Not all blog posts are created equal, take a look behind the scenes of the Tripbase blog to see which posts made your day, which ones bombed and which ones made your blood boil.
I’ve learned so much since my very first blog post back in April 2009.
I never really know if a post will take off or die a slow death, but I’m able to make a much more accurate guess.
But, like most bloggers, I realize I still have so much more to learn!
It’s this feeling of knowing but not knowing, along with some inspiration from a post I came across a while back, that gave me the idea to start the online blogging initiative: My 7 Links.
The idea is simple: bloggers publish 7 links from their blog to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.
Here are my My 7 links! (bear in mind that I’m more of an Editor than a Writer these days so they’re not all written by me).
1) My Most Beautiful Post:
Readers went nuts for these stunning photos – proof that images can make or break a blog post.
2) My Most Popular Post:
Everyone loves this warm and fuzzy feel-good post demonstrating that happiness is fundamentally what we all strive for.
3) My Most Controversial Post:
This post was met with a heated discussion and some punchy comments. Lessons learned: hate is a strong word and people are passionate about where they live.
4) My Most Helpful Post:
A post that brought aspiring English Teachers together seeking info and swapping stories -evidence that it’s possible to build a community around the right topic.
5) A Post Whose Success Surprised Me:
This post went wild – who knew Math could be so fun?! Note to self: people like to learn.
6) A Post I Feel didn’t get the Attention it Deserved:
There’s some great advice in this post did it didn’t get much traction. At 1,248 words, it’s a bit of a beast. What I know now: that attention spans are short online.
7) The Post that I am Most Proud of:
I love this post. It’s original, it was loads of fun to write and it got people talking. It also taught me that quizzes are still very much alive and well online!
ps. if you liked that one, you’ll love this one: 21 Signs You’re a Travel Addict.
Now comes the fun part. I’m nominating the following bloggers to share their wisdom by publishing their 7 links on their blogs:
Alex from The Virtual Wayfarer
Brendan from Endless Simmer
Regina from The Spain Scoop
Stephen from The Rat Race Trap
Lea from The Tripwolf Blog
What do you think of My 7 Links? Why are we so obsessed with happiness? Why is it un-cool to hate Delhi? Post up your comments below.
Main image: The Sun Sets on Château de Chillon by Pear Biter.