“I was in a virtual sales meeting with a client when the announcement was posted on the FB page. When the notification beep started to sound more of an alarm tone saying that I am tagged on a comment by several Davao Bloggers, I thought: I may have won!” John Llamas, the content creator behind the blog, Johndappercloser, and social media handle @Johndappercloser reminisced the winning moment. He is the 2021 Davao Blogger of Year. It is the most coveted annual accolade given to an official member of the Davao Bloggers Society who best represents the ideals and aspirations of the organization. This award is given to the blogger who has best served the organization and the community in 2021.
We were able to obtain some of the winning nomination statements from the declaration post. We asked John to react to the quotes on why fellow members endorsed him as a candidate for such an award.
“…for his work as a blogger, consistently making blog posts”Nominator
When you finally find the purpose for a passion, that is when you start doing anything for it consistently.
I created Johndappercloser in 2015 simply as a creative outlet. No brand partners. No regular readers. I went back to writing just like in high school and college months after being promoted as the youngest Sales Manager of the one-call-close sales company that I am working for. This time, I was writing about the corporate lifestyle – sales strategies, motivation, corporate style. When my blog statistics started showing that I may have gained traction from readers, that was when I thought that there is a classified group of corporate people out there who actually related to the topics I write about. That was when I started publishing blog posts more frequently.
Joining DBS in 2017 added dimensions to my blog articles. The brand collaborations coordinated by the organization helped me discover the intricate skill of weaving every brand’s promise into my readers’ work-life dealings through every post I publish. This indeed widened my audience.
“…his accomplishments as an officer by doing his best to communicate with brands.”Nominator
Everyone was adjusting when we took over the office as a new set of officers. Our work in maintaining the external relationship of the organization with brands and agencies was really put into a test battery. It was not an easy negotiation every time. Being mindful though, of the organization’s strength and reputation plus the collective efforts of the officers made every partnership successful.
Indeed, the most challenging negotiations that I have participated in so far happened when I was the incumbent VP for External Affairs of a premier blogging community, while the world was facing a pandemic.
“…maintaining an updated IG feed with high-quality photos.”Nominator
It is flattering that my fellow creators describe my Instagram photos as “high-quality”. Updating an IG feed was actually a challenge during the pandemic. Limited areas to shoot for content inside my living space as well as sporadic creative blocks as results of worrisome scoops from news channels, were just a few of the hurdles that we have to keep on overcoming to maintain the visual narrative of our handle. Knowing the core message that you want to resonate as a brand and sticking to a well-thought-out preset are helpful ways to enjoy creating intentional content on Instagram.
The Awards Belong To You!
“I already concluded 2021 as the most rewarding year so far when Kolm came to our life. Then the Outstanding Davao Blog award was given to our blog, Johndappercloser last Saturday. After less than 48 hours, here is another honor awarded to us. I am so thankful!” Llamas expressed.
“To my fellow members of the Davao Bloggers Society, thank you for appreciating our work. To my readers, I hope to grow with you one published post at a time. To the brands and agencies who keep on trusting me and our beloved community, Davao Bloggers Society, your brand’s message will always be impeccably amplified. To my family and friends, thank you for the genuine engagement on my online channels. To my Almighty God, please keep on whispering interesting content angles in the years to come. Thank you! Lastly, to Jasmine, since you are too good to be an Instagram Girlfriend, you are now promoted as an Instagram Wife! Hakhakhak Llamas celebrated.
• 2021 Brand Partners •
Treasure Cloud Storage • Acacia Hotel Davao • Watsons • Nissan • Diclosil • Unilever • Shopee
Grab PH • PLDTHome • PayMaya • Blue Posts Boiling Crabs And Shrimps • Holcim