We were nominated?

Yes! HDYTI was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Babs of Working Girl London. Even though we haven’t met her yet, it’s pretty cool to connect with another blogger who shares a love of travel, food, & lifestyle! We’re pretty stoked, because this means someone out there is actually reading our blog, which is only five months old!

 

What the heck is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is a purely online award given from bloggers to other bloggers (new & old) with a smaller following. The historical background of the award is a bit less clear. Actually, it’s pretty cloaked in mystery. We did a bit of research, and apparently the word ‘Liebster’ is actually German in origin. It has several meanings: dearest, sweetest, valued, beloved, etc. Update: my dear German friend, Hanna Wroblewski informed me that Liebster actually means favourite! From what I found, the prerequisites that qualify a blog for a nomination vary site to site. However, the purpose of the award is to discover new bloggers (or ones with a smaller following), discover more about them, and recognise those that nominated you. After searching for #Liebsteraward hashtags, I quickly discovered that it provides a great opportunity to connect with other bloggers, and show appreciation for the work that goes into sharing our lives, resources, and experiences we encounter. The world of blogging can often feel like swimming in ocean waters with no land in site, so awards like this definitely provide that island in the foreseeable line of sight!
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 Kurumba | Maldives.

How does the the darn thing work?

It’s fairly straightforward. Working Girl London nominated us (as she was nominated by another blog). She posted our site link on her blog, under her nomination post.  Here are the main steps:
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1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Answer the questions your nominator asks you.
4. Nominate 5-10 blogs to receive the award.
5. Inform them of their nomination by leaving comment on their blog, or via twitter
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We will answer the questions Babs asked us, and then we will nominate 5-10 newbie bloggers of our own, and follow the same steps (hence this post). It’s a fantastic way to discover new blogs and learn more about the people behind them!
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What’s the story behind your blog?  We got tired of posting our travel photos on Facebook! Well, it just wasn’t about that. We felt like we had more to say beyond colourful food and travel photos we’d share on Instagram too. ;)! Ok, seriously, we did have more to say! Mr. HDYTI loves to write, and I love to tell stories through my photos (although the writing part is growing on me). We had friends and family members telling us for two years that we should start a blog. We soon began to catch the excitement bug, and we kept bringing it up in conversations throughout 2014. Finally (in mid December), we went to our favourite brunch spot in Brixton, and 45 min later we had our blog name & semi-plan!

Couples Blogging | HDYTI

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And where did the name come from? Over plates of spicy Colombian omelettes, and fried plantains, we racked our brains for a name that represented experiencing new travel and food exploits. I remembered a saying my father would share while I was growing up. When something was really good (like, really…), he’d say “Man, (so and so) put their foot in it!”  I said “babe, what if it’s something about dipping in, or dipping our toes in?” I sat, wide eyed, bubbling with excitement. He slowly began to nod his head, and said with conviction: “Hey! Dip your toes in.”

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What other job/hobbies are you fitting your blog around? Prior to the blog, travel and cooking were our hobbies, but now they’re seamlessly integrated into our “work”, if you could really call it that ;). However, Mr. HDYTI is an IT risk manager by day, and I’m a freelance photographer.

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How do you stay organised? Hahahaha! We try our best! I use a passion planner to figure out what we will work on for the week, daily tasks, etc, and then we literally put it into our diaries. For instance, we’ve had a recipe development weekend in the diary for weeks, and it’s going DOWN next weekend! Despite daily, small tasks, I have one day a week that I solely devote to HDYTI business. I get loads done for the blog on that day, but I can see needing more time in the future. Mr. HDYTI writes almost every day, so our work combined really helps get things accomplished, but we could work on more discipline with designing our recipe books, guides, etc!.

HDYTI Plantain Pancake Recipe- Chia seeds

FIVE

Do you want your blog to remain a hobby or become a full time job? This is a great question! We love what we do in our day jobs, but we can definitely see this becoming a full time gig when we decide to commit ourselves to it 24/7. Check back in with us this time next year!

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What’s been your best blogging moment so far? When we visited Sri Lanka this year, we were struck by the staggering amount of adverts for skin lightening creams. Upon our return, we wrote a post about our experience, and surrounded it with personal stories, and research. We were shocked with the response that poured in. We received dozens of comments, and personal messages from Sri Lankans who had experienced the negative pervasiveness of skin politics throughout their lives. It was at this point that we realised our blog represented more than a place to see “pretty” travel photos.  .

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What’s been your biggest lesson in blogging so far? It’s been all about balance, making time, and discipline! This past February we could not keep our excitement to ourselves about our blog launch. Fast forward five months later, and although we are still excited, there is the sobering reality that blogging is hard work! Seriously, it’s a challenge to balance our lives as a new couple, our day jobs, and our baby (blog). We find ourselves writing into the wee hours of the morning, waking up at 6am to schedule social media posts, designing daily content, updating the website, editing photos, editing guest features, and still fighting for ‘time’ to actually spend time “not” working together. We do love the challenge, but we know it won’t get any easier.

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Who do you get your blog/career inspiration from? We’re both inspired by Charlie Kingsland-Barrow of the Female Photographer AssociationIn just over one year, Charlie has combined and developed her gifts of writing, teaching, mentoring and photography into a dynamic six figure business. She’s truly amazing! I’m lucky enough to get access to her on a daily basis, as a member of her business coaching program called Shining Lights. In turn, I share this amazing knowledge with Mr. HDYTI, and we apply it to our blog, and many of our business ideas. We’re also inspired by Oneika of Oneika the Traveller. She has a fun and engaging writing style that pulls you into her travel blog. However, we love the fact that she isn’t afraid to address the more sensitive topics of race relations, and marginalisation of blacks worldwide. When you visit her blog, you’ll see all her beautiful travel photos, and then a headline like thisReally profound and powerful writing! Other honourable mentions on the list are Two Monkeys Travel and Divergent Travellers; both are travel blogs ran by dynamic international couples!

Who do we nominate?

There are so many amazing blogs we’ve been introduced to this year! We hope you give these blogs some love too (there’s also a vlogger in the bunch)!
Hannah of That Adventurer
Jessie of Jessie & Jake
Ruth of Backpacking Diva  
Jay of Jay Emme 
Fiona of Feather & Film 
Immaculate of African Bites
Nelvino of Nelvino Travels 
Mark of A Mouthful of Mark
Kurumba | Maldives | HDYTI

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Our questions to our nominees

  1. What got you interested in blogging?
  2. What’s your biggest challenge with blogging?
  3. Which of your blog posts in recent times, holds the most significance to you?
  4. What do you enjoy outside of blogging?
  5. If you could travel anyplace in the world right this moment, where would you go and why?
  6. What city have you fallen in love with the most?
  7. What cuisine do you most enjoy?
  8. Which parts of your life bring you the most joy?
  9. Do you see your blog as a platform to do more than share photos and stories? If so, please elaborate:
  10. Where do you see your blog in five years?

Thanks again to Working Girl London for the nomination! We hope our readers are exposed to some new reads, helpful tips, and inspiring stories! Enjoy!

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Co-Founders & Curators at HDYTI

Eulanda & Omo Osagiede are London-based freelance writers and award-winning social influencers who run the popular travel, food, and lifestyle blog HDYTI (Hey! Dip your toes in).