Cover of The Appeal
Elmot of Ani-Mo – a blog on Philippine politics, news commentary and blogging – is this blog’s Top Commentator for April.
For his enthusiastic participation in this blog, Elmot will receive by mail The Appeal by John Grisham. It’s a courtroom thriller set in Mississippi Supreme Court – a new battleground for this big chemical company which previously lost a case for dumping toxic wastes in a small town’s water supply. The company has now appealed to the Supreme Court in its bid to overturn the previous verdict. The struggle now unfolds as it campaigns to win over the 9 justices. What happens next? I don’t know. Elmot – how about a book review? Kidding.
Elmot, please tweet me your mailing address.
Readers who made it to the Top Ten Commentators for April -
Please take note that for the first time we have a tag team of readers in Dee and Lucrecio. Of course, you already know Dee as the unflappable writer of Tales from the Mom Side. Guess what – Lucrecio or Luke is Dee’s better half. Luke has no blog but he serves full time as Dee’s editor and ombudsman. Well you know – the one who plies Dee with drinks, offers the much needed back rubs, and if all else fails flashes the piece de resistance – dark chocolates!
Thank you, Luke! The dark side must be nuts by now, figuring out your whereabouts. You must brush up on your best Yoda-speak so you’d get off lightly when you report back to the overlords of the dark force.
Do I have to spell it out?
Please also welcome Holly. She’s gifted me lots of info filled with good humor. She also welcomed me warmly in her splendid blog Do I Have to Spell it Out? She’s inspired me to integrate CommentLuv plugin in this blog. Our friend Zorlone has successfully installed it in his blog as well. Yatot and Elmot both like this plugin and just might adopt it one of these days.
Here’s a post I wrote recently on how to integrate CommentLuv in your blog.
Best blogging advice
Lately I’ve been bothered with a small sector of Philippine blogging community which acts as if they’re God’s gift to Philippine blogging. Here’s Holly’s good advice:
That whole business of being an “accomplished blogger”? Reminds me of middle school. There are the popular kids, the sycophants, the totally clueless, the nerds (but who doesn’t run to the nerds when there’s math homework to be done?), the outcasts, the cliquish, and the ones who really couldn’t give a pig’s curly tail where they fit in, because they dance to the beat of the drummers in their own heads.
The only worthwhile advice I can give anyone? Be yourself. Because that’s all that’s ever going to work for you – win, lose, or draw. And don’t worry about everyone liking you or approving of you, because they won’t. And if they did, it would only mean you’re as bland, as inoffensive, and as uninteresting as sliced white sandwich bread.
Thanks, Holly. I will commit this useful tip to memory.
Project: better Alexa ranking
I have a favor to ask you, guys. I know we’re all active in each other’s blog: leaving comments, emailing each other to shoot the breeze.
Gosh. Even Luke who has no blog is very active giving us support with his engaging insights and delightful conversations.
My little project is about us raising our blog to the next level. Elmot, who is hands down my favorite nightmare on Elms street, is asking for your help. His project this May is to improve his Alexa Ranking. And I promised him my help.
Making blog improvement a community project
On second thought, we will be more motivated if if we make this a community project. Elmot needs help. Yeah, but so does practically everyone of us here.
That’s a more democratic way of doing it, right?
This is my question then: What specific steps do you suggest so all of us will have more traffic, resulting in better Alexa Ranking? Over to you now.
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