is catering to 10k monthly views and houses the best minds in the world whether as regular or guest contributors. My advocacy remained the same for The Ugly Writers: To be a haven for aspiring writers and frequent readers. 

Dispensing Advice

Starting up a site is easy. Maintaining the site and your passion as well is tricky. Some advice I can dispense for aspiring writers/bloggers are the following:

  1. Be passionate about what you do. Once in, you are no longer doing it for yourself, you are doing a public service. Provide great content. Relate to your audience. Give them reason to stay. 
  2. Reach out. Your work doesn’t end up after hitting that publish button. No, you’re only getting started. Share it. Promote it to the best you can. Interact and engage with your existing readers and attract new ones. 
  3. Now, I am only supposed to do two but think of my third as a bonus. Free. Of. Charge. HELP OUT new bloggers. Whether it’s technical, aesthetic or downright promotional. You’ve already experienced the hardships of starting one, and I am betting my ass you wished someone helped you out along the way. If nobody was there for you, it is not an excuse for you to leave newbies out and dry. Be a big brother (or sister) to them. Support them the best you can. 


Of course, the end part of the program is tricky as I equally love all the sites/blogs I have been reading lately. The following are the people and their blogs that I believe deserve this recognition:

  1. Syl Dinada (and his self-named site

Syl is this force in the blogosphere that you may have never heard of. His site exudes a truly remarkable mind. If you are running low on inspiration and creativity, you better have his site on your subscription box. 

  1. Paige Butler and her The Anxious Photographer

The Ugly Writer meets an Anxious Photographer. Haha! I always loved a witty url/site name. And this is one of my most recent favorites. Paige’s anxiety doesn’t show on her site. On the contrary, it exudes fun and confidence and I think that is what attracted me the most to her site, plus the fact that I’m a shutterbug myself. 

  1. Zoey Schwan’s and her Zoey Valuated

Zoey is already an institution in the blogging scene but that doesn’t stop her from being a responsible and helpful member of our industry. I love her Life Lessons segment (the froggie series) as it goes beyond race, gender and belief. It’s a bunch of gold nuggets of advice that do not sound condescending. 

  1. Jackie Hauer and her Haute Mess Life

Jackie’s site made me realize that not all women are coordinated and has their shit all figured out (pardon the language) which is a breath of fresh air. I love every DIYs and fashion hauls on her site whether it’s a success or a failure. The way she delivers each and every article feels like my girl best friend is showing me stuff I normally won’t listen, watch or give a damn. I’m a guy and I’m loving every bits and pieces of it. 

  1. Nathalie Atienza and her Black Shirt Thirteen

You may remember Nat’s guest post piece “a million pieces” and how it captured a lot of reactions on TUW. Check her site is you haven’t and you will stumble upon another gem entitled Mediocrity. It’s a sad read but it really hits home there. Make sure to subscribe on her site to avoid missing out another so-much-feels article from this leftie! 

  1. Anant Shahi and his Evolving Perceptions

Anant has powerful words tucked under the already crowded title/name of his page. Do look it up, there are ridiculously waaaay too many Evolving Perceptions out there, but his is the best. This writer releases wait-worthy articles and his humor is contagious. Catch some of his guest posts here if you need more proof then head over to his site! 

  1. Karen Kaye Lastimosa and her Dancing Morphemes / Kathleen Lastimosa and her Paper Doll Writes

I feel bad whenever I break this two apart so to make abide by the limit of this award, I will have to squeeze the two under my number 7. Do not undermine the URL/blog names, these two Lastimosas write incredibly well. I have had the pleasure to feature their works on TUW and I am looking forward for more. 

Dancing Morphemes delivers great finds that goes beyond YA (young adults, FYI). And yes, she admits she Is odd and I agree, and I love it! Paper Doll Writes is a melting pot of Kathleen’s creativity all packed in a world of pink, would you believe that?! 

  1. Niz Abdallah-Caliolio and her This Girl Named Nizrhane

This patriotic Germany-based 27 year old Pinay is a multitude. She is a writer in every sense of the word, even if she says otherwise. Enter the mind of a confidently perturbed lady. Every word from her resonates a passion that will never extinguished. 

