I had the opportunity to write for the newest indie magazine for creative bloggers, Belong Magazine (belong-mag.com), in their Issue #2 release. It was one of the best feelings ever to create a piece for this publication. From the moment I picked them up on my Explore feed on Instagram, I knew instantly that it was a community that would accept me and help me as a blogger and community builder. Belong’s founder and editor-in-chief, Brooke Samson-Spencer, is a woman who totally gets the introverted nature of blogging and found a way to connect with, nurture and inspiring this community of content creators, through a beautifully-designed publication that we as bloggers can all be proud of. I’m so happy I got to be a part of this in some way!
I wrote an essay on “meaningful blogging,” which is basically a narrative of my blogging journey and how it changed me as a person, and as an entrepreneur. I know how confusing and overwhelming it can be to blog, and after 3 or 4 failed attempts at past blogs, I could share how I successfully found my “place” in this big blogging universe, through Make it Blissful. While Make it Blissful is far from where I envision it to be (because it is still very much a startup, still small and still stumbling a lot!), sharing about its evolution is cathartic. I hope that the article gives other bloggers some hope that if you start a blog, you’re still doing great even after several attempts.
I also wrote a piece about the Blissmakerie, which is Make it Blissful’s official gathering: a meal, a mini workshop and mixer, all rolled into one for creatives, bloggers and business owners. It felt amazing to have the Blissmakerie in the same issue as my “peg”, the Create & Cultivate conference! (One day, I’ll get to go to the States for one! Promise to self.)
The good news is that I’m bringing Belong to Manila — yay! If you submitted orders for Issue #2, you’ll be getting those at the soonest, and I shall also be carrying the newly-released Issue #3, too. There are only 10 copies of each issue per month, so you’ll need to stay updated via the Make it Blissful mailing list, if you want dibs on when the new magazines drop. We’ll make some copies available for display in Kendo Creative, too.
Follow updates for Belong by signing up for their email list. You can also follow along on Instagram at @belongmag and hashtag #youbelong. You can also still pre-order issue #2 on the Make it Blissful shop, until supplies last.