Excuses, Excuses and the Big Blog Exchange
(Explanation of the BigBlogExchange Included below)
Hey all, I know I haven’t been at my usually 2-3 articles per week, but I have an excuse or at least a few of them. I apologize for being slightly MIA (missing in action) on my blog, but I am doing my best to produce articles when I can! Hopefully soon, I will be back on it again.
So, let’s hear the excuses…
1.) School – I am not a full-time nomad (yet). I may aspire to be in the future, but at least for the moment I am temporarily stationary. I am taking some classes in Mechanical Engineering, which keep me quite busy. This semester has definitely challenged my time management skills and study habits. Thermodynamics, physics, and calculus are now close friends of mine.
2.) Work – I also work. I know you do too and probably don’t care, but I have been busy trying to make some spare change.
3.) Setting up new things for the site – I may not have written too many new articles lately, but I have added some new features. One of these, would be my most recent edition: a newsletter. Before, I was using WordPress’s generic email sending out new posts, but I have officially made the transition to a full newsletter that I look to produce 2-3 times monthly. If you want to sign up for that, you can do that here. You’ll get a personal update on the site and links to the newest content.
I have also been in search of a new theme, that I will be working on soon. I do not know exactly when I will transform the site, but it will likely be in the next few months.
4.) Big Blog Exchange – A few weeks ago, I noticed that someone posted this upcoming “blog exchange”. The exchange, would be facilitated through a competition that was to take place, during the time period of March 1st until April 15th. It sounded interesting at the time, but I didn’t know much about it or read too much into it. I decided to sign-up for their newsletter so I’d be notified when the competition started.
Fast-forward to March 1st, as I go through my morning email checking routine, I noticed an email from the BigBlogExchange.org, saying something to the extent of ‘The Big Blog Exchange competitio
Thanks so much to those who voted! I really appreciate the support!
What is the BigBlogExchange? The BigBlogExchange is a first ever competition being sponsored by Hostelling International, the well-renowned hosteling organization with locations around the world. In a nutshell, the competition is open to bloggers of all kind from around the world. Each blogger has a chance to enter the reason why they should be chosen, then is eligible to receive votes by those who support them.
What is at stake? What do you win? After the competition ends (April 15th), the top 25 bloggers from each region (There are 4: Americas, Middle East & Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe) will be considered finalists. Out of these finalists, judges will get together and review, and choose 14 blogs based on their content and applicability to the exchange. Judges will additionally select 2 bloggers at random. These 16 winners will be notified and sent on an exchange for 10 days with a blogger from another region, exchanging both blogs and cultures.
Outside of sounding amazing, why are they doing this? Hostelling International is doing something that I find to be really unique. They are attempting to show the world that culture can be exchanged by putting yourself in another’s shoes. In fact, their philosophy towards this project is one that I find myself very inline with. Traveling gives people a unique opportunity to learn a multitude of things about the world. I actually wrote an article about what traveling teaches you. I could probably write a book on it. The reason that I am hooked on traveling is not just because you get to see cool things are take pictures in cool places. It is partly because of the amount of personal growth and learning that takes place when you travel. To those who allow it, traveling can be a great means of education. Self-education, learning to be adaptable, learning how to persist through different situations, learn new languages, religions, and are just the beginning. The second major part of traveling would be because I like to share what I learn, because I know that others can learn from the world too.
What would this mean for me? Although it is in name and nature, a competition, I don’t look at it as a competition. I think that whoever wins this ‘competition’ will have the opportunity of a lifetime if they go in with the right mindset. I am quite happy to be doing as well as I have been in this exchange so far, and I will continue to ‘compete’ because I like the potential opportunity of the exchange. Taking part in this exchange would in many ways be a dream come true. I’ve dreamed for many years of getting the opportunity to experience the world first-hand. I believe that there are a lot of lessons and things to learn in the world. With this exchange, I’d have the chance to learn a new culture while promoting a cause that I am thoroughly passionate about. Furthermore, writing for me is something that I thoroughly enjoy when I am able to spend time doing it. I am working towards doing what I love for life, rather than doing something just because I have to. I also love people. I am a very social person, and love the idea of connecting with a bunch of new bloggers from different backgrounds.
How can you vote? If you like my content and philosophy of traveling, I’d really appreciate it if you’d consider voting for me. Voting is very simple and just takes a second. I am currently as of March 12th in 17th place in the world. I am quite proud of that, and I couldn’t have gotten anywhere near there without a great group of supporters like you. To stay there, I will need more votes.
If you choose to vote, you just have to do 4 things that take less than 30 seconds.
1.) Go to the link below
2.) Click vote next to my site (BackpackingDiplomacy.com)
3.) Type your email address and press enter.
4.) Confirm the email in your email address. (Votes without confirmation won’t be counted.)
*If you choose to vote, I’d really appreciate it if you’d consider sharing it on Facebook or Twitter, I need all of the support that I can get to stay in the competition.
What articles coming up for BackpackingDiplomacy?
- I plan on writing a new article or two on language
- An article on a Middle Eastern country interviewing a friend
- Photo essays
- Más en español, te promeo!!
- Possible guest post