I’ve been with my web hosting company for over 2 years and I’ve never been happier. Since I started blogging using my own domain name (riannehillsoriano.com) in 2006, I miserably failed in choosing a reliable hosting company. I suffered endless lost blog posts, rebuilding web pages and blog over and over, hacking attempts, out-of-control spam comments, suspended pages for reasons I have no idea of, and not receiving any reasonable customer service help for any of my concerns. Add up the fact that all I know in this cyber domain is my self-learned knowledge in basic HTML. Indeed, you get what you pay for. For just over 20 USD a year type of service, all I got were wasted time and effort. I often surrendered and for months and years, i would stop maintaining my site and blog. Every year or after a few years, I would try another hosting company that would make my site and blog such a serious pain to maintain. All these continued until I finally found a reliable web hosting company with a practical deal 4 times more expensive than my prior accounts. It was the best investment I did for my site and blog. From then on, I have felt protected. I have gained peace of mind. They assisted me in dealing with spams and hacking. I was able to rebuild my site and blog from the ground up without any help. Yesterday, this web hosting company provided me a sign of gratitude, giving me a chance to get a brand new domain name of my choice for free for life, as long as I keep an account with them, which I really plan to do anyway. I couldn’t use an old, already registered domain name so I had to choose a new one. I
Writing has been a significant part of my personal and professional life, but I’ve never been fond of diaries nor posting much of my personal stories online — whether through blogging or social media. Much about me online are work-related. But after trying to cope up and make sense of this pandemic plaguing the entire world and putting a halt to what we know as normal, reading about writing down our experiences in these trying times may actually be something I should do. Perhaps, it can be a good reminder of this point in our lives when much of our busy, fast-paced lives suddenly stopped and forced us to be home (or bravely face the world as frontliners). The first week of the lockdown, survival mode meant going to the grocery and health store to ensure we have enough supplies for the entire month. I didn’t hoard and I bought as much stuff we need as a family and I had to make sure we would still have funds left being from the middle class. Unfortunately, the high prices of everything was very much felt as I found myself grocery shopping with just enough but paying so much for them — it was just a cart of stuff and I almost run out of funds. It’s normal to check on news reports for government announcements and updates on the pandemic through TV, radio, and online. I realized, for the sake of my own health and sanity, I should avoid watching this sick president mumble for minutes and hours without anything concrete. Social media is a combination of good and bad — but at least I can control the content I put my focus on somehow. Old-school radio and audiobooks are awesome while in transit as always. From time to time, i try
A number of news reports and social media posts about the “Momo Challenge” created mass hysteria on the third week of February 2019. While this challenge has been circulating around various online platforms for quite some time, the recent influx of legitimate reports and posts about it poses more risk even after it was debunked as a viral hoax. At this point, the issue is beyond the phenomenon itself. The responsibility of both media outlets and netizens to check the validity of such viral content is put on the spotlight.