I, Dereck Ramirez from Trek with Derk, have won the Liebster Award by Roger Wellington from Wet Nose Escapades! I’m truly honored to be receiving this award for acknowledging my hard work.
The Liebster Award is awarded to upcoming bloggers by other bloggers that nominate you. Now, the Liebster Award is my first award but it’s also a milestone to what my blog will eventually evolve into. I will always remember this award because it’s awarded to those who’s work have been recognized and acknowledged.
It holds a lot of sentimentality to me because it warms my heart knowing that other’s are willing to award me for my work and excellence. A lot of mental labor is essential for blogging. Straining your eyes to create wonderful and useful information for people, constantly brainstorming for ideas, promoting your content, and persistently trying to find new ways to reach out to other bloggers to expand your network are all just some of the most important things that bloggers need to do. Blogging is no walk in the park.
Just as much as this award has impacted me; I want to do the same, for it’s important to acknowledge each other’s work and constantly support other bloggers who need that little push to drive them toward their goal. And for this reason, I am nominating fellow bloggers for the Liebster Award!
- Recognize and thank the person who awarded the Liebster Award to you, and post a link to their link to your blog.
- Let other’s know what the award is about.
- Answer their 10 questions.
- Nominate 5-10 other bloggers for the award.
These are my answers to Roger Wellington’s questions:
1. What is your favorite part about traveling, and why?
My favorite part of traveling is getting to experience any location with the locals. Despite the beautiful scenery or the magnificent architecture, the locals make any location compelling. I found that resonating with the locals enhances the experience by a number that I can’t calculate, for it’s inexplicable. Although for most people leaving isn’t the best part (it isn’t). But for me, it fills my heart with joy knowing that I was able to create an emotional connection with that place. That emotional connection is what makes the whole trip the best part.
2. Where and when was your first international destination?
My first international destination was Cancun, Mexico. I was really excited because it was my first time flying in a plane, and my first time going out of the United States. I was so anxious to finally visit a foreign country and to learn other people’s cultures. We had to wake up at 5 in the morning, and I woke up at 3 because I was filled with excitement! Cancun was an interesting place, but at the same time, it was a really fun place. Chichen Itza was the most memorable part of the trip. The pyramid was just a beauty! The history behind it was interesting and it definitely grabbed my full attention.
3. What do you love about blogging the most?
I love being able to share my feelings about places I’ve visited. Most importantly, being able to provide everyone with useful information. Being able to break down my feelings for the trip into pieces, and the audience enjoys the read makes my heart fill with joy. Nonetheless, converting that into useful information is what I love. I love being the reason that people experience wonderful trips.
4. What frustrates you about blogging the most?
Honestly, having to reach out to other bloggers and not getting the response I’m looking for is the most frustrating part. Don’t get me wrong people are busy and don’t pay attention to lower class blogs, but that’s all part of the networking system. Consistency is key. Just keep reaching out! Super Star Blogging by Nomadic Matt has helped me tremendously when it comes to SEO and networking. Check it out!
5. What have you found to be the most effective way of promoting your blog?
I found that Facebook blog groups are the most effective way of promoting my blog. One of the best Facebook groups I recommend is Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging Business Course, Travel Bloggers, The Business of Blogging, and Travel Bloggers Network. Despite the impactful networking that these Facebook groups have, the members provide you with feedback on your blog as well!
6. How do you usually find food when you travel?
Typically, the way I find food is by asking locals what they recommend. The other way I find food is by following the locals. The locals know where to go, so don’t be afraid to ask around or just simply follow the crowd!
7. Are you a part-time or full-time traveler? If you’re part-time, are you looking to travel full-time?
I’m currently a part-time traveler, but I aspire to be a full-time traveler. As though I still attend school, I can only travel part-time. Nonetheless, I travel 50% of the year! My goal is to travel the world with no limits!
8. What do you miss the most when you’re traveling?
Most people will say that they miss friends and family, it holds true to an extent, but while I travel I make so many more friends. The locals who have become my friends also become part of my family. That’s the beauty of traveling! Although, the more I travel I miss my parents and family.
9. You just checked into your hotel at your destination and it’s pouring outside. What would you do to spend the rest of your day?
The first thing on my list is to catch up on my work! If anything, it’s a good thing because I get the chance to sit down and start writing. Also, it will give me a chance to ask the staff if they recommend anywhere to visit, or places that only the locals know. Plus, I could lay down and catch up on a movie or two!
10. What are your travel and blogging goals for 2017?
My travel goals are to really make more friends around the world. As for blogging, my goals for this year is to promote heavily on social media and other sources. I definitely want to try my hardest to get my name known. I also want to try and update my website so it has a sleeker look. I have so much to do for my blog, but I just need to take it one step at a time!
As though we have concluded, I congratulate the following bloggers for their success and hard work!
Explore the Map – Explore the Map is a hiking and road trip blog focused on the west coast and interior of Canada and the States. It’s all about getting outside and enjoying nature!
Move Your Life Abroad – Move your life abroad is a website that teaches you how to travel long term and live abroad.
Against the Compass – Against the Compass is an alternative blog about off the beaten track destinations. The aim is to inspire people to travel to unusual destinations as well as provide them with tips.
Only Once Today – Only Once Today is a travel blog focused on budget travel, photography, and LGBT.
The TRVL Blog – The TRVL Blog is a budget travel blog for travelling on the cheap around the world.
Here are my questions!:
1. What’s your dream trip, and why?
2. What do you carry on with you when you go backpack traveling?
3. What’s one travel tip that you recommend for everyone to use?
4. What do you love about traveling the most?
5. What’s your favorite travel destination that you have visited?
6. What do you love most about blogging?
7. What made you want to start blogging?
8. Do you have a secret to blogging? If so, what is it?
9. What books do you recommend people should read in 2017?
10. Mac or Windows?