Every once or twice in a month, we will be posting our Techloban interviews, with our first being @LorLeala. Today, we give you our second installment where we asked a young blogger and IT student who may be too shy to initiate a conversation, but compensates by writing well-delivered everyday experiences where most teenagers her age will be able to relate.
Let us all welcome, @ewoishe!
Techloban: Tell us something about yourself.
Eloise: My name is Eloise Bercero, a 20-year-old introvert, blogger (currently on hiatus), foodie, and IT student. I’m a very shy, awkward and quiet person. I don’t really talk much but I like to write. I also take pictures and doodle.
Techloban: We heard you’re a pretty popular blogger around town. When did you start blogging?
Eloise: I started blogging when I was 13, although I didn’t really know how to write back then so my entries were mostly photos and music. I was also bad at grammar and spelling. Haha!
Techloban: Doesn’t seem like it though. (chuckles) What was the first blogging platform you have used?
Eloise: It was either Xanga or Tabulas. I’ve created lots of blogs before (but had all of them deleted) so I forgot which one I had used first. But I do remember being active on Tabulas and LiveJournal during my younger years.
Techloban: Old school blogger. Sweet. What made you start writing your own online journal?
Eloise: To remember stuff. Haha! My entries back in high school were mostly lists of what I did every week and my to-do. I used it as a planner/diary. Now, whenever I try to remember dates and events or just feel nostalgic, I dive into my archives. I also made it a place where people could read my thoughts, since I don’t really talk or tell stuff in person.
Techloban: What do you usually write about?
Eloise: I write about random things (food, movies, music, people, experiences, rants, love and interests), but usually about what happens in a day. My blog is just like a personal diary without the “Dear Diary” salutation on every entry.
Techloban: Have you ever shell out an amount for your blog?
Eloise: Yes, when it used to be a self-hosted WordPress blog. Anyway, I still keep my domain name so I pay for that annually.
Techloban: Did you gain, say, monetary value, from blogging?
Eloise: I haven’t really tried blogging for money yet. But I do earn from serving ads on my blog.
Techloban: What other social networking sites are you actively using these days?
Eloise: I’m most active on Twitter nowadays because it’s the easiest one to update, and then crosspost my tweets to Plurk for karma maintenance. Also migrated to Google+ just recently and well, I still check Facebook from time to time.
Techloban: What gadgets and apps do you use for blogging & connecting to other social networking sites?
Eloise: Since I don’t have a computer, I make the most out of my Samsung Galaxy Mini. I use Android apps to update on social networking sites (such as Twitter, Google+ and Facebook for Android) and to blog (I use the official Tumblr app).
Techloban: Can you share with us some tips on blogging and maintaining your online presence?
- Know which platform or tools should you use. Weigh the pros and cons.
- Be both professional and personal.
- Have personality, but don’t overshare.
- Keep active through status updates.
- Monitor your pages through periodic vanity searching.
- Network through comments, recommendations, group activities, etc.
- Update all your profiles at once.