One of my favorite bloggers, Random Acts of Writing [+ art], was kind enough to include me on something called the Seven Link Challenge. I’m honored to say the least that she felt I had a body of work worthy of such an endeavor. The idea is to reflect on previous blog posts and share our favorite moments.
Blogging is a relatively new thing for me, but I have to say I’ve enjoyed every step of the process. From dismal failures to surprising successes the blogosphere has challenged me to grow as a writer. Since late April 2011, I’ve managed to write 80 posts covering a wide range of topics. Launching this blog was all about giving myself a reason to write and I’m happy to say I’m more motivated then ever. Thank you to all my readers for joining me on this journey.
Most beautiful post:
- Can You See Your Dreams? Dreams are always beautiful. In this post, I give an outline of a dream board I keep posted above my writing desk. I was delighted to hear from people who were inspired to create a dream board for themselves. If that’s not beautiful I don’t know what is.
Most popular post:
- The Best Souvenirs Are Free Thanks to Freshly Pressed, this post takes an easy victory for most popular. I’m still suffering from FPSS! While the stats skyrocketed, I swear the most fun part of the whole thing was the long list of comments. So many readers shared beautiful stories of travel and trinkets – their comments are well worth the read if you find yourself with a few extra minutes.
Most controversial post:
- I Write Like . . . The last word I would use to describe my blog is “controversial,” but this post got a few people to e-mail me personally. I love how some viewed it as a fun game, while others are determined to figure out the secret algorithm of the program. Either way, fun is had by all.
Post that didn’t get the attention I thought it deserved:
- Ivan Klima: The Best Writer You’ve Never Read This category gives me yet another opportunity to tout the genius of Ivan Klima. He is one of my favorite writers and I always feel like he doesn’t get enough attention. In this post, I outline a few favorite works and include some quotes that showcase his unique point of view.
Surprisingly Successful Post:
No matter what I do, I can’t narrow it down to one!
- Muse Juice A day before The Best Souvenirs Are Free was Freshly Pressed, Muse Juice appeared on the The Daily Post. I was totally and completely surprised! To this day, my thanks goes to fellow blogger, writenotright, for inspiring the idea to create a Muse Juice list.
- The Anatomy of My Pen Name I had no idea so many people would be fascinated by my pen name process, but this post really struck a chord with writers and readers alike.
Most Helpful Post:
I can’t help it! Two links fall under this category, too!
- Books I Can’t Write Without I posted this a while ago, but people still contact me with news of buying the books I listed. Who would have thought my library would have such an impact? I sincerely hope each book helps to keep the inspiration going. Keep writing!
- The Notebook that Built My Novel I wrote this post because a friend of mine asked about my novel notebook and how it worked. As a result of the post, a lot of people were inspired to make one of their own and I can’t even begin to say how exciting it is to hear that.
Most Proud of Post:
Can I put the whole blog? Okay, okay, I’ll narrow it down to two.
- The Bell Jar This was the first book review where I feel like I finally found my groove in writing a synopsis. Readers seemed to agree, as this was the first book post that got a steady stream of comments.
- The Way Back This is the post that launched my blog, so I have to include it on the list! Thanks to this short story and those who read it, my blogging continues!
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I’d like to invite the following bloggers to take on the Seven Link Challenge:
You are all an inspiration to me and I hope you’ll take on the challenge!