Who are you?
I studied Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, with Short Fiction as my major. Two stories I wrote got me a much coveted slot in the UP National Writers' Workshop in 1999. That workshop was also where I met my husband, writer Vince Sales. We now have two wonderful sons, Vito and Iñigo.
So in one sentence: I am a wife, a mom, a writer and a blogger.
Why is your blog called Topaz Horizon?
The silly answer to that can be found here.
What do you write about?
Oh, this and that. Celebs, shopping, fashion, TV, movies, events, la di da. Just the fun parts of my life. Yup, it's a very edited blog. You only see the fun parts, not the ugly parts of my life. Because, really, who wants drama?
I used to write about very serious stuff, like books and politics and religion. Ya know, things that make me sound smart. But no one ever read the blog! I also got into trouble because I wrote about some people I shouldn't have written about. So I resolved to make this blog as silly and shallow as I can. The result? A dramatic increase in readership!
That said, the opinions I express on this blog are mine alone. They do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of my family, friends, the people I work with, and my countrymen.
Who do you write about?
Well, I try to write about me and me alone because I'm so full of myself that way but other people find their way into my blog, despite their violent protests! Here they are:
- Vince - my husband
- Vito - my son
- My friends
- Matilda - my rabbit
- Mama - my dearly departed mother
- Celebrities - mostly Hollywood but some local stars find their way in here. Now these people, I'm sure, don't mind being talked about!
When and why did you start blogging?
I started a blog on Friendster in May 2005. Just for fun but, in 2006, I started blogging more seriously. It's a childhood dream of mine to be a newspaper columnist and, until that dream is realized, a blog can be a column of sorts!
Even then, I only blogged maybe once a week. And, like I mentioned above, there weren't really any readers. Then in 2008, my friend Jennie told me she earns money from her blogs. That proved to be a fantastic incentive for me to blog more often! I try to blog every other day, but with two other blogs, a career and a home to manage, it's pretty hard!
How does your blog earn money?
I earn from the ads and sponsored posts Nuffnang acquires for me.
What's your stance on blogger integrity?
I'm aware that since this is a personal blog, people expect personal stuff in it. I respect that, so I promise to only accept work from brands I really use, really like and really believe in.
To be completely transparent, I've made it easy to spot if a post is sponsored. I label it with "Sponsored Post."
As for blogger integrity, this is all I have to say.
Do you publish all comments?
No. Comments that aren't really related to the post (usually goes something like this: "Love your blog! Please visit mine!"), comments that are spam, and comments that are nasty don't see the light of day.
I used to just publish everything for the sake of freedom of expression. And then I realized that nasty comments attracted even more nasty people. And I don't want any of those trolls hanging around. You see, this is my house and I don't allow people to leave their shit lying around.
So are you willing to exchange links?
Sure! But I have several conditions:
First, I should be friends with you. That means we already have some sort of friendly relations over cyberspace: You comment often on my blog and I like yours!
Second, and this is connected to the liking part, your blog has to be related to mine. That means your blog should also be a lifestyle/personal one.
If you blog about motherhood, marriage and family, try Topaz Mommy. If you're a beauty/fashion blogger, try Beauty For A Living. If you're a guy, try linking with my hubby's blog, Third World Nerd.
Third, I regularly review my links. If I haven't seen you around here for a while, I will take down your link. It's not a threat; it's more of you've obviously tired of my blog and have no use for it!
How do I contact you?
You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topaz Horizon also has a Facebook page! Many of my readers drop me a line there or comment on my blog posts there. I kinda like it better since I get to see the faces behind the comments.
If you have any more questions, just email me or leave a comment on the FB wall! Thanks for reading!