ON CLOUD 9: LOOKING BACK AT HOW I STARTED IN THE INDUSTRY

Location: Manila, Philippines

7 years ago I was this shy, awkward (I still am) guy who would be so afraid to socialize or speak in front of a crowd. Thanks to the world of blogging, I have learned how to overcome all of these and step out of my comfort zone.

I’ve been blogging for more than 7 years (can you believe that?). If you were with me since day one, you’ve probably heard this story a thousand times. If you’re a fairly new reader of the blog, let me share with you how I started in the blogging industry.

Looking back at how I started in the industry always gives me a feeling like I’m on Cloud 9. Happy, nervous, excited, all emotions in one. It started one summer when I was in high school, I was so bored at home, I didn’t have any money to spend for a vacation nor a simple trip to the mall with my friends. That particular hot summer day, I decided to put up my own Blogspot account. I named it “Daveisoria” (I know, it’s embarrassing). I just constantly published random blog entries about my life, what happened during the day, what food I ate, my dog Hershey, how my girlfriend broke up with me, I wrote about e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. College came, I took up Multimedia Arts at The College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts and one of the requirements we had in class was to create our own blog.

I decided to have a fresh start and made a new blog on a different platform, Tumblr.  I started posting better content because we had photography classes so I would just post all my works on my blog—until I started getting “followers” and they started commenting on my blog posts. When I felt like I have a fair amount of loyal readers on the website, I took a leap of faith and transferred to a different platform and called it “DG Manila.” It was definitely a big step for me because changing your website and platform would also mean starting from scratch. I was back to having zero followers. But what was shocking to me was how my readers all stayed and followed me on my new blogging platform. They liked the content I was creating, and this fueled my passion to improve my craft.

Starting from “Daveisoria” to “DG Manila.” If you’ve noticed, both blog names are very nationalistic. Daveisoria, being a word play on my nickname “Dave” and the famous “Divisoria.” DG Manila, which basically means “David Guison in Manila” is my way of showcasing local brands, featuring new local cafes and hangout spots in the city. A few years went by and I just couldn’t stay put, I needed to see the world. Here’s a quick rundown of how DGMANILA came to be. 

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Who would have thought that my blog, which started out as a passion, would soon become a turning point in my life. No way did I ever think it would inspire a lot of people. Now that, is definitely my #Cloud9Moment.

How about you? What’s your Cloud 9 moment? Let me know in the comments section below!

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