What a great way to start off July! If you’re a fellow blogger, I’m sure you know blogging can be pretty intense sometimes and it isn’t always easy to keep up. A little boost every now and then, in the form of a heartfelt comment, compliment – or of course an award nomination – can be exactly what you need then. That’s why I want to say a HUGE thank you to Lisa for nominating me for this Blogger Recognition Award! Lisa is all about creating peace, space and tranquility in our lives and homes. She has a super cool blog Lisa Designs Life where she shares all these handy tips on decorating, organizing and wellness. Make sure you check it out!
The Rules of the Award
Alright, so before we get to my 15 nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award, here are the rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
2. Write a post to show your award.
3. Write a short story on how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
5. Choose 15 bloggers you want to pass this award on to.
6. Comment on each of their blogs to let them know they have been nominated and provide a link to this post.
I started Neelie’s Next Bite in the summer of 2015, just after I’d resigned from my job. I didn’t know what I wanted to do next job wise, but I did know I’d always enjoyed writing. So at first I began to blog about my journey from being an uninspired banker to an-I-didn’t-know-what-yet and along the way Neelie’s Next Bite became my writing portfolio, a place where I shared posts about whatever it was I wanted to write about. I still think it’s thanks to this blog that I ended up writing professionally and I’m super thankful for that as it is something I thoroughly enjoy.
About a year ago I decided to focus more on a few of my favourite things to blog about: Paris, London, Lifestyle & Travel. Paris because I lived there for over five years and I’ll always be a Parisienne by heart. London because it’s my current hometown and there are so many places to discover still. Lifestyle because that’s in a way how this blog started out. And finally travel, because as a Dutch girl living abroad for more than 9 years now travel is a big part of my life.
To new bloggers I’d like to say if you can, plan ahead. Write your posts in advance so you won’t be stressing about having to write a blog last-minute. Blogging is a time consuming business and creating quality content takes a lot of effort which is why you want to make your life as easy as possible. The second thing I’d like to say is try to add beautiful images. I always find it sad to read a good post with images that don’t do the content justice. Personally I think it’s best to create your own photos or images, but if you don’t have any fitting pictures to go with your post, there are a lot of free picture databases out there you can use to still get beautiful images. So there really is no reason for poor picture quality 🙂
Onto the most exciting part of this post now, my nominations for the Blogger Recognition Award (in no particular order). Do check out these great blogs!
Nathalie from Nathalie Yogini
Laura from My Out of Office
Julie from More than Main Street
The Wayfaring Londoner from Wayfaring Londoner
Edward from No Need for Postcards
Alex from Self-Actualizing for Twenty Somethings
Shelly from Doctor Mummy MD
Gabrielle from Unbothered Lifestyle
Lauren from South of the City
Anna from Miss Très Anna
Em from AyanaOri
Melissa from Chai & Lipstick
Zhade from The Graceful Olive
Zineb from Tales of a Shy Mess
Monique from Monique LeBlanc
Congratulations to all of you!