THANK YOU! Cheers for the Filipino Scribe’s fourth anniversary!

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A collection of the recognitions received by The Filipino Scribe

The Filipino Scribe (TFS) last March 31 its fourth year anniversary!

Thanks to you, this news and commentary website has now received over four million in total page views or an average of about 85,000 visits per month. I know those figures are paltry compared to other more popular websites around there but I am proud of it nevertheless knowing all the limitations (like lack of time and high-quality gadgets) I have to deal with in maintaining TFS.

I have high hopes for this “baby” in the years to come. I want it to grow bigger, have more awards and recognitions, and to become … a lot more profitable (LOL)!

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A collection of the recognitions received by The Filipino Scribe

I have posted above a picture of the three recognitions TFS has received since 2011. The most prestigious remains to be the best blog award I received during the 7th Annual Population and Development (PopDev) Media Awards. Incidentally, it hasn’t been held since 2011.

In 2012, it is one of the finalists in the 2012 Pinoy EXPAT/OFW Blog Awards, where it finished 2nd in the online voting. Sadly, the event seems to have been discontinued too.

Most recently, I received the 3rd prize for the 2014 blogging competition organized by the  Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP).  The recognition is for my essay titled “Getting young people’s help in addressing the problem of out of school youth.” I will be posting that essay here soon.

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Winning 3rd place in ANSA-EAP’s 2014 blogging competition

Now, when I say the blog needs to become “bigger,” it means it has to have more frequent content (this is the reason why I’m having guest bloggers now) and a more impactful presence on the social media. I am looking at the coming 2016 national and local elections as a good opportunity to reach this end.

Apart from that, there are other reasons why 2016 is a year I am really looking forward to. On that year, TFS will turn five and in connection to that, I’m looking forward to do a compilation of the website’s most memorable entries (I’m undecided though if it will be 50 or 100).

Also, I should be able to get my masters degree by June 2016. To be honest with all of you, it’s been a lingering source of disappointment for me over the past couple of years.

A lot of times I tell myself that if only my thesis received the same effort that I put in maintaining this blog all those years, maybe I would have achieved my original goal of finishing the degree by 2014.

Or maybe not, considering my teaching job. Sounds confused, right? Well that’s exactly how I am feeling right now. All I am certain is, I have to have self-discipline and dedication to doing the work necessary. Sometimes, the only thing that stands between you and what you want to achieve is your willingness to go for it.

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who have taken the time to read my works and give feedback all these years. Kayo talaga ang inspirasyon ko sa pagpapatuloy nito. <3

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About Mark Madrona 1191 Articles
Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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