As some of you will most likely know, there’s a new initiative sweeping through the blogosphere. It’s not an award, it’s more of challenge that is passed from one blogger to another. Originating at the Tripbase Travel Blog, the ‘7 links’ challenge is an invitation to showcase what you think are your best posts within 7 categories (for more details, click the link). About 2 weeks ago, I was surprised to receive an invitation to take part in this challenge, issued by my friend Sue from Greyhounds CAN Sit. Thank you, Sue, for including our blog on your list of 5 nominees. I’m grateful for the vote of confidence and will try to do you proud with my selection of my ‘most ….’ posts.
Apparently, you’re supposed to not over-think it and go with your gut instinct which, as a control freak, I found particularly hard. Anyway, enough with the introduction, here are my 7 links:
1) My most beautiful post: Pool of Light, simply because I think this is one of the best photos of George I’ve ever taken, and a lot of our friends seemed to like it.
2) My most popular post: How to Make Liver Cake, according to the blog stats.
3) My most controversial post: I’ve Got a Dog, Talk to Me!. This one was hard to choose, since I haven’t written anything controversial yet. I’ve got a few draft posts on ‘touchy’ subjects, but I was saving them for later (i.e. when I get around to finishing them). Although not particularly controversial, this post might make it look like I’m picking on chatty people, so it’ll have to do.
4) My most helpful post: Guide to My Little Dog’s Barf Diet: Fruit and Vegetables, chosen based on the comments I received at the time and the blog stats.
5) The post whose success surprised me the most: George the Versatile Blogger. I thought this wasn’t a particularly exciting post (just accepting and passing on an award), but people seemed to really like George’s contribution and way with words. So, George, this is all down to you, baby.
6) The post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: Open Your Heart for Red Nose Day. I feel that all my posts get the attention they deserve for the amount of work that goes into them and the time I allocate to promotion, etc. But I didn’t want to leave this category empty, so I thought I’d better showcase a good cause…And I can’t think of a better one than children in need.
7) The post I am most proud of: Blanket, Hopscotch, and a Pack of Dominoes. Finally, an easy category. This is by far my favourite post of all times, because it’s about us spending time together as a family, doing what we like to do. When I’m old and grey, this is the one post I’ll come back to for an infusion of sweet, heart-warming memories.
Phew! This was hard work, I tell you. Now that’s out of the way, let’s proceed to the second, more exciting part of the challenge: passing it on to other 5 worthy bloggers. The rules clearly specify that only 5 blogs are to be nominated, so I apologise in advance to those of you whose blogs I love but will not appear on this list.
1) Graceful Leadership – Grace is a beautiful girl and a real superstar, whilst her mum Robin is brilliant at writing about interesting topics, raising good questions that make you think and linking the dog world to our own through cunning observation. This is definitely a ‘substance’ blog, where you feel compelled to bring your contribution and leave a meaty comment. Robin’s blog is your perfect destination if you’re into debate, analysis and improving society through personal example.
2) HappyBarkDays – You’ve got to love these girls. Little Miss Maple Leaf doesn’t only have the coolest name ever, but she’s also got the looks and personality to go with it. She’s pretty, she’s feisty, she’s full of beans and very spoilt. By her mum, who’s got a good writing hand and a brilliant touch with the camera. Lovely writing and beautiful photos, this blog has got it all.
3) Lifewith4cats – I am a big fan of Sara and her cats (and I’m not even a cat person). Useful information about cat and animal care in general, nicely ‘tweaked’ pictures and an amazing sense of humour, all these make Sara’s blog one of my favourites. Plus, if you want an honest, straightforward opinion about anything, ask Sara. She’s the most open person you’ll ever meet and will tell you what she thinks straight in the face. I wish I had more friends like her in real life.
4) Dogs Rock! – Karen is my fellow whippet lover and her dogs are George’s whippet buddies. There are few things in life as beautiful as a whippet running at full speed. Go to Karen’s blog and you’ll see I’m right. Her dog photography is amazing, and she’s got the writing skills to go with it. But be careful, her blog can cause addiction.
5) Balladeer’s Blog – This is not a dog blog, but you’ll always find it on my list of favourites. It’s the most original blog I’ve ever come across. It brings together neglected aspects mythology, unknown or long-forgotten movies and – believe it or not – American college sports. In his specific, inimitable style, the Balladeer blends all these together and gets away with it. Somehow, on his blog, it all makes sense. Needless to say, I can’t wait to see the selection of his top 7 posts. Warning: Be prepared for anything! (in a very, very good way!)
This is it. Mission completed. Now I can sit back, relax and enjoy my friends’ posts.