Good day everyone! Welcome to the third installment of The Road to the Philippine Blog Awards: Finalists’ Spotlight a blogging series which features the finalists in every category as they share their thoughts and *ehem* snippets of their winning speeches.
We’re still in the Personal Category and this time around, Shari Cruz of Misteryosa.com steps up to plate and gives us her two cents’ worth about being finalist in the Personal category of The Philippine Blog Awards.
First though, let’s get to know a little more about Misteryosa.com. The blog has been a continuation of her online journal since the year 2000; as a thought repository; and uses simple, usable, and accessible; standards-compliant; fluid layouts that showcase content rather than fancy graphics born just last December 22, 2006.
A survivor of the infamous 1990 earthquake which took away many lives and their house in Bulacan, Shari loves the color black and feels comfortable wearing clothes of that color. That’s the story of where her blog’s moniker, “Misteryosa” (misterâ€™yoso/a adj (masculine/feminine). mysterious, full of mystery, difficult to explain, mahiwaga) came to be.
At present, this 19-year old Filipina and a early retiree of activism, continues to write and advocate web standards and web accessibility. This is one of the reasons why she has been selected as one of the Finalists in the Philippine Blog Awards Personal Category.
What does she think of this awesome opportunity? Read below and you’ll see.
1. How does it feel to be nominated for the PBA?
Shari: It feels surreal. I didn’t expect the nomination, mainly because I’ve never joined anything like this before. It makes me sad and guilty because I know a lot of other blogs that deserve the recognition more. Still, I’m honored that someone thinks that my blog is worthy enough to be nominated at something as big as The PBA.
2. Do you know who nominated you?
Shari: Yes, I do. I think. There are about two people who owned up to the crime, hehe.
3. Why do you think your blog was nominated?
Shari: I honestly have no idea. I just like to ramble on and on, complain a lot about shitload of things, and come up with almost (or not just almost) indecipherable blog entries. Maybe some people find it amusing and entertaining (Highly likely. I mean, who wouldn’t be entertained at my public display of insanity?), but it’s certainly not good or well-written for the most part. I do come up with something sensible once in a long while. But then, my blog is just a personal blog — just like any other personal blogs in the Philippine blogosphere.
4. Who do you think will win in your category?
Shari: Fearless forecast: Bikoy. I’m rooting for him. I’ve always been a fan of him and his blog (not that I’m not a fan of Jessica Zafra). The nomination is well-deserved; the award even more so. But then, any finalist – me excluded – is perfectly fine with me. They all have great blogs.
5. Why do you think you should win?
Shari: No reason. Because I shouldn’t. ^_^
6. What would you do if you win?
Shari: If the impossible happens, I’d be sure to get a lot of teasing for me to deliver my acceptance speech, so I guess it would be the first thing I’d do. Maybe even enjoy the spotlight for a full minute, say my thank you’s, and wave to all the people who supported me, then go on with my retarded life as if nothing had happened. I’m such a lousy winner, I swear. =D
7. What do you think of the Philippine blog awards?
Shari: Prestigious. Intimidating. Downright scary. And all the words in between. Truth be told, I have never taken interest in this stuff before — not until I attended the Blog Parteeh just 3 months ago. Hopefully, this will motivate a lot of other Filipinos to blog and express themselves freely through their own blogs, and make the whole world feel the strong presence of Filipino bloggers in the world wide web.
8. Is there a blog that’s not nominated but deserves to be nominated in the PBA?
Shari: A lot. Or maybe even all. *shrugs* I believe that all blogs should have been nominated in the first place. Ahh, this might become a little controversial (and this is also in relation to #7), but I’m not very all-out on the idea of “recognizing the best blogs in the Philippines”. People have different means of expressing themselves through their blogs. People choose how to write their entries. Blogs are, in a way, a part of their own personality already. So it makes me go “Hmmm…” that there should be a “best blog” amongst the thousands of blogs in the Philippines. Like I’ve mentioned before somewhere, a personal blog is a personal blog is a personal blog. And whenever someone tells me that I deserve to be nominated, I wonder what things should be considered for one blog to be called “deserving”. It’s a very subjective thing to deal with; to each his own. Every blog is the best blog out there, in my worthless opinion.
9. Would you join the next Philippine blog awards?
Shari: Not if someone wouldn’t nominate me. I’m usually just an audience, and I’d like to keep it that way. But of course, it’s all up to my “fans”, whoever they are. Haha!
10. Any messages to your fellow nominees?
Shari: You mean besides the customary good luck wishes and all that? Hmmm…Good luck? And keep rocking! =)
Heart warming to read about Shari’s humbleness isn’t it? Of course I’m not saying that the other Finalists are not, it’s just that reading her responses makes it clear why she has been included as one of final contenders for the Personal Category award.
That’s it for this part of The Road to the Philippine Blog Awards: Finalists’ Spotlight. I’m still waiting if Fighting Pompe and the awesome Jessica Rules The Universe would oblige in this little project, nonetheless the two of them also making it to the Finalists’ list makes the whole thing exciting and definitely something to watch out for.