Juan Karlo Licudine is one of the few student turn professional blogger (problogger) in the Philippines. Karlo believes that contrary to popular belief, problogging is not easy. "If you are serious in taking up problogging, you must ready to juggle this and your studies, two equally demanding tasks, at the same time. There actually comes a time when you are forced to choose between the two. In the end, it all boils down to priority."
Karlo got into blogging around 2004. At that time, he was still part of their school’s student publication when a colleague introduced him to blogging. "He told me that it is the best way to express my thoughts and, at the same time, a good training ground for me to improve my writing skills. I tried it out by creating my own personal blog and got hooked the moment I made my first post," recalls Karlo.
For three years, he only used blogging as an avenue for sharing of thoughts and feelings until another blogger inspired him. "Everything changed when I stumbled upon the blog of Darren Rowse, the blogger behind ProBlogger.net. It was there where I learned about the other great possibilities that can be achieved through blogging."
"When I earned my first few dollars, I then wondered how much I could earn if I would get serious with the money making. And so, my life as a problogger began."
Life got a little tougher for Karlo as he has both studies and blogs to take care of. He realized, "What caught me by surprise was the gap that I had to traverse before I could get to the point where I could consider myself as a problogger. Because of this, I learned that problogging is not just a walk in the park, it is a serious business."
Karlo shared his experience at iBlog4: The 4th Philippine Blogging Summit. Here's his presentation and talk.