ProBlogger is one of my favorite websites for learning about blogging. A few months ago, Darren Rowse issued a challenge to create a blog post with seven specific links that highlight your blogging experience – the 7-Link Challenge. It was a great way to review my travels and posts from the past two years. Here are my highlights:
1. My first ever blog post – Family Meetings. In January, 2008 I started writing about our intention to move to Spain for a year. Sieze el Dia was the blog I started then to recount the ups and downs (i.e. travels and travails) of our adventures. And there were travails from the start. One of the biggest was the stress our daughters had over selling our house. I think once that happened, they realized we were serious about this move! The post sums up our first family meeting and the baby-steps it took to get our daughters excited.
3. A post which had a great discussion – Being a Tourist. What do you find fascinating about other cultures; what do you think foreigners find interesting about the United States? A great exercise in exploring new places and seeing the familiar through others’ eyes.
4. A post on another blog I wish I’d written – The Mental Shift to Begin the Redesign at Almost Fearless. I have followed this blog for several years and love the philosophy on life and travel and following your dreams. Yes, you can do it too, and Christine talks you through it.
5. A post with a title I’m proud of – Discovering Love in Barcelona. Not very keyword friendly… I’m never going to rank high for Barcelona or love… but I did find an old love there; it’s just probably not who the reader expects.
6. The post I wish more people had read – Life on the Laundry Line. I love laundry and the stories it tells. What stories would your clothes tell if they were hanging out your window?
7. My most visited post ever – One Year Abroad This is an overview of our year living in Spain. It was hard to capture a year in words… I mean it’s a blog post, not a novel… I find people are still interested in why and where we moved to Spain for a year. The traffic keeps coming even though our year is long over. I hope it continues to inspire.