As my blog is slowly but steadily improving, I’m very happy and thankful to receive the support of my fellow travel bloggers. It’s been a great journey so far, both in traveling and writing.

I feel very honored and want to give a big THANK YOU to Marlo & Kristof from Along Came An Elephant for The Blogger Recognition nomination.

What is The Blogger Recognition Award?

It’s a way of appreciation between bloggers, as we all know how much time, effort and enthusiasm we put into each article. These are the rules:

  1. The nominee writes a post, thanking the nominator. Common courtesy.
  2. Nominee shares a brief story about how the blog started.
  3. Nominee shares 2 pieces of advice to new bloggers
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for the award!

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How I started my blog:

I’ve been traveling for years and dreamed about it since forever. Everybody in my work and personal environment knows I love traveling. Some stories would end up with “You should write about this!” replies from my friends. I’ve never taken it seriously though, as I’m an introvert. I was thinking that I would not enjoy sharing my stories with a larger audience.

Then, not sure exactly when, but I started to think more often about it. I was feeling the need for a personal project or purpose to dedicate to. I was having too much free time outside of work, which I was considering it can be spent in better ways.

A travel blog would be a good fit, I thought, so I decided to give it a try. I started with a free blog, wrote a few articles, then shared it with a few close friends. Their warm feedback only encouraged me to make it public.

My advice for new bloggers:

→ Speak your mind. If you decided to write a blog, it’s because you have something you want to share. Even if you don’t feel confident in your writing skills (join the club), keep practicing and be patient. Great articles don’t happen overnight. Take the effort to “dig”, inside and outside you, to produce genuine articles.

I believe that well-documented content, with personal exposure, is like the gold of travel blogging. Quality always makes a difference, and this field is no exception.

→ Forget about diamonds, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is your new best friend. And the sooner you start learning, the better. There are lots to learn and it takes a great amount of time and effort to improve. You don’t have to know it all beforehand (nobody does). Just a few basic rules and plugins will help you structure your articles and understand better how it all works.

SEO helps to improve your website’s visibility in web search engines, which translates to organic traffic. This is one of the best (free) tools for reaching to the right audience and it’s definitely worth the effort.

You can see Marlo & Kristof advice for new bloggers here.

My 15 nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award are:

Mel & Suan from Traveling Matters to us

Julia from Ego Diary

Mysha from Mysha Pavel

Meghna from Trailing Abroad

Steph from Jet Set Steph

Natasha from Tasha’s Tales

Diana from Czech Souls

Amber from Amber’s Compass

Gerry from Travel Birdie

Daisy from Beyond my Border

Carrie from Trains, Planes and Tuk Tuks

Frances from So The Adventure Begins

Alex from Gingey Bites

Raye from The Unlikely Pilgrim

Hanna from Rated by Hanna

Thank you, Marlo & Kristof, for the award. CONGRATULATIONS nominees, and keep up the great work!