Last week, I received the message that the Otaku Fridge made it into the finals of the Philippine Blog Awards 2010. In the last 13 years that this website has existed, it was only this year (2010) that I decided to turn it into a blog. It's also only this year that I decided to make it prominent that the site's author resides in the Philippines. (Many passersby thought that this is owned by a Japanese dude and not by a full-blooded Pinay.)
And what a year it was! Ever since I converted this from web 1.0 to web 2.0 in 2007 (during the Fridge's 10th year anniversary), I had less time for it. What used to be updated nearly everyday suddenly stopped churning out information...which is ironic because web 2.0 should have given me more than enough time for updates. The thing was, in those last three years, I felt oddly detached. That was a hurdle I had to overcome.
By turning the Otaku Fridge into a blog in 2010, instead of your formally run CMS-powered website, I was able to breathe more life into it. It went from having three updates a year to two updates per month. And why shouldn't it start running again? After all, the Otaku Fridge was the very first website I came up with, when I was that college student who had just realized that she was in the wrong course a few months before graduation. This was the site I first learned HTML for. I couldn't just abandon it.
Getting this recognition -- amidst hundreds of other competitors -- means that I am getting back on track. Yet another irony: I've gotten recognitions (internationally and locally) for my other websites...but never for the very first one that I built. Until now.
The announcement of winners happened yesterday, December 12, 2010, at the RCBC Plaza Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium. Though I didn't win, at least now I know that I can put this website on the local map. Being among the top five is already an honor. Thank you, Philippine Blog Awards, for this wonderful opportunity.
Getting interviewed after the awarding ceremony.
If you want to read about my complete experience at the Philippine Blog Awards 2010 -- who won in my category and who owns those two trophies I'm holding in that pic -- you can drop by my personal journal.