Thursday, October 30, 2008

BlogRush Is Shutting Down

Sharing info to those who have patronized BlogRush. I like their positive tone which I quoted below:

Last but not least I want to say that I hope the failure of this service doesn't in any way discourage other entrepreneurs from coming up with crazy ideas at 4AM (like I did with this one) and from "going for it" to just try and see if something will work. Without trying there can be no success. And as we all know, ideas are worthless without action. The Web wouldn't be what it is today without entrepreneurs trying all sorts of crazy ideas.

On behalf of the entire BlogRush team, we wish the best of luck to everyone with their own blogs, ideas, and crazy ventures.

See you around folks...

from BlogRush
to Pete Rahon
date Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 1:19 PM
subject BlogRush Is Shutting Down

1:19 PM (41 minutes ago)

After careful consideration, we have decided to shutdown the BlogRush service. If you have the widget code on your blog you will need to remove it.

When BlogRush launched in late-2007 it spread like wildfire all over the Web. Thousands of bloggers were talking about it and the service exploded to become one of the fastest growing free services in the history of the Web. During the first year of the service it successfully served 3.4 Billion blog post headlines and the BlogRush widget could be found on blogs all over the world; even up until the moment we closed down the service.

BlogRush didn't grow without its fair share of problems -- from security issues to abusive users trying to 'game' the system to much lower click-rates than expected. We also had some problems with trying to fairly control the quality of the network, and in the process made many mistakes in deciding what blogs should stay or go. All of these issues, ultimately, limited the service's full potential.

Our team worked very hard to try and build a service that would truly help bloggers of all sizes get free traffic to their blogs. This was our primary focus. Not once did we ever try to monetize the service with ads or anything else. BlogRush never made a single penny in revenue. We wanted to be able to help our users FIRST and then worry about monetizing the service later. Unfortunately, the service didn't work out like we had hoped. (It happens.)

I want to say "Thank You" to all of the great bloggers that at least gave BlogRush a test to see if it would work for them. We sincerely appreciate you giving the service a try.

We have received several offers & inquiries about acquiring BlogRush, but we are choosing not to go that route. While many might think this is crazy, we truly feel it's the 'right' thing to do for our users. Believe it or not, it's not always about the money. In fact, BlogRush will have lost a small fortune when it's all said and done, and it was by choice. There were many things we could have done to monetize the service but we wanted to make sure it was going to benefit our users first.

Last but not least I want to say that I hope the failure of this service doesn't in any way discourage other entrepreneurs from coming up with crazy ideas at 4AM (like I did with this one) and from "going for it" to just try and see if something will work. Without trying there can be no success. And as we all know, ideas are worthless without action. The Web wouldn't be what it is today without entrepreneurs trying all sorts of crazy ideas.

On behalf of the entire BlogRush team, we wish the best of luck to everyone with their own blogs, ideas, and crazy ventures.


John Reese


If you want to cancel your BlogRush account and no longer receive
emails from our system, please click here:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Nanowrimo 2008

Another attempt at Nanowrimo. Well try and try until I succeed and accomplish a draft. Yes just a draft.

Once again I am adorning this blog with the Nanowrimo emblem or logo, for the sheer fun of being part of it.

And below is a funny and very enticing email from the indefatigable Chris Baty. To think that he is been doing this for the last 10 years, he deserve a prize for this.

So this year I will try an erotic fiction and I will be writing in Taglish - that's Tagalog and English, maybe Ilocano too, let' see...

Well, nurturing the spirit of my writerly aspirations... whatever that is!

Here goes his email:

Dear National Novel Writing Month Author,

Hi there! NaNoWriMo Program Director Chris Baty here. Before we get rolling, I wanted to give you a quick guide to our upcoming five weeks of literary domination.

Here's the plan:

Today: Make a tax-deductible donation to help us pay for National Novel Writing Month. So far, we've received donations from 3.4% of our participants, putting us 6.6% away from our goal. Chip in! Even $10 makes a big difference, and pays huge dividends in halos and noveling karma. We're a nonprofit, and we've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars readying this swashbuckling adventure for 110,000 adults and 15,000 kids and teens around the world. We need your support!

Tomorrow: Make sure you've set your time zone correctly (it's under User Settings). Some word-count features appear and disappear at midnight on November 1 and November 30, so dialing those in now will save you stress later. Join a local region, and find out when and where the first novel-writing get-togethers (called "write-ins") for your city or town will be held. Tune in to WrimoRadio, NaNoWriMo's podcast, and learn how you can be on the November 3 episode.

October 31: Get the first pep talk email. You'll receive about three of these a week—one from me and two from our panel of esteemed celebrity pep talkers—throughout November. Note: If you donate $50 or more today, you will receive six years of pep talks from me in a beautiful 80-page PDF, constituting about as much week-by-week NaNoWriMo advice and encouragement as any human being can handle without falling over.

November 1: At midnight, local time, start writing your book. You need to log 1667 words per day to stay on par. The site will be very slow for the first few days of the event, but with patience you can update your soaring word count in the box at the top of our site or on the "Edit Novel Info" page of your profile. Watch your stats graph fill. Send a link to your author profile to your friends so they can follow your progress. Revel in the majesty of your unfolding story. It's November 1! You are an unstoppable novel-writing machine!

