About the Author

Ana Sarmiento-Albesa

 A Pinay OFW who always follows the Golden Rule

Url Address:    http://www.anasarmiento.wordpress.com


Philosophy in life: Always follow the Golden Rule.

Tell us something random about yourself.

I’m Ana, a Pinay expat blogger based in Abu Dhabi, UAE who blogs about being an OFW and living in the sandpit. I’m happily married, a mom to a sweet teen age daughter who inspires me to work harder and be a responsible person.


  1. How, When and Why did you get into the blogging industry?

I started blogging way back 2008 while working at site inside the 4 corners of portacabin office. I may say that boredom brings me to the world of blogging. I was new in the UAE back then and not adjusted with desert living yet. I used to visit various Pinoy blog site to entertain myself and escape from my loneliness being away from my family. From that, I have a chance to talk and interact with many bloggers then I realized why not create my own blog. That’s how I started my life as blogger. 

  1. How you came up with the name for it?
    My old friend / colleague gave me a pet name AnaBanana! I was thinking of a catchy name for my blog but since AnaBanana was no longer available, I just used my real name (maiden name). I currently purchased Domain name iamanabanana.com so watch out for that!


  1. How long have you been here and what made you want to start?
    I’m blogging since 2008, so I’ve been in the industry for seven years now. As mentioned earlier, I decided to create a blog site to ease boredom. Through this I can somehow provide help and inspiration to my fellow OFW through my writing.


  1. Do you blog for a job full time? What else do you do aside from blogging?
    No, blogging is just my hobby. I’ll do it during my spare time especially if I have some interesting things to share. I’m a mom, wife, entrepreneur, corporate slave rolled into one. Seriously, it’s not an easy job that’s why I need to manage my time well.


  1. Did you choose to start blogging directly about your chosen niche or because you just saw a good way to make money from blogging?
    I chose to share my life as an OFW thru blogging. This is my online diary. I write about almost anything under the sun. My purpose is to chronicle my life so my great grandchildren will know how I spent my life on earth. If given a chance to earn money thru my blog, why not?


  1. How much time do you spend on work related to your blog(s) each week?
    Previously during my first three years in blogging I update my blog almost every week. Since life become busier this time I only do it once in a while. No fixed time to blog, if only time permit me to do so.


  1. What do you find to be your biggest struggle as a blogger?
    I don’t think I consider it as struggle but I felt sad when months have passed and I wasn’t able to write even a single post because of luck of time.


  1. How did you get to where you are now with your blog(s)? To what do you attribute your success? And what is the next goal you hope to achieve?
    My goal is to build another website / blog—maybe travel or lifestyle blog (a dotcom maybe). I want to learn how to earn money thru blogging also and I hope I can find enough time and perseverance to accomplish this target.


  1. Where do you see your blog(s) and yourself in 5 years?
    I’m still blogging about my experiences in life, sharing my knowledge, views and insights about anything and earning extra bucks from blogging (hope so).


  1. One of the hardest things for beginner bloggers is getting traffic. What tips can you give bloggers to drive traffic to a new blog?
    Just continue to create quality / informative / interesting posts and for sure traffic will follow. You can also generate more traffic thru referrals from other bloggers and readers as well, so it is important to build a good relationship with them.


  1. What advice would you give to new bloggers wanting to start blogging and help them start out on a path to success?
    Continue to develop your passion, enjoy it and learned from it.


  1. Describe your blog in 10 words.
    It’s Just another WordPress Blog Straight from Ana Banana’s Heart.




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