Well, since I've stated the bilingual aspect of the blog as a unique feature, I guess this ought to be bilingual, too.
(il Giardino Romantico got into the first round of the 2011 Annual Blog Award)
When I learned about the application dates for this event, I hesitated for a while before making a final decision.
1. I thought last year's getting into the second round would be the limit of this blog, and that I'd probably used up all the 'luck'. I'm not even going to think about being awarded 'Best Blog of the Year'. I promise that the standard of the blog will be maintained at a certain level, but I also know where my limits are. If you think about it, the pressure of having received an award would actually make it harder to continue writing...
2. During the time of application, I had been busy with other things. I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend time on this. (I spend enough time organizing photos and writing... )
3. I wasn' tsure which category I should apply for...
But when I reached the bottom of the pit, feeling depressed and stressed out from this other thing I had been busy with, I still went ahead and applied. I think it's the feeling that: I've done it for 5 consecutive years, why not this time? (lame reason, I know)
I know it's a bit contradictory.
And after I submitted my application, I read the description for the categories. Oops. I think I applied for the wrong category. But it didn't matter. I don't think I'll get into the first round anyway. But when I saw the notice on Facebook, I clicked on the link, and saw my blog on the list! Wow! What a surprise!
I still have to clarify that I am not obsessed with 'daily views and visits'. But I do notice and make my own observations. I like the backstage function where I can see what people like to read, what brought people to this blog, and what not. I maintain the attitude that there are some articles that must be written anyhow, even if I know no one's interest. Despite that, it's still interesting to learn about the reader trend, isn't it?
I've already gained so much from writing this blog. Students who had ceased to be my students for a long time, continue to come and read articles every now and then; bloggers find me through web search and meets me in Liverpool because of football games; I helped a postgrad student with her research on travel with literary themes; my family can learn about what I do while I'm away from them; incidentally got a student; and increased chatting topics amongst friends. Look at all these benefits - and all from blogging. Who would care about daily visits?
I would've been indifferent if I didn't even make it into the first round. But since I did, I think everyone reading the blog deserves a bit thank you from me. Although I say that some articles must be written whether or not they will be read, once you decide to manage a blog, you will only gain a lot more than you expect. I like my blog. Because I can spend a limited amount of time at one place, but through picking out photos, uploading them, writing words to go with them, publishing, and replying comments, I am endlessly reminiscing these wonderful memories.
In comparison to readers who view each article, at most, a few times, it's definitely the blog owner who has the most to gain.
Thank you for all your support.
Just like the brief intro I wrote for submission:
"Unique in its bilingual presentation of Taiwan and UK culture. With clear and a wide range of variety of photos, history, culture, and places of interest are presented with concise words. A diversity of contents ranging from: literary themed travel logs, info and data on studying in the UK, Taiwan food and travel logs, and cute and humourous Paddington Bear series.
This is what I will insist on, whilst there are still articles left to write on the UK. (but what happens when I'm done?)