I’m a huge fan of ProBlogger aka. Darren Rowse. I’ve taken his challenge on each of my blogs at least once – and read his 31 Days to Build a Better Blog at least a half dozen times as well as getting my hands on the extra week he put out later. I don’t read his blog as faithfully as I used to, but I catch up every now and then and spend an hour or two on his site.
A long time ago (at least two years?) he put out a challenge to create a 7 links post. This was something I did not do – and I’m really not sure why. I also did not do it when I participated in the SitsGirls challenge about a year and a half ago – that was because I was sporadic in my participation which only seemed to frustrate me more at that time. So now I am doing it.
The idea is to publish a post that is a list of 7 links to posts that you and others have written that respond to the following 7 categories. Here are the links:
Your first post: My first post on this blog was titled Bananas Are Awesome and was an email my mother had sent me. I am pretty sure somewhere along the way in all of my blog moves and migrations there were other posts that came first, but this one shows as the first post.
A post you enjoyed writing the most: My post titled Inspirational Photographs was probably the most fun for me to write. The funniest part is, there isn’t that much writing in the article – and instead loads of great photographs that inspire me to write when I’m stuck.
A post which had a great discussion: I don’t know that I have a single post on here that I could say warranted a great discussion considering that 99% of my blog is recipes. I thought about sharing my most popular post based on comments, but then decided that doesn’t make for good discussion. But with that said, my Cauliflower Pizza Crust is probably my most talked about post on my blog. I get emails and comments nearly daily on that post, with questions, success stories and just thank you’s, and it’s almost two years old (though I re-posted it again this year)
A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written: This post by David Lebovitz regarding Food Blogging is eye opening, has great tips and is just generally quite helpful. I wish I had thought to write something like that.
Your most helpful post: Of course I want to send you back to my Cauliflower Pizza Crust, but I was sure there had to be another one. Honestly, judging my the # of visits my recipe index gets, I’d have to say that’s my most helpful post – people can find things much easier now.
A post with a title that you are proud of: Well this one is hard, since most of my titles pertain to recipes, so it’s not like I get to be super creative. I would have to say that I’m picking two – and the reasoning behind these two titles is because they are my two most popular posts. In fact, up until two months ago, my Moist Sweet Cornbread recipe was #1 most visited recipe on my blog – that’s because it’s just that good and word of mouth spreads fast. However, now – with over 51,000 views, my Banana Orange Pineapple Smoothie has taken the top spot. It’s super delicious, but I am still surprised by it’s overwhelming popularity and it’s lack of comments. haha So while the titles are boring, I did something right.
A post that you wish more people had read: All of them? Okay, I know that’s not fair – so… it would have to be the one I wrote about Extreme Couponing. It was actually written for a former blog I had called Frugal Changes, but when I transferred it to this blog (along with about 100 other posts) it lost all it’s comments and truthfully, there were a pretty passionate bunch of people that had commented both for and against the practice (and the TV show which is what the article is primarily about.)