My 7 Links: Red’s Retrospective!
I’d LOOOOOOVE to take the credit for this idea – but that would be wrong! And I’d soon be found out if I did it anyway, because ‘My 7 Links’ is winging its way through the blogosphere and round the globe!! So what does it matter if I thought of it or not, when it’s such a great idea? Thanx to Jim (Holes in my Soles) for nominating me to participate – and also to Katie at Tripbase for getting it started in the first place!!
What am I talking about? ‘My 7 Links’ encourages bloggers to unearth past posts in 7 categories – then nominate 5 bloggers not already nominated to do the same.
Selecting my posts for each category was WAAAAY more challenging than I thought it would be. For a start, I hadn’t realised how many posts I’d actually written. How did I let the hundredth post milestone pass unnoticed?!?!
But … after much deliberation, here’s the final cut with teaser pix! Disagree? Let me know below!
While I’m not a photographer, my first photo-driven post received such positive feedback, I’m making them a regular (albeit infrequent!) feature! Discovering my more creative side has been an unintended consequence of blogging – and it all started with Toni (of the delectable blog Chickchat) and her ‘Thursday Theme Day’ challenge.
One of my old posts formed part of her ‘Texture’ themed link-up – so I’ve got her to thank (or blame!) for inspiring this new direction.
My Most Popular Post:
What does ‘most popular’ mean anyway? Is it the post with the most page views? The most comments?? The one that inspired most readers to become followers???
My most viewed post is the most recent of my ‘Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets’ series. After a few days in the Aussie Outback without internet access, I logged on to find that Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet #16 – Richmond, QLD had been stumbled – subsequently outstripping the next closest ‘most popular’ contender (Scenic Public Toilet #4 – The Little Public Toilet at the End of the Universe)!
What is it with the Public Toilet series? It’s popular – but I’m not sure why, exactly. But hey! I’ll take the pageviews anyway!!!
My Most Controversial Post:
Controversy isn’t really a feature of Red’s Australian Round-up. Either that, or my readers are so closely attuned to my content, there’s nothing with which to disagree!!
But this started me thinking – is a non-controversisal blog a boring blog? Maybe, maybe not. But controversy isn’t always about being overtly challenging …
The South Australian town of Woomera received so much bad press in its onetime role as site of a notorious asylum seeker detention centre that the negative associations o the town’s function defined its existence.
But that’s not all there is to Woomera – its previous life as an international pioneering space exploration centre and experimental rocket range location gives it a rich and fascinating heritage – well documented in visual displays, museums and memorabilia.
My post about my first visit to Woomera focussed on its past history showed it in a different light to how it was portrayed in the media. And maybe even removed some negative associations. Is that controversial? You decide!!
My Most Helpful Post:
My blog isn’t always about travel and adventure downunder here in OZ. I sometimes write about personal events and my life when I’m not travelling.
A few months after my first post, a close friend died of breast cancer. I found an outlet for my grief in writing about her life – and the link to Farewell My Friend was forwarded to many people who knew her.
I don’t know whether or not it helped them, but its assistance to me was immeasurable. I hadn’t realised the power of blogging as a therapeutic tool until this post – and now I don’t know what I’d do without my blog!
A Post whose success surprised me!
I started my Aussie ABC series as a way to post about quintessential OZ things that didn’t really fit into any of my other ongoing categories. So I continue to be surprised by its popularity – even though I’ve only got up to ‘E’ so far …
C is for Crocodile continues to get multiple hits even though it was posted WAAAAY back in April! Maybe I underestimated that fascination we have with the world’s purest predator …
A Post that didn’t get the attention it deserved:
Way back when my readers were few and far between, and readers who left comments were even more scarce, I posted about my Favourite Place #4 – Troubridge Island.
I’ve since written many posts about South Australia’s unsung, beautiful and fascinating Yorke Peninsula – with possibly the highest concentration of Scenic Public Toilets and excellent Bakeries in Australia – but Troubridge Island still remains a mystery to many.
This magnificent spot is a truly unique travel experience – and only an increase in popularity will save it from the oblivion to which the SA State Government has left it …
The Post I’m Most Proud of:
After I’d been blogging for a few months, I discovered blog hops! You know – there’s a ‘linky’ list to which you add a link to either your blog or a post that fits the linky theme, then you visit others on the list and they visit you! I’ve found some great blogs this way – and some of my readers have found me!
BUT … I didn’t ever find a blog hop specific to travel bloggers, so I developed my own – Red’s Round the World Extravaganza!
During my free 30 day trial of the linky tool, I hosted two ‘Round the World’ blog hops – a HUGE learning curve for this utter and complete technophobe …
And look out! Coming to a blog near you SOON, will be Round the World #3. Just as soon as my internet access is more stable and I work out how to pay for continued use of the linky tool … I hope you’ll all join me then!!
And now … my 5 Blogger nominations (in no particular order) to post their own ‘My 7 Posts’ post (if they’re up for it):
Wanna Buy a Duck – at http://beajayblock.blogspot.com/
South Florida Guy – at http://sflaguy.blogspot.com/
Saucy Kodz Blog – at http://saucykodz.blogspot.com/
Perth Daily Photo – at http://perthdailyphoto.blogspot.com/
Haunt Jaunts – at http://hauntjaunts.net/blog
Thanx for coming, back to normal posting soon!!