1. Mikari
    January 15, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

    I enjoy the varied content ^^ I hope I get around the playing FFXV in the future after I get my apartment.


    • Adri
      January 16, 2018 @ 6:17 pm

      Yup! Now is a good time too. One more year of updates and DLC content. Super excited! LOL.


  2. Pauline
    January 17, 2018 @ 2:19 pm

    I totally resonated with this post! Whenever I tell people I blog, nowadays they give me a look and ask if I write about fashion and beauty. And although I do mention fashion and beauty sometimes, I am not soley a fashion / beauty blogger. I think us “old school” bloggers are quite mixed – we’ve always been writing about things here and there :P It takes a lot of people to keep reading my blog to understand that I’m not just a certain type of blogger, I’m just a blogger. xD

    I LOVEEEEEE Destiny. Really bummed out that I haven’t played Destiny 2 yet, but the first one was incredible. The Crucible was my jam!


    • Adri
      January 17, 2018 @ 4:35 pm

      Yup. The stereotyping with the term “female blogger” makes me cringe all the time LOL. I’m no fashionista, I’m no makeup guru, but I did attempt to launch a health & beauty blog, primarily on skincare, eating and dieting, and exercising, and other types of healing therapies. Never really took off. I’m still more tech / art / video games / non-niche blogger who happens to be female lol. 😄

      Ah, console? PS3/PS4 or XBox? I’m just riding along my brother’s PS4 so I need to be a little conservative. I miss playing with my PS3 though, but the brother has the TV. XD I made quite a few friends from playing Destiny. Crucible isn’t quite my thing unless if it’s co-op because I’m a chicken like that LOL (then again, I was never much of an FPS person).

      Speaking of Final Fantasy XV, a huge upcoming update to the game will include first-person view. I wonder how that’ll play out. ^^


  3. Sakura
    January 21, 2018 @ 1:50 am

    I think I used to belong to the female blogger that makes the blog pretty. Well, I do like pretty stuff. But as I grow older (ouch for the reality), I think I am more of “heck care about the design of my blog”. I have been using my themes for a long time and only change it when I got really sick of it. Fortunately, it is usually close to a year and sometimes more than a year.

    I’m still firm in making sure that I don’t really monetise my ViolinStar.NET blog though. It’s a personal blog after all and I don’t really like the idea of writing sponsored posts anymore. My full time job can cover the expenses for my blog too.


    • Adri
      January 22, 2018 @ 8:16 pm

      I still like making blogs look pretty, but at the same time, I want them to work too. If I could explain this further from my original post, what I meant by “making the blog pretty” is that there is some kind of a proper format that categorizes what a “pretty blog” and a “not-so-pretty” blog should be like. If you notice with those fashion blogs and beauty blogs and those niche blogs, you notice how they almost have the same design? (white background, some pretty ribbon-like pink and red and lighter pink menus, pretty-looking logo that is all black with very little color, each post has an image with a title even though there already is the blog post title in text, etc.) It’s not even us having the freedom to make our blog the way we want it to look, it’s about making the “standards” on how a blog should look like (which is lame imo lol).

      I don’t really do sponsored posts. I just write reviews and insights of stuff that I end up buying and end up liking… or hating. lol.


  4. Claudine
    January 21, 2018 @ 8:47 am

    OH MY GOSH. I can totally relate to this post because lately I’ve been feeling like I’m a waste of space on the internet. It’s because my blog doesn’t have a niche and doesn’t fall under the categories you just mentioned in your post. Ever since I started blogging, I only ever knew how to to write about myself and the things that happened to me. Until now, that’s what my blog is all about and it’s kind of disheartening that people are moving on and “reformatting” their blogs, having a niche, writing informative stuff according to certain themes… And I can’t keep up because I feel like I’m not cut out to be a specific type of blogger, I’m just a blogger, period. I’m just no good at those so at one point I even considered shutting down my blog or letting the domain expire.

    I love the shirt designs you made for the upcoming family reunion! I like the one with the rice – it’s simple but perfectly captures the origins of your family :) The design is very Filipino too!


    • Adri
      January 22, 2018 @ 8:25 pm

      I write some niche stuff too, but I create separate blogs for them. I don’t want to end up writing about the same old stuff in every single post here, and when that happens, I just create a blog specifically for that topic, you know? I also talk about the stuff I discovered in real life too, thus I opened that At Home linkup (might probably just going to turn that into a blog column category instead since no one’s really participating lol). But, don’t feel bad about blogging. Just keep on blogging, after all, you got readers and commenters coming to your blog, right? That’s all that matters. 😊

      Regarding the shirt designs, the “reunion committee” (uncles and aunts) decided to use my front design (the one with the rice) and chose my niece’s design (silhouette green tree with “reunion” on white text), which is really nice too. The “Ambong at Idang” part was changed to “Ambong and Idang” because the rest of the text is in English and it’s inconsistent LOL. They’re Ilocano nicknames for my late grandparents. The parents are flying over to the Philippines in February. ^^


  5. Sue
    January 23, 2018 @ 9:49 pm

    That’s funny, as my blog doesn’t fall under any of those categories, and although I try focusing on a few topics, I tend to have a variety as well. I too like how variegated this post is, and especially enjoyed looking at your drafts for t-shirt design. They look lovely. I hope your design gets picked. Then you will be with your family in spirit, and you’ll be remembered as they wear your shirts. I also like the simplicity of the first design with the rice grass.


