A few days ago I received a lovely message on my Facebook Fan page inbox and I was surprised to learn that I had been nominated by Chasing Casey for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!
What exactly does it mean?
This particular award was originally created for female bloggers to network and learn about one another within the blogging world.
As you know, as you start it is important for you to get to know your peers in the community and what better way than to engage in smart and meaningful conversations. That’s how you develop genuine relationships that may lead to real friendships in real life. I know, I’ve met some of the most incredible individuals in person and it all started with a Hello, my name is…. :)
Fast forward a few years later and we’re still in contact and so happy to see that we have all grown and learned so much from each other and we can now give advice to those who ask and provide valuable, educating and inspiring information to all!
Now in order to accept this award, one must follow these five rules:
- Mention the blogger that has nominated you
- Answer the 5 questions
- Make up 5 new questions
- Nominate five new bloggers
- Put the Sisterhood Award logo on your blog
Here are the answers to Casey’s questions:
Why did you become a blogger?
I was living and working in South Korea for the second time, thus I decided to document all my adventures and experiences for my family and friends back home in Canada and that’s how I created my blog.
At first it was like an online diary, where I wrote everything that was happening, my life as an expat but little by little I noticed that some people started to follow me. I remember the first person was Eira from England and then more people from different parts of the world!
I thought it was great that they found my writing funny, entertaining and it make them laugh a bit by learning what life is like in the land of the not so calm.
Then by the third month I had more subscribers, then I started to realize that it was an important and very useful platform to showcase my writing but particularly my photography.
I try to keep it light or short but if it was me I would write posts that are over 3000 words, trust me when I say that when my muse finds me, she does have lots to say!
I celebrated the 4th anniversary of the blog in March this year and couldn’t be more grateful. I say this again, I am humbled that people in over 150 countries are inspired and entertained by what I publish on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and they are the main reason why I keep going, EVERY SINGLE DAY!
Knowing that I reach many lives in all four corners of the world, through the written word, is just incredible but also a big responsibility!
I’ve yet to share more personal posts (like struggles, difficult moments or victories and happy moments) as well as hilarious stories but that will come in due time! For the moment I am very happy to share my stories of my travels around the planet, food photos, tech finds, books I read, albums I listen to, movies I loved and so much more. I hope you like what you read :)
It’s important to mention how incredibly grateful I am too that, because of the blog, I have had amazing opportunities come to me and it only takes one person to believe in you and give you a chance to prove that you’re a professional and can deliver more than expected! For that i bow in gratitude.
Out of all the places around the world you’ve been to, what’s your favorite?
If I could narrow down my selections to a handful of places that have really won my heart then I definitely have to put Trastevere, Roma at the very top. I could go on and on about how I fell for that part of the eternal city the very first time I visited it but it’s where my heart is.
After visiting the Vatican, I headed over there and got lost on purpose. Even if I had never seen it before, I had that feeling of déjà vu and déjà vécu (already lived), I even stared at a house and kind of felt like I knew that place.
Leaving was so hard but I know I’ll return…soon!
For the remaining cities I love, I invite you to check out my Top 5 favorite cities
If you were to settle down, which country would it be in?
Read what I wrote above :)
I would also like to live in either one of these:
Australia (Anywhere in Queensland)
Canada (which is home but I would live again in Toronto where all the action is)
Costa Rica (Central Valley)
Hungary (Budapest, loved my first visit back in June this year and found my dream home on Andrassy Avenue).
Spain (Barcelona de mi vida!)
South Korea (Seoul is one of my soul mates)
What’s the best food you’ve tried on your travels?
I am without a doubt a certified foodie and LOVE trying local foods (even if it’s street food!)
I can’t really decide on just one specific meal or dish but I do love international dishes and here are 10 of them Yum!
Recommend a vacation spot?
To be completely honest with you, if I had to recommend places for your holidays or vacation, I’d just tell you to leave your comfort zone, go to where your heart calls (where it’s safe of course) and just immerse yourself in the local culture, talk to the locals and don’t let the language barrier stop you but do learn a few words in their language, like hello and thank you and you will see how they appreciate the effort.
Don’t be like all the tourists that go to the places they’d normally go to at home (fast food chains get the food they’d normally eat, drinks etc). Be a good guest no matter where you go, we’re all ambassadors of our countries. Leave with good memories!
What’s the best part of blogging for you?
Being able to write whatever I want, when I want and as much as I can. Also I need to have my readers in mind. Will it be helpful, entertaining, educating or informative? That is very important if you want to keep growing because that’s the main purpose or goal. There are millions of blogs out there, so give your readers great reasons to keep coming back for more and always thank them for their support. Ask them questions or offer your help. It will be greatly appreciated.
Where to next?
I’m currently in Montreal, where I am taking care of a few things before my next move abroad but I’ll be making a stop in New York City to see some Broadway Shows, go on a foodie, drink and coffee tour and make my way to Boston to see my great friend Marian.
I need to go back to Toronto (see a few good friends) before but the old continent and the Middle East are on the travel radar and Asia as well.
Where are you originally from?
I’m originally from San Salvador, El Salvador.
I moved to Canada when I was 7 years old and grew up learning 3 languages all at once!
Since graduating from the university, I have lived in 6 countries! I’m definitely a traveller and expat at heart and not afraid of exploring the globe :)
What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream right now is to be able to work while traveling all over the world and also keep on writing, become a published author and I also want to have a family within the next few years!
Do you have any advice for not only females but anyone wanting to pursue travel blogging?
Have a clear goal or objective. Why do you want to blog and ask yourself if you are willing to sacrifice many things (like time with your friends, family, loved ones) and invest a LOT of time into blogging? This is not just a hobby; it’s a passion, a work of love and, possibly in the future, your source of employment.
Don’t chase numbers at first. Yes we’re all after big follower count but trust me it takes time to earn them, unless you pay people to follow you or visit your site (I know a lot of big bloggers who buy traffic to their site and massive amount of followers on their social media accounts but that is a big no no. NEVER buy followers or traffic, earn it honestly). There is an audience out there that wants exactly what you have to offer. Just focus on producing high quality content right from the get go. Try different styles of writing, proofread it before publishing, put some humor into your posts, people will love you and remember you for it :)
Time to pass it forward!
I nominate the following colleagues and friends:
Savannah Grace: @sihpromatum
Here are my 5 questions:
- Tell us a bit about your blog and when did you start it?
- Tell us an unforgettable moment that happened while you were traveling. Include photo if you can
- What are the most incredible places you’ve visited on earth? (Yes it might be hard but pick 5 :)
- What connections have you made thanks to social media?
- What advice would you give to fellow female bloggers regardless of their niche or specialty?
I’m looking forward to reading your answers and please pass on the torch to other women!
Until next time!
Tashi Delek, All the best.