You know those chain e-mails that you used to get all the time, where you were told you had to pass them on in 7 minutes, otherwise your whole family would die? Well, this “My 7 Links” project by Trip Base is kind of like that. Except it's blog links you're passing on, and your family probably won't die if you don't participate. … Probably.
The while idea behind the “7 Links” chain-blog is to give bloggers a chance to share some of their favorite posts from the past that deserve to see the light of day again. A blogger shares his/her 7 links, then nominates 5 other bloggers to continue on in the chain. And so it grows exponentially — without any family members or pets coming to harm. It's fun!
I was nominated to share My 7 Links with you by Amy and Kieron of Don't Ever Look Back.
And here are My 7 Links (give or take a few):
My most beautiful post
It was really difficult for me to choose just one post to share in this category. I love taking photos when I travel, and I've put up a lot of posts that I've found to be beautiful in different ways. This post, however, has been one of my favorites, visually. As part of my contribution to the Blog4NZ project, this post was meant to show just how beautiful New Zealand is. Does it make you want to book a flight tomorrow?
Runner-up: 10 Beautiful Hawaiian Beaches — Oahu
My most popular post
It's funny, but my most popular post (going by pageviews, comments, and the general ripple it made all those months ago when it was posted), is not about travel at all — it's about travel blogging. I think this post addresses that frustrated feeling we all encounter sometimes as bloggers. And, obviously, a lot of people could relate.
My most controversial post
I don't generally write posts that are controversial. Sure, I may whine and complain sometimes, but I try to stay pretty neutral on hot-button topics. I don't like drama. Picking this post, therefore, was difficult. So I went with a post that made me think while I was writing it, and actually got one dissenting comment! Does that count as controversy?
My most helpful post
I've written a handful of posts that I would consider helpful (check out my travel tips and travel guides sections), but I'm happiest with my guide to Pearl Harbor that I wrote after my trip to Hawaii in February. Before that trip, I tried to do some research online about visiting the memorial — and came up pretty empty. So I vowed I would fill that travel guide void with my own tips on visiting Hawaii's top tourist attraction. To date, it's been the post that has gotten the most traffic from Google searches.
A post whose success surprised me
When I wrote this post about hitting a kangaroo while driving in Australia, I had not idea it would get as much attention as it did — retweets, thousands of StumbleUpon hits, lots of comments… apparently people loved what has been one of my shortest posts. When I later wrote a post on Secrets to Running a Travel Blog When You Aren't Traveling, I included the tip to “Tell stories, even if you think they're dumb” because of the success of this post.
A post that didn't get the attention it deserved
A lot of my earlier posts could easily fit into this category. There are a lot of posts from way back when that are sad and lonely and have gotten hardly any pageviews or comments. But this post, written after I followed around a “Lord of the Rings” tour group for a weekend in Wellington, is one of my favorite stories I've ever written. Sure, it's nerdy and geeky and not for everybody. But the people in it are fascinating and full of character. Check it out.
The post I am most proud of
This is the most recent post of mine included on this list. But I really am so proud of how it turned out, and humbled by the reaction it's gotten. I visited Christchurch, New Zealand, 3 months after a strong earthquake devastated the city. Upon coming home, I knew that I had to tell Christchurch's story, no matter how sobering and sad it was. This post was the result.
And now it's time for me to pass this chain-blog on. The bloggers I'm nominating to share their 7 Links are:
And, check out all the other bloggers who have been nominated so far.
Are there any posts of mine not mentioned here that you would have liked to see on the list?