This blog was born out of a desire to share pictures, provide updates and communicate with friends and family as I traveled across country via railroad. Six months later; I am off the rails and I am still blogging. Family and friends have now been joined by strangers. Yo-Yo Ma said that “Good things happen when you meet strangers”. I can attest to the truth in that. I’ve “met” so many interesting people through blogging; and strangers have become less “strange” (?) because of it.
One of the less strange-strangers is Judith. Judith has a blog called Touch2Touch. She participated in a blog post challenge called the Seven Links Challenge and invited me to give it a go. The idea is to list 7 links (I’ve listed more) to posts that correspond to 7 questions. Finally, I am asked to “play it forward” and invite 3 bloggers to take on the challenge.
Here it is.
Most Beautiful Post: Gee Wiz, it’s Like Walking in the Emerald City. This post has a few beautiful pictures of my neighborhood at its’ lush best. If photos aren’t your thing, I think Happy Mother’s Day to Everyone…and I do Mean Everyone has beautiful sentiment.
Most Popular Post: Based on numbers of views, Una Nina Tiene que Comer (A Girls Got to Eat): A Cinco de Mayo Post with Really bad High School Spanish was the most popular. If popularity can be reflected in the number of comments – it’s a tie between Photo Challenges; Textured and Flowers.
Most Controversial Post: Crown Heights Gold: An art Exhibit Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the Crown Heights Riot. Some people see the word race as a four letter word and anti-Semitism should be universally reviled and yet, regrettably, it is not. My post wasn’t controversial, but the subject matter might make people feel uncomfortable; I say good.
The Post That Didn’t Get the Attention ( I Think) it Deserved: Wired for Sound or I’m Ready to Become Bionic. It’s a rant disguised as (what I thought was a humorous) post. I thought it would prompt people to share their frustrations with technology and or planned obsolescence; it didn’t.
The Surprisingly Successful Post: If success is purely based on the number of views, again the winner would be Una Nina Tiene que Comer (A Girls Got to Eat): A Cinco de Mayo Post with Really bad High School Spanish. It was a quick holiday themed post based on my breakfast (go figure?). It received lots of views yet very few comments. Alternately, The Little Engine that Could; Did – received a moderate amount of views but prompted a great many text messages from family and friends regarding the accommodations on the train. To respond to the off-line inquiries I posted A Few More Words: The Amtrak Roomette and upon my return home I found and posted more pictures to satisfy the curious; in Roomette Revisited.
Most Helpful Post: Ten + One Marvelous Things About Minneapolis Minnesota. It’s a pithy post for the Minneapolis bound tourist.
Most Proud-of Post: April Fools’ Day – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It’s the post that started it all and in a way captures my personal mission statement.
I’m new to writing for the pure pleasure of it but, I’ve always loved to read. Mostly I read books, but I’m learning that a good story is just as likely to be found on a pixel as a page.
Here are just 3 of the blogs I’ve been reading. I hope you will check them out and I hope that they will take up the Seven Links Challenge.
Thanks for reading!