Of Recent Events & Current Pursuits

Blogger Update - Stay Bookish

Some days you just have to sit yourself firmly in front of your computer, stare at your blank post draft then get to typing. I’ve been telling myself that this thing where I don’t write a post for over a week isn’t a slump and it’s really not. It’s me taking my time, being a little lazy, and blogging when I actually really really want to. Right now, I really do.

I’ve been brewing some fun stuff during my non-blogging week and I’m so excited about it. But before I get into that, I want to talk about some awesome events I was part of recently.

Bloggys 2015

Stay Bookish Goes To Bloggys 2015

Last month, I attended the prestigious Philippine Blogging Awards Gala Night as one of the finalists for the Fiction and Literature category. I went with Betts, my best friend from high school, and it was pretty cool to be there amongst distinguished Filipino bloggers from different niches.

Philippine Blogging Awards Bloggys 2015 Fiction and Literature Finalists

While Stay Bookish didn’t bag the winning award, it’s still pretty amazing to be listed as one of the top six blogs in the country related to books. Another highlight of the event? I finally got to meet the ladies of bookbed, who also made it to the finals. YAY!

Book Blogging 101 Panel

Kickass Book Blogging 101 Panel Ladies

A few weeks ago, I also had the pleasure of being on a panel with some kickass blogger ladies: Jesselle of The Lifelong Bookworm, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs and Kai of Amaterasu Reads.

Book Blogging 101 Panel LOL

The event was hosted by Southville International School and Colleges (credits to them for taking the snapshots while I was too busy rambling on the panel btw) at Fully Booked Alabang Town Center, which is pretty far so I was afraid no one would come at first but thankfully, we grew an audience. The best part was how engaging the panel was- lots of questions were asked and tons of information were shared. We all enjoyed ourselves immensely talking about our passion for book blogging.

Book Blogging 101 Panel

I’m super thankful to have been part of this and I really hope more book blogging panels arise in the future. Meanwhile, if you missed the event, you can learn about which topics we tacked through the PDF version of our panel presentation, which I had so much fun designing btw. Click the button below to gain access:

Book Blogging 101 Panel PDF

Bookish Biz Pursuits

Onto my fun news- I’m creating digital products and starting a bookish business soon! You’ll hear all the details next week but I just couldn’t wait to mention about this on the blog. I love book blogging and it’s one of my goals to start earning from it (my design shop aside), and I’m super psyched to finally be head diving into creating a business related to my book blog.

Other  than that, I’m just excited to be writing a post and talking to you guys again. I hope your December has been fantastic so far.

What have you been up to? Can you believe it’s the last month of the year? 


Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
if you enjoyed reading this post

Did you enjoy reading this post?

Subscribe now to receive fabulous freebies and get the latest bookish reviews and features straight into your inbox.

Please enter your name.
Please enter a valid email address.
Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.


  1. ♡ Kristin ♡ (@SuperSpaceChick) on December 9, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I’m so excited for your design shop! Everything you create is so beautiful<3!

  2. Rachelle Waldon on December 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    This sounds like an amazing experience. How fun to be in such a great group of bloggers. :)
    <3 Rachelle // caffeinatedlibrary.com

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on December 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      It really was, Rachelle. It’s been so cool to have made friends out of these lovely bloggers but being part of a totally fulfilling experience such as a panel with them? Just freaking mind-blowingly cool.

  3. Kayla on December 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Those are some amazing opportunities! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this new venture of yours!

    As an aside-I’ve been trying to get a hold of you via email for the design! :) Hopefully hear from you soon!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on December 9, 2015 at 6:41 pm

      I also can’t wait to share what I’ve been working on, Kayla! Oh and I don’t think I have received any emails from you but I’ll send you one when I can. :)

  4. Shannelle on December 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Aah, this is so exciting! Won’t you give me a hint about what you’re doing? I won’t tell anyone, but I might just die out of curiosity. And congratulations on that panel and the award! :D

  5. Alexa S. on December 9, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Ooh, I can’t wait to see your design shop, Hazel! I’m sure your creations will be lovely <3 And both of these events look like they were a lot of fun! Wish I could have been at your panel.

  6. Cait @ Paper Fury on December 10, 2015 at 5:19 am

    Awk, congrats on being a finalist!! THAT IS AMAZING. And your blog totally deserves it because it’s so so beautiful and you’re insanely talented at design and writing. I am just sayin’. ;) And I can’t wait for more details on your bookish business! SQUEE.

  7. Beatrice @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic on December 10, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Wonderful post, Hazel! Too bad I wasn’t able to go Book Blogging 101 Panel. I really want to go but it conflicts my schedule. I hope there will be another book blogging panel in the future (hopefully, I will be able to attend and meet fellow bloggers as well).Congrats on the Bloggys 2015! :)

  8. Celia on December 10, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    That is pretty great! Congratulations on being one of the top 6!

Leave a Comment