    • Adri
      January 23, 2018 @ 11:24 pm

      Hi Sue, welcome! 😊 The design with the rice was picked, so looking forward for the finished product, and hopefully I get to have a shirt too when the parents return in March lol.

      Just keep blogging, write about the things you love to write about, because you know that there will be people reading what you’ve written, and that’s more than enough. 😊


  6. Jane
    January 31, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

    I often feel so weird, because my earliest days of blogging were in fifth grade and via HTML. I…set everything up manually. I could never get on with Blogspot.

    I can’t think of the Twitter accounts I have @mentioned in the past that have actually retweeted my tweets, but @femalebloggerrt is definitely one biased against female bloggers. Something else I’ve become aware of is that there is a prejudice against female bloggers beyond their niche—race, sexuality, political views, religion. I don’t mean to link the prejudice to @femalebloggerrt, but rather to the RT accounts for bloggers in general. I don’t shout my gayness from the rooftops, but it does concern me for when I get a girlfriend…will I still be welcome in the blog communities I’m currently in once I am in a position wherein I can safely make my sexuality more obvious? Because it’s not something I hide for the shits and giggles, but something I actually really want to talk about because of the current status of related prejudice…to have a voice!

    I feel like the stereotypical female blogger is a white, straight, Bible belt Christian and most likely married.

    Do you go to any events, though? I’ve found that going food events brings forth a different understanding of bloggers. It helps me to not feel so overwhelmed in the over-saturated sea of female fashion and/or beauty bloggers, and worthy despite mom blogs being cesspools for nonstop sponsored posts (ergo the preferred).


    • Adri
      February 1, 2018 @ 10:27 pm

      Hello Jane! Welcome! 😊

      I started that way too, with just plain HTML (eventually with CSS much later), but when a friend introduced me to Blogger and “studied” its template system, I was able to get a grasp on it. I never used Blogspot, but I used to be hosted a lot with other people who owned domains then, and back in those days, an average person wasn’t able to afford their own domains, so at least getting hosted “privately” by others was a “cool thing” already. I remembered using Pitas (old hosted blogs, I think now it’s called Diaryland) at one point but never really got active. Then Greymatter came, LiveJournal came, got into Movable Type (until they started charging people), even tried the old b2/cafelog script (WordPress and b2 Evolution were original forks of the old b2/cafelog script). Took me almost 10 years till I finally settled with WordPress lol.

      I own a web dev learning blog, The NINPOJineous if you’re interested. I plan on posting some WordPress (theming) tutorials, but I’m working on a preview of the upcoming default text editor Gutenberg first.

      I do go to events, mostly female-run coding/web development communities that are female friendly. I also signed up for local art and video game meetups that are female-friendly, or rather for females only, but haven’t really seen any updates as to when the meetups are going to be.

      I’m pretty sure there are RT Twitter accounts dedicated to real female bloggers are out there. We just have yet to find them. And if isn’t, someone will start one. The saddest reality among us (non-niche) bloggers sometimes is that it’s difficult to find someone like-minded, and/or ones who have the same hobbies and interests as us. I’m sure there are plenty, but they may not be bloggers, for example.

      Don’t feel discouraged about yourself, whether if it’s your orientation or the things you just love to write about. As one person I recently met advised me when it came to writing my (fan)fics, always write for yourself, not for others. 😊


  7. Megan
    February 3, 2018 @ 11:17 am

    I’ve learned over the years not just for Final Fantasy but most games do tend to be released on Tuesdays with some other random days as well.i really should someday get back to FFXV XD I did enjoy what I did play!


    • Adri
      February 3, 2018 @ 8:44 pm

      FFXV has been getting a lot of DLCs lately and they’re getting more this year. The huge one, the one that they call “Royal Edition,” will be coming this March. The Windows version of FFXV will be coming out in March too. Too bad my laptop is too weak to handle the game, but I’m happy with my PS4. 😊


  8. Hiro
    February 5, 2018 @ 11:44 am

    I love the new scheme of the layout you have here!! Loving the logo/icon thingie. So peppy and happy.
    Anyways, I think blogging and YouTube has changed a lot since when I started blogging almost 20 years ago. Back then, you just had a blog, wrote about your life, and people who were interested came by and commented. I’m kind of “meh” about the people who come to leave comments mostly just so people could come and leave comments on their blogs… “Nice post! Come by mine. Thanks!”
    Yeah. No. :I


    • Adri
      February 5, 2018 @ 12:43 pm

      I still see comments with those “Nice post, be sure to check out mine, okay? Thanks!” throughout other blogs, whether they’re niche or non-niche lol. I’ve gotten some spam comments too on my web dev blog asking if I wanted to affiliate using their system or something like that. Meh. LOL 🤨

      But you’re right also about the huge changes with blogging altogether. I’m fine with reading entries about life in general, sometimes opinion articles about certain subjects in general, news articles that are actually legit lol, just something useful. I’m okay with certain reviews of products and services too, but for me, it feels like most blogs (especially niche blogs) that we’re seeing lately have been a little self-centered. Not every woman can afford stylish clothes that lots of these fashion bloggers have been writing about, the whole OOTD bit LOL. Not just that, whatever their “OOTD” may be doesn’t always look good for every other woman. That’s just one example, of course LOL.


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