Last year the Big Blog Exchange competition sent 16 excited bloggers from across the globe on a 10 day adventure, swapping countries, cultures and blogs with each other for 10 days – all the while sharing their experiences with the rest of the blogging community following their journey digitally.
Kisty Mea, one of our winners in 2013, travelled from Singapore to the United Kingdom on her exchange. Read her interview and see what she had to say about her BBE experience.
Full name: Bloomingdale Yoko Maria Mea… but please call me Kisty! J
Blog url: http://kisty.net
Where do you live: I used to live in Singapore. Now, I’m living in the Philippines.
Where did you visit on the BBE: I visited several places in England, United Kingdom.
What were the biggest highlights of the exchange?
Oh, this is tough to answer. I think the whole thing itself is the biggest highlight. But to travel mostly on my own and truly immerse myself in the rich culture and history of England, I think that’s my favourite highlight of the exchange.
Has the BBE changed you? Did the experience change your views about travel?
Yes, definitely! BBE has encourage me to travel more and often. It has also opened my mind to a lot of things, which I believe has affected the way I want to travel now. I’ve learned appreciate the culture of the country I’m visiting even more, as well as the kindness of the strangers I’ve met along the way.
What advice would you give to someone thinking of entering?
I firmly believe that the jurors of the Big Blog Exchange are not just looking for a blog that’s famous and popular. I think they consider everything: content, design, following and overall purpose of your blog. So don’t stress too much if you don’t have a huge following. Just focus on your blog’s content, make it interesting and genuine.
Would you have done anything differently looking back?
For 10 days straight, Lucy Plummer and I drove around to different towns and cities in England. And looking back, I should’ve taken advantage of the 6-month visa that was given to me. London itself is huge, and that’s only just one city. There’s so much to see and do that 3 weeks wasn’t enough.
Sum up the BBE in three words:
Best. Contest. Ever!
Could we be posting YOUR winners interview next year?