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Thank You 2015, Hello 2016

Time flies faster than expected. The crazy and lazy days are over. To start a brighter life this 2016, I have decided to go back to the drawing board and fix the things that didn't work last year. 
ZUProme has colored my 2015 with various strokes of life. With the help and encouragement from my peers from Cebu Blogging Community, I was able to achieve greater things that I didn't realize that I would be able to do them.
Who would have thought that blogging will bring me closer to my dreams?
MEANINGFUL ADVENTURES
This blog brought me to Siquijor with my fellow Cebuano bloggers, thanks to PIA-7 and Cebu Blogging Community for trusting us. This blog has also driven awareness to several Cebu-based causes and activities that I believed in. This blog has also brought me to various lifetime adventures and created almost countless memories with new friends.
NEW LOGO

As part of a brighter future this 2016, I have finally decided to improve this almost always confusing blog name. Geared …

Zuprome: 8th Cebu Best Blogs Awards Finalist

Cebu Best Blogs Awards 2015 recognized a neophyte blogger’s attempt at blogging! 
Now on its 8th year, Cebu Best Blogs Awards is an annual award giving body that has been recognizing outstanding blogs made by Cebuano bloggers since 2008. It aims to acknowledge the best Cebu blogs that are of high quality and at par with the international bloggers.

ZUPROME: Best Cebu Events/Entertainment Blog 2015 Finalist
Zuprome, my first serious blog after a dozen of childish attempts to make a noise in Cebu blogosphere, has been shortlisted to be a finalist in Best Cebu Events/Entertainment Blog 2015. It’s an honor to become a finalist in this category knowing that my co-finalists are already established bloggers!
This recognizes pushes me to strive harder to become a better blogger. I share the stage with the Cebu Blogging Community family who has been very supportive in my endeavor to level up my passion in blogging to another level.

Cebu Best Blogs Awards Night

This year’s Cebu Best Blogs Awards N…

Lessons Learned (and Blessings) from 30 Day Blogging Challenge

The 30 Day Blogging Challenge ended yesterday. For the entire month of October, I was able to do daily blogging. It feels great that I was able to accomplish such task! It’s no easy feat considering there were some challenges along the way, and I fulfilled them all! 
I’m a bit exhausted from my Siquijor trip with the Cebu bloggers (I’ll blog about it in the coming days) but I don’t want to break the streak, so here I am trying to make another blog post. 

LESSON LEARNED
Here are the lessons I learned from this blogging exercise:

1. Blogging becomes a habit if you do it for 30 consecutive days.
It feels off that I won’t be able to blog in a day. If not every day, probably I wish to blog at least twice a week. Blogging has not become a part of my daily life.

2. Write for your readers, not just for yourself.
When writing for my blog, I realized not I should write something that will give value to my readers. I’m not just writing a diary but a blog that aims to inspire others in various wa…

That Thing Called Blogging

After a dozen attempts in blogging, here I am pursuing blogging Zuprome more than just a hobby. I aim to make blogging a source of fun and funds for more adventures to come. Zuprome is more than just a random word created out of nowhere, I envision it to become a respected brand. Who knows, it might become one.
Blogging, just like anything you do, demands you to focus and improve your capability as a blogger and a writer. As the medium continues to evolve because of the advent of technology, the core of blogging will always remain: to showcase your experience to the readers and give them a worthwhile experience. 
Now that it’s already 2015, the challenge to become a blogger stands still. More than just a blogger, to become a responsible blogger should be the vision of everyone who writes beyond just fun. 

WHAT’S IN BLOGGING
I have a friend who questioned the value of blogging since it’s already 2015. Gone are the days when blogging was an easy source of money. He failed to acknowledg…

30 Times Zuprome Says 'Thank You'

As part of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, today I will thanking 30 people/things/anything-I-like for whatever-reason-I-know. If it sounds a bit crazy, well, it is. 
Zuprome says thank you to these 30 people/group/things/technologies/whatever-it-is for helping me survive each day of my life and as a blogger in Zuprome. My sincerest gratitude to you, my fellow mates and partners in crime.

1. UP Cebu
To my alma mater, thank you for teaching me all the random things in this world. With you, I wouldn’t be able to meet the crazy people of my life and I am most grateful of accepting me in your university. I hope, at the end of the day, it’s not just me who’s always proud of you. Mayta ikaw sad nako.

2. Family
To my Mama, Lola and everyone who have always been on my side no matter what happened, thank you for believing in me. Thank you for helping me become what I am and owe every success I got to all of you. I will do my best to make you proud of me.

