The little blog that could! Four and a half years after we hit publish on our very first post, we were recently awarded two huge accolades – GastroGays is both Travel Blog of the Year and overall Blog of the Year at the V by Very Blog Awards Ireland, the Oscars of the Irish blog industry!
Ireland Top Travel Blog – Travel Blogger of the Year 2017
We were absolutely blown away to win the top travel blog award on the night. We’ve always been a food and travel blog. GastroGays, as the name suggests, documents and shares food-led travel – our foodie adventures at home, abroad and anywhere we find ourselves across the globe. Food tourism is a huge trend and so many people – blog readers especially – are booking travel and organising trips around food specifically. Itineraries are now a list of restaurants to try, cafes to hit, beers to sample at local bars and foodie excursions like food walking tours, visits to producers and taste trails. We’re passionate about being both an Irish food blogger and Irish travel blogger but we marry the two and we celebrate Irish as much as we cast our eyes outward and document foodie travel further afield. We’re so happy
— Patrick & Russell | GastroGays (@GastroGays) October 5, 2017
Best Blog in Ireland – Blog of the Year 2017/2018
Then, through winning that category we were put forward for a chance to potentially take home the Ireland’s Best Blog 2017 award. Along with the other category winners, we all waited nervously ’til the biggest award of the night rolled around, naturally at the end of the evening. We honestly thought we weren’t in with a shot – and then, we actually won the damn thing!
We walked home being able to call ourselves the top blog in Ireland; the best bloggers in Ireland. What’s more, we won – we’re told – by an overwhelmingly high score which combined scores on layout and content to UX and social media. This was points-based judging and those are the blog awards that we truly believe in. So often it’s personality or popularity-based, but we won on points. What words can we say? Humbling, heartening, gratifying. We work so, so hard. We’ve worked tirelessly for four years and the hard work starts now – we take that accolade with pride, passion and determination. We’re making the next 365 days the best it’s ever been in terms of our content and output.
🏆So tonight, we were nominated for Best Travel Blog at the #vbyverybloggies2017 and we’re so so chuffed to say we won it! ✈️🌍⛵️ What has us SERIOUSLY shook though is that we also won the biggest prize of the night, so GastroGays is now Ireland’s Blog Of The Year which we’re COMPLETELY astounded, shocked and humbled about! ☺️🏆 We’ve always said that as bloggers, we are all nothing without our audiences around us who enjoy our content and spur us along. You motivate us, you engage with us, you share in our highs and lows and ultimately make what we do worthwhile. So thank you! And yes we had chips, curry sauce and battered burgers to celebrate – what else would you expect? ☺️☺️☺️
We’re nothing without the people who click on to our blog, share our posts, support what we do. Being an award-winning Irish blogger is nothing without the pool of people who support you so – thank you! You’ve helped us do this; you’ve helped us build this platform; you’ve inflated our stats; you’ve spread the word about our blog; you’ve willed us to win. We did it for you and now this award is testament – and really belongs – to you, the reader.