I’m always taken by surprise when I get recognition of any kind whatsoever for this blog, so when Barbara Weibel of Hole in the Donut invited me to participate in the 7 Links exercise initiated by Tripbase my first reaction, after seeing the list of other participants, was sheer panic. Some of these names are legendary in travel blogging circles, and I know I’m just an amateur in comparison! However, either I’m a blogger or I’m not, and I do keep harping on about taking this blog to the next level, so maybe this will give me a push! The aim, after all, to quote Tripbase, is “To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.” So here is my two centsworth:
1. My Most Beautiful Post
This was by far the easiest. My favorite time of year on Tenerife is almond blossom time. I think, even in the last 6 months since I posted this, I have learned more about photography and presenting photos, but this was this year’s almond blossom post.
This one was easy too, that’s because I was lucky enough to be Freshly Pressed by WordPress, so I didn’t have to go count stats to find out! I wrote Subtropical Snow after a visit to the mountains in March.
This one took most researching back on, and I found that I haven’t really had any negative feedback when I’ve said critical things, although I know that some Canarian people read my blog. In one way it’s a shame. The thing I am most critical of is the accumulation of rubbish in various places around the this beautiful island. In this post about a tour of historical sites, including the place where Horatio Nelson lost his arm, I deliberately courted a reaction, but got none, so I can only say that I attempted to be controversial!
4. My Most Helpful Post
I’ve yet to finish a series of posts about my steps in becoming an expat, this one was the first, about things you should consider before upping and leaving, and although there are only two comments on the post itself I got lots of feedback from Facebook and Twitter.
5. The Post Whose Success Surprised Me Most…..
…..was this one. It’s quite personal. At this stage I was really still writing at people I knew, albeit they were spread throughout the world, and in another sense it is my first “real” blog post. It was “…the fork stuck in the road,” and re-reading it makes me realize how far I have come in life’s proper journey.
6. The Most Which Didn’t Get the Attention I Thought it Deserved
A post I did for World Environment Day. About rubbish – again. Why does nobody care about how we are messing up the planet? You know, just for the sake of having something nice to look at instead of a beach full of cans and plastic bags?
7. The Post of which I am Most Proud
I chose this one because for once I was happy with my writing and because it’s about my sons as well as about the island.
A big thank you to Barbara and to Tripbase because it was interesting going back over posts, and realizing how I and my life has changed over the time I began blogging.
Now to figure out who to nominate because so many blogs I follow are already on the list!