Blogger Recognition Awards V and VI

Early in the New Year a good looking young man kindly nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. It was Arif over at Inspirational Quotes. Head on over and check out his blog as we all need inspiration daily.

I was also nominated by the Lovely Didi at her Not So Secret Diary where she reviews beauty and DIY products – not necessarily mutually exclusive! Head on over as we can all do with some wise advice on those two topics.


Please feel free to join in either below in the comments section or in a post of your own. The more the merrier!


It was set up for a specific purpose in 2009 – so long ago! – and over the years it’s morphed into a sort of mish-mash. But, now that I write about cycling over at VeloVoices, if you were feeling generous you could call it a Lifestyle Blog. After a bit of a hiatus 2012-2015, it’s now essentially  anything I fancy writing about and very much reflects my tastes and habits. I’m very fortunate to live on the Cote d’Azur where I enjoy at least 300 days of sunshine per annum. I therefore try to spread a little sunshine every day across the blogosphere.


1. Write from the heart about what you know and love. Ditto photos.

2. Always remember your blog could be read by anyone. Think long and hard before you press the publish button.


1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select up to six bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created.


Many thanks for reading this and I hope you’ve had a great weekend. Sx

Blogger Recognition Award IV

I was recently, very kindly nominated by Flavia who, like me, started her blog to keep in touch with family and friends. Flavia is an Italian polyglot (she’s currently learning her sixth language – Greek). This obviously gives her a greater insight into the places she visits and which she kindly shares with us. Do drop by her blog and give her a follow – you won’t regret it!

Here’s those pesky rules (which I rarely observe)

1. Write a post displaying your award.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to her/his blog.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 10-15 bloggers who you believe deserve recognition.
6. Tell the nominees they’ve been nominated.

As this is my fourth Blogger Recognition Award I have already explained how my blog started. Maybe, this time I should cover how it restarted. It wasn’t that I ran out of steam, or even ideas, but a crowd I’d met on social media suggested we set up a blog which we called VeloVoices – many voices, one passion – pro cycling for fans, by fans. From 2012 onwards I was frantically writing plenty about cyclists and cycling which left me very little time for my own blog. Consequently output dwindled. It wasn’t really until 2015 that I began to apply myself again to posting on a View from the Back and activily started engaging with other bloggers. I’ve now returned to daily postings, a mixture of trips, travel, awards, photos, recipes plus whatever else takes my fancy.

I’ve also dished out plenty of advice on my previous award posts and I’m scrabblng to find something pithy and worthwhile to say now.

However I firmly believe you should enjoy blogging, it shouldn’t become a chore. Write about what you know, what you’re interested in, what you love.

I love this quote from Louboutin, probably because I adore his fantastic red-soled shoes – veritable shoe porn!

Make sure there’s an “About” page on your blog which tells other bloggers a bit about you and your blog, giving it an identity.

Now as you know, I am loathe to nominate other blogs. Instead I prefer to invite you to join in and share the award, particularly those of you who’ve perhaps not been blogging for very long.

Have a great week-end!

Blogger Recognition Award III

Not long after I departed for my #adventuredownunder, Steve and Muffin from Steve’s Country most kindly nominated me for this award given in recognition of all the hard work that goes into creating a blog. It is a way for bloggers to support, motivate and promote other bloggers who have clearly put in huge amounts of time and effort, and produced valuable content.

Steve lives somewhere the sun doesn’t shine as much as he’d like but he’s befriended much of the local wildlife which feature prominently, along with the area’s flora, in photos on his blog. If you don’t already follow Steve and his feline companion Muffin, check out their blog and give them a follow.

Steve and Muffin epitomise this award as they encourage, motivate, interact and engage with the blogging community, daily delivering engaging content to their audience.

How did my blog start?

I started the blog to keep my sponsors for a cycling event informed about my progress. Initially, I just saw it as something short-term to meet a specific need. However, family and friends persuaded me to keep it going as they saw it as a way of keeping track of what we were doing. Over the years it has morphed into more of a lifestyle and less of a cycling blog, particularly as I blog about cycling over at VeloVoices.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers

1. Write from the heart about something you know and love. If possible, illustrate your blog with your photos or drawings.

2.  Let the real you shine through and take the time to engage and interact with other bloggers.


I follow so many wonderful blogs, a number of which are deliberately “Award Free.” If you’ve been kind enough to read this then please feel to join in, either in the comments section below or over on your own blog.

Spread the recognition around our wonderful community and have a great week-end



Let’s not get carried away and forget the award rules:-

Award rules

• Write a post displaying your award.

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.

• Tell the story of how your blog started.

• Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.

• Nominate other bloggers for the award.

• Let the nominees know that you have nominated them.

The Blogger Recognition Award

It was so kind of Betul Erbasi to nominate me for this The Blogger Recognition Award, particularly given how many great blogs and bloggers there are in the blogosphere. Betul is a PhD student at the University of Southern California and she set up her blog as an antidote to doing too much academic writing. Betul writes mostly short stories and pieces on her observations on human nature, in both English and her native Turkish – another accomplished linguist! Go check out her blog and give her a follow.

The Award Rules

1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Explain how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select other bloggers for the award and let them know.

What is The Blogger Recognition Award?

The Blogger Recognition Award is an award by bloggers for bloggers. It is a collaborative and creative effort by the blogging community to encourage one another. The award is a way of acknowledging the sheer effort that goes into running a blog and generating quality material on a regular basis. Blogging’s no mean feat. It’s time-consuming so it’s nice, from time to time, to receive some recognition. Here’s to all my fellow bloggers out there, who work their butts off to post great content for their readers. You’re amazing and I salute you all.

The Story behind View from the Back

The blog started way back in 2009 as a means of keeping my many sponsors up-to-date with my progress training for and taking part in a charity bike ride in USA. My beloved came up with the title because, at that stage, I hadn’t been cycling for long and was always being dropped on rides by the rest of our cycle club. Meaning my view was always from the back of the peloton (bunch). In truth it should have been called “view from off the back and down the hill” but that’s a wee bit too long!

After taking part in the charity event, friends and family told me not to stop as they found the blog a handy way of keeping up with us and our new life in France. So now I write about my passions – sport, cooking, travel, my husband – and anything else that takes my fancy, because I can.

My Advice to New Bloggers

My words of wisdom, if they can be called that, urge you to write about what you love. Writing’s a bit like cooking. The more passion you put into it, the better it tastes ie reads. Write for yourself, not for anyone else.

My Nominees for The Blogger Recognition Award

I follow loads of great blogs and it’s very tempting to nominate you all. Instead, I’ve decided I’d like to hear everyone’s stories. Can you share it either in a comment on here (below) or on your own blog as a post?

Thank you so much!