7 Links of the Year is a sort of blogging project currently being circulated around the travel blogosphere. Started by TripBase, the goal is to “unite bloggers in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.” We’ve been following the Seven Links Project from afar, never expecting that us newbies would actually be nominated to keep the thread alive.
So when The Roamantics nominated US, A Cruising Couple, we were not only shocked, but also absolutely thrilled to join the movement in reminiscing on our past posts. We were nominated over a week ago, and with the craziness of moving to Taiwan we are just now getting around to posting our 7 links to the blog. But with no further ado, here we go!
Most Beautiful Post: New Zealand Love
Dan posted these pictures of his New Zealand road trip as part of the #Blog4NZ project right after the earthquakes in March affected the country. It only seems fitting that our most beautiful post should be strictly photos of one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
Most Popular Post: We Need YOUR Help!
This post is a little bittersweet to look back on. We applied for an internship with Amble Resort to be their Isla Palenque Island Interns, and while we made it to the final round, ultimately we were not chosen. In hindsight it was better that we were able to immediately move to Taiwan, but of course it was a little upsetting not to receive the jobs we wanted so badly at the time. The good part? Seeing all the support from our friends and family as we harassed people to vote for us and then spread the link to their friends. This was by far our most popular post, which reminds us of how much support we have from all of you!
Most Controversial Post: Portland vs. Seattle
We haven’t really written any controversial posts—or at least any posts people felt inclined to comment on as controversial. But we imagine that our Portland vs. Seattle post might have been a bit upsetting to a die-hard Seattle fan, as we ultimately choose Portland as our choice city.
Most Helpful Post: Razzlin’ and Dazzlin’ Chicago
We just recently wrote this post, but reading back through it we think it’s chock full of good information for anyone traveling to Chicago. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if we get more feedback from people who took our advice to know how truly helpful it is.
A Post Whose Success Surprised Us: Soul Burgers in Memphis
This post was just about our most successful, and it’s one of our favorites. It was hard to capture the essence of this dive in Memphis, but we did our best. And we were definitely surprised so many people were interested in reading about it. ‘Soul Burgers’ is still one of the most common Google searches for the blog!
A Post We Feel Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved: Where the Buffalo Roam (Really Close to Your Car)
Maybe Yellowstone gets enough hype as it is. Maybe people were just sick of reading our blog at this point. Whatever the case, this post didn’t get nearly the attention we thought it would, especially because we’re a little partial to the pictures :-p
The Post We Are Most Proud Of: The Road Ahead
We weren’t really sure how people would respond to our idea to road trip across the States for our honeymoon. We also had no idea whether or not we would successfully keep the blog (or the Volvo) running throughout the whole trip. Nevertheless, we went ahead and posted our over-the-top road trip itinerary before we really had the chance to think it through. It was the whole reason why our blog took off, so we can’t help but say it is the post we are most proud of. Plus, we actually did it!
So now comes the part where we nominate up to 5 more bloggers! At this point in the game, most of the travel bloggers we follow have already been nominated. But there are a few bloggers from Taiwan we’ve been keeping an eye on, and we would love for them to continue the thread!