I wanted to write this piece for a while, but who am I kidding? If you google my name, you will see a list of blog posts that I’ve written over the years (especially for Zerothreetwo). In fact, most people think I make a living by blogging about restaurants, my travels, and the many social events. It sounds like a dream life, but I’m sorry to burst your bubble, that’s not the case. I have a corporate job, jobs actually!

Since I obtained my degree in Nursing, I never stopped hustling. I struggled with leaving behind a promising career in the healthcare field to pursue what I love – writing. Who was I kidding again? I didn’t have a Journalism degree. What publication would hire me as a writer? Cebu is such a small place that I didn’t have many options. Then, Zerothreetwo came along.

Prior, I had been a ghostwriter for magazines abroad. Back then, I was only armed with my desire to write plus the awards I received in school. I may have only been a ghostwriter, but I loved every bit of it. I never got credit for my work, but I thought it was a great start. I was paid well so I had extra baon in university. I didn’t even know how I managed to write amidst all the requirements of a graduating nursing student (especially in CDU!).

Then technology took over! I found myself working for various foreign companies. A lot of what we did then thrived in the online world. They started releasing my health related articles on the websites of the Australian healthcare company I was working for.

“Well, isn’t this nice?” I thought. I don’t need a print magazine to publish my work and at this point my name was even credited. No more ghostwriting!

One afternoon, a friend encouraged me to send an application to a job post of Zerothreetwo in Mynimo (I still remember!). She said – give it a go. I honestly do not remember what my CV looked like at that time (hello Carlo!). I got a call then an interview then I got accepted.

I didn’t know what to expect when I became a part of Zerothreetwo, I didn’t intend to be a blogger, all I knew was I wanted to write. When I became part of it though, I was automatically labeled as a Cebu blogger mainly because the site was a Cebu based online publication. When the blogger title took over, I found myself writing more about food, places, events, etc. Although it is still writing, I have always wanted to write articles with depth, substance and inspiration. I want to write about topics that get engraved in the heart and not just something you browse through. I want to write about the stories I can tell my grandchildren and not just about the cafes near my office.

For the past 5 years with Zerothreetwo, I had enormous life changes as well. I moved to different companies and took over different roles, from Writer to Operations Manager. My personal life had its ups and downs, from taken to single to taken again (lol).

The blogging world has changed too.

The quality of writing is rarely valued because the perfect ootd is more important. Everyone is picking on each other – who gets to travel to a new country, who gets an invite to this and that, who has thousands of followers, who has the newest camera. The truth is it can be overwhelming. Sometimes, I want to shut myself from it.

However, my corporate life still requires me to deal with foreign bloggers and everything and everyone in the online world. So how the hell am I supposed to do it?  Don’t get me wrong. Being a blogger paved the way for me to work with talented and kind people. In fact, some of them became close friends and family to me. I will always be forever grateful for the many events and experiences which have been fun, learning and memorable. That blogger part of me, I will always keep.

“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” ― Danielle LaPorte

So my dear friends, I am a writer first and foremost. Sometimes, I may not be able to fully differentiate the two but it has always been this way for me.

For anyone who wants to start blogging, ask yourself why you want to do it. Do not do it for freebies or invites. Trust me, if you work hard, you can afford the better version of what is given to you for free.

To all the bloggers out there, I hope we make the blogging world a platform that promotes positivity rather than insecurity. I hope we give valuable information to the readers rather than gossip and rumors. I hope we promote love rather than hate. I can only hope.

 

 

Shaira Berame

She loves conversations and stories about life, love and everything in between. See her adventures at her website.

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