It’s always amazing to even get nominated for awards, let alone win one. Last year my blog won The Go Outdoors ‘Best Independent Walking Blog’ award and this year readers of The Great Outdoors Magazine have shortlisted my website and blog under the ‘Outdoor Blogger of the Year’ category. I even made the ‘Outdoor Personality of the Year’ category as well.
Feel free to vote by clicking the image above
I hate to use the word ‘humbling’ because it seems to be over used these days but that is exactly the word I’d use to describe it so thanks for everyone who nominated me.
Hiking, the outdoors, writing and telling the world about it is where my life is at the moment. I’m passionate about it and my goal of being fortunate enough to commit to all these passions full time is where I want to be. It’s a long, uphill road where regularly I question if it’s a track worth treading. There’s little financial reward unless you’re at the top of your game and it demands long amounts of time, albeit willingly given.
I’ve always believed that any pursuit, or dream, is obtainable if the passion, dedication and commitments are there. Knockbacks have to be accepted and forgotten. You constantly question whether it is the right thing to be chasing and have to believe that it is.
There’s some great nominations in the Awards this year. Some have been there before, others haven’t. The bonus of the TGO Awards is that it is reader nominations and votes that count. People decide, the readers of TGO have put forward some great bloggers, personalities and those passionate about our wild, open spaces. From humble bloggers like me right up there to legends such as Chris Bonnington, Joss Naylor and Alan Hinkes. It’s a wonderful mix comprising not only the greats, but those of us who are treading up that long track trying to be part of something that we love to do.
Don’t forget the retailers, accommodation providers, pubs, restaurants, cafes, campaigns and authors as well. They all deserve a vote.
Any nomination is clarification that we are on the right path, and gives us the drive to carry on walking up that hill to summit at the place where we want to be.
If you’d like to vote for me, I’m in categories 8 and 9. Please also take the time to look at the other categories, and all those other individuals more than worthy of your vote as well.