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
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.
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“.
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.
“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.
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.
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! 🙂