The call came and I listened to it. The reception was scratchy – I could barely hear the son’s singing voice because of ambient noises. My little world was at a stand still while I listened to a young man singing somewhere in Central Luzon – literally hundred of miles away.
I had no choice. When this woman calls you have no choice - just drop everything. No ifs, no buts.
Jena Isle – surrogate mother. Writer. Friend
The woman on the phone was Jena.
The son she asked me to listen to might not be even her own flesh and blood, but a surrogate one at that. To Jena, however, surrogate sons and daughters borne out of her nurturing relationships she has online are as valuable. Her instincts to care for unsure newbie bloggers are unerring and unstinting. She encourages them to keep on writing. She guides and opens them to a whole new world in terms of career advancement and opportunities.
- she owns 10 blogs and counting
- she mothers not only Filipino bloggers but she also has surrogate sons and daughters from other countries.
- she’s a career woman
Roy dela Cruz of The Struggling Blogger:
- I credit Jena Isle as a major influence in my blogging. With Jena’s steadying hand, I’ve learned to explore the blogosphere and enjoy blogging.
- At first I thought she was a foreigner. When I first checked out her blogs, I noticed most of her comments came from foreign bloggers. This made me think she was indeed a foreigner. Imagine my surprise when I learned that she’s a Filipino. And the biggest surprise of all? We live in the same city!
- I first reached out to her after her numerous comments on my blog. I joined her campaign to eradicate violence on television by writing a post about it. She featured it in her blog – the first among many.
Doc Z of Zorlone:
- I met Jena Isle back when I joined the myLot forum. We had a brief introduction and just clicked as friends. It’s Jena’s enthusiasm in reaching out to people and her belief in the goodness of others that makes her special. I am proud to call her a friend.
- Have you ever known anyone who will be there to give you advice in the middle of the night or in the wee hours in the morning? That is Jena Isle as a friend. Of course, you have to be worthy of that friendship. Her only prerequisite: to be honest all the time. Easy, huh?
- Jena Isle has several blogs: a personal diary (Random Thoughts), creative writing (Gewgaw writings), culture (The Clamor of Kalinga), and several more. She manages to update them regularly and graciously replies to all of her visitors. Maybe because writing for her is like breathing and comes second nature. She is passionate about her work and dedicates a lot of her time in the blogging community.
- The Jedi Bloggers would not be complete without Queen Amidala! Who says the Queen doesn’t know how to have fun? Follow @JenaIsle at Twitter to find out. You will be surprised at her playfulness. She’s already a grandmother, but don’t let that fool you – her knowledge of youthful lingo and expressions is legendary.
- And when the gang is in the virtual community, she dispatches both great motherly advice and funny quips.
The Queen of this space with power to defend, jediblogger Jena Isle a knight and a friend. – Z
- It surprised me when I learned that she keeps 10 blogs. Oh my God - I can hardly keep up with one blog. I’ve barely enough time to go around and read my friends’ blogs. She tweets, she comments (with sense!) and manages to keep a job, a house and 10 blogs?! She is a superwoman indeed!
- And there’s this comment thread on my wistful post that started on melancholia and turned into a funny discussion – we established a fact that rainy days do make people sad. There must be a scientific basis to this! And with Jena’s help we conspired to involve Doc Z and forced him to make a medical justification. That was fun. It was also in that post that we celebrated our inner geeks. Birds of the same feather, as they say.
Luke of Darkest Shade:
- She is a good writer, a thoughtful friend and an influential blogger. She also has this keyboard which acts up on her sometimes. She keeps writing PS to most of her comments because her keyboard is a genius at churning out malapropisms.
- Her predominant virtue, however, is helpfulness. Jena is always there to help and does not make herself scarce whenever she might be needed. She also does it unconditionally. I was once away from blogging and tweeting only to find out later that she tweeted and retweeted my rust-covered posts. I had wanted to tell her not to bother her majesty with peasant’s wares.
- This Influential Blogger contest is a showcase of Jena’s helpfulness. She barely slept in order that she could help her friends. Another thing I noticed is that she does not only help the big guns who may, in the future, be able to help her. She helps underdogs and does not turn her back on those who are left behind. In fact, I have this weird feeling that she specifically seeks them out like the shepherd who sought for his one lost sheep.
- Finally, she’s fun. I simply can’t leave that out. When this whole Jedi Bloggers thing came up, she just did not dismiss this game as child’s play. She did not look us down her nose like what most sensible adults would have done. What’s more – she sought admission! That totally blew me.
Mary Joycelle of My So-Called Life:
- I remember when I got a private message from her in my Helium account, telling me to participate more in ratings so I could earn at least one rating star and become eligible for earnings. I really appreciated that effort from someone you don’t really know personally. Jena Isle has so much sincerity to help others – be it in blogging or writing.
There’s more to Jena Isle – more than the sum of the admiration and respect of us who are lucky to know her. Maybe you have a story about our surrogate mother we did not know about? Maybe you have a super blogging buddy of your own? Please share in the comment section.If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!