Blogger Recognition Award
On Saturday 22nd April, I was tagged in a notification on Facebook – another blogger has recognised this blog and given us a Blogger Recognition Award. Needless to say, we’re absolutely delighted.
First thing’s first… thank you to our nominators Jimmy and Tina from Durham’s Love Life Travel Blog. We seriously couldn’t be happier to have received recognition from a fellow blogger after just 7 or 8 posts on this new travel blog.
Thank you very, very much guys!
The purpose of this award is for bloggers to recognise each other, build networks and increase their reach.
Here are the guidelines for anyone who has been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award, if they choose to accept the nomination:
- 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.
So, here goes…
How this blog started
We started Life Begins With Travel on 19th March 2017, but the idea began about 6 months earlier. We knew we were going travelling in late 2017 and needed a good way to document our adventure. Many great travel blogs and online videos inspire us when we’re planning places to stay or activities to take part in.
I am experienced with digital marketing and producing online content for the charity I work for so I thought starting a blog was a natural step.
Thinking of a name was incredibly difficult, mainly because anything I initially came up with was already registered or I disliked within a few days. Sorting out hosting and WordPress was a breeze – this is what I’ve been doing for ages, just not for myself.
It’s just been a couple of months of running a travel blog and we’ve had excellent feedback so far. We have a lot of content planned which is coming very soon and it will get even more exciting once we’re on the road (or up in the air) in just under 6 months’ time.
Advice to new bloggers
1. Don’t obsess over your analytics
It can be difficult, especially as Google Analytics allows us to track user’s behaviour in real-time. It’s also very rewarding to see that 100 people have read your latest post yesterday. It can also be very disheartening to know that 1 person out of 867 Facebook friends clicked on the link you shared (despite 18 people ‘liking’ it, which begs the question: why ‘like’ something before reading it?).
Don’t make it a habit to check Google Analytics or any other social media stats every day. It’s better to look at the bigger picture and track your stats weekly or monthly.
As a blogger, there are better ways to spend your time than obsessing over figures, especially when your blog is new.
This brings me onto the next piece of advice…
2. Focus on content: quality over quantity
Many new bloggers, myself included, are anxious about the lack on content on their site because they’re relatively new. You really need to get over that feeling.
This blog in particular is supposed to tell a story, when we’re travelling our posts will be sequential telling the different stories in the different destinations we visit.
A handful of well-written, well-researched and well-structured blog posts with some beautiful original photographs is a good strategy to start with. If you’re smashing out 100 rushed and poorly-researched posts, which end up littered with errors then the audience will be much less likely to engage.
The quality of your content will encourage readership and engagement, not the amount of information you can cram into 50 different categories. Part of being a blogger is about becoming an influencer or ‘thought leader’ – give your audience something valuable and show them your passion.
Keep focussing on the content and the readers will find you (perhaps with a bit of encouragement…)
My Blogger Recognition Award nominations
Here are the 15 very worthy blogs that I read all the time and I feel deserve recognition:
These bloggers mostly post about travel or travel-related content:
- PageTraveller – Amy
- The Wandering Welshie – Sarah
- Kids and Compass – Emily
- LilyTravella – Lily
- Moe’s Atlas – Maureen
- Wanderlust Brunette – Nicole
- Brogan Abroad – Theresa
- This is us Living – Meg
- Backpack Yack – Scott
- Dreadlock Wanderlust – Nicole
A variety of other blogs that I enjoy:
- Mutterings of Meg – Megan
- What’s the Pont? – Chris
- Cardiff Mummy Says – Cathryn
- BPDiary – Kez
- Christina Beaumont
I have left a comment or contacted each of the authors of these blogs to let them know I’ve passed on the Blogger Recognition Award to them and I highly recommend you check them all out.
Which blogs will you be passing the award on to? Leave a comment below and let me know.
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