Lui Batongbakal is the blogger behind Filipiknow.net. I chat with him on how he discovered his passion for Philippine history even if he is a Registered Nurse. Along the way, he shares how he wrestled with quarterlife crisis after his father died. He also talks about how he sustains his passion for history.
During his college days, he started writing for Listverse. That’s where he got the inspiration to start Filipiknow in 2013. He partnered with his former boss, who is the owner of DefinitelyFilipino.
Types of Articles at Filipiknow:
List types of articles related to Philippine history
There are also in-depth articles dedicated to single topics.
History is not boring, there’s just a problem in teaching it, probably because the treatment of many history teachers is boring.
Most popular topics at Filipiknow.net
The readers of the site get to discover the roots and heritage of the Philippines.
A Little Bit of Quarterlife Crisis
After graduating from Nursing in 2011, he wanted to take Medicine but his father died so he needed to find a job to support his family. He became a call center agent, a freelance writer, and eventually became a blogger.
He just goes with the flow and do what he wants, grabs every opportunity that comes his way.
History as a Passion
Lui has a team that runs the website, which helps him implement the content and social media strategy of the website. He buys books and does in-depth research to provide maximum value to his readers.
Teodoro Agoncillo and Ambeth Ocampo are two History writers that should be read by every Fililpino. “Puwede palang hindi boring ang history, as long as it is presented in an interesting manner.”
Filipiknow.net is not a sustainable passion. Lui’s portion of income comes from his nursing website, and that helps him sustain his passion for history.
How much can a website earn?
“The sky is the limit sa blogging as long as you find the right niche, right audience, and the right angle na para maging successful yung blog mo…. Make your blog unique. Don’t copy other blogs…. Find something that will make you stand out.”
“Don’t be afraid to stand out; don’t be afraid to make something that has never been done before.”
On history: “Don’t see history as something boring. It will take you to places you’ve never been before. It will introduce you to a lot of stories, a lot of interesting stories and figures na hindi mo naencounter sa school at sa college. Ang history kasi, hindi lang siya useless facts. Marami ka ring matututunan and marerealize mo na history indeed repeats itself.”
On Blogging: “I recommend na find a mentor. Invest in books that will teach you sa knowledge.”