Friday, August 19, 2011

Search for the Blogger Apprentice 2011: The Magic 6

When I first saw Mr. Jonel Uy's search for the Blogger Apprentice 2011 I know I saw an opportunity I cannot pass. Aside from the obvious benefits I will get from the program such as to be an apprentice for an established blogger such as Mr. Uy and to be working with peers who are as invested as I am to the craft I love, I know that Blogger Apprentice 2011 is a chance of a lifetime. When I applied for the Blogger Apprenticeship Program of Mr. Jonel Uy, my goal is to be part of a team that will be significant to my journey in reaching the excellence and quality I aspire to achieve as a blogger for my chosen niche. I would like to be part of a team that will support each other in reaching a common goal.

Ia Adam Lim: One of the Top 6 for the Search for Blogger Apprentice 2011

Mr. Jonel Uy of

Some of the Blogger Apprentice 2011 Candidates: Batch 1 and 2

I understand my two cents here can be interpreted in many ways but let me tell you in black and white what exactly I mean. I want to work interdependently with other bloggers. To differentiate the terms let me give a few scenarios. A general notion for bloggers is that bloggers work independently from each other. That bloggers are like lone cowboys since the blogger is the writer, editor, publisher, proofreader of his or her own online journal. But as the number of bloggers grew, groups and cliques were formed. It started as small groups at first joined by a common interest like food, beauty, fashion, travel and the list can go on. The relationship in turn have become dependent to each other for some R&R's (retweets and reposts) and other forms of support to promote the now blogger friends online.

Bloggers Apprentice's Magic 6 Announcement & Thanksgiving Dinner

Blogger Apprentice's Magic 6 Announcement & Thanksgiving Dinner

But the relationship does not stop there, new bloggers are added each day and now there is a ballooning number of newbies who needs direction. However, I think the blogging arena in the Philippines (and I claim this as my opinion only and not as a fact) is at its entropy stage. There is disorder because there is a need to unify different thoughts that started as independent ideas. Naturally conflict arises because there are too many variables to consider. However, in an interdependent relationship, it is one that is "dynamic of being mutually and physically responsible to, and sharing a common set of principles with others".

The Top 5 (in random order) of the Bloggers Apprentice 2011 Magic 6

The Top 5 (in random order) of the Bloggers Apprentice 2011 Magic 6

The Top 5 (in random order) of the Bloggers Apprentice 2011 Magic 6

And I think we need to give bloggers its time to evolve; to grow; to modify and to adapt. Then again will the time bloggers need to become a unified system be enough to answer the urgent matters and different pressing issues that have to be solved right away? Because from where I see it, what makes bloggers successful is also the same thing that weakens it. There are just too many people with different ideas (and sometimes too loud ideas) that we cannot hear each other anymore. Just like in a normal conversation, no communication can be achieved if everybody is talking at the same time. I can point out several current issues to enumerate these pressing concerns but then again my abstractions will be chaotic as well with no direction.

Some of the Girl Candidates of Bloggers Apprentice 2011 (From left to right: Krystele; ia adam lim; Larizza and Sugar) including Jonel Uy (middle)

And for me that is what the Blogger Apprentice I signed up for is all about. I know its time for me to listen and I want to listen to somebody who is learned. To grow personally and vicariously together with a mentor and other apprentices. It will take a different kind of maturity and preparation; a higher level of conviction and another angle of perception to be an apprentice. An apprentice is defined as:

a. A person "bound by indenture to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or trade"

b: one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling

I would like to emphasize the keywords in these apprentice definitions which are "to serve"; "to learn an art and trade" and lastly "practical experience". And yes I want to learn this trade; this art which is also my calling. And I want to learn to do it right because I know I have a responsibility for the next bloggers to show them also the standard it requires to be an established and reputable blogger.

Lastly, I would like to commend my husband who is also a blogger in his own league. I now appreciate why it takes a long time for him to make a post in his blog and that is because something good cannot be rushed. Just like wine, it takes its sweet time to age and mature.

Jappy Lim of

The search for the next Blogger Apprentice 2011 is not yet over. Tonight, the top 3 will be chosen from the Magic 6 bloggers. The Magic 6 will meet at 7pm dinner in Zong Eton, Centris after the 2nd Blogger Fiesta Manila 2011 before going to the Gran Prix Hotel in Quezon City for the final challenge.

Just as entropy happens, homeostasis follows. I am super excited and nervous at the same time for the Final Challenge of the Blogger Apprentice 2011. I would like to put up a good and evena great fight for the Blogger Apprentice slot because I know it will be worth it.

Ia Adam-Lim at the Bloggers Apprentice 2011 Magic 6

If your interested to join the 2012 Search for the Blogger Apprentice, you can check out updates at

Interdependence: definition retrieved August 20, 2011 from

Apprentice: Definition retrieved August 20, 2011 from

Photos Courtesy of:
Bloggers Apprentice's Magic 6 Announcement & Thanksgiving Dinner by Ria
Hazel Lumandog of retrievedAugust 20, 2011 from

I hope to hear about your thoughts about the Search for Blogger Apprentice. Feel free to voice out what you think and what you feel for a Blogger Apprentice Program.


  1. Wow may special mention pa! hahaha! ^_^

  2. It's nice to know that there are mentoring activities like this....

  3. @Cielo - I believe Jonel Uy of Let's Go Sago and NomNomclub has more projects to come for BloggerManila. I credit Mr. Uy for his vision. Please visit his sites for more updates on his projects and activities.