Ning, Manilenya Mom


Name: Ning Magcauaus
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Philosophy in life:
Work first before you complain.

Tell us something random about yourself.

I’m the crazy woman behind Manilenya Mom and Nocturnal Kitty.


1. How, When and Why did you get into blogging industry?

I was first hooked up with the webmaster thing, I was subscribed to Femalenetwork’s forum and I got curious about the website. I saved it on my floppy disk and was able to figure out on how to view source. I trained myself html through lissaexplains dot com, and created my images through Paintshop Pro 5,6 & 7 this was back in 2000. Then Photoshop 6 came in the picture. I have sold few website themes here and there but abruptly stopped when I had a major change in my life. When I came back online I was told by my forum friends to try out blogging, my first blogging platform was Greymatter through Portland free hosting, then I moved to Xanga and finally to Blogspot. I got lazy doing my own website themes.

2. How you came up with the name for it?

I suck at making up site and blog names, I rely on friends to give me one. The last mushy blog name that was given me was Majalabonque. LOL!

3. Do you blog for a job full time? What else do you do aside from blogging?

I blog only part-time. I am a parent behind my computer and have a big responsibility taking care of two adolescent kids.

4. Did you choose to start blogging directly about your chosen niche or because you just saw a good way to make money from blogging?

I started blogging personal thoughts; I guess that was my niche. It was Mommy Ethel of who introduced me to making money from blogging via blogtoprofit and smorty. I earned my first thousand from blogging back in 2005 via blogtoprofit.

5. How much time do you spend on work related to your blog(s) each week?

I spend around 4 hours or more if needed. Writing does take a lot of time; especially I’m not yet an expert on this media.

6. What do you find to be your biggest struggle as a blogger?

Keeping up with changes, everyday it’s like everything is new. I just turned my head and voila! So many things are happening all at once. People are talking about needing a good camera for blogging, etc. etc.

7. How does blogging help you, in terms of life and career?

Blogging is my way of evasion of people who asks of me, and I get to read my progress. I don’t know about career, I haven’t looked into it yet. 🙂

8. How did you get to where you are now with your blog(s)? To what do you attribute your success? and what is the next goal you hope to achieve?

I have few people that I can think of at the top of my head whom I attribute my blogging success. 1. Ethel Schumacker for hosting me for free and introducing me blogtoprofit. 2. Dhadha Garcia for being so nice to me and patient too. I loved her blog designs. 3. Ems of Nolimitshost for the free hosting. 4. Mommy Ruby for opening opportunities for me like giving me a free domain name and free hosting for a year. She truly is a nurturing mom because she knows and identifies a need that needs to be filled. :p 5. Luana Spinetti for the seo tips, etc. I know there are still more but I hope they know that I am very appreciative of their efforts.
I don’t have any idea about my next goal yet, my daughter is starting to grow up and I need to focus on her. 🙂

9. Where do you see your blog(s) and yourself in 5 years?

I won’t be blogging much I guess. I want to do something else with my life. I used to think that blogging will be permanent for me, but my situation proved me wrong.

10. One of the hardest things for beginner bloggers is getting traffic. What tips can you give bloggers to drive traffic to a new blog?

I submit my site to, visit and promote my blogs to other blogs –generally most bloggers are happy to welcome you and help you the way they can. Prepare blog posts and save them in your drafts or schedule them for posting, that way you wouldn’t be too stressed and you don’t have to frequently log in to your account especially if you have a lot to do like if you’re studying or working. You will have something for your readers to look forward to. Blogging should be something that you do on your leisure time not add white hairs on your head.

11. What advice would you give to new bloggers wanting to start blogging and help them start out on a path to success?

If you’re a student and you don’t own a computer or you share with other people at home, I advise you to draw up a list first, list down what topic you want to write and if you can write bullets so that you would have a clear idea what to write. It’s hard enough to think what to write let alone if a sibling is hurrying you up. Since blogging is a personal online journal, you can list down what happened to you during the day on a small notebook, take photos, etc and mind your blogging etiquette, I fail on that sometimes.

Research will help you a lot, sometimes I get too lazy I don’t do it, but it is advisable. Be prepared that there are bloggers who will scrutinize your content, your grammar, and whatever fault they may find about/against your blog and blogging personality, that’s why you need to be well read and well versed (if my words are right) for rebuttals on nasty comments. Sometimes, there are those who take things on a personal level even if it’s petty.

Be friendly to other bloggers, avoid blogger chismax. I learned the hard way. If this person is able to tell you about another, expect that you will be ratted out too. Nevermind if the person has no reason to do it, people will find something to say about you anyway.
Stick with respectable and established bloggers, they know the etiquette, you need the knowledge.

12. Describe your blog in 10 words.

Writings that would be fine for my kids to read.

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5 thoughts on “Ning, Manilenya Mom

  1. Being inspired by other bloggers to follow their footsteps, but yet she’s not sure of getting into it seriously. She’s divided on what to focus whether blogging or her family. She’s just been compromised to blog because of her circle of friends. This is what I have read from her personal written account here. But if she’s serious in going into blogging, she could make it. It’s just a matter of setting priorities. In everything, there is a season.

    Sorry, but this is the reality from Gil Camporazo of RandomThoughts!

  2. @Gil, when I wrote this survey or slum book, at the time I was experiencing some issues at home which I won’t elaborate on much, that’s why I said I don’t have any goal set in mind yet. But since the start of the year and the issue I have been dealing with have subsided and concluded, my goal now is to focus more on my VA Job (source of income) and my family (children). In connection with that, I have also asked Mommy Rubz, that I put my blog on an indefinite hiatus to give way to some more important things in my life (spiritual and physical). I apologize if ever I failed to explain myself in a clearer manner, it’s not my intention. For now, yes the goal is to keep my job as a VA and take care of my adolescent kids. Since the decline in blogging opportunities (not including blogging events), doing the VA job is the best resolve to my money problems. 🙂


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