We Asked 4 Cebu Bloggers What Their Day Jobs Were

Blogging, for many people, has always been a great way to share things they are passionate about. And while there are those who have been able to find success by earning in blogging, it's not always the case for everyone. There are some people who do it simply because they love the craft.

But how do they earn money? We asked 4 top bloggers from Cebu what their day jobs were.



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Kalami Cebu


1. What is your blog?

Kalami Cebu - it's a blog that helps Cebuanos and visitors to find the best places to eat in Cebu.

2. What is your day job?

I work as a sales and marketing personnel of a wine distributor.

3. How long have you been blogging?

Around 7 years but my food blog is just 3 and a half years old.

4. Why did you decide to start blogging?

Out of necessity. I have been working in sales and marketing for a long time and I saw the potential of digital media for sales and marketing products. I believed then that this platform is going to be a minimum requirement for companies to succeed in the future and 7 years later, I realized that in a way I was right.

5. Is blogging affecting your day job? If no, how do you manage doing both?

Well, the nice about my 2 "jobs" is that they are related. My blog can actually make me more effective in helping our clients. 

I am just lucky to have a job totally related to my blog.

I think it also a good idea to start a blog that is about your industry because you will not have a hard time getting credibility.

6. Will you stop working to pursue being a full-time blogger?

I tried before and I think it is possible. It is still challenging now but a lot of great things can happen when you are so focused on one thing.

7. What is your advice to people who want to start a blog but are hesitant because of their day job?

Well, have a blog that is totally related to your job. If you are a web developer you can have a web design blog and for sure your content can truly help people. If you are a chef, a food blog is perfect. Some people make tons of money by blogging about specialized topics like sustainable energy, weight loss, and outdoor adventures. You can only do this highly technical blogs when you are part of the industry.




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Blissful Snapshots 

.1. What is your blog?

My main blog is Blissful Snapshots. It's an adventure photography blog that focuses primarily on adventure or travel stories accompanied by lots of photos. I also talk about photography as I experience it.

I also recently launched a personal lifestyle blog called Flawsome Ninja which talks about career, family, and self-empowerment or basically being the best version of yourself.

2. What is your day job?

I'm a full-time home-based web content creator and social media specialist but I prefer to work at night because it's when I can concentrate most.

I write articles for websites, and create contents like videos, and social media posts for different brands. I also handle the social media accounts of the brands I work with.

3. How long have you been blogging?

Almost 10 years but in different blogging platforms.

4. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I wanted to have an online platform to share my thoughts and random musings. Back in college, blogs weren't that popular yet, and I felt like carving my own space in the world wide web would be cool. And it was!

5. Is blogging affecting your day job? If no, how do you manage doing both?

It does affect my job, but not in a way that I'd be worried if it did. For example, when I'm working and suddenly realize I have a sponsored blog post to finish, I had to stop working first to prioritize my blogging commitment. 

I just try to schedule everything daily to manage both work and blogging. I always have a day planner where I write my tasks.

6. Will you stop working to pursue being a full-time blogger?

At this point, no. Blogging is my passion and I earn money from it but it isn't enough to support my lifestyle for now. I consider it a way to earn extra income. I still need to have a full-time job to make sure I make ends meet.

7. What is your advice to people who want to start a blog but are hesitant because of their day job?

Blogging requires time and commitment. I'd have to be honest and say that it's not for everyone if the goal is to earn big income from it and you don't have time for it. You have to love blogging that you'll be willing to do it without pay at first, plus work really hard to make it work for you and your target readers. 

However, if you just want to start a blog as a hobby and as a way to share your thoughts, don't think about it too much. Just start. Since you have a day job, start posting once a week and schedule it every weekend. Plan to blog for 2-3 hours or whatever works for you. Then when you get the hang of it, consistency will become a habit.



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Baktin Corporation


1. What is your blog?

I keep two. Baktin Corporation  is mainly for food reviews while The Weekend Dispatch is for my travel essays.

2. What is your day job?

I work in an R&D company as an electronics engineer.

3. How long have you been blogging?

I started back in 2006.

4. Why did you decide to start blogging?

I consider blogging as my outlet for my "journalism frustrations." I really thought I'll pursue writing as a career but I somehow took up an engineering degree instead. That's how it all began for me.

5. Is blogging affecting your day job? If no, how do you manage doing both?

Blogging actually complements my day job. My terribly long backlog of restaurant features or backpacking narratives are some of the things that I look forward to after a long day at work. These have kept me sane in one way or the other. 

The key perhaps is to keep healthy tabs between your day job and your blogging duties. For example, I politely decline restaurant invites when these conflict my 9-6. But I also make sure to attend one when my schedule permits.

6. Will you stop working to pursue being a full-time blogger?

I’ve been entertaining that possibility. But I still enjoy my day job aside from the fact that it pays my restaurant bills and allows me to explore the world outside my cubicle.

7. What is your advice to people who want to start a blog but are hesitant because of their day job?

One advice that I usually dish out is to know the reasons why you want to blog in the first place. If they are compelling enough, then having a day job or not having one, shouldn't deter you from publishing your very first blog entry.




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Exotic Philippines

1. What is your blog?
I have a travel blog that aims to promote the Philippine tourism, it's www.ExoticPhilippines.info

2. What is your day job?
I'm a freelance SEO specialist, I work from home.

3. How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging on January 2011.

4. Why did you decide to start blogging?
To simply practice my writting skills since I'm not really good at it. And I need it for my job plus I've heard people back then and from my boss that time that you can make money with blogging. So, I say why not? Right? Make money while trying to improve my writing.

5. Is blogging affecting your day job? If no, how do you manage doing both?
I only blog once a week, but I dont always have that mood to write, but if I do I write multiple articles and that can sometimes be worth for a month of blog post done in a day. But since I need to travel to be able to write and share something to my travel blog, it requires more time than that. I aim to travel 3 times a year, or at least once a year. With a maximum days of 5. And when I'm out to travel, I don't work during the day, and just work at night for few hours to answer emails and do some minor tasks, but before I travel I work a lot, tasks that can be done before the trip to be able to work less during my trip since I know I can be knocked out on those days. Basically, it's time management, managing and distributing tasks to make things work.

But if you ask if my clients mind me going away, they actually love it. Because they can tell I need a break, they sometimes even ask me when's my next trip. Simply because as an adult, we all need a break from what we're doing, and just enjoy life.

6. Will you stop working to pursue being a full-time blogger?
No. I do earn more than I used to in my blog. I sometime earn half of my day job salary from my blog, but the earning is not consistent. I can earn $0 in a month, to $100 or 5 times more than that in a month. But it's never consistent.

For me blogging is just a hobby, a way of just sharing my experience since I do lack socialization, and I want to share my experiences and people do ask me about my trips and I can easily share it through the blog. But it's never a way for me to make a living here in the Philippines.

7. What is your advice to people who want to start a blog but are hesitant because of their day job?
Don't want to start a blog because you want to make money. Because you will not earn money immiedately in blogging, and it's not much. Start a blog because you have a passion, not because of fame and fortune - that is not a guarantee here. Your passion can bring you to years in blogging, because you'll love what you're doing, because it is your passion.

You don't need to quit your job, it's not about blogging affecting your day job, it's just all about time management. If you have 3 hours to chat with a friend about your day, then writing it down as a blog post will be no sweat.

Write when you can, don't pressure yourself to write every day, but if you can update your blog at least once a week that would be great.


Do these bloggers inspire you to finally put up your own blog? Let us know in a comment below!

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