I’m really pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award by Rosemary of Aussie in France. This isn’t a real “award”, it’s more like a chance to get to know other blogs and let them know you like them. It’s really a sort of virtual chain: you answer the questions put by the blogger who nominated you and at the end it’s your turn to nominate other bloggers. Although the roots of the Liebster Award are unknown, it is an honor given by bloggers to other bloggers which appeals to me; it’s good to be recognised by your peers. The word “liebster” has German origins and can be translated into English as lovely, kind, pleasant and beloved. All rather positive then!
These are the questions Rosemary asked me:
1. When you started your blog, what did you set out to do?
I started writing this blog as a way of letting the guests in my gîte (holiday rental) know what there is to do in the area and give them a bit of background into French culture.
2. Do you think you are meeting your objective? Has it changed along the way?
Oh and some! My guests love my insider tips and ideas for visits, but I have found so do local residents, potential visitors to the area and Francophiles in general. I never expected my blog to grow into what has really become a travel blog on the south of France and further afield. My business (award-winning self-catering vacation apartment) is in pretty much the most saturated and competitive part of the world for holidays so I have to do something to stand out and hopefully increase my SEO. By blogging I’ve increased my internet search rankings enormously and my gîte is very popular. But to answer the 2nd half of this question, yes my objectives have changed as I’ve grown in confidence as a blogger and now no longer see this simply as a tool to increase bookings. I love writing and now consider my blog to be a travel/expat blog in its own right.
3. How would you classify your blog?
Sort of unclassifiable! I like to think of it as a travel blog with extras on expat/TCK, multilingual and family issues.
4. Do you ever wonder whether you should keep it up or throw in the towel? If you do and still keep writing, what stimulates you to do so?
No, so far I haven’t had any negative thoughts, I love writing. I’m stimulated to keep on for several reasons: I love the research when I have an idea and this keeps my brain ticking over! I also appreciate more and more the relationships I’ve made online with other bloggers and my readers.
5. Do you have a writing schedule?
No, I’m very undisciplined! I write when I have an idea, though I do try to make sure I post something at least twice a week and more and more I aim for 3 a week. I tried one of those writing challenges to post once a day a while ago and failed miserably because I couldn’t write to a schedule. I have to be inspired and having to write every day took the creativity out of it for me.
6. Have you met any of your readers apart from your friends?
No, not unless you count other social media followers. I’ve had bookings in the gîte by people who’ve found and followed me on Twitter and Facebook, and have then started reading my blog.
7. What is the best thing about blogging? And the worst?
The best – the contact with other bloggers, the “research” outings and the actual process of writing. The worst – the amount of time I spend at the computer!
Thanks again to Aussie in France for nominating me! Your blog has been a great inspiration to me and I’m honoured that you chose me.
I love the Leibster idea, I did one a while back and was recently nominated again (note to self – get that post written!) Lovely to find out some more about you xx
It is nice to have specific questions like that. I’ve really learned a lot about your blogging style. I was nominated for one of those Liebster and still haven’t done it-whoops.
Thank you for my award Phoebe, and no need for a great long acceptance speech – phew!. I am now thinking up questions of my own and who to award the next Leibster Award to. What a great way to spread the blogging word to new people everywhere 🙂
Thank you Phoebe, let’s hope I can run with the baton as well as you have!;) I love reading your blog and there’s always a great takeaway from your stories. So glad we’ve gotten to know each other over the last few months 🙂 x
I have to say the nosy side of me loves these posts! I love to know what inspired people to start blogging and what they enjoy about it! I sometimes wonder now what I would do with my spare time if I didn’t have my two blogs! Between them they take up all my me time but I love it!
its nice to learn more about yourself, i was taking part in this award myself
I love these posts, as you get to know bloggers more and come across new ones too 🙂
This seems like an interesting idea and I’m happy to find new blogs particularly if you recommend them Phoebe! I enjoyed reading your anwers too. :p