A few weeks ago I was catching up on blogs when I discovered that one of my blog buddies had received the Blogger Recognition Award.  While reading through the post, I received a happy surprise: they had passed on the award to several others, including me!

Many thanks to Our Crossings for this honor.  I appreciate the recognition.  Aiva and Valters at Our Crossings write with skill and passion about their travels near and far as well as their lives as Latvian expats living in Ireland.  Be sure to stop by their blog and have a look around.

About the Blogger Recognition Award

This award is given to bloggers by bloggers. It helps promote a blogger’s work and provides recognition, as the award’s name suggests.

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and add a link to their blog
  • Write a blog post on your site displaying the award
  • Describe why you started your blog
  • Write two pieces of advice for the new bloggers
  • Nominate and notify 11-15 other bloggers

I started blogging because…

… it provides me with a platform on which to relay my travel stories, mishaps, and experiences, along with the occasional non-travel-related thought, idea, or musing.  It’s also a great way to sharpen my writing skills, in addition to being a fun hobby.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers:

  • Engage with others in the blogosphere.  This doesn’t mean you have to comment on every post you read, but if you have a thought on someone’s writing, reach out and share it.  Engagement makes the whole endeavor more rewarding, and you’ll find that you’ve made penpal-esque friends, some of whom you may meet someday!
  • When I was interviewed by Mel at Life… One Big Adventure , she asked me what I think makes a good blog post, the answer to which is the start of my advice for new bloggers.  To quote myself:

No matter what the topic is, it starts and ends with good writing: good grammar, well-thought out sentence construction, coherence, conciseness, organization… all the stuff they teach you in school.

However, if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to get a tad more specific with that advice here.  The biggest word usage error I come across in the blogosphere is with number vs. amount.  More to the point, it seems that most people aren’t sure when to use number, so they default to amount every time.  Luckily, there’s an easy way to remember which to use.  If you can count it, it gets “number.”  If you can’t count it, it gets “amount.”  So, for example, can you count people?  Yes you can!  One person, two people, three people, 100 people.  So, you would say, “The amount number of people at that out-of-the-way museum surprised me.”

  1. The number of visitors to Croatia continues to climb.
  2. The number of cycling jerseys the husband owns is bordering on ridiculous.
  3. The Travel Architect will cap the number of examples on how to use “number” at three.

On the other hand, can you count love?  No, you can’t!  You can’t say, “Honey, I have 15 loves for you.”  Can you count smog?  One smog, two smogs, 84 smogs?  No!  So use amount.  “The number amount of smog in Beijing was even worse than I had feared.”

  1. Our tour guide conveyed a huge amount of information.
  2. The husband always marvels at the amount of cheese I put on… well, everything.
  3. The amount of time the husband spends watching English soccer makes me crabby.

And a few sentences with both, just for fun:

  1. I exchanged a large amount of money before my travels, but due to the unfavorable exchange rate, the number of British pounds I got was depressing.  (You can’t say, “I have 46 monies,” but you can say, “I have 46 pounds.”  See?)
  2. The amount of food we ate in SE Asia was astonishing.  We couldn’t believe the number of dishes that were served at each meal.   (You can count dishes, but not food.)

I know, I know… enough already Travel Architect!  OK, I’ll stop.  But new bloggers out there, this one easy fix will go a long way toward making your writing better and thus, more likely to get readers and the associative blog love.  And if you think I’m being an insufferable know-it-all, rest assured that I have my own language struggles.  Here are but three:

  • lie, lay, laid, lain…%$&!@#
  • farther vs. further… where’s the dictionary?
  • I know “alumni,” but alumna, alumnae, alumnus?  Gotta look ’em up every time.

Finally, I’d like to pass on this award to several bloggers who are more than deserving of recognition*.  Here they are, in no particular order:

*I know that not everybody is interested in participating in blogging awards.  If that describes you, no hard feelings.  Just know that your blog is admired and enjoyed.