November 2: Stop writing. Wonder if you should start over. Keep going. Feel better.

November 3: The first November episode of WrimoRadio goes up on the site, beaming out overcaffeinated messages of hope from Wrimos worldwide. We'll be podcasting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from here until December.

November 8: As the first full week of writing comes to a close, you will be at 11,666 words. This is more fiction than most people write in their lifetimes, and you did it in a week. Go, you! This is also Municipal Liaison Appreciation Day, a raucous international holiday that celebrates NaNoWriMo's volunteer chapter-heads (the folks who organized the write-in you went to last week). Chocolate, flowers, and gifts of expensive electronics are appreciated.

November 13: Nothing really happens on November 13.

November 15: After the second week of writing, you will be at 25,000 words. This is the approximate length of such legendary works of fiction as Animal Farm, Death in Venice, and Gossip Girl: I Like it Like That. You're halfway to winning! Attend a Midway Party in your town, or come to San Francisco, where the Night of Writing Dangerously Write-a-thon will set records for group noveling and candy consumption.

November 16: The second half of NaNoWriMo dawns. Writerly confidence builds. Your book comes to life, and characters start doing interesting, unexpected things. Nice. Weird.

November 22: After the third full week of writing, you stand at 35,000 words, the NaNoWriMo milestone universally recognized as The Place Where Everything Gets Much, Much Easier.

November 25: Novel validation and winning begins, and Word-Count Progress Bars turn from blue to green (over 50K) to purple (over 50k and a verified winner!). Check our FAQs for details on uploading your manuscript and winning. For the first time ever, a very limited number of 2008 Winner t-shirts will appear in the store. These will make you smile.

November 27: American Wrimos celebrate the true meaning of Thanksgiving by gathering together with friends and family, wolfing down a huge meal as quickly as possible, and then ditching those friends and family to hide in the bathroom with a laptop.

November 30: By midnight, local time, we will all be the proud owners of 50,000-word novels that we could barely imagine on October 31. Plan to attend your local NaNoWriMo Thank God It's Over Party, where grins will abound, champagne will flow, fives will be highed, and wrists will be iced.

You did it. We all did it.

December 1: Sleep will fall heavily across NaNoLand, as 125,000 writers close the book on one crazy, oversized dream, and go off in search of the next.

We begin very soon, brave writer! I can't wait to get started!


Oct. 29 Zero Remittance Day 2008!

Today is Zero Remittance Day!

Not only joining the millions of OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) on this campaign in support of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA), an alliance composed of 112 grassroots migrants’ organizations worldwide to protest the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) for being anti-migrant workers. But also due to the value fluctuation of won. I believe most of us migrant workers here will be committing to this call.

So, Zero Remittance Day - today!

Read some more here:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Apostolic Nuncio Osvaldo Padilla Visits Gwangju

(Finally a new entry after more than a month of blogging hiatus).

Apostolic Nuncio Osvaldo Padilla visited Gwangju last 19 October 2008. I was so glad to have a chance to meet him face to face when told that he will visit the May 18 National Cemetery. Chris my colleague at The May 18 Memorial Foundation assisted in providing a tour at the cemetery. He was with the Archbishop and Monsignor of Gwangju during the tour. He was also brought to the May 18 National Cemetery Museu. He was impressed with what the Korean government had done to memorialize the heroes of May 18 and told Chris to keep remembering their noble deeds for democracy.

Then in the afternoon, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla co-celebrated the mass with Gwangju's Archbishop, Monsignor and several priests in Wolgokdong Church. He was also given a preview of the services and programs that the Catholic Church is providing the Filipino community (both migrant workers and the family of Filipinas married to Korean) in Gwangju.

The archbishop in his sermon thanked the Catholic Church, its priests, nuns, and volunteers - that God's hand is working in their hands in providing assistance to the migrant community. He also likened the fate of migrants to that of Joseph and Mary who were banished from their native land.

Offertory performance by Filipino Migrant Workers and Filipinas married to Korean

Sisters from Daughters of Charity in Gwangju (two of the sisters are Filipina)

Related read:

Archbishop Padilla appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Mongolia
by Leslie Ann G. Aquino

The first Filipino to be named nuncio by then Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, has been named the new Apostolic Nuncio to Mongolia.

Padilla, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI last April 26, succeeded Archbishop Emil Paul Tscherrig, who last January was named nuncio to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and Norway.

Last April 12, the Pontiff also appointed Padilla as the new nuncio of Korea.

Before his appointment to Korea and Mongolia, Padilla served as nuncio to Costa Rica from 2003 to 2008.

Pope John Paul II first appointed him nuncio to Panama in 1990. He later served as nuncio to Sri Lanka and Nigeria.

The 65-year-old Padilla also served as secretary and counselor at the nunciatures in France, Haiti, Ireland, Mexico, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka.

Born on Aug. 5, 1942 in Cebu, Padilla was ordained priest in 1966 in his Cebu archdiocese.

He is the elder brother of the third Filipino bishop to be appointed nuncio, Archbishop Francisco Padilla, who was appointed papal nuncio to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in 2006.

The second Filipino nuncio is Archbishop Adolfo Yllana from Naga City, currently the apostolic nuncio to Pakistan.