Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008

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Found Janette Toral’s The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008, and am now searching for blogs that began no earlier than July 1, 2007.

Hmmm… where do I start? One way of finding new blogs is by looking at the various new Twitter pages. Another is by looking at the comments area of several popular blogs.

Over time, I’ll update this post. Anyway, here goes (in no particular order)…

PinoyAmbisyoso.com – Lav Tan talks about making money online and blogging in general. I wonder, though, why he has entries dated June 2007, while his domain name was registered in July 2007.

ThisIsCoy.net – Coy Caballes inspires more people to try videoblogging, or vlogging. I wonder, though, if this will meet Janette’s criteria. Although the dot net site was registered in September 2007, the blog actually started in http://cokskiblue.blogspot.com, which has April 2007 entries.

It seems the two entries above are not qualified, so here’s my updated list of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008 (in no particular order):

  1. JoanJoyce.com — Joan generously shares a lot of how to make money online tips, and her readers love her for it. Since this has an impact on the economy, I’d say her blog is pretty influential.
  2. YouGotTech.com — Aileen Apolo and her gang are doing a wonderful job with their video blog. As more people sign up for internet broadband accounts, the consumption of online video is going to steadily increase. Given the popularity of blogging, can videoblogging mania be far behind?
  3. VisitSagada.com — The rising cost of fuel may put a damper on the spirits of travel bugs, but if you really love to travel (and I know a LOT of you are), then your financially creative side will turn you to more local spots. If you’ve traveled mostly to the Visayas and Mindanao, you’ll probably start itching for more places up north.
  4. Manila Foodistas — In a highly challenging economic environment, people will veer towards–ya guessed it–food. And that’s why I choose ManilaFoodistas as an emerging influential blog in the economically crazy 2008.
  5. MoneySavingMom.com — Not everyone is a food tripper, admittedly, and one of the fave words you’ll hear in the mind’s of most people at home is: BUDGET. And that’s why the MoneySavingMom blog is a clear favorite destination here on the web. Not only will you get entertained, you’ll even learn how to stretch your household peso (or dollar, for you probloggers out there) to the max.
  6. Batanggenyo Online — This is a fairly new blog, yet you’ll have fun learning more about Batangas, and the different destinations it offers. I particularly enjoy reading the page which contains deep Tagalog. Ala-eh!
  7. PinayMommyOnline.com — You do realize the relentless and unstoppable wave that’s rippling through the web right now, right? Yes, I’m talking about droves of Filipina moms taking to blogging. And this blog will undoubtedly be responsible for encouraging more women to express themselves online.
  8. After His Own Heart — I’ve often wondered how long it will take before more religious or spiritual blogs appear on the web. I’ve spoken to a number of people, and the usual excuse they give me is that they don’t have time. Well, Hazel will definitely serve as the needed inspiration who will help move people past the tipping point, so to speak.
  9. Mom’s A Stewardess — This book blog helps both aspiring writers as well as communities and parishes interested in stewardship. It’s not just a blog; it’s connected to a book. And this book (which launches on July 9, 2008) will reach out to people in the offline world. And that’s what makes this site doubly influential. (Disclosure: The blog is maintained by Angelica Viloria, author of the book Mom’s A Stewardess (Or Why There Is No Vacation From Your Vocation): Stories of Stewardship.
  10. DavaoDeli.com — And to cap this (in no particular order) list on a fulfilling (or should I say, feeling full?) note, Blogie’s food blog will prove to be an undeniable hit among both food lovers and travelers. I was last in Davao in 1976. I know, it’s been a while. I guess it’s time to start traveling. And eating leisurely.

And there you have it. There are lots of other blogs, but we simply need to limit this list to ten. For now. :-)


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First posted on Sunday, 27 Apr 2008

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26 Responses to “Emerging Influential Blogs in 2008”

  1. […] interested to read the choices of Filipinayzd, atheista (campaigning, actually, for Visit Sagada), Viloria.net, SELaplana, My First One Million Pesos, and […]

  2. on 01 May 2008 at 2:51 pm Janette Toral

    Hi Manuel. Unfortunately, it seems the two won’t qualify as we are dependent on their archive dates rather than domain name registration.

    I will have your entry included in the next week report once you got new blogs in the list. Thanks!

  3. on 01 May 2008 at 11:55 pm Nick

    Manuel, please do check out http://filipinovoices.com

    I think thisiscoy was already in the last year, he was actually in the top ten if I remember correctly.