41 thoughts

  1. Oh gosh, I am so honored and thank you so much for including my blog. I will pass on the love and look at the other nominees (every click is like a little hug). Thank you for all of your comments and your encouragement. Sometimes, I feel like giving up, I don’t have the money to sink into it. I just want to help people and throw my ideas out into the world. People like you and some of my other dedicated followers are the ones who keep me going. ❤

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    1. You are so welcome. Your posts are well-written and (com)passionate. You have so many great things that you share. You deserve the recognition! (Also, I rarely pass the laptop over to the husband to have him read someone’s post, but I did that the other day with your post about living with an elderly pet and his eyes welled up. It really affected him, as it did me.)


  2. Fun answers. We all get into blogging for different reasons, and those reasons change along the way, but in the end it’s all about community– and expressing yourself clearly. Screw up those two things and you won’t go far!

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      1. It keeps me organized, and lets me put y’all into files so when I get a chance to check-in I can quickly read a few posts, leave a few comments, then get back to my real life.

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  3. Thank you so much for the shout-out! I guess I now have a blog post that I can work on to pass time on my upcoming flight 🙂 I agree with you that engaging with other bloggers and making those “pen pal” connections is the most rewarding part of this process. It’s been fun to compare travel experiences with you; looking forward to more!

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  4. Thanks for the recognition! I have to admit I’ve stop following bloggers who had such atrocious grammar that I just couldn’t take it any longer and stopped following them (not that mine is perfect, but I’d like to hope I’m somewhat comprehensible most of the time). I also agree with you about engagement because if no one ever engages, what’s the point?

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  5. Hahahaha, I’m now wondering how often I make that error!

    TOTALLY agree about engaging with other bloggers. That’s probably what I love the most about blogging. And yet I see so many bloggers who don’t visit any other blogs, or say (and yes, I’ve seen this) that they don’t like people commenting on their blog. WHY?! Surely that’s half the point! They write to show up on Google and make money, but don’t want actual readers. That’s when I realised blogging has changed, and now I stick more to smaller bloggers who are in it because they love doing it and actually tell stories – like you! 🙂

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  6. Thank you…for both the nomination and the grammar lesson! As a fellow grammarian, that “number/amount” confusion drives me crazy. I have about a million other things that bug me, too…maybe that’s a post waiting to happen!

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  7. Thank you for the nomination! And I have my own grammar pet peeves, too! In particular, the one that’s been bugging me most lately is when to use “I” or “me.” Most try to sound smart by saying, “Can you take a picture of my husband and I?” Nope. That one’s “me.” Or, “Me and my sister are going to the beach.” Nope. That one’s “I.” Simple: remove the other party involved. “Can you take a picture of I?” Doesn’t make sense. Use “me.” “Me [is] going to the beach.” You get the drift.

    My husband also mixes up the farther/further thing all the time… but I have a super simple way for you to remember it!!! “Far” is a distance; “fur” is a fuzzy concept :3 If it’s a distance, you use “farther”: “We drove even farther the next day.” Anything else is “further”: “I couldn’t push this point any further.” 🙂

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    1. Ah yes, the thorny first person singular subject and object pronouns. (Well, not thorny for you and ME 😉 but for others…)
      Yeah, I think I’ve heard that trick about farther/further, but failed to commit to memory. I’m going to memorize it right now. Done.
      And don’t get me started on my other language pet peeves: lend vs. borrow, uninterested vs. disinterested, the seemingly ubiquitous dropping of the -ly with certain adverbs. I could go on and on…

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  8. You learn something new every day. The amount of gratitude I have for this post…

    This might appear pedantic to some, but if you know, you know. I myself am irked by the misuse of hyphens for em dashes, or two-dotted ellipses. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t like playing by the rules, lol. I wonder if you’ll ever do more of these award—or more ‘get to know you’—posts in the future?

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    1. Ha ha – amount of gratitude! You’re making the teacher in me very proud by demonstrating your knowledge. As for get-to-know-you posts, that all depends on whether I’m nominated again. Only time will tell…
      And because you espoused such strong views on hyphens vs. em dashes, I just have to share this post I wrote after taking Copyediting I. I’m pretty sure you’d stumble across it eventually, and I feel a little bad distracting you from your writing, but somehow I think you’ll really appreciate this post. No worries if you can’t get to it, though, and apologies if you’ve already seen it.

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