Real Neat Blog Award

September, 2018

It’s always a great surprise to receive a nomination from a fellow blogger and this time, the nomination is for the Real Neat Blog Award.

Although nominated back in September, just got around to writing my response. Many thanks for the nomination ANASA – creator of the great luxury-style travelling site. Can’t link to this blog as it’s currently down.

I have to admit that I’ve never heard of the Real Neat Blog Award.

Real Neat Blog Award
After a little digging around, I found out that the award was started back in 2014 by Dear Kitty 1, to give bloggers more recognition. So, it’s only fair that I also share Kitty’s blog.


Although a blogger doesn’t really need to participate in any award nominations, I don’t mind as it gives me a chance to show my appreciation to other bloggers. Plus, it’s free exposure should you wish to participate. Now for the rules:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  • Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)

ANASA’s questions

1. How and why did you start blogging?

Siem Reap, Cambodia, SE Asia
Siem Reap, Cambodia (Photo credit: Neil Lintern)

Travelling for over thirty years, I’ve always kept travel journals – now living in my garage in Australia. I realised that nobody reads these and neither do I as although small, it’s not practical to travel with twenty journals. So, you could say I’ve always blogged, but just on paper.

I was part of the Matador Community’s free platform for bloggers. Not seriously involved and only posted a handful of blogs on this site. Then out of the blue a few years’ ago, an email arrived from Matador giving all bloggers one week to remove blog content from its site. Matador was closing down the Community, just before Christmas.

In a mad panic, I turned to WordPress, upgraded to a Premium Plan for the excellent support, launched my Image Earth Travel site, and started writing madly. Sadly, I discovered a month ago that WordPress has retired my current theme and no longer supported. Back to square one and selecting a new theme. I heavily customised my current site using CSS.

2. What makes you happy in life?

This may sound soppy, but seeing people happy and positive.

I don’t get on with negative miserable people, especially if the person really hasn’t got anything to be miserable about. I find negative people suck the life out of me and although it may sound selfish, an hour with a negative person is like spending a 24/7 month with that person – it’s extremely draining.

Doing the things that I love, especially travelling and photography. Writing also makes me extremely happy, as does my partner.

dong hoi, vietnam, backpacking
Dong Hoi station, Vietnam (Photo credit: Neil Lintern)

3. What is your hobby?

My hobbies are my passions: photography, writing, and travelling.

I started taking photos at age 10, started serious travelling solo-backpacking around the world at 22, and writing ever since.

Copacabana, Bolivia, Lake Titicaca
Lake Titicaca’s Copacabana, Bolivia

My writing as a Technical Writer is very different and more clinical (my description) than creative writing. Honestly, it has taken me a while to make the transition from technical to a creative writer, which shows in my earlier blogs.

4. What inspires you?

Many things…

Life. Passionate people. Nature. People empowering people. Not afraid of accepting a challenge and getting out of your comfort zone. Courage to change one’s situation. Art. Music. Much more…

Squirrel monkey, Pampas, Rurrenabaque, Rio Yacuma, Bolivia, South America
Squirrel Monkey, Bolivia’s Pampas

5. If you could describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Positive. Free-spirited. Stubborn. Whoops, that’s four words.

6. What do you hope to accomplish in 2018?

I really need to launch the replacement for my Nilla’s Photography, which is over 7 years old and very outdated. Built this site using wi-fi in cafes, whilst travelling in South America back in 2011.

The replacement site has been a longer process than I anticipated as I’m self-hosting, but also changed themes as had problems with my first theme’s support. I also had issues trying to replicate my old site’s automated Cart system so after much research, dropped that function.

I’m now selecting and uploading photos and would like to launch with only 30 countries. Then I will add a country each week and better manage the remaining 30-plus countries.

7. What is your favourite food?

As a foodaholic, there are too many favourites to list, but I do love authentic Thai food. The flavours, variety, and spices are just sublime – my mouth is watering just thinking about this delicious cuisine.

I try and cook Thai here in Italy but it’s difficult getting certain base ingredients in the south and sometimes substituting doesn’t work.

Thai, stir-fry, chicken
My creation in Italy – chicken, vegetable, and rice Thai stir fry

My nominees

  1. Talking Thailand – wonderful insight on Thailand from Gill and an ex-pat teaching English in Bangkok.
  2. Etiliyle – beautiful poetry and photography.
  3. The Eternal Traveller – travel adventures around Australia and the world.
  4. Emma & Nathan’s Travels – on the road since 2017 writing wonderful travel stories.
  5. Stella & Jay Show – cooking, crafts, chaos, and drinking involved.
  6. But a Smile Anyway – Ritu’s musings on life, the universe, and everything.
  7. Suzie Speaks – reflections on life.
  8. Jen’s Journal – brand new to blogging and needs your support.

