Due to some unwanted circumstances, we temporarily paused this segment. It’s been quite a while since we had a Featured Blogger and we are thrilled and excited to get back on the road again.
To kick things off, Our featured blogger for this week is a certified fashionista. This Leyte-born Civil Eng’g graduate mainly blogs about his adventures and misadventures too in fashion, photography and travel.
With no further adieu, let’s give it up for Lloyd Chua, the bubbly and stylish guy behind Lloyd and Behold.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU GOT INTO BLOGGING?
Lloyd:Hey there! I’m Lloyd Chua from LLOYDANDBEHOLD.COM. LloydandBehold is a blog that mainly tackles my personal style and fashion, as well as my travels, lifestyle and Cebu events on the side. I would describe my style as urban or street.
Way back when I can remember, I was the “artsy” kid. I would join art contests, particularly painting and poster making. I was already into photography back then. I was a photo journalist in our school paper. I’m also the kid that tries to look presentable. I don’t know. Probably, I got the influences from my sister and my mom. Up until now I always take an effort to look my best and usually I would showcase that through my Instagram. Instagram really was the first platform that made me decide to pursue blogging. I remember back then, I would really plan on going places and buy stuff just to have a great shot for a post in the said social media application. Later on, I realized why not put up my own blog? Fashion, shopping and styling myself is what I enjoy more than anything and I really love taking pictures of it and photography in general. I’m not really into writing but I can manage. So why not, right? Why not mix everything I love doing ad put it all in one place and make something productive out of it?
WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA OF YOUR BLOG’S NAME?
Lloyd:It was hard deciding my blog name. My blog name, I thought, should be catchy, clever, showcasing my brand and deeply personal. All that in one phrase or word. Imagine that. I made a list of around 20 names and checked them each for their availability. Then it narrowed down to 5 and I made all my friends choose the best. “LloydandBehold” got the most votes.
LloydandBehold is based from the interjection “Lo and Behold” which means “look and see” and used to demonstrate surprise. I want my blog name to mean improving oneself and setting up yourself to the pedestal. *Insert your name.*Andbehold! (LOL)
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BLOGGING?
Lloyd: Everything! Blogging is a collection of what I love and enjoy doing. It is also my personal outlet. I’m more expressive in words and in my photos rather than in person. Ever since I started blogging, I gained new friends who share my struggles and passion. They also help me and give me some advice. So, There’s that.
WHAT IS THE NICHE OF YOUR BLOG AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE IT?
Lloyd: Menswear, Fashion, and Style. Your niche should be something your passionate about. I like styling myself and anything about fashion so I made it my niche. Many friends ask me how to style and where did I get my clothes from, so I’m just doing the same thing with my blog but with a wider audience.
ARE YOU MONETIZING YOUR BLOG? HOW DO YOU MONETIZE YOUR BLOG’S TRAFFIC?
Lloyd: No, not yet. I’m fairly new. I’ve just started this year around January, and I haven’t reached that level but I hope I would reach that someday. Anyway, blogging has opened new doors for me and I’m just enjoying everything.
TOP 5 SITES YOU VISIT (ALMOST) EVERYDAY
TOOLS YOU USE WITH YOUR BLOGGING
- Adobe Lightroom
- PhotoScape X
- Microsoft Word
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR BLOG POSTS?
Lloyd: Anywhere actually and it depends on my mood. Aside from the blogs I mentioned above, I also find inspiration in my social media apps like Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook among others. I also actively seek out topics that aren’t really blogged that much and what people will be interested in and what they need to know.
BESIDES BLOGGING, WHAT OTHER INTERESTS DO YOU HAVE?
Lloyd: I’m just a normal twenty-something guy so I’m into hanging out with friends, going to the gym and watching series. I enjoy travelling and hanging out alone in a coffee shop. I’m also into cooking. It’s also one of the things I enjoy, especially cooking pasta and eating them afterwards. (LOL).
GIVE US 5 OF YOUR BEST BLOG POSTS
- 10 INSTAGRAM WORTHY PLACES IN CEBU
- FEELIN’ A HELLA COACHELLA
- THE HIPSTER INSIDE
- LAID-BACK ELEVATED
- BIRTHDAY RAIN
HOW WAS YOUR BLOGGING SO FAR? HAVE YOU RECEIVED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION SINCE YOU STARTED?
Lloyd: I’m enjoying it and I still have a lot to learn. I’m not really after with the awards and recognition. I am happy doing this and for me, that’s what matters. It is what it is. Probably you guys have heard that many times but I am genuinely enjoy blogging.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO JUST STARTED BLOGGING
Lloyd: Just one thing. Make sure you have the passion for doing this because when you’re feeling down and losing hope, that passion keeps you going and makes you motivated all the time.
LASTLY, WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR BLOG IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?
Lloyd: I would want my blog to reach where I can monetize it for sure but I’m more into the moment kind of person. What matters most for me is now. This mindset makes me not take for granted what I have now, what I can do for the moment and do my best for the now. Carpe Diem!
Before we go, here are 10 Quick Facts about Lloyd
Lloyd is …
- Rational and Irrational?Depends (Wink)
- Always Optimistic
- Left Hemisphere
- a Leader
- Author: Dan Brown
- Book: Any book with happy endings
- Band:Colplay / Bigbang
- Song: Make You Feel My Love by Adele
- Food: Anything Asian!
There you have it folks. Thank you for reading. Stay tuned and watch out for our next edition of Blogger Spotlight.