The Geek Behind The Blog

Hello there. I’m Vanessa and I’m the geek behind the blog. Nice to meet you!

I’m a 20-something work-from-home fella based in Cebu, Philippines. I was originally from Bohol but after graduating from High School, I decided that I want to experience the city life.

Growing up, I know I’m going to really love books. I remember when I was in my 3rd grade, I always loved reading dialogues to myself and pretending I’m the voice actor or even the character itself. I was then introduced to the beautiful world of tagalog romance novel during my 5th grade and that’s when I realized my passion in reading which also made me aspire to become a writer someday. 

College life was like h*ll and that’s when I started reading English books and eventually, I became addicted to it. I’ve been hoarding and reading books since then. Aside from reading books, you can find me watching anime or jamming to Avril Lavigne and Simple Plan‘s music.

If you can’t find me at home, I’m probably gone wandering. Yep, like most people, I love traveling. I wish I could just read and travel without worrying about my bills lol.

I’m normally shy, but I always love meeting new people. So if you want to make friends, please feel free to contact me through my social media accounts. Don’t worry, I don’t bite *wink.

For companies, individuals or brands who want to work with me, please feel free to refer to this page for details. For publishers or writers who want to get their books reviewed, please refer to this page for more information.

WHY I BLOG

After I graduated from College, I was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and was advised not to work and just rest. Any idea how I spent my one year medication? Well, obviously, by reading books. Each day, I’m getting worse than ever. Not with my Tuberculosis but with my book addiction, and I needed to have a medium to release it. Even before when I was just in High School, I always dreamt of becoming a blogger so I just said, why not? I started to blog for free at agentbookworm.blogspot.com (which is now unavailable) but after a year of blogging about books, my interests broaden and I realized that I wanted to write about other things too. So instead of managing two blogs, why not combine them eh? So I decided to create vangonerogue.wordpress.com. I know what you’re thinking, haha, the name is so unoriginal.

And after almost a year and a half blogging on that platform, I reached the part where it’s already time for me to level-up and finally host my own blog. It wasn’t actually easy, since I’ve got to work overtime and accept part time jobs so I could afford the cost, but so far, I am really happy that I did.

So what are the topics that you will be expecting to read from this blog?

  • Books (which I find myself writting the most, wahahaha)
  • Anime/Manga
  • Webtoons (Manhwa & Manhua)
  • Travel (aside from destination and accommodation, I also do some food post once in a while)
  • Blogging
  • Lifestyle

The topic that I pretty much want to feature more on this blog is travelling, however my budget won’t still allow me, wahahaha. I can’t travel as much as I want to so I want to make sure that when I do, I could really go to a place that I could truly enjoy while at the same time will not leave me bankrupt, lol. There’s a lot of travel blogs out there, some provide really good recommendations, while some were too advertised that it’s so much different in real life. So my goal for this blog is to really provide real & honest reviews, especially on accommodation. I hope these posts will help you on your future travels.

After my hosting expired last 2019, I decided to shut down this blog. It wasn’t just because of that, but it was also because of my busy schedule at work. At that time, I didn’t think that I could go back to blogging. But after being quarantined for so long, got depressed and stressed out, I just realized how I missed blogging. Now 2021, I decided to get the blog running again and this time, I am determined to make this work despite my still busy schedule.

I hope you’ll help me. Thank you for visiting my blog, hope to see you again soon.

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Warjie
5 years ago

“Blush”, “Geek” – Two seemingly contradicting worlds. But really it’s eye-catching 😉

I hope I won’t resort to using #5 though lol

Vanessa
5 years ago
Reply to  Warjie

Hehe, totally. It just so happens that my ears played the biggest role in naming my blog.

For #5, let’s do hope that it wouldn’t happen to you. Hehe, it’s actually the lamest thing I did so far.

Basa Tayo!
5 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

To be honest, as I’m running out of reasons for a sick leave, I somewhat thought about using that same reason too. Good thing I don’t have the guts like yours! JK!

I’m a newbie book reviewer pala 😀

Vanessa
5 years ago
Reply to  Basa Tayo!

Wahaha, I guess “gut-sy” people like me are one of kind lol

Yay! Welcome to the club. Are you only reviewing books from tagalog authors?

Basa Tayo!
5 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Haha true! People with more guts fail more but have higher chance of succeeding. And to add, the only reason they fail is because they try 😉

Hmm.. not really. It’s actually a mix of Tagalog and English authors. My focus of genre is mostly self-help and Christian(ese).

But I’ve tried reading mystery e-books and so far it’s a good experience too. 🙂

Vanessa
5 years ago
Reply to  Basa Tayo!

True. You can’t achieve anything if you don’t try at all right?

Wow. That’s kinda big. I’m more into fantasy books but once in a while, I do like reading those kinds of books you love to read.

Yeah? So there’s a chance you’ll addicted to mystery books now? I could suggest you an author if you like hehe.

Basa Tayo!
5 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Just realized that my last comment can easily be misinterpreted. Well, it’s really on the bright side 😀

I just finished 3 mystery e-books and I think I gotta take a break for now. My bad because I read all from the same author (sawa factor came in).

Vanessa
5 years ago
Reply to  Basa Tayo!

No worries. *wink

Wow, if you don’t mind asking, who’s the author?

Basa Tayo!
5 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Blake Pierce 🙂 I’ve read 3 of his mystery books. The first 2 (Before He Kills and Cause To Kill) look the same but the 3rd (Once Gone) one stepped up its game I would say.

Review’s scheduled to be posted soon 😀

Vanessa
5 years ago
Reply to  Basa Tayo!

Haven’t heard the author before but I’m pretty sure it’s good. Looking forward to your review 😉

Warjie
5 years ago
Reply to  Vanessa

Sure! Will let you know once it’s up. Thanks Vane! I suppose that’s your nickname?

Vanessa
5 years ago
Reply to  Warjie

That’s great! Thanks Warjie.
Well, that’s close enough. But you can call me Vane if that’s more convenient for you 😉

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4 years ago

Just followed you in your blog ate! I would love to meet and talk to you in person! You’re great and I’m a Filipino blogger as well. If you wanted to critique my blogs please do! I love to listen in your opinion. Here’s my site: http://www.talkinitupwiths.wordpress.com <3 Godbless you more sa site mo po 😀 Let's support each other as fellow kababayans!

Vanessa
4 years ago

Hi Shanen. I appreciate you following my blog, I’m following back too 🙂

I’ve checked your blog and so far, you are doing great! I think the thing you’re lacking is to interact with other bloggers, like commenting on their blogs as well as following them through social media accounts. Blogging is not just about you but it should also about making friends with other bloggers as well.

I think I will be creating a post on some tips in blogging soon. Thanks for the idea girl!

Have fun blogging!