Just what kind of a person is an influential blogger? Let’s start by eliminating current and shallow yardsticks on what truly defines an influential blogger. In my experience, an influential blogger is not solely shaped by the obvious metrics we usually associate it with.
An influential blogger is not the one who has the most number of subscribers and readers. An influential blogger is not the one who has the most number of comments from each blog post. An influential blogger is not the one who has the highest average daily earnings from various blog advertising networks. An influential blogger is also not the one who has the most impressive blog stats (the highest Alexa rank, most number of Technorati back links, and highest Google Page Rank). An influential blogger is not the one with the best and perfect writing skills. And lastly, an influential blogger is absolutely not the one who is very prominent and has a multitude of followers in every corner of the blog sphere.
An influential blogger is simply someone who can inspire and motivate others. Someone who can make you reach your goals, someone who can make you pursue the things you want to do, and someone who can keep you moving forward with aplomb and grace of a running deer in the prairie. There would be no use denying a fact as obvious as that.
This influential blogger can be someone that you hate, but you will find yourself following him even if it’s against your heart’s desire. You can’t easily get him off your mind because you are influenced by him. His hold on you is like blood flowing through your veins, keeps your heart pumping, and keeps your lungs breathing.
An influential blogger started out humbly, lower than most people would care to admit to have started out. He used to be a below mediocre. He was usually hated, forsaken and abandoned. He had to work his way, inch by inch so that he can reach the pinnacle someday and be an inspiration to others.
A truly influential blogger is kind, slow to anger, humble, just, friendly, polite, tactful, magnanimous, respectful, thoughtful, and compassionate. He doesn’t wage personal vendetta against those who oppose him. He is also considerate, loving, helpful, and worthy of imitation.
An influential blogger is wise. He makes sure that he writes with passion, whatever topic it is. He reaches out to his audience regularly so downtime is a no-no. Thus, he invest on a reliable yet cheap web host. He blogs out of passion not for profit.
You cannot tell yourself that you are influential. Only the people whom you have influenced can tell how influential you are. Just like me, I know and I think that I’m not an influential blogger. It’s up to the one who I had influenced to tell and proclaim that I’m indeed influential.
I think I’m not worthy to be nominated and be one of the finalists. But that’s just me. I know someone out there believed in me. Someone out there was influenced by me. And someone out there was inspired by what I do. That’s why that someone nominated me. If you’re that someone and you’re reading this, I want to thank you and I want to let you know that I’m really grateful and honored to be nominated.
We can’t deny the fact that everyone wants to win. To be cited as one of the finalists was already a priceless victory for me. To be crowned as the most influential against all the other influential bloggers in Asia is more than priceless. To be honest, I think that only a miracle can make me triumph against all the other contenders. Still, miracles do happen and I shouldn’t be pessimistic. But then again, that’s just me, being frank.
I’m so honored to be nominated as one of the finalists in the first Asia Pacific Blog Awards with these influential bloggers:
1. Kenny Sia – a really influential blogger from Malaysia. He has inspired a lot of other bloggers to follow his foot steps. He has a great sense of humor and I think this is one of his assets of being influential and being an inspiration to his readers, and stalkers as well.
2. Wendy Cheng – known to the world as XiaXue. A very prominent blogger from Singapore. Many hates her but she has legions of fans as well. People just can’t ignore Xiaxue – that’s how influential she is.
3. Beautiful Nara – a top entertainment blogger from Malaysia. He’s very humble despite that fact that he has myriad of fans visiting his blog day after day. Even if I can’t understand what he’s writing, I can tell that he’s really influential.
4. Rhonda Jean – a blogger from Queensland, Australia. Needless to say, she’s down to earth and she’s really an inspiration to others. She blogs about gardening, slowing down & being mindful, cooking simple food, etc.. Her readers are really inspired with what she’s doing and that makes her really influential.
I don’t know how I influenced you and I’m really not sure if I’m that influential compared with the other finalists. Am I really worthy to be nominated, let alone win in this prestigious blogging award? You be the judge. ^_^