My 7 Links

Having recently celebrated three years with this here blog, I’ve lately been feeling introspective about being a frequent traveler, a sometimes-disconnected wife, friend and daughter…and an often-conflicted workaholic. I’ve especially been thinking a great deal about writing, and how it’s deeply important to me to create something useful, lasting and emotionally engaging.

 

Excellent timing, then, that I’ve been tagged by two traveling couples, Dave and Deb of The Planet D and Akila and Patrick of The Road Forks to participate in the “My 7 Links” project from Tripbase. Once you’re tagged, you offer up seven links from your own blog that fit various categories — from an article that you believe to be your best to one that you feel is your most underappreciated.

So, here’s what I have to show for the last three years, in a multi-link nutshell. Let’s do this.

Most Beautiful Post

Africa: Turns Out, It’s Really There
It’s entirely possible that my life will never be the same now that I’ve been to Africa; I know that my Flickr photo-storage account certainly won’t. This post includes some of my favorite photos from my 40th birthday safari in Botswana and Tanzania, and what can I say? It makes me tear up a little.

Most Popular Post
A Travel Blogger’s State of the Union – 2010
Happily, my travel writing is read by a lot of folks, but it doesn’t generally attract a lot of comments. The fact that this wrap-up post about my now-annual travel bloggers’ conference, TBEX, started an in-depth conversation, introduced me to a few new people and earned me several fans made me briefly wonder: Should I be writing a blog about blogging? Clearly, I didn’t go that route, but it’s still good to know that I can hit a chord with my people.

Most Controversial Post

Happy 2nd Blogiversary, Travels With Two!
I don’t really do controversial. I don’t feel overwhelmingly judgmental about how and why and where you travel (well, unless it’s for child trafficking or some-such nefarious deed); I’m just happy if you go somewhere and then safely return. But my oft-beleaguered, mangled, misinterpreted blog URL? That’s been a cause for discussion. You won’t really see the discussion here, per se, but my expression of ambivalence towards my blog’s name gets mentioned in more face-to-face meetings, as well as queries from advertisers and PR reps, than anything else I’ve ever written.

Most Helpful Post

Southern Spain: A Just Reward
Listen, I’m a travel writer — it’s what I do. But this post, one of my very first, lays out the logistical basics of traveling across Andalucia while also telling you a little something about me, Adam and the way we travel together. I feel it illustrates what I do best: create content that puts you in the scene, helps you plan and makes you chuckle.

Post(s) Whose Success Surprised Me

The Women of Napa Wine Trail and The Women of Sonoma Wine Trail
(Technically, this makes for “8 Links,” but whatever.) I like to fancy myself a wine enthusiast, treating this delightful beverage as a gateway to travel, education and a restful night’s sleep. I also feel that the energy and output of a passionate businesswoman usually makes the world a better place. However, I was fairly gobsmacked by the popularity of these posts on Twitter; the counter for each doesn’t even begin to tell the tale of retweets. Apparently, wine + women + travel is a popular combination out there — and I’ll toast to that.

A Post that Didn’t Get the Attention I Felt It Deserved

Love Letter to a Reluctant Traveler
Technically, this post was never directly published on my blog. Written for Travelblogs.com, this imagined missive of romantic, wanderlust-y inspiration to a partner in a couch potato/workaholic rut sums up my original concept for Travels With Two.

Post I’m Most Proud Of

It’s Always the Quiet Ones
Sometimes, souvenirs come in the form of human interactions — like, say, this one. If you never travel, you’ll never risk meeting anyone new or snort-laughing on an ancient island in Greece.

Five More Bloggers to Participate

The 7 Links project also suggests that I tag five other bloggers, like a chain letter promoting talent and worthy advice. I’m tagging people I admire for their personalities, their writing skills and their collective array of travel experience, and I’m fascinated to see what they’ll share from their own archives.

Vagabondish
Miss Expatria
Mike Barish
The Mother of All Trips
Action Jojo’s World

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