Pure As a Snow

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How big is your heart?

Just the other day, I read a lovely warm letter from anonymous over the net. It is midwinter in Tokyo; and she wrote.

” I found a 7cm-deep carpet of snow this morning. Snow has a magic art because it can change the usual world into  a strange beautiful and peaceful one. The white purity of snow covers everything dirty, wicked and unhappy. It is a wonderful change. You would like it, if you were here. Snow is as pure and as beautiful as you”.

The sweet note gives me the chill because I believe in snow and I believe that people can be as beautiful and as pure as snow. But me, as pure as snow?

Sometimes I feel so blessed and enlightened that I want to shout my discoveries out loud to the world, even if I know I cannot possibly communicate accurately my bliss and joy. At other times, I feel terribly stupid, and it makes me question my own holy sacred experiences; then, I clearly see how proud I am. How can I be pure when I experience pride and doubt and self-contradiction? How can I be pure when I passionately desire to be pure? How can I be pure when I want to be presumptuously God pure?

I am in tears now, even as I write this blog because I genuinely ache to seek God. Because I want to be as pure as snow. And I wonder if it is not pride. I want to be pure! Not for people who know me, not even for me. But for God! I want to mirror God’s purity. No! I want to be dissolved in God’s purity!

These past few days, I’ve been evaluating and re-examining my motives for withdrawing from the world. Do I seek sanctity to satisfy a claim for divine power? Have I bought the spirit of the world condemned by Christ into my solitude?

My heart is bleeding. I should have asked these questions much, much earlier. Then, I would have seen how rotten I was, how mad, how crazy. I cry now because of this ugly memory that I have lied. Did I completely deceive myself and God? I don’t know. I cannot remember all my motives then. I must admit my motives were not all as pure as I want them to be now. But they weren’t all lies, either. Some of them were genuine, some of them have got to be genuine! But however twisted my mind was, I tried to seek God. And maybe that is all that matters. Love found me, loved me, redeemed me, and I hope there is no more self description changed me.

Changed me! Like snow covering all that is dirty and wicked. God has made me snow pure!

Dear readers, I’m sorry. I cannot go on. I cannot take on all of these at once. I’m sorry to cut this blog short. My heart is too heavy and too full. And the light is too blinding and the love is too soothing, too healing. I want to pray…..

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Social Media Monitoring: Are You Listening To Me?

Social Media Monitoring: Are You Listening To Me?

Social Media Monitoring: Are You Listening To Me?

Every single day, I’m learning more and more about Social Media and realized how it affects our everyday lives even in the simplest ways. I gather information about Social Media through searching, listening and monitoring. Every day, I’m being reminded that perseverance is what will get me to where I want to be and so I really try to study and understand the field that I’m in right now. I do my work with full of eagerness because I want to learn something new.

According to Wikipedia active listening is a communication technique that requires the listener to understand, interpret, and evaluate what they hear. The ability to listen actively can improve personal relationships through reducing conflicts, strengthening cooperation, and fostering understanding, intent to “listen for meaning”.

I suggest that active listening should “focus on who you are listening to, whether in a group or one-on-one, in order to understand what he or she is saying. For me, listening and monitoring is good; as it gives immediate insight as to the breadth of the community, how they are feeling, what they are saying, passion points, etc. But listening without acting, in my opinion, is worthless. At the most basic level listening on the web is just like listening in the real world. In our everyday life we listen for mentions of our name and topics we’re interested in. By listening with these things we give ourselves the opportunity to learn more about on the things that we’re interested for, you can be able to find online spaces where the audience is already communicating, monitoring the conversations that happen there. Because social media is open and public by nature, listening is not only welcome – it’s expected.

Today, most of the business owners doing a nice job for building their respective online communities through allowing fans to provide suggestions in a public. Once that their fans submit suggestions they allow their communities to vote or to choose on each of them. With that they take the top suggestions and implement them!

Here are the tools I use for Listening:

Google Alerts – I used this to monitor the web at large. If it’s out there Google will probably find it.
Google Reader – will allow you to subscribe to blogs around the web via RSS.
SocialMention – is an all-in-one social search tool. Lots of options here.
TweetBeep – is a good backup to capture mentions of your brand on twitter.
Google Adwords – advertising for text, banner, and rich – media ads.
• Google – possibly still the ultimate free tool for finding influencers, especially since the launch of Google Blog Search, Google Realtime search and their “Discussion” search option.

By the way you can also buy tools that are much more refined to do this, like Radian6. In the mean time, I’m doing my own listening using the ways I mentioned above. I’m curious to know who’s doing in the world of listening. Have you tried any of these tools for this purpose?

Social Media in Business

Social Media in Business

Social Media in Business

Based on my observations of how most businesses are currently approaching the process of incorporating social media into their marketing plans, I can see that they do not truly understand all the components of social media. They get that Social means building relationships and that Media is the form of communication that they are using to build these relationships. But this is not a deep enough understanding on which to base the marketing success of any product or service. There is so much more to be considered, because social media is dynamic, nuanced, and richly layered.

