Last year I had a good habit: I used to review “power bloggers” – those people who make a difference in the blogosphere. I featured first Liz Strauss, then Ilker, Jennifer Jones and many others. All these people belong to a special category: that of bloggers with high ethical standards, ready to listen when you need someone to listen, people who carry the dialogue out of the comments box.
In the quest for “hot topics” we often forget the people who make the dialogue possible… and I am ashamed to say: I am guilty. I forgot to pay more attention to the people and less to the technical part of the web. I blogged a little too much about SEO, dos and don’ts of PR, body language and so on, and not enough about bloggers and their dreams. This blog used to be about “unleashing the power of dreams.” The dreamcatcher had a real value… when did I lose that? Or, if I bring it back today, is it really lost?
Meet Jehzeel Laurente
Jehzeel is a blogger with a powerful voice, and how powerful you can see at Jehzlau Concepts. He comes from the beautiful Philippines and he writes one of the most prominent blogs in this part of the world. A top 100 Philippines blogs classifies his work on position 14. At the middle of 2008 it is hard to still consider accurate a top made in December 2007 – Jehzlau Concepts certainly deserves today a position in the top 5.
Jehzeel started blogging in 2006 and his main topics back then were SEO, Internet marketing and Google related. Today… there’s basically no topic he hasn’t covered, from food to graphic design each entry is a resource. He is one of the few bloggers in the world who turned blogging into a full time job.
In 2006 Jehzeel was not even dreaming about making money with his blog. Today his advice is valued by many who try to expand their ROI. Making money with AdSense is a reality for this blogger, who graciously shares his tips – and from experience I can already tell you that he knows his stuff.
Jehzeel has a few admirable blogger features: sense of humor (see how to increase your number of RSS readers – I am still smiling), an honest approach to internet marketing (all his tips and tutorials are illustrated with screenshots that prove his affirmations), and originality. I think originality is what makes Jehzeel so popular and his voice so strong: he doesn’t pretend to be someone else; his writing style is personal and direct. Frankly, this is the first time I read a blog that is both entertaining and insightful.
What Do We Learn from Jehzeel?
I read an article featuring this 21 years blogger in a printed magazine and the thing that got my attention was his very statement: “Don’t blog just to earn money!”
Jehzeel is the proof that value gets rewarded.
To further illustrate my choosing Jehzeel as a power blogger today, I could make a list… But lists are impersonal. So instead… I give you his words, quoted from the magazine article linked in the previous paragraph:
Copying content is evil. Blog even if you think you are not good in writing. Abstain from copying one’s content and pasting it to your blog. Be unique, be original… Always put in your mind that you’ll never learn if you cannot make a mistake. A lot learned from mistakes, a lot learned from failures. Even great scientists committed thousands of mistakes before perfecting their experiment. Always remember that failure is not the enemy of success, it’s a teacher, a very harsh teacher, but the best.
Be honest! Blog about what you think is right…”