Source: Wandering Explorer Travel.

Hey, folks!

Two months ago, Ann-Kathrin from Wandering Explorer Travel nominated me for the “Outstanding Blogger Award.” I started following Ann-Kathrin’s blog about six months ago, and we’ve become close blogging friends. Not only that, but I admire her worldly experience at such a young age, from her German roots to studying in France to now living in NYC. She’s quite the intrepid traveler, and I thank her for nominating me!

The Rules for this award

  1. Provide a link to the creator’s original award post.
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate up to 10 bloggers.
  5. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination.
  6. Now let’s continue to support and cheer each other throughout 2021 for the Outstanding Blogger Award!

Question

1. How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for over four years, soon to be five this July. Looking back on my older posts, it amazes me just how far I’ve come over the years!

2. What made you want to start a blog?

I already had a couple of blogs prior to Rebecca Goes Rendezvous, but I specifically wanted to start a blog dedicated to my travels that I was currently pursuing whilst still in Europe, hence this blog was born. Overall, I started blogging because I’ve always had an affinity for writing since I was young, and I majored in English in college. That said, it felt apropos to pursue blogging!

3. How do you decide what to blog about?

As mentioned in #2, I wanted to start a travel blog dedicated to my travels in Europe, as I was living in France at the time. I had spent the past year traveling to over 15 countries, and I wanted an outlet to share my photos and adventures with like-minded bloggers. Since then, my blog has grown tremendously, and even though I’m not traveling at the moment due to the pandemic, I’ve established a solid writing platform for myself. 🙂

4. What has been a topic that you considered blogging about but haven’t (yet)?

I’ve considered writing a sort of “snapshots” of people I’ve met throughout my travels. Whether we’d met one night at the bar, a layover at the airport, or at the same hostel, these people come from all walks of life, and I’m fascinated by the diversity of them all. I’d like to write “epistolary” posts in which I “write to them” and recount the adventures we had back on our travels. Granted, they’d be anonymous, but I’d like to impart the relationships, the connections I established, that’ve made me the person I am today. Let me know if this would be a good idea!

5. How much time do you usually spend writing and editing a blog post?

It can be as short as 10 minutes (for photography posts) to as long as three hours (for destination/travel itinerary posts). There are posts which I complete in one sitting, and there are others which I draft and return to multiple times before completion. It really depends.

6. What is your favorite post on your blog so far?

One of my more-recent favorites is titled “A Decade of Travel: My Experiences” (January 21, 2020). In the post, I recap the travels I did each year of the 2010’s, from my teenage years to mid-twenties. It was a reflective post in which I got to look back fondly at the places I’d been to, all the while growing up and gaining more insight into the world and who I was as a young adult.

7. What have you learned along your blogging journey?

I’ve learned that blogging takes a lot of work and drive to remain consistent. Luckily, I continue to have plenty of ideas to execute, but I won’t lie and say that I haven’t come across writer’s block at times. I’ve also learned that bloggers in the blogging community come and go, and that the friendships you’ve made throughout the years may not necessarily last. But it’s all part of the journey, and it’s always wonderful to meet new people who start their blogs and engage with others. Just as how I’ve met tons of fellow travelers during my adventures, I’ve met tons of fellow bloggers on WordPress!

My nominations

I won’t nominate anyone in particular, but you’re all free to answer the questions I pose down below!

My questions

1. What is one food you’d hesitate to try? Why?

2. Country you traveled to which was the most challenging to navigate?

3. Do you intend to move from the city you currently live in within the next few months/years? If so, where will you go?

4. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

5. What traits would your dream partner have?

6. Do you envision yourself staying in the same profession for the next few years/rest of your life? Why or why not?

7. What’s your preferred mode of travel (airplane, train, bus…)?

Thanks for reading. Have a good day! 🙂

— Rebecca

55 thoughts on “The Outstanding Blogger Award

  1. So nice to read your backstory Rebecca. I’m so glad we found each other’s blogs and have become virtual friends as I look forward to your posts. Incidentally my blog is just a little older than yours as I started in August 2015. Marion

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  2. Congratulations on your Award, Rebecca! I also follow Ann-Kathrin’s lovely blog. I love your idea of “Snapshots” and look forward to reading about the people you’ve met and connected with on your journeys! I’m currently reading a book that’s written epistolary-style that you may enjoy. It’s called, “Dear Paris” by Janice MacLeod. Congrats again on your Award!

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    1. Thank you, Darlene! Ann-Kathrin’s blog is lovely, and the blogger herself is lovely, too. I’ll think about rolling out some “Snapshot” stories down the line, once I gather a few to start! Look out for them in the distant future…

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  3. Time flies! I can’t believe it was so long ago that I first discovered your blog. Keep it up! I’ve enjoyed reading about your life in LA over the past year or so while international travel has largely been off the cards. I agree posting consistently takes time and effort – I’ve let my blog fall by the wayside a bit recently, as I’ve had a lot going on offline! Planning to pick things up again now I’m settling back into a routine 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Rosie! It’s surreal to think that it’s been almost five years since I started this blog. I enjoy following your blog over the years and it’s understandable that you’re posting less due to life (because life happens!). In any case, I look forward to any time you publish on your blog, so take your time! Wishing you a safe and healthy journey as we continue to live through this pandemic. 😊

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    1. I can relate! I don’t usually go back to my old posts unless it’s to link them to a relevant post I’m publishing, but I do agree that it can be a bit embarrassing to see what was written back then. But it’s also a way to see how far one’s come, so for me, I don’t edit them as a sort of archive of my blogging journey from the start until now. To each their own, I guess!

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  4. Love this post Rebecca! What’s it like living in France?? That’s so cool that you travelled for a decade! I’m new to your blog – I’m Zainab, it’s lovely to meet you! I’d love it if you could check out my blog! ❤

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  5. Congratulations to the outstanding Blogger Award 🥇 Rebeca…I have Read your Blogging Tips &content, me too will be gotten popular Blogger and get connect Blogging Friends communication… I just start Blogging one month ago … hope friendz support & view all my posts 💯

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  6. Congrats for the nomination! You absolutely deserve it! 😍 Reading about your blogging history was really interesting, and I think the idea of writing “snapshots” of people you’ve met during your travels is a fantastic idea!

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