7 Links

Heather and Jenn both recently nominated me to take part in the 7 Links Challenge.

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.

The Rules:

1)     Blogger is nominated to take part
2)     Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.  <—whoops, I’m a rule breaker.
3)     Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
4)     These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
5)    And so it goes on!

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

Aruba Images

Mexico City Images

2. Most Popular:

My About Tab


High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

3. Most Controversial:

The Hazards of Bulk Bins (i.e. rat feces, mouse hair, and why I never buy from bulk bins)

Not Buying Organic Food

Medical Marijuana

Is Monogamy Natural?

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!)

Gambling & The Race Track

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.

Blogging 101

Blogging 102

Blogging 103

Blogging 104

Blogging 105

5. Post Whose Success Surprised You:

Not “Healthifying” Desserts: Why I Don’t

Desserts & Healthy Living: Everything in Moderation

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”

However, I find the easiest, simplest “recipes” are the ones most asked for and most viewed.  Easy is great by me!

6. Not Enough Attention:

Making Our Own Choices: Not Defending & Explaining Yourself

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.

My Nominations:

1. Katie

2. Madeline

3. Marla

4. Heather

5. Angela

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!

61 comments on “7 Links”

  1. This is a fab post! Thanks so much!

  2. ooh I’m going to be bussssssssssy reading these tonight! =) You know I absolutely adore your blogging 411 posts and def agree that those are your most helpful!!! You were the little push I needed to get set with foodbuzz and thank goodness my point and shoot broke around the same time too =) helloooo dslr! haha — though its an absolute clunker I love it so!

    Be back in a little while to stalk the posts I haven’t seen before! MWAH!!!

  3. OHMYGOSH THE BULK BINS! (i had to sneak a read before going back to packing!) — did things get super out of hand with the comments? I might keep buying boxed quinoa now… yikes!

  4. Great link list, I remember most of them and had fun reading back. Lots of great photos too.

    1. Probably travel posts, Raw Health Expos, FoodBuzz Fest, etc.
    2. The Mexico City pics, Aruba pics, and Pride parades.
    3. Too many to list – yours, Choosing Raw, Peas and Thank You, Trying to Heal, and it just goes on!

  5. Thanks for sharing this–great compendium.

    I’m also so grateful about what you said about stand-out blog posts. I totally agree, and when I write, sharing myself and my story and perspectives is always more important than posting recipes, to the point that I don’t even post about food at all sometimes! And sometimes I’ve worried that this might be a turn-off.

  6. Angela’s post series “a year can change a lot” really stand out to me.

    I really remember your post(s) about Skylar’s schooling. I was introduced to something I had never heard of, but that made a lot of sense to me.

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  8. It was fun to play catch up and read a few of these. I love how you link back to older posts in blogs. When I first found your blog I hopped around a lot through the links, which was a bit crazy/hectic/awesome. It’s fun to discover the hidden treasures.

  9. I loved your Blogging 101 posts. For me, those really stood out because of how thorough they were. I wish I had read them before starting my blog. Life would have been so much easier! Alas, I didn’t but your post was instrumental in me getting my own domain. Thanks again. I’m looking forward to reading the 7 links posts that I have missed.

  10. I am just a wee one in the blogging world, but I am pretty proud of all my posts so far! I really love your photography, no matter if it is of food, scenery or your beautiful daughter. I really remember your photo heavy posts the most. I love how you write too. I also love everything from choosingraw!

  11. Great list! It was so fun to go over previous posts!!
    Thanks for the nomination! I wish I had time to do it this week. Maybe once life resumes to normal after the family leaves I can tackle it. :)

  12. Welll, it took me awhile, but I finally got through with reading all of your posts! Whew! The ones that really stood out to me were about not “healthifying” desserts and I especially loved the Protein FAQ’s about vegan sources. I also love your photography posts, especially when they involve food.

    I actually remember a couple of the bloggers I read for their thought provoking posts and others for their amazing food photography. But I think I’ve bored my husband to tears talking about how your blog always has some of both. In fact, he might be bored from me constantly talking about bloggers as if I know them, LOL. But he neeeever complains when I made a new recipe and he always knows where I find them….tee hee :)

  13. Hi Averie! A great list — thanks for compiling it so I could go back and read some posts I missed before I started following you. Just a question though — I was looking forward to reading some of the comments on a couple of the posts (like the OpenSky or the bulk bins ones) and noticed I wasn’t able to. I know you close comments on posts after awhile (and totally get that), but am I overlooking some little link to click to be able to view the comments? Thanks again!

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