So my dear child-blog (or blog-child) was nominated for a Liebster Award by Sciintilla, an unconventional fashion, beauty & travel lover. For some nutty reason, she loved Vegan Beauty Travels because, as she explained “She’s been everywhere and her ‘How To Piss Off a Vegan Girl You Just Met Had Me in Stitches, I’m guilty on all accounts”. By the way, I loved her post I can resist anything but temptation for her soooooo simple and working tips on how to tame shopping temptation – an absolutely must-have skill if you want to save loads of money for your travels!
What does that Liebster Award come with?
It’s served with all the love other bloggers have for your baby blog. Being nominated means you’ve been recognized and appreciated by the blogging community. And not only is this love inspiring, but the power of sharing it boosts your blog traffic.
How do I handle the fact of being among the chosen ones?
Just like Miss Universe needs to spread her world- saving text-to-speech message, there are a few follow-up rules for the chosen ones too:
- Display the Liebster Badge on your site
- Answer the 10 questions you were sent
- Choose 10 blogs to nominate
- Send 10 questions for your nominees to answer
- Repeat, repeat, like a chain letter, if you like.
My answers to Sciintilla’a questions
1. What was the last picture you took with your phone?
Hahaha, I took this pic a few days ago after being anesthetized and waiting for my third molar to be pulled out. I found it kinda funny – they painted that view on the wall in the chamber of dental torture to make the experience relaxing… seriously?
2. Who inspires you?
My boyfriend. He’s so composed, loving and unbiased. He’s able to see things from different perspectives even when a very emotional situation is involved, and suggest a plausible solution. With his feet firm on the ground, he’s the only person who I’m 100% positive will be there for me whatever happens.
3. What’s your favourite place? Can be anywhere.
You got it right there, Sciintilla, it is ANYWHERE indeed! Travelling has taught me a decent bunch of survival skills, and looking at whatever place I go as my new fav is one of them. It makes me happy wherever I happen to land and enjoy it to the limit. Every spot has it’s unique spirit and you just absorb it by getting new perspectives and going through new experiences. It’s impossible to rate or compare them.
4.What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
“Gosh, I’ve got so much translation to do, I’m already tired,” hahaha. And just a moment later, how grateful I am I have a job to do and that I can do it right from my cosy bed.
5. What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?
I love writing and sharing it with people, replying to comments under my posts means a lot to me. The only thing I’m not so keen on is the too-familiar aggressive mood present in too many fb groups. People who are pouring out their frustrations on the net and suspect others of having something mean on their mind as well make me sad. It used to drive me mad, now it’s just disappointment.
6. Do you follow a schedule when you blog, do you plan or wing it?
In general I love making lists and following them (except for travelling). It brings a scent of security/stability that you’re bound to give up when you become a freelancing nomad. So I’d love to be so regular with my blog, post every week at the same time but I simply don’t have so much time.
7. Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat? Why?
I use Twitter and Instagram. Twitter is a great way to share catchy links to your posts. It also lets you tag HuffPost in them (especially for photography), so it might help you bring your blog out there, also by being noticed and followed by other publishers. Instagram is a sort of gallery of my travels and stories behind them but expressed with images.
8. What is your favorite book?
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. It’s about pushing the limits and challenging common dogmas to find your true self and define your unique happiness – this is what solo travelling is about, right? Besides, it’s double precious since it was a special gift from my boyfriend – it was his favourite and most inspirational book when he was a child and he wanted me to read it too.
9. What is the one thing that should be taught in school that isn’t already?
Meditation and yoga. I don’t mean anything dogmatic, god forbid! 😉 It’s just that there are so many benefits, such as super healthy, beautiful body & mind, cure for anxiety & depression – to name only a few. Not to mention all that love and compassion born out of this peaceful practice.
I think How to Piss Off a Vegan Girl You Just Met and 20 Photo Reasons Why You Feel This Way on the Galápagos Islands. The thing with the former is that I intended it satirically and people got it the very way. They laughed at it and it feels really great when you make a joke and people share it because they find it hilarious. The latter is my perspective on the uniqueness and power of Galapagos with only brief comments under the pictures. I got a lot of compliments for this album, which is an incredible encouragement for an aspiring photographer.
I’m nominating the following blogs
Bailey Richert because she had the wanderballs to ditch her unfullfilling 9-to-5 job, find her independent path and now she’s helping people out of their ruts
Working Nomad a mine of first-hand money making tips and opportunities for all digital nomads, whether aspiring or pretty much in there.
Marisa Morby another Operation Manual for those struggling with making money online. From emotional to technical support by a truly digital nomad, Marisa.
The Nomadic Vegan because her blog is so full of practical tips on where to find delicious vegan food, and her descriptions of places she’s visited are so pleasant to read.
Real Responsible Eating & Living is a real gem in the history of vegan blogging: Since Day 1, Caryn has been posting a vegan meal with tips, often spoiling her followers with a recipe. Very motivational and helpful if you don’t know where to start you vegan lifestyle, or simply have no idea what to cook today.
Good News Shared If you like to relax reading news, this is the place. Nisha picks news that shows love, hope & compassion – those usually ignored because what sells best is violence, hatred & fraud. You’re bound to feel good when you drop by.
Kristen Palana we all want practical and working-in-the-moment tips on freedom, productivity & success online. Let me introduce you to Kristen Palana.
The Wine Culturist all about wine from all over the world. This blog is so addictive it should be banned.
Pack the Knives both in Spanish and English, travel reports without beating about the bush. If something sucks, she’ll be as upfront about it as possible.
Magazine his interview with Betty Dai had me on my knees – have you ever interviewed your gf for a magazine? BTW, a great art, photography & design blog.
mis viajes low cost great blog (in Spanish) to land on if you’re looking for sometinh on the cheap and/or can’t decide where to go, whether by plane or bus, with or wothout accommodation.
And my questions for the authors are…
- Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
- How do you handle the writer’s block?
- What is your favourite way to promote your blog and why?
- Why do you read other blogs?
- How much attention do you pay to images accompanying your posts?
- Is there any pic you’d love to publish on your blog but it simply doesn’t fit anywhere?
- Blogging-wise, what are you really good at?
- Have you ever deleted any of your posts?
- Where did you write your last post?
- How many times do you usually change the heading before you publish your post?
Let’s pass it on, then! Answer my questions, nominate 10 blogs of your choice and expose your wonderful writing skills. I must say, it was quite fun to answer Sciintilla’s questions 😉 To place the badge just right-click on the image below and save it on your computer, then simply upload it or insert into an image widget.