We just want to say a huge congratulations to the 100 finalists! It has been a fantastic journey, and we have really enjoyed looking at your motivations, your blogs and your inspirational tweets every day. From our side, it has been so rewarding to have so many of you giving us positive feedback about the project, and we are so glad to hear that you have enjoyed it as much as we have.

The next few days are going to be tough, as our jury decide who our final 16 winners are. Even if you haven’t made it to the top 100, you will still be eligible for one of the wildcard places, and as we speak we are going through all 1173 of your blogs, taking our time to look at all your hard work.

Even if you don’t make it as one of the 16 winners this year, we hope you will all continue to follow the journeys of the bloggers and will still be involved in the project – as our 16 bloggers will be writing, photographing and filming live from all over the world – so although the first step is over, there are lots more exciting things that lay ahead!

We hope you will ALL join us for the next steps!

Please remember, we will be posting all of our updates on this blog, so if you’d like to be kept in the loop, you can subscribe and receive news by email! We’d love for this blog to be a part of the blogging community, so let us know if you have any ideas for us. 

Happy blogging!

The 100 finalists can be viewed here.

12 thoughts on “Congratulations!

  1. thanks to you too BBE..
    and i have really enjoyed with this project, and have learned a lot from you and from the other bloggers

    Thank you! and thanks for all bloggers.!
    Good luck!

  2. At the beginning, we’re just like rivaling. And there came the time when the spam thing shook us by kicking us out of the chart, we started to unite as family, supported one and each. Such a great opportunity to be here 😀

  3. Thanks BBE for putting on this competition. It’s an honor to be one of the 100 finalists with so many other great blogs. Congrats to everyone, and man, BBE staff, do you have your work cut out for you! Hope you enjoy going through all the blogs as much as I have throughout the competition!

  4. I heard about this competition at the very last minute but entered anyway as I loved the idea of the Big Blog Exchange. Pretty pleased that with less than 2 days of voting I was able to end with a mid range rank. Good luck to all the finalists!

  5. Thank you Hostelling International for initiating this incredible blog competition. It affects a lot my blog, from the traffic to the content. I am more passionate to post something that are not only fascinating but also which can inspire my readers. Indeed, I have some ideas in my head how to improve my blog and to make it more interesting. Just take a look ;).
    Congratulations for TBBE who has successfully organized this blog competition :).

  6. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity! It’s a honor to be among the 100 finalist of the ig Blog Exchange contest. It has been really fun to try to have votes and also know all participants and their wonderful blogs! Congratulations everyone!

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