A review of the best and beautiful — taking the 7-links challenge

When my blogging friend Julia e-mailed to tell me she nominated me for the 7 links challenge, for some unknown reason, I initially thought she was talking about golf. Which is a big surprise because my short-lived golfing career ended several years ago on the sixth hole of a 9-hole course when I put away my five-iron, got in the golf cart with my husband and said, “I’m done.” I have been on the golf course since, but only in a cart and with only a book— no clubs. Why do something that brings only frustration?

Anyway, I am way off track here, and you would think with the regular, almost daily, hyper-linking I do on my posts, I would immediately realize that those were the links Julia was talking about.

Here they are, my seven links to seven posts out of the 253 I have written since I began blogging near the end of January.

What I consider to be, after a careful, albeit brief, study of said numerous blog posts:

My most beautiful postA Rainbow Over Paris (February 15th).

The most popular posts by far, and I have to include two here, are the travel posts that were selected as Freshly Pressed early in my blogging career. It was short-lived popularity, but nice while it lasted —  Hopping Hilltop Towns in Tuscany (February 21st) and The Soft Footprint of St. Francis in Assisi (March 2nd).

My most controversial post was probably A Matter of Faith (June 29th). In general I try to avoid controversial topics, after having blasted off a couple of “Your Voice” editorials on controversial issues that subsequently got published. I find it all too stressful and usually not worth it. But don’t hold me to it.

My most helpful post was  Putting Pictures on Posts in WordPress (August 24th). At least one reader thought so.

The post that was surprisingly successful was  Self-Publishing Update— The Proof Copy has Arrived (September 22nd). That was a regular big screen production. I almost took the first train to L.A. and started a career in film after it’s wild success.

A post that didn’t get the attention I thought it deserved was  Fiddles, Radio Broadcasts, Signing Off, and iPads (January 23rd), but this was early on and I had about two or maybe three readers.

I like a lot of the posts I’ve written about my father and Alzheimer’s. But I think the post I am the most proud of  is probably one of my excerpts from Dancing in Heaven for several reasons. First, I put a lot of work into writing my memoir and getting it to the point where I could publish it. It may be one of my single greatest accomplishments, if you don’t count childbearing. So I am proud of the work that the excerpts represent. I also had to learn how to record a digital file and get it onto the post. Actually a fairly simple task, once I knew how to do it, but I’m not sure I would have been able to without my website where I uploaded the file. I also had to be able to read the excerpts, a large challenge in and of itself. Of the three excerpts that have audio, I suppose I’d have to choose Regrets because it most closely captures who Annie was and the light that she shone.

And finally, a salute to five bloggers I enjoy reading and now nominate to continue the 7 links challenge:
Sue Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary for Inspirational Thoughts of Light, Love and Peace
JoDee Luna’s blog full of creative ideas and inspiration
Suzicates’ gentle and beautiful observations and photographs at The Water Witch’s Daughter
Mark who has a big heart, and I’m sure is not nearly as incompetent as he would have us believe in The Idiot Speaketh and Pedaleth
And last but not least, the human experience at Touch2Touch

Previous seven links posts from terrific writers:

Julia Munroe Martin  7 Links: Past, Present, Future
Melissa Crytzer Fry  Seeing: Now & Then
Jolina Petersheim  The 7 Links Challenge — A Roundup of the Best (& Worst) of THE HAPPY BOOK BLOG

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Author: CMSmith

I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, photography, genealogy and travel. I have opinions about many things, but am trying to age gracefully and not continually tick people off with them. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

14 thoughts on “A review of the best and beautiful — taking the 7-links challenge”

  1. Thank you so much Christine! Wow….. this is gonna take some research on my part….. I have like 1,800 posts!….. yikes! I will complete this task though….. no matter how long it takes me.

    I have decided to go ahead and write a book myself. I will be coming back to your blog and pouring over all your posts about your own experiences in writing your book….. so don’t be surprised if you see me around a lot….. just a harmless idiot…… not a stalker or anything…. 🙂 I’m going to try write about how this blog of mine gave my life a new direction and purpose after I got disabled.

    I’m going to be getting your book from Amazon. It will have special meaning to my own family in that we know a little of what you went through. I actually had an older sister that passed away when I was 6 years old. She was 8. She was born with severe developmental disabilities and mental retardation and required 24 hr care her whole life. My Dad was a low-ranking Airman in the Air Force and when we were sent overseas, my parents were forced to place her into an institution for many years. I will read your book and will then hopefully pass it on to my Mother. I think it would help her.

    Have a great day Christine! 🙂

    1. I know it’s a challenge, Mark, but I’m sure you’re up to it. I’m excited to hear about your book, what a great idea. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

      I’m sorry to hear about your sister. How sad for your parents, and what a difficult position they must have found themselves in. The initial doctors’ prognosis gave Annie a life expectancy of only eight years. Based on your family’s experience, I suspect this was pretty typical at the time. Annie was the exception.

      I don’t know if my book will help your mother or not, you will be the best judge of that.

      I knew my book would bring stories like yours out in the open. It is a mixed blessing. I am grateful to find and to be able to provide support, but I am sure I will hear a lot of sad stories on the journey.

      1. My Sister was born in 1963 and was given less than a year to live when she was born. She greatly outlived their prognosis for her. Your book is going to be a great blessing to many people Christine.

  2. Hi Christine, So glad I wasn’t talking about golfing (since I have NEVER golfed!!). I was so surprised to see that I’ve read every single one of your links that you posted after February 15, which was just 5 days after I started blogging so I think yours was one of the first blogs I ever read! And I just today realized we started blogging at almost the exact same time — when I first started reading your posts I thought you’d surely been blogging for years! Too funny! I guess we’ve cut our teeth together! (p.s. I LOVE the Rainbow Over Paris post!)

    1. We must be blogging soul sisters. 🙂 You’ve done a lot better than me with the whole bringing folks into the fold idea. I’m still struggling to find something to write about five days out of the week.

      You’ve been a big help to me, especially with the Twitter account. I consider you my mentor.

  3. Thank you Christine.. It may take a while to sort out.. as Im part way sorting another one LOL.. Im very honoured that you should think of me Christine in your 7 link Challenge.. Time is one of those things Im trying to manage and its flying past me with speed.. LOL.. But bare with me..
    Sue 🙂

    1. Sometimes I wonder about all these blogging awards and challenges, but we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, should we? I actually enjoyed this one—going back through all my posts. Wow. I’ve written a lot this year.

      Make sure you let me know when you post it. I have you on my google reader, but sometimes when I get far behind, things fall through the cracks.

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