Authentic Florida Wins Top Blog Awards
Florida native Robin Draper, creator of the website AuthenticFlorida.com, received both the “Best Travel Blog” and the top overall honor “Blog of the Year” in the Sunshine Awards, a competition recognizing excellence in social media throughout Florida. Winners were announced on Sunday, February 15, at an annual bloggers conference in Orlando. Draper’s Authentic Florida.com is a second year award recipient having received the trophy for “Best Food Blog” at last year’s event.
AuthenticFlorida.com is a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures for Florida living. Draper covers many topics but the focus is always on what she calls “real” Florida travel, lifestyle and food.
“It is a huge honor to be recognized at this event, especially since winners were selected by votes from readers and peers,” remarked Draper. “This recognition inspires me to continue doing what I love.”
The Sunshine Awards were the highlight of Forum 2015, produced by Gotta Get Blogging, formerly known as FlBlogCon, or the Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference. Each year the very best bloggers, tweeters, instagrammers, pinners, and facebookers in the state of Florida gather to discuss the latest industry trends, hone writing and photography skills, and share information about the world of social media.
More than 600 nominations were cast, then a ballot of three nominees in each of the 10 chosen categories were put up for vote. A vote was conducted via the Gotta Get Blogging website in 2014 and winners were announced at the recent Central Florida Conference January 15th.
A Florida native, Draper began her award-winning website, AuthenticFlorida.com, four years ago. Her purpose is to share with her readers a deep and abiding love for her home state. The website and blogs are intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated reaches of the state. And the blog also invites readers to simplify – whether traveling, cooking, gardening, enjoying nature, recreation, art and authors, while discovering uncomplicated ideas for living in our homes and neighborhoods.
Draper is a columnist and writer for Florida newspapers and magazines, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. She has been a featured speaker at conferences and event speaking about topics such as Branding Your Blog, Travel Writing, and Following Your Passion. In 2014 Draper received five Excellence-in-Craft Awards from the Florida Outdoor Writers Association.
Learn more about Robin and what she is up to by visiting AuthenticFlorida.com, or by following Authentic Florida on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube. Draper also has a popular weekly on-line ENEWS that features special travels, food and living topics.