  4. on 02 May 2008 at 12:05 am Nick

    but then again, I think thisiscoy is just a moved video blog (from blogger), so it may still be viable since the new archive date may be after the cutoff date..

  5. on 02 May 2008 at 7:40 am ManuelV

    Thanks for the clarification, Janette. I’ll go check the first posts of various sites.

    Thanks, Nick. Looks like ThisIsCoy is still considered as Cokskiblue, which means it really started before July 2007. Anyway, I’ll go visit FilipinoVoices. :-)

  6. on 05 May 2008 at 6:53 pm Kevin Ray N. Chua

    Please check out the Mar Roxas for President in 2010 Blog at http://marroxas2010.blogspot.com


  7. on 09 May 2008 at 4:48 pm Hazel Chua

    Hi, please check out http://balutpress.com/zhey. 2 months old palang siya but it has gained a steady following so far. Thanks! ay… nga pala, it’s a religious blog, sana mapansin din.

  8. on 10 May 2008 at 6:28 pm ManuelV

    Hello Hazel! Yes, I’ll check out your recommended blogs. Thanks! :-)

  9. on 13 May 2008 at 12:11 pm benj

    Please do check out http://visitsagada.com it’s a resource site for backpackers and travelers who wish to go to Sagada. :)

  10. on 16 May 2008 at 12:53 pm Fitz

    Wow, congrats to Ambo for being in the list. :D

    Anyway, hi Manuel. Please try to consider my blog, Ready To Be Rich @ http://fitzvillafuerte.com for your list. It’s a blog on personal finance and entrepreneurship.


  11. on 23 May 2008 at 2:20 am Tiffy

    Hey Manuel! :-) Tiff here. Dunno if you still remember me. Do check out http://manilafoodistas.blogspot.com/ if you like it — I’ll understand if you don’t!

  12. on 23 May 2008 at 6:35 am ManuelV

    Hello Benj, Fritz, and Tiff! :-)

    It’s good to see lots of new blogs. I’ll be visiting your sites regularly…

  13. on 02 Jun 2008 at 5:41 pm Blogie Robillo

    Hi there! Perhaps you’d like to take a gander at Davao Delicious (http://www.davaodeli.com)? :)

  14. on 28 Jun 2008 at 10:06 am Joey

    thankyou for voting for us! :)

  15. on 02 Jul 2008 at 10:52 pm batanggenyo

    hi…..you may try to visit my blog too..i just started last week of april and i have growing number of readers everyday…


  16. on 03 Jul 2008 at 10:18 am Tyrone Solee

    Check my blog too. It’s all about investments, entrepreneurship, personal finance, money management, and business. It features articles on stories of entrepreneurs and my own journey towards achieving financial freedom. Hope you include my blog. :-)

  17. on 04 Jul 2008 at 10:56 am C5

    Hi Manuel…been a long time I visited your site. Am in the process of going through all the blogs in the masterlist. :)

  18. on 05 Jul 2008 at 8:05 am pinaymommy

    hello there! thank you very much for choosing me as one of your top 10. i didn’t know actually but i found traffic from your blog. so i checked out to see, and i am really happy to discover this. thank you very much. God bless you!

  19. on 05 Jul 2008 at 8:46 am Viloria.net

    @batanggenyo ala-eh, you have a wonderful site! :-)

    @Tyrone Solee there’s lots of things to read in your blog. I’ll be dropping by more often.

    @C5 Kamusta ka na? Long time no see, ah. So many blogs to visit, right? ^_^

    @pinaymommy Thanks for visiting, Mommy Ruby! Keep up the good work. =)

  20. on 05 Jul 2008 at 8:48 am Viloria.net

    Argh… why only 10? Anyway, I invite you to check out Fiel and company’s food blog at http://www.rarelyordered.com

    WARNING: Do not visit that site on an empty stomach.

  21. on 09 Aug 2008 at 4:11 pm Janette Toral

    Hello Manuel. This is to mark your entry as complete. See you on August 11. Thank you!

  22. on 10 Aug 2008 at 9:21 am ManuelV

    See you on Monday, Janette! :-D

  23. on 10 Aug 2008 at 4:44 pm Lionheart

    I hope to see you on Monday at the EB…. Hehe :)

  24. on 12 Aug 2008 at 4:20 pm Blogie

    Hi again! Thanks for including me in your list and helping my blog be part of the Top 10. :)

    Do visit Davao again soon!

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  26. on 04 Sep 2008 at 7:59 pm batanggenyo

    thanks for adding me on your list!