It was very nice to be nominated by Linda of Islandmomma for the My 7 Links project initiated by Tripbase. I expected that I’d be able to do my part very quickly. It sounded easy just to pick seven Traveling With Sweeney blog posts appropriate for each of the assigned categories and share any lessons learned. But I soon found that you can be easily distracted when looking back through your old posts. Seeing them with a fresher eye, you can’t help thinking about what you’d do differently. I’m pleased that I have learned so much, while I also recognize how much further I’d like to go to improve my work and evolve my blog. One of the most important things I’ve learned over the past several months is that my fellow travel bloggers are a great source of support and knowledge.
Here are the categories and my choices. I hope you’ll enjoy them!
Most Beautiful – Beauty and the Snowy Beast
I was happy that others saw as much beauty in these photos of Central Park in the snow as I did.
Most Popular – Rue with a View
This post was about a stay in a Paris Latin Quarter apartment in early December, 2010. It seemed to resonate with a lot of people who love Paris, especially those who enjoy it during the holidays and when the snow falls! The traffic kept coming to this page well beyond its initial promotion.
Most Controversial – To Cruise or Not to Cruise
Everybody’s got an opinion and there were many people who felt very strongly on both sides of this issue. There were good comments pro, con and in between.
Most Helpful – Hop On, Then Hop Off
For my own site, I haven’t been writing travel tips (I have written a few as guest posts). Rather, the narrative has been aimed at sharing my experiences to inspire others to travel or consider new destinations. Before I really got serious about Traveling with Sweeney and was still focused on another travel-related website that I owned, I wrote a few posts just to get started. This one, although it didn’t include detailed travel tip information, was well-received as a sensible recommendation about hop-on hop-off buses when visiting a new city. I took a chance by making it public, and was pleased with the positive feedback.
Most Surprising Success – Blarney Lips
It was St. Patrick’s Day and I just wanted to say “Sláinte” (“To your health”) to everyone. I took the opportunity to do so in my submission to a weekly travel photo series hosted by Budget Travelers Sandbox. It really generated a surprising amount of traffic to the site over the next several days. It was the right post to capture the spirit of the day.
Deserved More Attention – Traveling for a Cause
I’ve actually been very grateful for the attention that my best posts have gotten. However, I would have liked to see this one get even more attention than it did since it relates to a cause that is near to my heart — efforts to bring awareness to Multiple Sclerosis and to fund research for a cure.
Most Proud Of – A Different Kind of Road Trip
This is another one of those very early posts that didn’t get much exposure. I don’t think it’s my best writing and I was very new at formatting, but I’m proud of it because I felt that it was a tribute to my mom and dad and originated from deeply-felt emotions. I was glad I had a forum to shine a little light on my parents. One of the wonderful things about owning a blog is the total control over the content you choose to feature.
Now here are my nominations to participate in My 7 Links!