There are few people out there – girls or guys – who haven’t heard of Cosmopolitan magazine.
Globally, there are 64 international editions available, in countries from Singapore to Spain, and in the UK Cosmopolitan is the most widely read monthly magazine, reaching over 1.6 million readers. That’s a lot of people poring over its pages for advice and fun features on everything from relationships and recent fashion trends to career profiles and travel tips.
It’s on the website of this “global juggernaut” (as described by the New York Times) that you can now find the name of this blog: Stories My Suitcase Could Tell has been shortlisted for Best Travel Blog in the Cosmo Blog Awards 2014!
Elated doesn’t cover it; neither does surprised. To be quite honest, I’m still in shock. I had just sat down in the office on Monday morning, coffee in hand, ready to get started on the day’s features, when my phone bleeped. What I assumed would be a Facebook notification turned out to be a blog update, letting me know that Stories My Suitcase Could Tell was getting high numbers of visitors.
Even when I saw where the traffic was coming from – Cosmopolitan Magazine’s UK website – I still didn’t let myself believe it. Surely not? I had never expected to make the shortlist (this is the legendary Cosmopolitan Magazine we’re talking about) so seeing it in black and white (or should I say, pink and white) on the computer screen was a shock – a very welcome one!
The shortlist was announced on July 7th, and you can vote for your favourite blog in each category until August 29th, after which the magazine’s editors have their say. It really means a lot to me that people click on and read the travel tales I post here, whether they’re about finding local fun here in the Hebrides or enjoying far-flung adventures abroad, so thank you.
If you have a few minutes to spare, I would be eternally grateful if you could cast your vote for Stories My Suitcase Could Tell as Best Travel Blog in the Cosmo Blog Awards. Thanks for reading, everyone!
To vote for Stories My Suitcase Could Tell in the Cosmopolitan Magazine Blog Awards, click here.
Press the ‘Next’ button until you reach the ‘Best Travel Blog’ category on Page 7 and select the box next to Stories My Suitcase Could Tell. You’ll need to click through all 15 pages in order to enter your email address and submit your vote. Thank you!
Update November 2014: I won! Thank you so much to everyone who supported me in the Cosmo Blog Awards!