Thursday, January 5, 2012

Seven Links Challenge

Terri recently challenged me to do this not-a-meme-but-sure-feels-like-one.  From the title,  it sounds like a sausage eating contest perhaps, but it's not.  It does require a bit of blog digging, and I thought it would be a good thing to do at this, the start of the new year/month.

There are 7 categories, and...
  1. The blogger who is nominated publishes his or her seven links, one for each category.
  2. The blogger nominates up to five other bloggers to take part.

Terri's submission is here

I've been blogging for a looooooong time.  I remember when I first started.  We had just moved here, and I was home with toddler Meego all day while Chaco and Wolfgang were in elementary school.  I didn't know anyone here in town yet, and blogging was just taking off (remember the days before facebook/twitter?  Remember??)

So I dug around in my blog archives to find my 7 links.  I can't go back to the beginning beginning, because I used to be at a different blog host before moving over here to blogger in '08, and I just scrapped the old stuff.  Besides, that would be too much work...

Anyway, here's what I came up with:

Your most beautiful post   - I chose Once Upon a Time, the recent post about the autistic girl / crossing guard customer who sang for me.

Your most popular post - If I go just off of pageview statistics, the "popular" posts are those that I've done for Illustration Fridays, but I wanted to filter those out because I think of my blog as the place where I write.  The Illustration Fridays are just a "thing on the side".  But similarly, a post that turned out to get lots of visits (from keyword searches most likely) is Inflation where I discussed the artist Botero and Chaco's disdain for him.  Botero is still a "rolling" joke between Chaco and me, by the way...

Your most controversial post -  Now this was difficult.  I purposely avoid controversy here.  It's my blog and I don't want to be starting fights!  This is not to say that I don't have strong opinions on certain topics, I'm just not a rant blogger.  I tentatively chose School Daze as my controversial post, but could've just as easily gone with the one about hair. 

Your most helpful post -  In Writing Good, I gave some tips on... uh... writing good. 

A post whose success surprised you  -  In this case, I'm going to go ahead and include an Illustration Friday post.  For Mysterious, I did a rather silly drawing of a platypus.  Imagine my surprise when it was chosen as Pick of the Week by the Illustration Friday bunch.  I was humbly honored to be chosen since Illustration Friday gets hundreds of submissions each week.  Tickled, really.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved - Remember that bear that almost ate me in A Dog Walk with Half a Face and a Bear?

The post that you are most proud of - Pride.  Hmm...   I had to think on this one a bit.  I've written posts where I'm proud of my family, or proud of something that happens at work or through volunteering.  In the end, though, I'll go with Because Second Place is First Place Last where I took first place for the ladies in a 5k.  The thing I was proud of, though, is not that I won, but that I entered it in the first place.  I participated.  Prior to that, I hadn't entered a race in years.  And I can count on one hand the total number of races I've run in, not counting high school.  But I decided to do this one, mainly because it was for a good cause and it was time and I JUST WANTED TO.  I've learned (life coach!) that I can and should do things "just for me" once in a while.  That race got me out of my shell a little - note that this year I did the Turkey Trot for Thanksgiving :).   And I actually realized that we still haven't used those coupons I won!

Okay!  That was a nice walk down memory lane.  Now here's the part where I nominate "up to" five other bloggers.  I nominate three.  Don't want to be pushy!

1.  CiCi at Liquid Mind, Sanguine Soul.
2.  Jenn at So This is Love...
3.  Judy at Where One Day Runs Into Another

... and anyone else who would like to.


Anita said...

I received this not-a-meme-but-sure-feels-like-one from Rebecca a while back and STILL have not done it. Will I ever? Hmmm...

Glad you went back down memory lane and fulfilled the challenge.

I missed a few of the posts you mentioned. Might pick one to read to see why it got an honor.

terri said...

I am whole-heartedly impressed with how quickly you did this not-a-meme! It was fun to revisit the posts you chose. (I was laughing all over again, reading the one about the bear and half a face!) I think I've been around long enough to have seen them all in their first runs. It makes me realize how long we've been blog buddies which makes me realize how glad I am that we are blog buddies! I always enjoy reading your posts. I know I can almost always find something that makes me laugh and I feel as if I almost know your family, I've read so much about them.

Thanks for playing along on this!

Linda Hensley said...

I enjoyed reading your past posts. I feel like I've been blogging a long time, but I guess not when I see that I've missed so much of your humorous ramblings. Always fun to see what you've got to say. Keep up the great work and I hope you have an excellent 2012!!

Jenn and Casey said...

Oooo!! Requiring me to put my thinking cap on, are we?? ;) Thanks for the trip down memory lane (and for highlighting some of your posts I haven't read yet!!!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Abby... I've enjoyed reading your comments on Terri's blog, and then on Agg79's blog, and so I thought I would come check your site out. I've only read a few so far, but I can't wait to read your not-a-meme post. It's always fun to go through old blogs, isn't it? Looking forward to visiting more often. We have pretty similar backgrounds and interests, and our kids are about the same age... so it should be fun seeing how your family runs compared to mine. :)

Rock Chef said...

This reminds me of how short a time I have been reading your blog - I will go back and read these posts as soon as I can.

agg79 said...

I guess I've been hanging around too long. I think I've read most of those postings. I would have a hard time choosing a favorite or most memorable - they were all great! I love your illustrations and how you are able to weave a story out of a theme. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.