I've really been enjoying other bloggers' My 7 Links posts.
The idea, as explained by Tripbase, is "to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavour to share lessons learned and create a bank of forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again."
Nominated by other bloggers, we are asked to share posts from our own blog, giving a link to one post for each of 7 categories. And to nominate 5 more bloggers to do the same.
I was nominated to take part by Nordic Nibbler, a Brit living in Oslo. His food blog is a great mix of Norwegian cooking and restaurants reviews, and London-based ones from his regular trips back to the UK.
So, without further ado, here are the posts I'm sharing with you as my most beautiful, most popular, most controversial, most helpful posts, the post whose success surprised me, the post I feel didn't get the attention it deserved and the post I'm proudest of.
My Most Beautiful Post: Food In The Falkland Islands
I've said before that I love travelling even more than I love good food, especially when it's travelling to see wildlife in its natural habitat. So our month in the Falkland Islands was very special indeed. Food wasn't at all the focus of this trip, but we did eat well.
I created this post to say thanks to our many hosts and to share lots of images from a very special trip.
My Most Popular Post: Going Pro For A Day
Not long after I started blogging, the opportunity arose to host my own stall at the Covent Garden Real Food Market. I don't harbour any dreams of launching a food business but loved the idea of experiencing this as a one off, to see what it was like on the other side of the trestle table. Usually I'm the one browsing such markets!
People really enjoyed reading about how we found the day.
My Most Controversial Post: What's Your Ultimate Burger?
Perhaps it's a weakness that I don't write much controversial content but I blog for enjoyment and what gives me pleasure is sharing positive food experiences. Whilst I did write a restaurant review that the new manager took exception to (emailing and then calling me about it directly), no one else took much interest.
So what to pick? It came down to two posts, one asking readers to tell me about their food and drink loves and hates at Christmas, and the other asking people to describe their ultimate burger. Lots of conflicting views, all good natured, of course!
Most Helpful Post: Food Styling & Photoghraphy Lessons
Although I've been a keen amateur photographer for decades, I've never really got excited about food photography (though I really do enjoy visiting blogs who do it well). But I did enjoy learning food photography and styling tips from Alastair Hendy, a respected professional in the field.
In this post I share Alastair's key tips, my favourite images from the day and the challenges I experienced in creating them.
The Post Whose Success Surprised Me: Persian Baked Yoghurt Rice with Chicken
I fell in love with Saraban by Greg and Lucy Malouf; a book about travelling through Iran, learning about the country, its culture and its cooking.
When I posted Greg's recipe for Persian baked yoghurt rice with chicken (marinated in saffron and orange blossom) it proved to be the most popular of all my recipe posts. Indeed, more people let me know directly that they made this dish and loved it, than any other recipe on the blog.
It's delicious – try it!
A Post I Feel Didn't Get The Attention It Deserved: Talking Za'atar in Zawtar
Sometimes, it's personal! I had such a truly wonderful day visiting Abu Kassem, that I wanted my readers to be just as excited about it as I was.
And many readers did enjoy the post, and left some kind comments about the photographs, some of which I'm particularly proud of. The post allows me to relive one of our many special experiences in Lebanon.
The Post I Am Most Proud Of: Remembrance Day
When I was invited to an event to celebrate the RAF, at which I'd also have the chance to meet some of today's serving members, I was very pleased to attend.
My interest in history – which I studied at school, sixth form and university – arose from the WW2 experiences of some of our closest family friends. As soon as I started studying history in school, I was hooked. I always had a particular interest in the history of the late 19th century and all of the 20th century, because we could still see and experience in our current lives the effects of what had happened before.
I was very proud to write a post to commemorate and honour the RAF.
It wouldn't be fair to draw attention to my 7 links without highlighting some of the posts my husband Pete has contributed, under the Pete Drinks category.
Pete Drinks - Most Popular: The Kernel Brewery Tour At Home – May also be the most beers featured in a single post!
Pete Drinks - The Post Whose Success Surprised: Finchley Ales IPA – Largely because it was an early, fairly brief post but the stats suggest it's ranked pretty highly in views. Also the beer itself was surprisingly good considering how cheap it is!
Pete Drinks - Post Most Proud Of: The Marble Brewery Tour At Home – Simply because it lead me to this fun idea of doing the brewery tours at home, which is a great excuse to buy a whole collection of beers from a chosen brewery and then drink them all, pretending to be "doing research".
Passing It On
I'm cheating a bit (so sue me!)… there are 10 blogs I'd like to nominate, rather than 5!
I've gone for a wide range from the many wonderful blogs I love reading:
- A Slice Of Cherry Pie
- Azelia's Kitchen
- Eat and Dust
- Fig Jam & Lime Cordial
- From Donuts To Delirium
- Gourmet Guy
- Mainly Baking
- Pencil & Spoon
- The Cheeselover
If you would like to participate, just write your own post sharing your selected 7 links!