My questions to nominees

  1. Do you prefer solo travelling or travelling with someone? Why?
  2. What is the very first country that you visited?
  3. Do you backpack or travel in luxury?
  4. How did you start blogging?
  5. Why did you choose your current blogging platform?
  6. From what part of the world are the most of your blog visits?
  7. Do you find advertising on a blog distracting?

Although not as prestigious as the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards held in London each year, I hope that you guys have time to participate in this award. Looking forward to reading your responses and getting to know you better…

Nilla 🙂

Visit my Nilla’s Photography Galleries for more images. More posts on amazing destinations at Image Earth Travel.

Hsipaw, Burma, Myanmar, SE Asia
Hsipaw, Myanmar (Burma)

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37 responses to “Real Neat Blog Award”

  1. Mazoli - Blog Author Avatar

    Congrats. Nice to be recognized for great work. Keep it up!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you and hope you enjoy the rest of my travel stories.

  2. gillmorris Avatar

    Congratulations Nilla! You deserve this award for your wonderful, inspiring, and informations posts. and THANKYOU for nominating me. It is very much appreciated 🙂 xx Have a wonderful weekend. Much love 🙂 xx

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hey Gill…thank you and you also deserve this award.
      I suspect you’re busy getting ready for the next chapter in your life: Spain – how exciting! Have a cool weekend. 🙂 xx

  3. Patty Avatar

    Congrats on another well-deserved Award, dear Nilla.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you Patty and for your continual support. 🙂

      1. Patty Avatar

        My pleasure! Do you still have dry feet? I noticed it has been raining a lot in Italy the last couple of weeks…

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Yes, it’s lovely and sunny this week but we did have a couple of rainy days, nothing here like the north of Italy’s deluge – bizarre weather. Hope all is well with you.

      3. Patty Avatar

        A phew! Hear sunny weather conditions too 🙂 All okidoki at my end. Hugs! XxX

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Sounds great and hope you’re ready for the onslaught of winter that’s coming…hugs to you also 🙂 x

  4. da-AL Avatar

    Many congrats — you’ve put a lot of thought into your blogging & it shows 🙂

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you da-Al, I try to 😉

  5. takemefarandaway Avatar

    Congratulations! I really enjoyed this post Q&A’s are great!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you for commenting – just a quick post. 😉

  6. Anindya Avatar

    Many compliments for your blog….award or no award……:)……keep on doing the great work you are doing…

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you Anindya for your very kind feedback.

  7. hamspatel Avatar

    I enjoyed this blog 👍 and photos are amazing 😀.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed this blog.

  8. karenincalabria Avatar

    You’ve led an exciting life. Congrats and love the monkey photo.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Ciao Karen, thank you but replace “led” with “leading” – don’t write me off just yet. 😉

      1. karenincalabria Avatar

        Ha, ha, you’re so right. Please excuse my slip of the tongue!

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        You’re excused. 😉

  9. popsiclesociety Avatar

    Congratulations! Nice to know more about you!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi, thank you. 🙂

  10. Ritu Avatar

    Congratulations Nilla!
    Thank you so much for the thought!
    I have kind of wound down on these awards posts, as over the years I have participated in a lot, but I will share this to show my appreciation, and I will answer your questions, as, well, who doesn’t love a good Q & A!
    Thank you!

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi Ritu, no problem at all and fully understand. Ha, ha, look forward to reading your responses, cheers Nilla

      1. Ritu Avatar

        It’s up already!

      2. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        Wow, you’re a machine! I’ll pop over and check it out…

      3. Ritu Avatar

        When I get a minute, I like to get my posts sorted and out there!

      4. Image Earth Travel Avatar

        You’re so organised! I’m impressed.

      5. Ritu Avatar

        Thanks 😜

  11. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Congratulations! And thank you for the nomination. I enjoyed learning more about you and your passions.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Hi, thank you and hope you have some time to participate – no pressure, you deserve a nomination.

  12. Valerie Cullers Avatar

    Congratulations! You take us places we would never go ourselves! Kudos to you! 💖💖🌷🌷

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you Valerie – I hope to and have many more places to take you to yet…

  13. Francis.R. Avatar

    It is nice to know more about you ^-^ you have a fantastic taste in food. Despite the cultural differences all I have seen in your chronicles are definitively yummy.

    1. Image Earth Travel Avatar

      Thank you Francis! I love to experiment with food.
      Actually, today has been cold, grey, and wet so I made comfort food: Gnocchi (supermarket) with mushrooms, yellow pepper, ‘Nduja, and pumpkin (squash) in red wine. Quite interesting as it’s a lot of ingredients, which isn’t the Italian way, but it was tasty. 🙂

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