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Tish Leizens

Blogging was just a hobby at first till it became an obsession, a good obsession, actually. It all worked out for Jenny Serendipity. Today, she has over 89,700 plus views on her home page and she is making a living out of blogging.

Jenny Bichara, her real name, is from the Philippines’ Bicol Region. She has lived in California and now resides in Naga City. She has a lot to do with our site. As our publisher and editor’s assistant, we call on her expertise on graphics, html, SEO and any other thing that makes pinay.com look beautiful and functioning properly. Over the months I have worked with Jen, I found her to be quite helpful, patient and resourceful. Get to know our Jen and take note of her blogging tips.

Who is Jenny’s Serendipity?

Jenny’s Serendipity is my personal WordPress blog. I do not consider it a travel or lifestyle blog as it is a vibrant mix of my thoughts, good feeling expressions, life lessons, quotes, travels, recipes and poems. My blog clarifies how I feel, just like a diary.  Jenny’s Serendipity is a celebration of who I really am!

Why the name?

When I first started my blog, the name Jenny’s Serendipity just popped up. When I looked at the meaning of the word “serendipity” I found that in reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts. So the name suits me. Blogging has truly opened doors for me. I discovered things that I never expected I could do. I discovered I could write. I discovered many talents that I never thought possible. Blogging became a medium that led me to desirable discoveries by accident—to opportunities.

Tell me more.

On January 3, 2012, I discovered the beauty of the WordPress. I literally fell in love with the dashboard. It was love at first sight. I cannot explain it. It was an awesome feeling. I thought: this is serendipitous find, a happenstance, a discovery.

  • My blog became my emotional medium.
  • My blog became my inner consolation.
  • My blog became my obsession.
  • My blog became my outlet.
  • When I blogged, I forgot my worries.
  • When I blogged, I forgot my pain.
  • When I blogged, it helped me find my voice.

What do you like to blog about?

I don’t stick to one topic.  My posts are a myriad of different subjects. One of my favorite posts was about a “Toy Banka (Boat).” The shot was taken at Nato Port from Atulayan Island, Camarines Sur.  I saw these two adorable brothers playing with their banka or boat. I just had to take a picture. You can see the innocence and joy of the two brothers showing off their prized toy.

Two brothers showing me their toy banka.

Jen took a picture of the kids playing with their toy banka (boat) at Nato Port, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

Recently, I had a surprise call from a Fil-American based in California looking for a toy banka.  He wants me to find one just like the one in the picture above.  He will buy not only one but many.  So one weekend, I will head out and search for a wood carver who can make one for me—a sequel future post in the making “My Search of a Toy Banka Carver.”  Who knows this could lead me into the business of trading!

We heard about your 89,700+ page views. Congratulations! How did you do that?

I get alot of visits from my Bignay Wine post -Don Ramon Tropical Wine.

Jen says she gets a lot of visits from her Bignay Wine post.

I just did a lot of personal relations work.  I treated my followers as friends and when given a chance I would say my hellos via liking their posts and commenting. In return, they would do the same.  Blogging is a give and take relationship.  You visit them; they visit you back.

Tell our readers about what you do for Pinay.com

My work revolves around virtual assisting. That is assisting Publisher, Perla Daly and Chief Editor, Tish Leizens  When I work on the stories, I make sure that everything is perfect—content, html editing, graphics, sliders, homepage, SEO and so on. I also write, maintain the website and work around the WordPress theme. You can check my meet the team profile here to get to know me and check my other posts.

Pinay.com team gathers in Manila

Pinay.com team gathers in Manila in July. From left, Kristine Roa, Perla Daly, me and Cristina Aberasturi.

Do you have tips to share to bloggers and wanna be bloggers?

My advice is instead of wasting your time on Facebook, start blogging. Make it your hobby.  Remember, it takes a lot of time, patience, perseverance and effort to get this far. Blog about what interests you.  Blog about what ticks you.   You can even blog about your life.  Even if you say you cannot write.  So what! It takes practice to be an expert. Pinterest has many resources to start blogging. You can start here. (Pinay.com offers a tool box. Check out Sparkling Tips to a better life.)

What is the most challenging thing for you to do when it comes to blogging?

Since I do so much blogging for other people, I don’t get to blog for myself. I promised myself I will get into the groove again—soon.

Blog Count is a series of conversations with Pinays all over the world. We think these Pinays sparkle and shine. If you are a member of Pinay.com, we can feature you too. Can you inspire us? Do you have something to share? Email Tish Leizens, chief editor at tish@pinay.com. Let’s start a conversation. 

All photos are courtesy of Jenny Bichara unless otherwise noted.

Originally published Sep 24, 2014.

Tish Leizens

Tish Leizens is a great believer in asking lots of questions. That was how she was trained as a business journalist for newspapers and magazines. That was how she survived trying moments in her personal life and how she navigated a successful career and business in media. In 1997, she asked, “Why not?” And so, she moved from Manila to New York City. It was and continues to be a great adventure. After stints as a reporter for Manila Chronicle and Manila Times; correspondent for The Straits Times and Gulf News; Tish worked as editor for Conde Nast, and later edited and published her own regional magazines, OurHouse and Excursions. OurHouse, sold in bookstores chains in the East Coast, was nationally recognized for its innovative approach to magazine publishing. Tish has lectured at the New York Public Library on how to launch a magazine and other topics related to publishing. She was featured in CNN Money in 2010.

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