My 7 Links

“What is this 7 Links business?” 

I found myself asking that question several times within the last few weeks, as I’ve seen the hashtag #My7Links popping up all over Twitter, and people nominating others to participate.

“Participate in what?”

The “what” is the 7 Links Project, an effort to bring bloggers together to share some of their work from days gone by. I was nominated by my lovely Twitter pal, Clare Appleyard. Immediately I began thinking of which posts I could share for each category, then suddenly became panicked, realizing that The Working Mom’s Travels is not even a year old. “I don’t have enough material to share!” But, in reality, I do. See, while this blog may be relatively new, I have been blogging since 2004. That is when my sister and I started our Folinazzo Family Blog, and it is from there that I have selected a few entries for this project since my options here are a bit limited.

Here we go!

My most beautiful post

This was a no-brainer. I had to go with my recent Journey through Italy: A photographic timeline post. It is a collection of photos of each place my family and I visited in Italy during our trip there this past Spring. Since every aspect of Italy is beautiful, I did not have to write much but let the pictures do the talking.

My post popular post

More than three years later, my post about the Hike to the top of Cerro Chato Volcano in Costa Rica continues to be my most-viewed blog post ever. I even go back to re-read it every once in a while.

My most controversial post

I am an animal lover, that’s all there is to it. I’ll even go so far as to call myself an animal advocate. So when the news broke in 2007 relating to dogfighting allegations brought against football player Michael Vick, I had a hard time keeping my thoughts to myself. Even though it’s a short post, Michael Vick is a criminal scumbag who should be executed was, and still is, my most controversial post. By the way, despite Vick serving jail time and claiming to have been “rehabilitated”, my feelings and thoughts about him have not changed. (No way am I including a picture of him.)

My most helpful post

Cruel: Chained up in South Haven. This post didn’t necessarily help any one person, but hopefully helped someone without a voice, someone without a means for asking for help. I chose to be his voice and to expose his plight. I say it “hopefully” helped because I am not 100% sure of the outcome; however, I am choosing to be positive and to believe that this blog post and related photos I published on Flickr helped to free this dog from a life on a chain.

A post whose success surprised me

Day trip with a toddler to Martha’s Vineyard is the most-viewed post here at The Working Mom’s Travels. I think its success and popularity are due to the mention and pictures of the Victorian gingerbread houses. Whatever the reason, though, I’m grateful for the visits and hope that readers have found the information to be valuable.

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

I had a number of posts to choose from for this category but I decided on Favorite memories of Tuscany. That is all 🙂

The post I am most proud of

First one down: Day 3. I chose this post not for its popularity or because I think it’s the best-written of all of my seven years’ worth of blog posts. I chose it because it was the first time I wasn’t afraid to share information that I’d always deemed so personal. After writing the post, I definitely felt more mature and more secure with my physical and emotional capabilities and limitations. I also think that writing this post was therapeutic at the time and it helped me deal with the disappointment of not making it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

I nominate….

Tales, Taverns, & Towns

Joey Goes Global

Hockey Broad

New Found Europe

Jetting Around

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4 Responses to My 7 Links

  1. Clare Appleyard July 27, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    Thanks for participating with such gusto Francesca! I complete admire your honesty on the Kilimajaro post, good on you!

    • Francesca July 27, 2011 at 6:22 am #

      Thanks for nominating me, Clare, & thanks for the kind words!

  2. Erin September 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Nice collection! I especially enjoyed the Costa Rica post, I didn’t know about that hike. I’ll have to check it out myself as soon as the rainy season is over.

    • Francesca September 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks, Erin! I look back now on that Cerro Chato hike and laugh. I wasn’t laughing that day, though 🙂

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