Friday, December 21, 2012

CZ Expat Blog Results

Yeah!!  I won the 2012 Expat Blog Award for Czech Republic.  I must thank everyone who voted for me.  Winning this award is even better than the award last year for a few different reasons.

First of all, this award was just for ČR which made it more personal.  Most of the other bloggers were all from Prague, and whilst I like Prague, it is not the only city in this country.  So I kind of feel that Brno won too. 

I liked that this contest required people to actually give feedback.  The quantity of feedback wasn't supposed to be the only deciding factor but I haven't seen any winners for other countries who also didn't happen to have the most number of votes.  Some of the feedback was very touching to read.  And while I personally know many of the people who voted, it was really neat to read the feedback from total strangers.  This blog really has taken on a life of its own.

In the award announcement, the organizers randomly choose one comment as a testimonial. 

One fan says: Christopher's Expat adventure is by far my favorite blog. I look forward to each new post. The variety of Chris' content: travel, history, holidays, architecture, professional and personal experiences, among others, always keep the blog new and exciting. Chris is so talented in taking a cultural difference and explaining it in a way that makes the reader understand that the cultural difference is not good or bad but just different. He has a true gift of showing the common humanity and humor that transcends various cultures. I am excited to read about Chris’ future adventures and to feel as if I am there with him as I read his blog. Thank you for all your post. Keep up the great work.

I love that they chose Steven's comment for this.  

There are a some really well-written expat blogs which I regularly follow and I was up against two of them for the title.  Girl in Czechland and Ricky Yates - an Anglican in Prague are both great blogs.  I've followed them for sometime now so in the spirit of good sportsmanship I did vote for each of their blogs.  I would have been proud to have finished up behind them but it does feel really good to have actually won.

The other cool thing about this contest is that now I've got a number of new blogs to follow in other countries which will be helpful as I plan future adventures.  Thanks again to everyone who voted, congrats to my fellow bloggers, and a big thank you to Expats Blog for putting this contest together.


  1. Hi Chris,

    Firstly, congratulations on winning the Gold Award in the Expats Blog competition for the Czech Republic. And thank you for your kind words about my own blog & the link to it within this post. I have reciprocated by adding you to 'Expat Bloggers I enjoy reading' in my side bar & giving you a write-up in my latest blog post.

    Secondly, whilst I am Prague based, I do write about the wider Czech Republic & beyond. And I am now travelling regularly to Brno and holding services in your adopted city on the second Sunday of each month. See .

    Finally, it's great to see you've caught up with your blogging this year. I fully understand about time pressures & not being able to write & post about something immediately or within a few days of it happening. But I don't think there is anything wrong with writing about something a few weeks after it has happened and acknowledging, as you write, the date when it happened, even though it is a few weeks in the past.

  2. Congratulations Chris! You are Mr. Competitor, I loved watching you work.

  3. Congratulations! I voted for your blog and I'm glad to see that you won. I'll have to check out the two blogs you mentioned. As someone who dreams of traveling to Europe (and New Zealand) and often wonders what it would be like to live in one of my dream countries, I very much enjoy reading expat blogs.

  4. Thanks again to everyone who voted!!