  1. Amanda Kat and her Last Few Pages

Amanda is a member of TUW. The second site Amanda owned, Last Few Pages is her passionate attempt to do what she really wants. To read. LFP will be a collection of book and film reviews from her, her mom and yours truly. Amanda has a another page called Last Few Pages

  1. Marisse Lee and her Harping by a Pixie

Marisse or better known as Harping by a Pixie is a Jane of all Trades. An entrepreneur, writer, an advocate and a dreamer. She gave up her corporate life to start her own business and with that, her new adventure began. Aside from being a regular at TUW, she recently started Harping by a Pixie to document her adventures (and misadventures) as a global woman, that is if her internet connection is good. Catch more of her works here and on her site. 

Whew, that took me a while… Thanks again to Carmel for this great opportunity to feature other sites I enjoy.  

Please check out some of the latest posts from our beloved Uglies. 


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  1. You are indeed a worthy recipient, and it sounds like there are some great blogs out there I haven’t discovered yet! Thanks for sharing Roel!

  2. You are indeed a worthy recipient, and it sounds like there are some great blogs out there I haven’t discovered yet! Thanks so much for sharing Roel!

  3. Africa, Maria Mediatrix V.
    Sociology & Family Planning

    A) 5 inherent cultures you have in your family that you are proud of:
    1. Saying “po” and “opo” as a sign of respect to our elders.
    2. Attending mass every sunday as a family
    3. Saying our prayers together before meals
    4. Finishing everything on the plate because of the belief that there are hungry people so you should finish the food and not put it to waste
    5. Waiting for everyone to finish their meals before leaving the table

    B) 2 specific cultures you wish you had:
    1. Complete family reunion every year
    2. Being able to live independently at 18 years old

    C) 1 culture you wish others will follow:
    1. Being able to stay together as a family despite the hardships because we don’t believe that divorce is an option.

  4. Cayago, Jose Kirby D.
    BS Architecture
    Sociology & Family Planning

    A. 5 Inherent culture I have in my Family:

    • Saying “po and opo” with the elderly

    • Making “Mano/bless” with the elderly

    • Attending Mass during Sunday

    • Attending Family Reunion during New Year

    • Eating together is a must during Dinner

    B. 2 Specific cultures I wish I have:

    • Being able to live independently at the age of 18

    • Removing of foot wear before entering the house like the Japanese

    C. 1 culture I currently have that I wish others will acquire:

    • Eating together as a whole family during Dinner

  5. Romero,Ervin Charles H.
    BS Architecture
    Sociology & Family Planning

    A. 5 Inherent culture I have in my Family:

    • Having same mentality when it comes to religion

    • Saying po and opo to older people

    • “pag mamano” to older people

    • Saying kuya even its younger

    • Eating together

    B. 2 Specific cultures I wish I have:

    • Going out every Saturday

    • Going to church complete

    C. 1 culture I currently have that I wish others will acquire:

    • Having a great respect to every one who respect us

  6. Santos, Earl Joseph A.
    Sociology and Family Planning

    -Pag galang/Pagmamano
    -Family Orientation
    -Faith and Religiosity
    -Eating together
    -Family Bonding/Outing
    -Faith and Religiosity..

  7. San Ramon, April Joy S.
    Sociology & Family Planning

    A) 5 inherent cultures you have in your family that you are proud of:
    1. Celebrating family reunions every 4th of May
    2. Celebrates Christmas and New Year as a family instead of going out to parties with other people
    3. Eats dinner together
    4. Sunday is spent with family only
    5. Attending mass every Sunday

    B) 2 specific cultures you wish you had:
    1. Frequent visits to other family relatives
    2. Watching a new movie on an actual cinema together instead of inside the home theater.

    C) 1 culture you wish others will follow:
    1.Exerting an effort to have an out of town vacation even once a year despite of busy and incompatible schedules.

  8. Manuel, June L.
    Sociology and Family Planning
    ARC 132

    A. 5 inherent cultures that we have at my family
    1. Respect – saying “po” and “opo” when answering elders

    2. Strong Family Ties and Religions / Going to Church

    3. Love and Caring (each other)

    4. Hospitality

    5. Generosity and Helpfulness

    1. Family Get Together

    2. Family Eating Together

    1. Going to Church and make a motto’s in your family “As for me and my House We will serve the Lord”

  9. Sanidad, Mary Abigail M.
    Sociology and Family Planning
    Arc 132

    A. Write down 5 inherent culture you have in your family you are proud of.

    1. 1. My family always waits for everyone to be present before we start eating our meals.
    2. 2. Saying po and opo as well as “bless-ing” the elderly.
    3. 3. Giving of exchange gifts and having programs every Christmas
    4. 4. Leaving of shoes outside the house so as not to dessimate the dirt accumumated from going outdoors.
    5. 5. Travelling every year.

