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My top 5 bloggers of 2014

Honestly now. Can this be true? Almost a year has passed since Ι posted my first piece on travellerstree! I can clearly remember how uncertain and hesitant I was about launching this whole travel blogging project. I remember spending hours analyzing different niche options or ways of making it go viral. This “contemplation phase”-as I like to call it-continued for a few more months until I eventually realized that I was missing the whole point.

What has truly given me immense pleasure during this exciting journey that started a year ago, is not the number of my followers (that never really took off), but the knowledge I have acquire and all the people I have been blessed to meet and chat along the way: my fellow bloggers. Their precious support, wonderful comments or just being able to read their fantastic stories and exciting adventures are the things that I have appreciated the most, during this one year of my humble existence in the blogosphere. Don’t get me wrong. Of course I still get an adrenaline rush and deeply appreciate it, when my post is shared on Twitter or Google+. Please, feel free to continue doing it. 🙂

So now that the year is coming to an end, I would like to dedicate my last post of 2014 to my top 5 bloggers that I admire the most.

My top 5 bloggers of 2014

Poros, Greece

Poros, Greece

 1. Travel Tales of Life

Sue from “Travel Tales of Life” has inspired me from the very beginning of my blogging journey. I admire her adventurous spirit, spontaneity and straightforwardness. Her posts are a celebration of life. They ooze optimism, positive energy, kindness and humor. Sue has been very supportive in moments of doubt about the future of my blog. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that without her advises and confidence in travellerstree, I wouldn’t probably be writing this post today. One of my favorite posts by Sue is “Laugh Your Way to a Successful Marriage”. Check it out by clicking here.

2. Jill’s Scene

Another favorite blog of mine is “Jill’s Scene”. Jill lives in a small town in New Zealand’s North Island and refers to her blog as “her digital Turangawaewae – her place to stand”. Jill is a gifted writer and a wonderful person. I love her humor and how proud she is of her stunning country. Jill’s posts always manage to captivate me, whether she writes about her exchange years in the US, daffodils or “Wellington on a good day“.

Children's bonfire is lit, Seurassari, Helsinki, Finland

Children’s bonfire is lit, Seurassari, Helsinki, Finland

3. Pearlspotting

Miia from “Pearlspotting” and I share two common interests: India and Finland. I could read again and again her posts on Kerala, Rajasthan and Varanasi without ever getting tired. Everybody that plans a trip to Finland, should first read Miia’s articles on her home country. A favorite of mine is the one on “The most peaceful place on the planet“. Miia has often found herself traveling off the beaten path due to job commitments and has experienced both beauty and some rather “ugly” situations. Two qualities that I appreciate and admire the most in Miia’s writing is her modesty and humanity.

4. Bespoke Traveler

“Bespoke Traveler” is visual perfection combined with stimulating content created by two talented people of exquisite taste, Atreyee and Jesse. Read their post on Versailles and you will know right away what I am talking about.  Check out also their Culinary World Tour, unless you wouldn’t like to have your after-holiday diet plans ruined for good.

Old Goa, India

Old Goa, India

5. Journeys of the Fabulous 

Featured among the top 5 family bloggers, Bronwyn Joy’s stories have a “Douglas Adams” quality that makes it impossible not to get hooked on her blog for good. She is creative, extremely funny and I wouldn’t be surprised if in one of her following posts she comes up with a much better “Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything” than “42”.  Brownyn is an expat and mother of two, a fascinating combination which can sometimes be rather intimidating too: don’t by any chance try this at home, kids. You have been warned.

Baltic Herring Festival 2014, Helsinki

Something’s frying!

