Looking Back: The 7 Links Project

Posted by - July 24, 2011 | Category: Library

What’s this?  A blog pyramid scheme you say?  Well, not really.  The 7 Links Project is the brainchild of the folks at TripBase.com.  Basically, bloggers are asked to select 7 of their posts that fall into the following categories:

— Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

The ever awesome Cathy Sweeney from Traveling With Sweeney nominated me, and I eagerly agreed.  So without further ado, here are my 7 Links


Most Beautiful: Travel Photo of the Week — Wat Phu Khao Thong, Ayuttaya, Thailand

Wat Phu Khao Thong, Ayuttaya, Thailand

This was my first attempt at black and white photography since I purchased my first DSLR camera, and I was pretty happy with the result.  This post also taught me an important lesson – double-check your facts!  Read the comments on this post to found out why.


Most Popular Post: Travel Photo of the Week – Jerash, Jordan

Jerash Jordan

Not sure why this post got the results it did, but my site was shut down for a few hours because of so many hits – there were over 2500 page views in one hour.  My hosting company even called me to say “Whoa, Nelly”.

Popularity has nothing to do with quality though – this was a scanned photo I took over 10 years ago (and not a particularly good one I might add) and take a look at the number of comments — a big fat zero. Oh internet, you fickle mistress you.


Most Controversial: The World is Flat and You Can Be Too

Flat Earth Sign

This was the second most popular post I’ve done, and honestly, it was the most fun to research.  I wanted to do something with the photos I took from Fogo Island, Newfoundland last year, and they morphed into this. 

It was controversial for a couple of reasons. 

Number one – a lot of folks didn’t believe that there were actually people out there who still believe the earth is flat.

And number two – there seems to be some discrepancy when it comes to defining the Four Corners of the Flat Earth.  Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism says The Flat Earth Society came up with the list.  The Flat Earth Society says it was a performance artist name Kay Burns.  And Kay says it wasn’t her – she believes there are many corners to the flat earth.  And so around we go. 

if only Newfoundland Tourism would respond to my email, then I could finish my follow-up post.


Most Helpful: What’s in Your Travel Toiletry Bag? Slightly Troubling Things You’ll Find in Mine…


I don’t necessarily think that this was the most helpful, but it outlined some slightly odd things that I carry in my toiletry bag when I travel.


Post Whose Success Surprised Me: 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Hotels

Vintage Do Not Disturb Sign

This was more of a personal rant than anything, so I didn’t expect it to do as well as it did.


Deserves More Attention: Radical Change, Giving it All Away, and the Happiness of Travel — 5 Organizations to Help You on Your Road to Redemption


This was one from early this year when I was still on Blogger and had a lot to learn about post titles.  I was still finding my legs as a blogger, but thought this was a good balance between being thoughtful and being humorous.


Most Proud Of: Growing Old Before My Time

Big Buddha Hong Kong thumb Growing Old Before My Time

I like my walls, so it’s hard to open up a great deal of the time.  This one’s about my decision to quit my job to go travel.  It also marked me coming out of the blogging closet.  A double-whammy of drama.  I was happy with the result, and touched by the support and feedback.

A big ooey gooey thank-you to Cathy from Traveling With Sweeney for the nomination.  Be sure to follow her on Facebook.

As part of the chain letter project, I have to nominate 5 bloggers as well.  Here are my picks:

Leif from The Runaway Guide

Justin from Justin Was Here

David from Almost Bohemian

Dyanne from Travel’n Lass

Shamis from Gawaya




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32 comments - add one
  1. OMG Raymond! I about splattered my popsicle all over my laptop when – upon arriving at the end of your lovely chain… err 7 Links – I found you’d nominated the TravelnLass to continue the chai… err torch.

    But seriously, I’ve been enjoying everyone’s 7 little reprises (so often we miss these great past posts when we first stumble into a blog), so thanks much for letting me play with the big kids on the travel blog block. 😉

    (and yes, a popsicle – banana, if you must know. Some folks sip java whilst pecking, but I favor the more reckless risk of slurping icy chunks one-handed above my keyboard)

    1. You are very welcome Dyanne! I like the cut of yer jib and you’ve got some very funny stuff on your blog — hopefully it’ll get some more attention! 🙂

      Now, both hands on the keyboard please…

  2. And a big ooey gooey thanks to you, Raymond, for posting your 7 Links! As you know, I’m a big fan of yours. But I confess that I hadn’t read your “Deserves More Attention” piece. I guess we weren’t acquainted at the time. Just read it now and you are right — It deserved more attention. I’ve just tweeted the link!

  3. ’twas a truly great project. Giving us all a chance to wheel out the oldies, the oddities, and the favourite posts that have almost passed off into the netherworld. And I met a lot of new nice people too.

    1. It was indeed — I think it started as a link-building exercise for them (yes, I’m a skeptic), but in the end it really got bloggers rolling, and it was fun reading everyone’s posts…


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