Accepting the blogger recognition award!
I just got my first blogger award
Well guys, coming into my 4th month in the blogging world and things have gathered pace recently. It seems like having got over that first three-month mark, I’ve hit some kind of checkpoint.
Firstly, a few weeks ago I did my first interview for a fellow travel blogger about my nomad life. So again a massive thanks to Digital travel guru for that – You can read the interview here: Nomads around the world, Episode 3. Secondly, last week I was offered my first freelance writing gig from a company that found my website and liked my material. And, thirdly I’ve been nominated and accepted my first blogger award. (Cue the applause)
What is the blogger recognition award?
Well, it’s this massive deal, I dress up, go to this swanky dinner hosted in honor of me, I give a speech and get this massive award…Ok, Ok, no it’s not, I’m joking; it’s nothing like that at all.
The blogger recognition award is actually an online award passed on by blogger to blogger in recognition of the hard work and hours that go into running a blog behind the scenes. There are no actual winners, once you’re nominated; as long as you accept it, the award is yours. Now that I’ve accepted it, I’ll be nominating my choices for this award (at the bottom of this post).
I’m sure pretty, any blogger that has anything remotely decent will receive this award at some point but it’s still great to be recognized by other bloggers – especially having only been blogging for a few months.
So who would nominate me?
I would like to give a massive thanks to Lyf&spice for my nomination, who is a much more experienced and established travel blogger than me. If you’ve not had the chance yet you should check out there off the beaten path travel and food blog.
So, with this award, I have to let you guys know how my blog got started and give two bits of advice for new bloggers ( I’m still new myself).
How forever roaming the world got started.
I’ll be honest, it got started by accident, it was spur of the moment. I’ve traveled the world since 2010 but I never once even had thought to start a travel blog, it was never an ambition of mine. In fact, if you asked anybody that knows my writing would be the last thing they expected from me.
I spontaneously started a free WordPress blog, wrote a post on how I was feeling about coming home after 6 years of continuous travel. The post was well received so I wrote another and from there it continued. The more I wrote the more I had found a new passion.
Forever roaming the world was born towards the end of May 2017, it focuses on solo budget travel, and dives deeper into what long-term traveling is really like. It covers the ups, the downs, solo travel insights, budget travel tips, traveling realism’s. there are Information pages; like solo travel FAQ’s, a list of useful travel websites to use, emotional states, posts on how long-term travel can affect you and much more.
2 pieces of advice for new bloggers.
I’m not sure I’m the best person to give advice to new bloggers as I’m still a baby or more like a spec of sand in this blogging world; I am in no means an expert at blogging. In fact, I’m still learning new things by the day. However, if I was to give some advice on what I’ve learned so far:
1 – Be yourself, find your own style and don’t be afraid to try new things. A big thing I’ve found is so many blogs look and sound the same, they don’t stand out. It’s like somebody has said this is the formula you must follow it but that’s not the case at all. From readers and bloggers I’ve got to know, they appreciate my blog because of it’s honesty and because my style is different, it’s raw, I talk about things other travel bloggers don’t like to talk about. So don’t be afraid to be you.
2 – Be prepared for the amount of work that goes into running a blog. I don’t just mean writing posts and articles but all the work goes into running your website behind the scenes. The countless hours it takes to maintain your website, sharing and promoting your content. If you’re anything like me and not tech savvy there will be even more hours shouting at your laptop, times you’ll find yourself googling the things you’ve googled. There’s keyword research, domain and page authority and all the SEO stuff, which I’m still trying to learn and get my head around properly.
My Nominees for the blogger recognition award.
I have to say, although there is so much work that goes into it, all the hours, I really enjoy it. I love how I’m learning something new every day, how my blog posts are growing and reaching out further by the day. And, it’s times like these when fellow bloggers recognize your work and you get nominated for awards that make you feel proud that you’re on the right track.
With that being said, here are my nominees for the blogger recognition award.
1.Digital travel guru (Eliza french)
2. Girl with a passport (Kelly Ann Duhigg)
3. Always Carry On (Becca talbott)
4. Hopping feet (Medha Verma)
5. Her travel therapy (kate beveridge)
6. Miranda Knudtson.com (Miranda Knudston)
7. Wander lu lu (lauren Mae Pelky)
8. Our Italian journey (Llene modica)
9. Whole Widen world (Lorreta widen)
10. Globe road warrior ( Henry Izarry)
11. The savvy globetrotter (Patti Reddi)
12. Lexi anime travel ( Mary lexi)
13. That vagabond girl (madison Taylor)
14. Off with the kids ( Jimmy D’Amore)
The bloggers that I’ve chosen are blogs that I enjoy reading, some that are an inspiration to me, and some which belong to bloggers that I’ve recently got to know. I know just how much heart and soul they put into their work and maintaining their blog to grow it. So all you guys I’ve mentioned really deserve it.
The rules for this award are:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a post to show your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers
- Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to
- Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.