>>> Versatile Blogger Award nomination for my Classy Explorer blog

I am very happy and honored that my The Classy Explorer travel and aviation blog just got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. The blog is not even a year old, but already has a very satisfying number of readers. Also good numbers on social media like Facebook and Instagram for the time the blog exists and the actual time I have to devote to it. I plan to grow it further and expand, and this Award nomination is just giving me more wings to pursue it.

What is this Award?

The Versatile Blogger Award is a peer community award,  given by bloggers to other up-and-coming bloggers, in order  to encourage those new bloggers to keep up the good work, appreciate their excellent writing skills, inspiration and help people to discover new blogs.  It is a very nice way to encourage each other, and support – as blogging is not easy as it looks like. Some of the criteria’s to get the nomination are:

  • the quality of the writing
  • the uniqueness of the subjects covered
  • the quality of the photographs

Here are the Versatile Blogger Award rules:

  • Publicly thank the person who nominated you, linking to their blog so everyone else can see how great they are.
  • Pay it forward and select 5-10 nominees you think are deserving this award and notify them via social media so they can feel good about themselves too.
  • Tell all of these people 7 random things about yourself, and ask your nominees to do the same. Learning about others is fun!

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>>> Interview with a fellow travel blogger: Tigrest

I just started having this section in my blog which relates to becoming a blogger, for those of you who like what we bloggers do and wish to learn more how one can start. So I decided to interview my friend and fellow travel blogger Maria from Estonia, also known as Tigrest.  Her Tigrest Travel blog is a blog about travel destinations, travel tips, airline secrets and recommendations for foodies. She has 10+ years of experience travelling around the world as well as working in travel business.  We have already a nice collaboration and exchange of ideas, supporting each other, so let’s see what she has to say ;-)…

  1.  How and when did you come up with an idea to start a blog? Why travel blog? And why name “Tigrest travel blog”?

Tigrest: I started blogging (writing posts) around 2 years ago on a platform called Hubpages. However, I wasn’t earning much for the amount of time I was investing into writing posts. Last year in February I finally decided to buy a domain, register and start blogging for my own website. At first it was just a hobby – I wanted to share my stories. Surprisingly, one of the least popular posts from Hubpages – 25 Airline facts – became a huge hit and scored thousands of views (mainly thanks to Quora – Q&A website). That’s why I decided to explore the topic in more depth and write some other Air Travel related posts.

Travel has always been a huge part of my life, so it was only natural that I decided to make a travel blog. Tigrest was a nickname I got from my friend 13 years ago. It stuck, and I decided to develop a brand out of it.

Classy Explorer: Cool Maria. I find “Tigrest” quite an unusual name for a blog but completely unique in the bloggers’ network full of same names like Wanderlusts, Nomads etc. I know it took me some time to come up with mine 🙂 Read more

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