The Goal: To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.
My 7 Links/Posts (and I am a cheater because for each category I included a couple posts. Sorry to be a rule breaker but it’s hard to narrow down thousands of posts!
1. Most Beautiful:
Farmers Market Images, San Diego
2. Most Popular:
3. Most Controversial:
The Hazards of Bulk Bins (i.e. rat feces, mouse hair, and why I never buy from bulk bins)
Eating Meat (and images from the Mexico City Markets) (reinforced my plant based path but the comments from those who do eat meat as well as the vegans were great. Not “controversial” as much as thought-provoking. Everyone was respectful. Thank you!)
I could go on and on. I have tons of controversial posts.
4. Most Helpful:
My Blogging 101 Series. Just about everything you’d want to know to start your blog from how to link back properly to others’ recipes to how to buy your own domain to how to become a self-hosted blog to how to run giveaways to answering questions like how do companies find you to give you free products. I cover lots of bases.
5. Post Whose Success Surprised You:
My 10 Year Wedding Anniversary Thoughts – the comments, support, and uplifting messages were mind-blowingly wonderful
Vanilla Iced Coffee – got tons of comments and it’s such a no-brainer “recipe”
6. Not Enough Attention:
Not Owing the World an Explanation on your blog
Protein FAQ’s, Vegan Sources & Recipes – So Where Do you Get Your Protein and other protein topics addressed
7. Post That You Are Most Proud Of:
This is way too hard to answer. I have over a thousand posts spanning years. I need more time to ponder this but wanted to publish this post because so many others already have. Don’t want to be too late to the party.
The top 50 or so posts, that I am both most proud of and that readers request and that seem most popular with readers, are linked in my Popular Tab.
Everything is broken down by section cover everything from what I eat, how I workout, the trips I’ve taken, fun facts about me, what I keep in my pantry, and so forth. Basically the broad brushstokes about me and I am proud of all those posts.
Also I have a Photography section for anyone interested in that. I’m proud that I started off with a point and shoot camera and dark, grainy pictures and have evolved. But like anything in life, my photography is very much a work in progress! But it’s a passion. It’s doing what I love and following my dreams, my heart, my passion. <— that post was a good one with great reader comments.
And anyone else who wants to run with this on your blog, go for it!
I hope you enjoyed my links. There was no way I could keep this at just 7 links. Brevity? Me? Nah.
1. If you’re a blogger, what posts that you’ve written stand out in your mind? What was the post about? Why is it memorable to you?
It was fun for me to think about these questions and think back to old posts. In doing searches on my own blog and seeing my old posts come up, and seeing the titles, it was such a trip down memory lane. On most of them, just based on title alone, I can recall where I was living (I’ve moved and lived in four houses since I’ve been blogging), what I was doing in general in life, how much I was working out of the house or not, how old Skylar was; basically a snapshot of my life was hitting me as I skimmed old post titles which was awesome!
It’s hard for me to narrow down what posts really stand out though.
2. Any posts on my site that have been memorable to you or themes that stand out?
This is one of those questions that it’s better to have an outsider looking in and giving feedback because it’s just so hard for me to have self-perspective on this.
3. What blog posts have you read in the blogosphere that have stood out for you? Why?
Was it a recipe post? A lifecasting/life stuff/lifestyle post? A human interest type story or was the blogger revealing something quite personal about herself post? Other themes?
For me, it’s never a recipe post that I remember from a blogger. Sure, I remember that they have killer looking brownies or a great recipe for a dip but that which is truly memorable goes beyond brownies and dip for me.
I have to really feel something from the post.
Whether the blogger is sharing her dietary path, her struggles, her triumphs, sharing her personal history on everything from how she met her husband to her family planning methods to why she eats what she eats to her quitting the gym and getting off the cardio ratrace to her moving across the country. Those are the types of posts I remember from all the others I read. Personal details, real stories, that’s what I love.
Food is nice, life stories are much more memorable. Even those bloggers who have recipe-style blogs, I am drawn to those who write with humor or who give little tidbits and stories from their life in between the lines of the recipe they’re sharing.
Have a great Tuesday and I hope some of you take this quiz and run with it!