Thank you Shannon O’Donnell for picking me as the next blogger in the My 7 Links project which Tripbase started! Tripbase had a great idea and I’ve really enjoyed reading the posts by all the other participants. According to the rules, here are the categories and their accompanying posts I’m now adding to this virtual catalogue of travel blogging.
My most beautiful post: Free Museum Day in Paris Part 1 I’m biased, a life-long Francophile. The museums in Paris are just one of the many incredible things to love about the City of Lights and boy did I use and abuse Free Museum Day when I was there (4 total).
My most popular post: Yes, I Love NYC! Apparently, I’m not the only one! Scores of people emailed me asking me for prints of some of these images or thanking me for doing justice to The Big Apple. I feel no one can truly do justice to the great immense mystery and thrill that is the city of New York … but I had to try. I love it so.
My most controversial post: Robbed in Buenos Aires For a reason, I don’t tell you specifically how I was robbed. This is probably the most controversial part, many people asked me for details I didn’t provide on purpose. If you follow me on twitter, you heard the story 50 times when I was in Argentina and couldn’t shut up about it. (Not my proudest moment.) When I wrote this post here I wanted people to understand that bad things happen in life but it’s not about the things that happen to us … it’s about what we learn from our experiences and how we apply that to our lives as we move forward!
My most helpful post: 12 States in 7 Days – Where we Stayed This post is full of recommendations of places to stay and spans a large portion of the United States. That’s helpful, right…
The post whose success surprised me: Defending “Eat, Pray, Love” … sort of! Soo many people thanked me for sharing this. I expected the post to be largely written off as too narcissistic or too whiney. It prompted me to be more personal in other posts because what I found is that when you put the real you out there – people actually connect with that! What a novel concept.
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: The Heidelberg Project I’m not alone in often writing off Michigan. I’ve lived in the Great Lakes State on and off for a total of about 18 years and I still struggle with loving it. However, I’ve made it my mission to find and report on all the good things about The Mitten. I want to change my own mind and the minds of others and this is the first in a series I hope to do about things to love in Michigan.
The post I am most proud of: Traveling Away From Love I’m still struggling to come to grips with the hugely negative role that love has played in my life and figuring out how travel has both helped to make me a better person, yet also handicapped me from ever truly facing some of my demons head-on. This post is a kind of reminder for me, to do the work it takes to come to a place where I achieve real balance and positivity in my life. If this post wasn’t public, I might be content to be messed up and alone forever – never trying to be a person who is worthy of the gift of love from another person and also open to loving other people. Didn’t John Lennon say, “All you Need is Love.”