My friend and fellow blogger, Harleena Singh nominated me along with five other bloggers to take up the 7 links challenge a little while ago. Thank you Harleena! I have finally managed to respond with this post.
What’s it all about?
The rules are as follows:
Accept the nomination to take part.
Publish 7 links on your blog, sharing 1 link for each of the categories specified.
Nominate five other bloggers to do the same
More about the details and rules can be read at The 7 Links Challenge – created by TripBase Blog.
The idea is to bring bloggers together no matter what their niche to reflect on their older posts, share lessons learned and create a resource of old but not forgotten blog posts that deserve another showing.
I think this is a wonderful opportunity to self-reflect on one’s own progress and experience how to feel good about what one has achieved so far. It’s also a great way to highlight posts that others may have missed for any number of reasons.
I came into this world to work through issues of creativity, emotional expression, balance and cooperation so that I could fully realise my life purpose of teaching, uplifting and inspiring others.
Because of this I am happiest when I am expressing creatively whether this is verbally or in a written context because doing so is in alignment with who I am.
My journey as a blogger has and continues to be part of this learning process. Because I have blogged about some diverse topics in the past, I was faced with a dilemma when it came to this challenge. This is partly why it has taken me so long to write this post.
Was I to consider all my posts or was it better to focus only on the personal development ones since this is what this blog is all about now? I decided to do just this.
Here are my links and what I learned
1. Most Beautiful Post
I have to be honest I have no idea what makes a post beautiful. What does beautiful mean? Isn’t there beauty in all creation? There was more than one post I could have chosen and here is my choice:
2. Most Popular Post
I had to make a decision about whether the popularity was to be determined by the number of comments left, tweets and other shares or number of post views. I decided to go with post views since it was a significantly higher statistic to any other of my posts.
The post that has been most popular defined in terms of visits is:
There were a number of lessons I learned from realising that this post was the most popular:
There is obviously a demand by people to know how to feel happier as this is the term most used to reach this page.
This provided further confirmation that my recent blog focus change, to help others to reach for better feeling thoughts is right track for me.
I updated this post and depending on how your blog’s permalinks are set up, when you change categories, you lose all previous shares as the link changes. Of course this makes sense but I didn’t realise this until it was a reality. Oops!
3. Most Controversial Post
Looking through my posts I realized I have not written any truly controversial posts. Perhaps the one that has come closest to this is:
A good few people did not think it was necessary to welcome or hide from failure.
My position on this remains – if failures are necessary steps towards success then why would you not welcome these?
You certainly wouldn’t celebrate failure as such but you will understand that accepting and not resisting failure means you are one step closer to success.
If you never experience failure then you are hiding from it by playing too safe which means you’re not going anywhere. What do you think?
4. Most Helpful Post
There were a few posts to choose from. I chose this one since it led a lot of email correspondence from readers who told me how useful they have found the post to be.
5. Post Whose Success Surprised Me
Change is something that none of us can escape. I was surprised so many people had something to say on this topic when I published it.
6. Post I feel Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved
There was more than one post I could have nominated here too but then I have to admit there have been some posts that weren’t all that great so it’s not surprising they didn’t get too much attention. J
One exception was:
7. Post That I Am Most Proud Of
I am proud of all my posts however the one that I have chosen to represent this link is a recent post. I have chosen it because blogging about this was part of my own healing process and I am proud that I could express myself about the death of my Dad in a public forum such as this blog.
The challenge with nominating others is that often a group of the same bloggers continue to be nominated by multiple people.
I have purposefully decided to nominate bloggers I don’t think I’ve seen nominated yet.
If you have been, it just means you are receiving more than one nudge form the Universe so best you sit up and listen!
1- Vidja Sury – Going A-Musing
2- Cat Alexandra – Catherine-Alexandra.com
3- Julie – A Clear Sign
4- Diane Aksten – DianeAksten.com
5- Kelli Cooper – Life Made to Order
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