Vlogging is the most viral platform today and thanks to Youtube these vloggers find the space and audience for their videos. From the celebrities to the infamous to the completely unknown, you’ll find plenty of them dishing out topics like food, travel, gadgets, showing off talents, unboxing, reaction videos, reviews and a whole lot more.
Loida Bauto is not your typical vlogger. She has a Youtube channel where she shares her journey as a PWD (persons with disabilities). I’m so glad that Loida allowed DG to interview her and talk about being a #PWDvlogger.
Delighting Grace: Hello Loida!
Please tell us something about yourself.
Loida Bauto: I am Loida C. Bauto, an interior designer by profession but wasn’t able to practice for long because I was diagnosed with Brain Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) months after passing the licensure examinations. The AVM caused two (2) major strokes that left me with multiple disabilities up to date. I am now a disabled person (PWD or Persons With Disabilities) for 6 years. At present, I am doing vlogs on Youtube.
Delighting Grace: Ok. So when and why did you decide to do vlogging?
Loida Bauto: I started vlogging just this March 2019. At first, I just wanted to share my story and use it as my journal but in video form. I also tried it because it can also be a source of income. But after studying how it works, I realized that Youtube is a good platform to share in your cause. Youtube-ing can be a great way to rally people for a certain purpose especially if you already have a large following.
Delighting Grace: There are virtually lots of vloggers and vlogging channel around. Please tell whats your vlog or Youtube channel about? What topics do you cover?
Loida Bauto: My channel is about my journey as a PWD and as an AVM Survivor. I cover topics concerning (Persons with Disabilities) PWDs and even topics I just wanted to share that may help or educate viewers.
Honestly, my first vlogs are more about my story but as I do my research, it seems I am really directed to topics about disability like what the hashtag I am using- I am a #PWDvlogger.
Delighting Grace: You’re the first #PWDvlogger I met. How’s your experience in vlogging for the first time? How was your first time to post your first video?
Loida Bauto: I am really camera shy. I never thought I can also face the camera, film myself, and make someone watch it. My first time uploading on Youtube is full of worries – how I look, how I sound or am I good enough. But when I post videos, people are watching it and I feel motivated (I am grateful although it was not really a lot of views). As I am learning, my insecurities faded. How I looked and sounded wasn’t important. I can face the camera more confidently!
Delighting Grace: Since you have some physical constaints, is vlogging hard for you? What are the adjustments do you make to make much of your vlogging?
Loida Bauto: Yes. It’s hard especially setting things up. I cannot walk alone but I try (most of the time) to arrange my set-up alone. And it’s harder because I don’t have a studio or enough equipment for vlogging. I only film myself at the entrance or at the door where it’s brighter. I am only using my phone; Use the emergency light of the electric fan just to add brightness when there’s not enough sunshine.
But I love doing it. I really enjoyed vlogging. I really put so much effort and time researching and reading articles about my content. I also make much thru editing the videos knowing that I lack the equipment to make high definition videos. So, binabawi ko sa editing.
Delighting Grace: I love the self publishing and vlogging equipment set up videos you have done. So what’s your favorite video that you made?
Loida Bauto: My favorite videos are those starting with Vlog #8. It’s the start where I am becoming more and more confident with what I am doing.
Delighting Grace: If someone wants to start vlogging what is the first thing they should know? Will that differ if say a PWD wants to vlog?
Loida Bauto: I would say to anyone, whether he’s a PWD or not, that it will not be easy as how it looked like especially when you are not known or famous. They should do their research. Know your content. Brand ourselves. For a PWD, I will add: Don’t get embarrassed just because we have disabilities.
Delighting Grace: How do we glorify God in our infirmities? I know you have been through alot. So how do we kep focus on Christ despite our circumstances?
Loida Bauto: God indeed is the one working in my life to glorify Him. He glorifies Himself through my weaknesses. I have made failures. My story is tattered. But I am witnessing how God shines on how He’s using my life. The darker I am in my infirmities, the more people and I are seeing His radiance. I am physically disabled but God enables.
To acknowledge and understand God’s sovereignty over all creatures and circumstances and to know God is good whatever may happen in our lives give me peace and assurance that I will not be harmed and forsaken. Like what the hymn said, “Whatever my lot, You have taught me to say, ‘It is well with my soul.’
Delighting Grace: Well said. Thank you so much! Loida, please invite our readers to check you out.
Loida Bauto: Hello everyone! Loida here! Please check me out by going to Youtube and search ‘Loida Bauto’ and you’ll find lots videos about me. You can alternatively, go my channel and watch my vlogs. Don’t forget to hit the ‘Subscribe’ button to subscribe to my channel and tap on the ‘bell’ icon so you’ll be the first to know my newest video.
You can contact me on my FB Page, my book’s FB Page ‘Memento ni Loida’ or e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t know which one to watch first, let me suggest this video link to my story. May you find my content worth watching.
Delighting Grace: Thanks again Loida and I hope you inspired people to vlog despite their infirmities. Blessings everyone!
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E-book: Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God by John Piper
E-book: When Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper
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