Thank you again guys for making 2014 a special year for me. Looking forward to reading your beautiful stories in 2015 too! Happy New Year y’all! Champagne time is finally here! 🙂

23 thoughts on “My top 5 bloggers of 2014

  1. Oh my goodness Vasilis what a wonderful gift to read these generous words. What a pleasure it has been to meet you and to get to know you over the past year. You have incredible talent and I am very hopeful that you will continue to blog as you are able and to have fun while doing so. I am honored to be included with the other bloggers who I have had the pleasure of reading.
    Wishing you all the very best in 2015 and my sincere and heartfelt thanks to you. i am cheering in your corner! 🙂

    • VasilisM

      Thank you so much Sue for your kind words. I consider myself extremely lucky for meeting you and having you as my mentor. I wish you and Dave all the best in 2015! I also wish 2015 will bring even bigger success to your blog! You are doing a great job.

  2. What a beautiful way to end 2014. Thank you for the kind mention! Our greatest reward in sharing stories on has been discovering the wide range of fellow bloggers and their wonderful tales of living unique lives. We are so happy to have discovered you and your stories of Finland and Greece. Whether there are 5 or 5 million reading your posts, we hope you will continue telling your side of things because one of our wishes for 2015 is to keep reading you.
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    • VasilisM

      Thank you so much for your kind words Bespoke Traveler. I wish you a happy and prosperous new year! Looking forward to continuing reading your wonderful and inspiring posts!

  3. Vasilis, What a great collection of wonderful blogs! I love how they share their knowledge, passions, and sense of humor – just like you. Happy New Year to you and your family. All the best, Terri

    • VasilisM

      Happy New Year to you and your family too Terri! Thank you so much for your comments during the past year. Hopefully one day I will have the honor to welcome you in Helsinki! My best wishes to you and James!

    • VasilisM

      It’s Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 that makes the difference. I highly recommend it for editing pics. So, where do you want me to be with the camera? 🙂

  4. Dear Vasilis,

    I hope the new year has started well for you and your loved ones, and I wish you a lot of happiness, successful projects and good health not forgetting exciting new travel and other adventures 🙂

    Thank you for your very kind words about my blog. I almost cried 😉 I try to be back and more active soon again……

    Hyvaa Loppiaista!

    • VasilisM

      Thanks Miia! My best wishes for 2015 to you and your family. Always a pleasure to read your blog. Continue the great work you are doing.
      I am deeply shaken and sad about the horrible events in Paris. How are you coping?

      • We went to the demonstration on Sun but it was so crowded that we got nowhere close. People seemed determined not to give in to the fear.
        I don’t need to take a metro to work every day, so I don’t maybe feel the atmosphere the same way than many others (in fact I just stayed in most of last week!).
        People are shocked but at the same time France has a long history in combating terrorism, and this is not the first time… The French government is not afraid to respond to this kind of events.
        There is a lot to be said and to be analyzed about this event, and it surely hit the very nature of the French, the secular state, etc… I just wish that this opens up people to understand that after all (and first of all) we all are human beings, not Jews, Muslims, French, Finns…. Deeper communitarism is not an answer and that is not what France was created for.
        Voila, I have said my word 😉
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        • VasilisM

          Let’s hope that the victims of this horrendous attack did not die in vain and that people will eventually unite against fundamentalism and terror. Unfortunately the deteriorating economical situation in Europe and the frustration of unemployed youth is the ideal condition for extremism to flourish. I really hope it will get better, but I am afraid it will just get worse.

  5. A belated Happy New Year to you, Vasilis! I’m home again and now that I have easy access to the internet I’m catching up on all the news. (I’m planning a post about the fun and games of live blogging without reliable Internet. I suspect that there just isn’t enough bandwidth in Laos to cope with the growing demand. For some reason your site, amongst others, just would not load for me.)
    What an honour to be included in your Top 5 for 2014! Thank-you. I think you are spot in when you say that it’s meeting fellow bloggers that makes all the difference in blogging. And you, my friend, are a star!
    Jill Robinson recently posted…Pak Beng gets a second chance My Profile

    • VasilisM

      Hi Jill! It’s been a while since the last time we wrote to each other. Thank you very much for your kind words. I know you had quite an unforgettable journey in Laos, but I am really happy that you are back home now. I have missed your NZ stories so much. And a belated Happy New Year to you too, my friend!

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