Published on July 11th, 2011 | by Charu Suri4
The 7 Link Blog Project: Remembering My Previous Blog Posts
I was delighted to be nominated by Billie from The SantaFeTraveler for the Seven Link Blog Project that was originally started by TripBase; the project is a way of bringing travel bloggers together in their quest for most popular and meaningful posts, and also a way to look at others that could have performed better.
I converted my blog into a purely travel blog only eight months ago, and I'm so happy to see that it has taken a life of its own, and more importantly, become a platform to connect with other bloggers. I genuinely am HAVING A BALL doing what I do, and feel that travel is what has given me the "wind beneath my wings."
I chalked the first year of blogging to be an experiment of sorts. I wasn't sure what posts would resonate well with the community, and I also had a lot of traveling to do! But over the months the posts that have become popular include the following.
The Most Beautiful Post:
When I think of beauty, I think of the visuals. I think travel could not exist without two things, strong narrative and strong photos. I love color, so I think my most beautiful post would really be about the best sunsets I've seen in Aruba.
My Most Popular Post:
This would be a no brainer. I visited the Butterfly Farm in Aruba for the second time, and even bought a dress for the occasion. The butterflies were attracted to the colors on my dress! It was such a magical moment. To this day, my readers keep telling me how much they love the photos from that post, "An Alice in Wonderland Moment."
My Most Controversial Post:
I wrote about the "Dangers of FOMO" and the dangers of accepting press trips in general just for the sake of press trips. I get that travel bloggers like to travel for free — who wouldn't? But I also wrote about why we became writers in the first place: to get a better understanding of history and culture and to develop narrative. I wouldn't say this post was highly controversial; actually, it was met with several positive comments.
My Most Helpful Post:
I'd like to think of most of my posts as helpful, but they've been bordering more and more on the philosophical of late, which is partly my state of mind. I'm not really having an existential crisis, but I have been going deeper into topics of what matters most, so my most helpful post really has been the recap of the New York Times Travel Show where I met and bonded with a lot of my blogging buds.
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me:
Never underestimate the power of food. I was surprised that the Cupcake Crawl which I organized, and blogged about, received so much attention. Props to Matthew for taking the pictures. Several bloggers have emailed me and commented about how they wished they could have been a part of the crawl, and I've been pleasantly surprised. Dessert conquers everything.
A Post I Didn't Feel Received Enough Attention:
I was pleased with the attention that my New York Blizzard of 2010 post received, but felt it could have gotten more comments and page views because that was one crazy storm. Still, four responses and ping backs is not too shabby; I'm guessing people were too fed up by the blizzard to think about the delays and bottlenecks by the time the post was written.
The Post I am Most Proud Of:
There are so many posts that I poured my heart and soul into, but my post on "Travel & Perspective: Sometime There is No Place Like Home" really came out beautifully as a narrative and deep exercise in writing. I love the pictures. It just ended up writing itself.
Passing on the Baton:
Here are the five bloggers I am nominating for the project:
Please blog about your posts using the categories above and tweet them using the hashtag #My7Links. And of course, pass the love.Thank you!
- Charu Suri