Katie at Tripbase has put together a fun, new blog challenge to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of old but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.
And how to do this? Details are over at Tripbase here; the abbreviated version is this:
- Get tagged – many thanks to Cailin from Travel Yourself for the kind nomination.
- Determine your 7 links based on the criteria below.
- Tag 5 other bloggers.
Here goes: My 7 links
The most beautiful post
This little post on lamenting lost love in the Azores, perhaps. It’s a lovely, sad fairy-tale.
The most popular post
Bratislava Street Art. I don’t know… I suppose people simply like street art.
The most controversial post
Geir Halvorsen/flickr’s Creative Commons
Not many controversial posts on Sophie’s World. One that did spark a few reactions – both in comments and in e-mails, was 17 May – Hip hip hooray!. How can a post about a country’s Constitution Day be controversial, you ask? Well, I did detail some of the antics and debauchery of Norway’s Russ (high school seniors) as they celebrate the end of 13 years of school. And yes, that is a condom in her hair.
The most helpful post
I like taking a narrative approach to the classic ‘Things to do in xxx’-post. I also like to focus on the world’s more curious corners, hoping to give a useful presentation of interesting things to see and do in cities often unsung. Things to do in Skopje is an example.
A post whose success surprised you
A post that has received heaps of attention is The longest place name in the world?. Not exactly sure why, possibly because the title is a question and implying some sort of record (note to self…).
A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
I don’t really have an answer for this category, as I’m very pleased with any attention. However, if we rephrase just slightly, I’d say that the post on the plight of the stateless Bedoun people is a post I’d like to see spread further. And the timing fits, too. Just today, American Girl, who cares deeply about the Bedoun, posted a thought-provoking comment, asking for tips on how to set up a charity or find educational funds to help Bedoun children go to school. If you click on one of my 7 links, please make it this one! And if you have any relevant experience and think you can contribute with a good idea or thoughts on where to start, please get in touch with her. Her e-mail address is in the comment.
The post that you are most proud of
Photo courtesy of dubaiairport.com
Hm, proud is a word I find a wee bit uncomfortable. Instead, I’ll mention a post I’m pleased with. I really enjoyed writing these late night observations from Dubai Airport’s Terminal 2. In a city known for glitz and riches (and an airport known for the same), it was interesting to see the simplicity of this terminal which mostly caters to Dubai’s itinerant workers. Terminal 2 is where flights take off for the world’s “bad” places like Kabul, Mogadishu, Bagdad – or unknown places, such as Gheshm, Ahwaz and Ashgabat – on never-before-heard-of-airlines like Queshm Fars Air, Pamir Airways, Jubba Air; even including airlines banned from EU air space.
That concludes my 7 links. Now it’s time to tag five fabulous bloggers. Take it away,
– Amanda from Not a Ballerina
– Vera from A Traveler’s Library
– Natalia from No Beaten Path
– Laura and Roberto from Travel for Love
– Geoff from Itinerant Londoner
Love your post summary (I want to go away and read all of them now!). And thanks so much for the tag! I saw this on another blog just yesterday and love the idea, so I will enjoy browsing through my blog to do it for mine. Thank you!!
You are the only other person I know who has seen Sete Cidades. It truly is gorgeous! I’m going to look through your other posts now. 🙂
A really good compilation which allowed me to get to know you and your site better! I couldn’t help but chuckle at the longest name for a place post. How do you even say that?
So many cool articles and bright, cheerful photos. I’m afraid I don’t know much about setting up charities or such, but I’ll definitely take a look at the one on the Bedoun!
love the photo from your most controversial post! looks like a good party-time to me.
I like the longest place name the best. What a great idea for a story… AND… a cool name.
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I remember the Azores post well. It touched my heart.
I think the 17th may one was a favourite for me but they’re all quality.
Another great list of awesome posts! I will be visiting the ones I haven’t read yet. I am really enjoying looking at all the links. It is a great way to find new bloggers to read and learn from.
Definitely found the one on Constitution Day interesting, disturbing, and disappointing
@Jeremy – Let’s see – I’m guessing you found the part on the children’s parade and dressing in national costumes interesting, the mad behaviour of graduates disturbing and the fact that it’s not discouraged disappointing… 🙂
I love street art! That is a pretty cool pic you took. One of my most popular posts is about graffiti art in Buenos Aires. We are apparently not alone in our love of street art.
Great work Sophie! You’ve highlighted so many interesting destinations. I just read your things to do in Skopje article!
I love the post on Constitution Day. I was in Oslo for May 17th a few years ago, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Everyone looked like they had fun and especially the “russ” 🙂
Nice post choices, Sophie! I always enjoy your stories, but had missed the one about Dubai’s Terminal 2. Loved it. How cool that the My 7 Links project has prompted re-posts like that one.
Wow, how haven’t I read all of these posts before? Love the photos, ranging from beautiful to quirky to very creative angles to… I have to ask: has that girl tied a condom in her hair?
@Tim – Thanks – and yes, I’m afraid it is.
Your most popular post was about the capital of my home country? LOVE it 😀
@crazysexyfun – Haha, yes, I’m happy to see Slovakia getting some attention. I think it rivals big brother Czech Republic in many ways.
Great articles just have to read, I would never travel same way as you I need some safe place to stay that why I use home exchange
I am a big sucker for romantic folklore & to no surprise to me, I feel in love with your most beautiful post. I have always wanted to visit the Azores & now I have a beautiful story to keep reminding me to go. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your links to your past post.
@Sherry – thanks 🙂
Nicely done Sophie! Now I’m off to stumble through the rest of the site. *grin*
you’re so modest ! you should be proud -they were all terrific posts:) thanks for sharing.
Thanks Ciki, you’re very kind 🙂
I really liked the Bratislava Street Art article. Have not had a chance to read the others however.
@ Bob – Thank you!
@Bob – Thank you. Bratislava is a cool little capital.
What a nice summary of posts! I really enjoyed your street artist article 🙂
@Nomadic Samuel: Thank you!
I need to go to “The longest place name in the world”, Hahaha, just can’t imagine memorising the super long name.
Nice group of posts Sophie. I remember most of them 🙂
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