First of all, I’d like to say a big “thank you” to Costa Rice Travel Blog for nominating thefriendlygiraffe for this award! I am very touched to be connected with the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” as inspiring other people (writers, travelers, readers or dreamers) is exactly what this blog was intended to do. Initially, it was to fulfill a void in my own storage of inspiration. I wanted to write about something I loved (actually, I just wanted to write, period) and thus, thefriendlygiraffe was born.
Starting this blog inspired me to get creative about content, put my pen to paper (or fingers to they keyboard) and stay disciplined in updating a growing readership of like-minded individuals wanting to learn about the world outside themselves. In short, receiving a blog for being inspiring simply inspires me to keep writing and reminds me why I started this blog in the first place.
Rules and Regs of the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”
Display the Award Certificate on your website.
Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented you with the award.
Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers.
Drop them a comment to tip them off after you have linked them in the post.
I am a communications professional of another era – pre-blog, and pre-tweet – you know, the time when e-mailing was “in” and before instant messaging introduced acronyms like “lol”, “lmao”, “ttyl” into our everyday use of the English language. Omg… I know right? But it’s true. I developed my writing skills by compiling articles for non-profit organizations, documenting my travels around the world in lengthy e-mails that most people refused to read, and accepting freelance opportunities involving painful research for web content on asian videography and children’s health, while at the same time writing reviews on restaurants in and around Bavaria (a story for another day… when I have inspiration in the form of weissbier and bretzen to guide me through the post)
I currently work in Outreach for a travel magazine called Verge Magazine, and after completing a long but successful circuit of traveling from Vancouver to Toronto and Montreal promoting the Go Global Expo, I’m now enjoying some peace and quiet, determined to try out this “blog-sphere” I hear has come to dominate much of the inter-web. Oh, internet. My apologies. You see, I moved back to Toronto from Munich about a year ago, and when searching for a full time job as a writer/communications professional, I noticed a new demand for experience from freelance writers. Blogging was the new web content when it came to valuable, and marketable, writing experience. But I’d missed this new wave of social media that has slowly devoured North America! In Germany, Facebook was just growing in popularity and twitter had barely hit the shelves! Little did I know that back home, writers were chronicling their every day views on life, travel, society..you name it! And this was in demand? I was fascinated! And devastated. All that I knew was turned upside down and I slowly realized that one day, if I had any chance of developing professionally as an aspiring writer/communication’s professional, I would have to start a blog.
Welcome to my blog. Here you will find articles on travel, life on the move, and insights into what I deem worth writing about. I will wait to see what direction my blog takes, but I welcome you to join me in a journey of discovery – I will do my best not to let you down.