The Dancing Pandas have been nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award by April of Rodes on the Road. We are truly humbled and honored to have been noticed by other more established bloggers like the Rodes.
Who nominated us?
The Rodes are a very active family that loves to travel. They enjoy seeing parts of New York state just as much as they love traveling internationally and learning about other parts of the world. Roads on the Road was created to inspire other families to travel and share their experiences along the way.
What is the Blogger Recognition Award?
The Bloggers Recognition Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers to recognize their writing effort and work product. Lets face it, blogging for most folks is a part time job that takes more than 40 hours a week. We write because we are passionate about our topic and truly enjoy sharing our experiences and stories. Ultimately, for us it is about journaling our journey and hopefully inspiring others along the way.
What are the Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award?
- Once you have been nominated, make a post like this one and thank your nominator with a shout out
- In the post, share a short story about how your blog started
- Share two pieces of advice to bloggers just starting out
- Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award as well!
How did the Dancing Pandas get started?
Rob and I had been traveling all of our lives. Getting out and seeing other parts of the world has always been a priority for us right from the beginning of our relationship.
A few years ago, I had reached the top of my career ladder and Monday mornings were starting to feel like a treadmill. We sold the house, sold/donated all of our possessions and took off traveling full-time. Journaling the journey along the way was something that we wanted to do, so the blog was born.
People always want to know, how do we do this? Well, Rob started travel hacking many years ago. Meaning that he learned how to earn and generate points and miles to allow us to travel in style yet on a budget. We hope to pass some of these ideas on to our readers so they too can see the world in style yet on a budget.
Advice for Bloggers Just Starting Out
Blogging and all the other activities that come with it (maintenance of website, social media, etc.,) can take up a lot of time. Our first bit of advice: Set goals for your blog that are SMART. Meaning, the goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound. The realistic component is very important. Therefore be kind to yourself and do not be disappointed when things take longer than you think – they do!
Our second bit of advice: Get an SEO plugin as soon as possible. We did not do this, and now have to go back and update many of our posts. We use the free version of Yoast SEO which works well for us.
SEO stands for “search engine optimization”. Have you ever wondered how search engines like Google decide on what is listed first in a search result? Well if we follow and apply the SEO plugin “rules” in our posts, they have a much better chance of ending up higher in the ranking of the search results than if we do not.
15 Blogger Recognition Award Nominees!
Veggievagabonds – Josh and Sarah are plant based eaters and awesome humans who sold up and left their life in London to peddle their bikes through new countries and experiences.
Theseforeignroads – Mark and Kylee are Canadian travel bloggers and former chiefs. In 2016 they sold everything and started traveling full time around the world. They have a beautiful writing style about their travel and of course food.
Perthtravelers – Wendy and David and their 2 daughters travel all over the world and blog about their experiences and learnings to help others make traveling more attainable.
Travelbugsworld – Oli and Geoffo have been travelling on and off for the last 20 years sharing their stories of nomadic life and adventures. Their blog shows others their path so that we too can follow in their footsteps and enjoy travel.
Howtogoabroad – Caleb has lived in 10 countries as a student, teacher, volunteer, researcher, & backpacker. He wants to inspire and help others adventure abroad. His website is awesome!
Letsvagabond – Roger and Amy, after raising 4 boys, sold everything and started to travel full time and on a budget. They have been at it for 18 months and I hope that they can continue for a very long time!
Travelingbegonias – Kate Begonia loves traveling and learning about different parts of the world. She also loves art and has created the blog to commemorate her passion for travel as well as her business of selling the art that she purchases oversees.
Foodtravelist – Sue and Diana are married culinary travel professionals. They travel the world and find the best food every destination has to offer. From Michelin starred fine restaurants to tasty street food on a stick. They hope to bring the world just a bit closer together through food.
Whereivebeentravel – Candy shares her travel passion hoping to inspire, encourage, and help others explore other parts of the USA and the world. Candy reviews the places that she has traveled and provides ideas for the the best travel gear to use and places to eat.
Brightnomad – Tal has been a digital nomad since 2009. She has visited 40 countries and has been blogging about her adventures hoping to inspire others since then.
Sandnspice – They are a team of travelers and bloggers who document their fun adventures while providing their readers with data and inspiration so that they too can get out and experience the world.
Pintspoundsandpates – Julianne dubs herself as a “recovering” lawyer in the US who loves to travel. She provides advice for the luxury traveler who is looking to keep the price tag of travel attainable.
Traveldocs – A married couple, both doctors, traveling the world with their young family and blogging about it. They provide great travel advice which at times is from the medical perspective.
Trippinturpins – The Turpins are exploring the world by land and by sea. Their home is a 45 foot yacht. They do blog about all their other more traditional modes of travels as well. Their goal is to provide information and tips about travel to inspire the reader and save them money.
Thedanishnomads – Nick & Kia are self-diagnosed travel addicts, digital nomads and full-time adventurers. They hope to inspire others through their blog and provide a guide full of tips to make travel easier for their readers.