My Seven Links – Pouring Through the LandLopers Archives

TripBase recently started a new project designed to help bloggers and their readers rethink the way in which they review older material. “My 7 Links” bloggers are nominated by fellow writers and once tagged, we are asked to answer the following questions and share the answers with our readers. I think it’s a cool idea and hope you do too! At the end of the post, I will nominate 5 more bloggers to continue this project.

1. Your Most Beautiful Post
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, or that’s how the saying goes. I’ve featured a lot of great images on LandLopers, but for me beauty goes beyond the photos and extends into the experience. Based on those criteria, this is what I consider to be my most beautiful post.

Water Angels and the Mystical Cenotes of the Yucatan

2. Your Most Popular Post
This could also be listed in the “Most Surprising” category, as I would never have predicted the incredible popularity of this post. It began after I received an iPad for Christmas and decided to do a simple roundup of my favorite travel apps. This has led to a series of app posts on LandLopers, but the original remains the most popular.

Top iPad Travel Apps

3. Your Most Controversial Post
I wrote this after a couple of particularly annoying in-flight experiences and honestly never expected the furor that it created. Sensitivity is high when it comes to kids in the travel world, as I soon learned after publishing this post.

Traveling with Terrible Children

4. Your Most Helpful Post
This is another entirely subjective question, and so many of my posts are designed to help people travel more and travel better. That being said, one that I think is particularly helpful has to deal with the mind-numbing boredom and angst that only long-haul flying can create.

Long-Haul Flights – How to Stay Sane and Healthy

5. A Post Whose Success Surprised You
Any travel blogger, or any writer really, will tell you that every post is our child. We pour over them, agonize and push them out the door to the harsh world hoping for the best. I don’t publish anything of which I’m not proud, but that doesn’t mean I’m not surprised from time to time. I knew this was a good piece, but never anticipated how popular it would become. It’s currently my top “non-iPad” related post.

Five Ways to Screw up Your Vacation

6. A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved
It’s sometimes hard writing about my personal travel experiences, because I want everyone to enjoy the places I visit as much as I do. This post about one of the best travel evenings of my life was sort of popular, but not as much as I would have hoped.

Walk to Jaffa

7. The Post You are Most Proud Of
This is a really hard question because, as I said, I’m proud of everything I write. One of my favorites though was an early post, and it is one that I think gives good travel advice, but from the heart. It combines two great loves of my life into a piece that distills travel to its most base elements.

Five Travel Lessons My Dog Taught Me

My 5 Nominations:

Twenty-Something Travel
My View From the Middle Seat
Solo Friendly
Traveling Around the World for Couples
Our Tasty Travels

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4 Responses

  1. The Travel Chica

    I like #7, the post you’re most proud of. And I totally agree with your point of view in #3, your most controversial post.

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  2. Eurotrip Tips

    Interesting project. I think it’s essential for any blogger to look back on past posts and evaluate if the post is still top quality, and look back on posts we particularly enjoyed writing.

    And if I had to choose from one of your listed posts, I’d go with “Five Ways to Screw Up Your Vacation” – great read :)

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  3. Erik

    I’m too new to apply this to my own blog, but I am going to bookmark this post and maybe try doing these in a year or so.

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    • Matt Long

      I think that would be a great idea. It was a nice mental exercise.

      Reply

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