Journalizing is a part of me since my teen-age life and I became so close with my journal in my most trying times. In many times when I seemed to lose my sanity and the world is so far from me, my journal is my sanctuary. It is where I share my most private thoughts in my darkest times giving me strength to move on. It’s more than a friend, whom I can share without fear and shame and finding comfort in it. My journal has been a part of me and will continue to be an instrument of making me as a woman, as a warrior and a survivor of life.

Blog I believe is not and will not be the same as my journal which is very private and personal. Yes, I still have to keep journalizing privately for my self empowerment yet find the challenge of blogging as the vehicle for social change and women empowerment. It is a vehicle of echoing and hearing the unheard voices of unheard and suffering women and children globally. Blogging is a connection in finding solutions to everyday problems besetting every households and communities. Solutions such as donation for the feeding program for malnourished Filipino children is a relief for a mother and father who don’t have sufficient income for a day, or a dose of medicine donated can save precious lives for those who are sick and can’t afford medical care. When women struggled to be a potent voice in making world his/herstory amid injustice and violence, blogging is an imperative option. Blogging is the fastest vehicle that humanity discovered to effect social change and women’s liberation in a world separated by lands, seas, mountains and cultures.

These brilliant ideas of blogging challenges my writing limitations. In the first place as I’ve mentioned in my first assignment, I’m not a good writer and deep in my heart I know that being a good or prolific writer attracts more readers. This is my dilemma. Second, I’m a mom with a preschooler kid and a fulltime development worker. We don’t have household helper since our income can’t afford to have one. My writing jobs start when my daughter is already sleeping and housework is almost done. Yet, knowing all these limitations, I still dared to join the community of the Voices of the Future. It’s maybe because my passion for women rights and social justice is so strong that I can’t let go of every opportunity that came along even for a try. I need to organize my time properly and my priorities to sustain this effort. For the meantime, the comments or feedbacks from our VOF community to improve my writing is surely an inspiration to make me going. I don’t know what lies ahead, if I could be a successful blogger or not but what matters most is I try the first step, breaking the barriers of my silence in the blogging community.

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I always admire the strength that women have to do two or three things at the same time. Although we nay not be as good as we can be because of the lack of time, we know this community supports us in the path to upgrading our writing. Keep doing it. We are here to listen to you. Thanks for posting.

Warm regards,


Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva Tarija - Bolivia South America

thanks you so much jackie! VOF community is surely a blessing for me and all the people that sorrounds me. I really appreciate your comments and made me so happy knowing you are there with me in this journey!

best regards,

malaya pinas

I really love hearing why other woman are doing this VOF and am really inspired by everyone's articles. Having a preschooler is a challenge enough and I congratulate you for having the strength to also go after your dreams! Add to that a job and I really admire you and how you set a great example for your children!


Hi Maria! What a great words for me! thank you so much - I hope I could continue inspiring other women and my children. I know I have so much frailties being a mother - and it made me cried - Whew! i don't know what to say anymore- I'm just so happy being here in our VOF community - and tahnk you so much!



Mrs. Malayapinas- Consider this a giant, cross-continental, internet hug! I can completely relate with your post. I am a mother also - my son is 1 1/2 years old, and have a hard time finding time to post to my online journal and my blog. I also have been a long time personal journaler and have found it difficult to make the transition from the dark, personal entries in my journal to the interesting, meaningful entries in a blog. I am always down on my writing skills but I still love writing. As one of your evaluators for your Week 3 entry, let me just say that when you write from the heart and speak the truth you feel - your writing will take care of itself. Sure, there may be grammatical problems or flow issues (I'm just using those examples from my own challenges) but when the heart of what you say is from YOUR will be a better writer and journalist whether you know it or not.

Please keep at this and don't give up. Your voice is needed and welcome and I look forward to reading more of what you have to say when you find the time to share it!

Best Regards, Erin

Hi Erin! letting me know that i'm not alone in my blog / wriitng journey is an empowerment for me. I hope i could be a better writer and journalist -a continuing passion of sharing my life with women and my children and the children of the future - giving hope and inspiration for them to be part in making this world a beautiful place to live in. thank you so much!

more power to you!


Dear Malayapinas,

I enjoy your writing! I think your journalism is honest. I sense depth in your words, it's a sense of personal and connection while reading your thoughts. I especially liked the last line in the second paragraph, "Blogging is the fastest a world separated by lands, seas, mountains and cultures."

Your voice engages me.

~Mckenzie xo

Dear Mckenzie xo,

Thank you so much for the appreciation of my writing! I just posted my final assignment yesterday - i hope you can take a look at it. It's a hard work since i'm still recovering from my surgery and my pre-school daughter is getting my attention all day long while writing my article -and i have to bet the deadline! Success!

best regards, malaya pinas