    B. Write down atleast 2 specific cultures you wish you have.

    1. 1. Spending time with the whole family every Sunday to strengthen the bond and relationship.
    1. 2. Completing the simbang gabi during Christmas season.

    C. Write down 1 culture you currently have that you wish others will acquire/follow.
    1. Always being there for each other in times of distress and need.

  10. De Vera, Riziel Arrianne U.
    Sociology and Family Planning
    ARC 132

    A. 5 Inherent culture I have in my Family:
    – saying “po” and “opo”
    – going to church every Sunday
    – pagmamano every after mass, before going and when we arrive at home
    – eating together every dinner
    – putting plates in the kitchen sink after eating

    B. 2 Specific cultures I wish I have:
    – yearly family reunion
    – moral support from every member of the family

    C. 1 culture I currently have that I wish others will acquire
    – respecting everyone who respects us

  11. Gozum, George- Arc132

    1.) Using polite words like “po” and “opo” to elders.
    2.) Being hospitable and accomodating to visitors.
    3.) Being chivalric.
    4.) Having that “drinking master” attitude.
    5.) Being independent.

    1.) Being business minded.
    2.) Being optimistic of having a complete family of my own.

    1.) Being chivalric

  12. Zaldivar, John Alfred A.

    Sociology and Family Planning

    ARC 132

    1. 5 inherent culture you have in your family you are proud of.

    -My aunts, uncles and cousins lives together with my family in our house.
    -Celebrating Christmas and New Year along with relatives.
    -My family is open to all our relatives who’s in need.
    -Treating visitors politely.
    -Respecting the elderly.

    2. 2 specific cultures you wish you have.

    -To have a family outing at least twice a year.
    -To go to church every Sunday complete.

    3. 1 culture you currently have that you wish others will acquire/follow.
    -The willingness to help others, especially relatives that is in need.

  13. Villanueva, Billy John S.
    Sociology & Family Planning
    A. 5 Inherent culture I have in my Family:
    -dowry or pamamanhikan
    -saying po and opo
    -pagmamano sa nakakatanda
    -praying before and after meals
    B. 2 Specific cultures I wish I have:
    -adventures with family
    -courage to do “harana”
    C. 1 culture I currently have that I wish others will acquire:
    -pakikiisa (oneness)


    -praying together before eating
    -holidays is for family day
    -eating together as possible
    -greetings before you leave the house
    -family reunion with relatives every christmas or new year

    -to travel with the whole family
    -to open our problems or thoughts in the family

    -eating together

  15. Zaldivar, John Alfred A.


    ARC 132

    Being able to acquire knowledge about photography and its elements allows me to appreciate things around me especially Architecture. Photography changes the way I look at buildings. It makes me notice every structure in greater details. It lets me see and capture the beauty of every buildings in the world that could be an inspiration to me.

  16. Ombac,Justin B.
    Sociology & Family Planning
    A.5 Inheret Culture I Have In My Family:
    -Saying Po And Opo
    -pagmamano sa mga nakakatanda
    -We Go all Together In Every Family Occasion
    -Having A Strong Faith In God or Doing Sign of The Cross In Every Church we encounter
    -Treating our guess as a member of a family

    B.2 Specific Cultures I Wish I Have:
    -Yearly Touring In Every Country
    -Being A Business Minded

    C.1 Culture I Currently Have That I Wish Others Will Acquire:
    -Having A Big Respect With Each Other

  17. Macatula, John Dale G.
    Sociology and Family Planning

    A. 5 Inherent culture I have in my Family:
    -Saying “po” at “opo” to elderly
    -praying before and after eating
    -pagmamano sa nakakatanda
    -eating meals together

    B.2 Specific Cultures I Wish I Have:
    -family reunion every year
    -family bonding

    C.1 Culture I Currently Have That I Wish Others Will Acquire:
    -being God-centered

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