Looking Back: The “My 7 Links” Project

Thanks to Cathy of Traveling With Sweeney for nominating me to take part in the “My 7 Links” project. The folks at TripBase came up with the idea for travel writers to list seven prior stories from their blogs as a way to reflect on how they’ve grown as writers. Being that it’s coming up on the one-year anniversary of StruxTravel, this seems like the perfect opportunity to share some of my favorites.

Here are the categories and my choices. I hope you’ll enjoy my selections!

MOST BEAUTIFUL:

Greetings From… Varenna, Italy This post was short and sweet, like a postcard. I tried my best to capture the essence and beauty of this lakeside hamlet with just one photo and only a paragraph-long description.

MOST POPULAR:

Snapshot: Granada, Spain The first article in my “Snapshot” series was only the fourth post I wrote but has had far more hits than anything else I’ve written. In fact, I still have a steady stream of visitors reading it on a daily basis. This is very satisfying to me since Granada is one of my favorite places in the world.

MOST CONTROVERSIAL:

I stumped with this one! I suppose it’s just my style, but I haven’t written anything that could be considered “controversial” yet. I guess I need to stir the pot a bit more!

MOST HELPFUL:

7 Tips for International Travel This Summer This post is sort of generic, but it does offer a lot of very helpful tips about passports & visas, travel insurance, packing advice and itinerary planning. I definitely plan on writing more “how to” articles in the future.

MOST SURPRISING SUCCESS:

Off the Beaten Path Europe: Gradara, Italy Have you ever been surprised by a place that you’d never even heard of before? That’s how I felt when I spent an afternoon in Gradara, Italy. I wrote this one on a whim, wanting to share this charming medieval village with others, and somehow it ended up becoming my third most popular article.

DIDN’T GET THE ATTENTION IT DESERVED:

Snapshot: Salzburg, Austria Salzburg is one of my all-time favorite places—it’s like stepping into a fairytale. But for some reason or another, very few people have read this one—no matter how much I publicized it. I really put a lot of heart into writing this story so it was a bit upsetting that it wasn’t well received.

MOST PROUD OF:

The Road to Dual Citizenship This article was a labor of love for me since I chronicled my own road to dual citizenship while at the same time, shared practical advice on how my readers could do the same. Since I didn’t have a “controversial” post, I’ll share the article that I’m the second most proud of too: 8 Fun & Free Things To Do in Downtown L.A. This one is special because it was first published in the Denver Post and was the first time something I’ve written has been in print.

 

And there you have it, my 7 links! Now, I’d like to nominate 5 more amazing and inspiring travel bloggers to keep the project going. Be sure to check them out too!

Renee from A View To A Thrill

Nancie from Budget Travelers Sandbox

Inka from Glamour Granny Travels

Matt from Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site

Ruth from Tanama Tales


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