A few weeks ago I was nominated by Liv from The World is Waiting and Lois and Chichi from We Are Sole Sisters to take part in the seven links project by Tripbase. I think the idea is great, but I haven’t had time to participate until now.
It’s a really simple idea. Nominated bloggers look through their old posts and place seven of them into seven different categories. It’s a unique way to gain an insight into a blogger’s perspective of their work.
My 7 links
1. Your Most Beautiful Post: The Carpe Diem Diagram
This is one I’m very proud of. It wasn’t just a post, but included a diagram I made specifically to illustrate to you what I was talking about. I think what’s most striking about the post is how unique it is. So far, I haven’t seen anyone come up with a similar post. Plus, it is something I feel holds up well today.
2. Your Most Popular Post: 6 Ways to Travel Endlessly
This is an easy choice. I’ve had many posts become popular in one way or another, but this post easily beats any other on this blog. The last time I checked, it had over 100 thousand views on stumbleupon. In one day stumbleupon sent me 12,000 views just for this post alone.
Any time I see a spike in traffic, I assume this post is the main reason. However, this is becoming less and less the reason as other blog posts become popular. This blog is also getting more traffic in general. But this post will probably still be most popular for a long time yet.
3. My Most Controversial Post: The Myth That Americans Don’t Travel
This is another easy choice for me. About every other month, I’ll get a comment on this post paragraphs long listing out all the reasons why I’m wrong. At first I was going to respond to each person in turn, but most of my replies would have included many arguments I had already made in the post. I strongly believe in what I wrote despite the controversy.
A runner up to this category would have been the 4 Characteristics Interesting People Have. I thought the post was rather uncontroversial, but a few people disagreed.
4. My Most Helpful Post: The 3 Steps to Understanding Other People’s Actions
This is a post I think brought a new perspective to understanding other people. There’s a real tendency to look at other people through ourselves. Take yourself out of the picture and look at the situation through the other person’s eyes and people make more sense.
This is another post that brings me a lot of traffic and attention. I got a lot of positive responses to it too. I know that when I started using these steps, it really shed a lot of light on why people do the things they do.
5. A Post Whose Success Surprised You: Why Experiences Are Better Than Possessions
I knew this post would be successful, but I didn’t know that it would be spread around the internet as quickly and positively as it did. Something about this post seemed to resonate a lot with people. Everyone seemed to like it and wanted to support it.
The funny thing about this post is that I didn’t feel I was saying anything that other people didn’t already seem to know. There were other posts much more original than this one that got less attention. For some reason, people just loved it.
6. A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved: How to Make Your Opinion Matter
This one surprised me in how lukewarm of a response I got to it. It wasn’t negative, but also not all that positive. Perhaps people don’t like to be told how to form opinions. Whatever the reason, it just kind of sat there and didn’t do much.
7. The Post You Are Most Proud Of: How I Traveled Long Term (And Kept My Job) Twice
Choosing one link for this category was difficult since I’m very proud of all the posts I’ve written for this blog. This one stands out though due to the personal nature of the story. It also captures a lot of the elements about this blog. Asking for the time off from my employer was a risk that took me outside of my comfort zone. The risk paid off with many interesting unique experiences.
What’s most interesting about this post is that I was initially unsure about even posting it. I hesitated because it was so personal. I try to focus this blog on the readers rather than myself. However, I felt the story could be inspiring. I felt justified in posting it after I saw the huge positive response to it.
My 7 Links Reprised
At this point in the project, I’m supposed to send five other bloggers a notice that I’m nominating them. I don’t have time to do this at the moment. So many other bloggers have already participated and the list of people available is shrinking. It was fun while it lasted, but perhaps the project has run its course?
P.S. I’m in Galway, Ireland right now. Getting posts out regularly has been more challenging than expected. However, I hope this post will tide you all over until I can get back to my regular schedule in a little over a week.