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Winning in the Philippine Blog Awards

In 1997, someone told me I’ll never understand FTP. Last night, I won in the best technology blog category in the first-ever Philippine Blog Awards.

What difference a decade makes, huh?

The colleague who told me I won’t be able to grasp FTP probably never meant it as an insult. He was grumbling on being given the added task of sending magazine pages via FTP to the server of a Hong Kong-based company. He was right to grumble, imagine the upload speeds in 1998. I asked him what FTP was and I think he meant it to be a brush-off when he said I wouldn’t be able to understand it.

I’ve gotten more familiar with FTP, among other things, since then.

I first got word of last night’s win from The Sassy Lawyer, who was also given the Blog Achievement Award for The Mommy Journals. She called me up as soon as my name was called.

The award is a huge morale boost. Now if I can only find a way to have the plaque sent to Cebu. The award also comes at a time when I’m starting to feel a closure on The Independent Post episode. The settlement of that case has lit a surge of energy in me I haven’t felt in years.

I haven’t been sleeping much these days and when I do, I dream of Drupal. I’ve been testing the open source content management system but I’ve never gotten around to tinkering with its innards. Last week, I got my hands dirty, they don’t call it community “plumbing” for nothing, and found I could work my way through the system.

It took me more than a month to get familiar with the way WordPress presents content. With Drupal, it took me a week to be as confident in making the system fit my needs. But this is because I’ve already learned a lot on PHP and CSS in my experiments with WordPress. In fact, I’m starting to rue my decision to use WordPress on certain sites I’ve set up. Seamlessly migrating from WordPress to Drupal seemed a complicated affair right now.

Expect more articles on Drupal in this site. I’m also starting work on several personal web projects. These are exciting times indeed.

The full list of winners:
Best Personal Blog: Misteryosa
Best Home & Living Blog: Wifely Steps
Best Socio-Political Blog: Philippine Commentary
Best News & Media Blog: Inside PCIJ
Best Fashion & Lifestyle Blog: Bryanboy: Le Superstar Fabuleux
Podcast of the Year: HappySlip
Best Technology Blog: Leon Kilat: The Cybercafe Experiments
Best Business/Entrepreneur Blog: Reflections of a BizDrivenLife
Best Entertainment Blog: Retzwerx
Best Sports & Recreation Blog: Who rides a Vespa?
Best Travel Blog: Ivan About Town
PhotoBlog of the Year: Señor Enrique: Wish You Were Here

Special Awards

Best Blog Design: Far from Neutral Notions
Best Free Custom Theme: Blu3zin3
Best Plugin/Extension: iPap
Best OFW Blog: Kwentong Tambay
Bloggers’ Choice Awards: MarketManila

Globe Broadband Awards

Blog Achievement Award: The Mommy Journals
Pinoy Ako Blog Award: [email protected]
Family Blog Award: About My Recovery
Blogirl Award: Well Whatever
Deliblog Award: Dessert Comes First

By Max Limpag

Max is a journalist and blogger based in Cebu City, Philippines. He is co-founder of the journalism start-up InnoPub Media.