3. Sunset Drive
My home for about seven …

Best of Zuprome: 10 Most-Read Posts and Lessons Learned from 30 Day Blogging Challenge

It has been 25 days since I started joining this 30 Day Blogging Challenge of Cebu Blogging Community. Out of the 26 blog posts, I decided to curate the top 10 most-read blog posts and give some takeaway from these blogging journey that you can on your blog, too.

Since I started joining the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, no challenge has passed without me accepting it. Today, we were tasked to write a blog post covering 10 of the blog posts from this challenge. With that, I decided to curate this 10 most-read blog posts.

 10 MOST-READ BLOG POSTS
10. How This Blog Became Zuprome
Okay, I didn’t expect this blog post to get attention from the community. I was just told to be vain for a moment and talk about myself. I don’t know how to be not too vain so I decided to write about the history of Zuprome. With this entry being included in the top 10 most-read blog posts this month is a shock to me. Why would vanity be something that people love to read?

If you dare, you can read about the histor…

Blogging 101: 7 Easy Steps to Start a Blog [Infographic]

Blogging is one of the things you can do if you love writing. Consider your blog as a project that you can venture into while you’re still alive. There are many benefits of blogging. It can become your portfolio, you can earn money from it, and it can connect you to your community.
For those people who are interested in blogging, they ask: how to start a blog? There are many resources you can get online and today, I am giving you easy steps in creating your blog.


1. Choose your niche.
Know what you want to write and choose a topic that is close to your heart. Be original in your content and make sure to choose a consistent voice in all your blog posts. If possible, you can write your voice as if you’re talking to your readers.

2. Select your blog name.
In choosing a blog name, make sure to aim for simplicity. It shouldn’t be hard to remember and it matches your domain name. Try to Google your blog name, too. If you’re planning to buy a domain, check if that username is available. If …

Blogging 101: How To Be A Responsible Blogger

One of the things that a blogger should be concerned about is that blogging entails responsibilities. Just like a writer, a blogger should write with accuracy and proper ethics. 
I have recently read a blog article about the Code of Ethics for Bloggers, Social Media, and Content Curators. It shows a list of 12 points that will help you become a responsible blogger. On another event during the Cebu Blogging Community’s first official meetup, we discussed some rules that every blogger member should abide. 
Just recently, I tried to search some ways how to become a responsible blogger. I asked some peers and my personal research has made me realized that I can create some points that every blogger can read and apply on their own blogs.
Without further ado, here are the things that you can do to be a responsible blogger:

1. Check your facts.
It’s your freedom to speak your opinion but make sure that the facts included are actually verified. You don’t want that your readers will not trust…

30 Day Blogging Challenge: 'I Want To Give Up'

Today, I just want to give up. I topped the past 13 days but moving forward, I just don’t want to do it. 

If you feel that this blogging challenge is more of a baggage rather than rewarding, reconsider taking this challenge.
The 30 Day Blogging Challenge is definitely for those bloggers who want to improve their blogging skills. It is not for the faint of heart.
If you feel like giving up, but you still feel challenged to finish the entire 30 days, here are some motivational tips that you can consider:

1. See the big picture and the look back to the reason why you took the challenge.
During this moment, it’s best to check the reasons why you decided to take this 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

2. Build anticipation for the next day’s challenge. Get excited to write something new!
Writing shouldn’t be boring and dull. Consider it as a mental exercise that will keep your brain’s neurons active and working. Isn’t it fun to connect words and translate your thoughts into a blog post that others…

Blogging 101: The Benefits of Using an Outline in Writing

Blogging is may be difficult for people who aren’t used to speedy writing. As a blogger, you may have hundreds of ideas in mind but what if you don’t know how to arrange your thoughts? The solution: a blog outline.
In blogging, if you don’t have a structure of how your blog will look like, you’re dead. Writing freely may be efficient for some people but not for everyone. Using an outline, on the other hand, will give you more rooms for shorter but concise content.
Did you know that a number of your readers will not read kilometric paragraphs. Unless of course you have that kind readers, you should consider a better way to arrange your thoughts.
With using an outline, here are the advantages you will enjoy:

1. Get to the point in a just few words.
Do you enjoy reading a wordy blog with no new ideas shared to you? What if reading a 1000-word blog with oversimplifying a simple idea but all the points raised can still be summarized in a more meaningful but shorter means? That is what out…