Social Media is definitely a powerful force in the online world but most organization today have not yet studied the object, time and space sufficiently. Most businesses don’t succeed in social marketing now because they don’t understand all of these components; this cube model which we are developing. As Social Media continues to grow, evolve and become an ever-more important part of our daily lives, only those businesses truly understand the importance of object, timing type of message and the human culture component will be successful in their marketing efforts.

Blogging and Social Media Were Made for Each Other

 

Blogging and Social Media Were Made for Each Other

Blogging and Social Media Were Made for Each Other

Blogging has often been called the bridge between social media and search engine optimization. Once you understand it you’ll know why.

With blogging you are feeding the search engines every time you create a new blog post. If you blog once a day, that’s a new web page on your website. The blog pings a list of services that help the post get crawled and within hours your blog post is indexed and searchable in the search engines. Do that three times a day and you increase your SEO coverage.

But a blog also has other characteristics that static web pages don’t have. People can comment on your blog posts and you can comment back, making it a particularly useful platform for meaningful dialogue.

With the advent of social media, you have other ways to get traffic to your blog other than through the search engines. Since all sales and marketing is relationship-building, you can build relationships with your prospects through social media, then send your friends and fans back to your blog for a deeper conversation. It’s a multi-tiered approach to marketing that works.

At least, it’s worked for thousands of businesses for the last decade.

It seems that blogging and social media were made for each other. They go hand in hand. And if you haven’t started your blog yet, or begun your social media marketing, then I’d encourage you to jump on board.

The Healing

The HealingThe Healing is another engaging horror flick by Chito Roño that generates a respectable amount of suspense. This movie is starred by Gov. Vilma Santos for her 50th anniversary in show business and co-starred by Kim Chiu, Joel Torre, Janice de Belen, Pokwang, Martin del Rosario and many others. It was directed by Chito Roño.

I am really unsure of what to expect last night at the Director’s Cut of Chito Rono’s The Healing. Star Cinema’s The Healing is a story of Filipino tradition wherein people are asking for help on treatment of diseases. A news about the miraculous works of a faith healer spread like wildfire attracting the attention of people suffering from various illness coming from all walks of life. All of the sudden, the faith healer stops her “healing” sessions but was forced by a group of patient.

The story circled with the aftereffects of bringing a dead person back into life by a faith healer. Ever since that incident, lives of all those cured by the healer has been put into danger. An appearance of a doppelganger is a sign that something bad is going to happen to a character. When a character meets his doppelganger, he will go insane, harming other people and then eventually killing himself. The only way to break the curse is to kill the person who was brought back to life.

Philippines Celebrates Social Media Day

Social Media Day 2012

Social Media Day 2012

Last June 30, the world celebrates the 3rd annual Social Media Day. Mashable.com took the initiative in 2010 and launched Social Media Day on June 30 as a way to recognize the exciting ever-evolving digital revolution. Since then, social media enthusiasts have hosted and attended Social Media Day meetups in several cities worldwide.

The Social Media Team of Visual Ally together with their Director for Social Media Mr. Dante “Ayan” Deato were there and experienced

Social Media Day 2012

Jose Javier Reyes – A Filipino Writer and ABS-CBN Director with Visual Ally Director for Social Media – Dante “Ayan” Deato

that event. There were a huge number of bloggers, Twitterati, advocates and practitioners from media.

I had the opportunity to meet Daphne Paez and Tonyo Cruz a Filipino blogger, social media practitioner and consumer advocate . I even got a chance to have a picture taken with them.

Me with Tonyo Cruz – A Filipino Blogger / Social Media Practitioner / Consumer and Advocate

Daphne Paez and Me

The event organizer Tonyo Cruz said, “we were only expecting 300, but we can say that we reached 411 participants!” The large turn-out at the 30 June Social Media Capital affair, the first of its kind in the Philippines under Mashable’s Social Media Day worldwide event series, showed the vibrancy and willingness of some of Manila’s social media denizens to gather and celebrate the importance of social media in the country, past and present. As of last count, 444 participants  were registered for the affair. “We were surprised in a very pleasant way,”

The event, held at the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza in Makati, was one of a series of parallel events held throughout the country. Quezon City had its own Social Media Day gathering, as did Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. The name was chosen because of the fact that the Philippines has had a consistent record of being either early adopters or leaders in using social media.

Addressing the gathering on harnessing the Philippines’ social media capital were social media pundit Carlo Ople; celebrity and UNICEF campaigner Daphne Oseña-Paez; and Gang Badoy, founder of the advocacy group Rock Ed, which celebrated its seventh anniversary yesterday. Ople spoke about the overall social media landscape in the country and the issues confronting social media users in the country. The other two speakers also discussed how social media helped their advocacies and encouraged listeners to do the same.

Apart from the addresses, there was a special appearance by this year’s Miss World Philippines winner Queeneerich Rehman. There were also games and give-aways, a common fixture of similar and much smaller gatherings known to some Twitter users as “tweet-ups.”

Congratulations for a successful Social Media Day Meetup! 🙂