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Posted by: Elena Grama - 18 January 2011 / 9:00
Welcome to Behind the Blogs, where we take a moment to get to know the bloggers in the Scribnia Community on a more personal level. We’ve read their words, but now it’s time to learn a little bit about the person behind the keyboard.
Today’s interview is with Sam Lloyd who writes for The Sam Effect. Sam is a Certified personal trainer through NASM and has helped many people achieve their physical goals. He is a self-proclaimed fat loss expert and an avid reader. He is constantly in the middle of various personal development materials and also loves reading academic studies on nutrition and various subject. Sam has a Bachelors degree in Business Management. He loves Jiu Jitsu and spends a considerable amount of time at it. He also works as a marketing specialist.
1) Why did you start blogging? Why do you blog today?
When I started blogging I think I was motivated by a weird desire to be some sort of celebrity. I wanted to be in front of people. I wanted to have a since of significance. Now days, I don’t see it like that. I see it as my opportunity to hopefully contribute value to other people’s life. Also, it allows me to have a ‘creative outlet.’ I’ve always had a creative bug from little up. Writing and articulating ideas is one of the ways I satisfy this.
2) What was your life like growing up?
I grew up in a small town. I was obsessed with sports. Life growing up was all about basketball and football for me. I was always drawn to athletics.
3) How has blogging helped you in your life/career?
Blogging helps me in few ways. First like I mentioned it’s a creative outlet for me. Second it forces me to really hone down my ideas and make them ‘tangible’ enough to be able to record (rather than having them randomized in my head). Third it allows me to evidence my ability to help small businesses with web marketing.
4) What do you have in stock for the future of your blog?
I have no idea! Haha. Hopefully I can articulate ideas and specific technique to add value to people’s lives. Nothing is more upsetting to me than thinking about the massive amount of people out there that aren’t happy with who they are and how their lives are going.
5) What advice would you provide for people looking to start a blog?
Decide what you want to do with it and also determine exactly what it’s about right from the start. If you are content with blogging about daily life and having friends and family read that’s one thing, if you want to reach a wider scale audience that’s another. It’s going to require radically different ‘styles’ and subject matter depending on your goals. Also, I would recommend using your own hosting, your own domain, wordpress CMS, and the thesis theme (customize it appropriately).
6) Who are your biggest inspirations in life?
Tony Robbins, James Allen, and Eckhart Tolle have influenced my thinking and therefore life more than anyone else.
7) How do you define success?
I think Emerson nailed this one: ““The definition of success–To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–this is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
What do you do when you’re not in front of a computer screen?
Jiu Jitsu, Bodybuilding, Snowboarding, friends and family.
9) What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned since you started blogging?
Just have fun with it. Be real. Be authentic.
10) What is your biggest fear?
Death. Death freaks me out big time.
11) What is your idea of the perfect blog?
Awesome design, great content from a true expert in their field.
12) Do you have any big regrets in your life?
Not at all. None.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us Sam. Reading your blog sure made me think more about working out . Keep up the great work!
If you know of an interesting blogger/author that we should interview for the Behind the Blogs series, or if YOU are that blogger, send me an email at Elena [at] Scribnia.com