Seeing: Now & Then
Yes, as the title implies, you’re in for a present-&-past smorgasbord this week. This post will showcase what I saw this weekend, and take you on a trip down memory lane, highlighting some of the things I’ve seen since my first blog post in June of 2010.
And, now, to the past … My trip down memory lane was inspired by a nomination I received from the fabulous Tracy Mangold (@InkyTwig), to participate in the Seven Links Challenge, which asks bloggers to identify their own blog posts in certain categories (to breathe new life into some old musings). So, without further adieu, my responses:
- Most Beautiful Post: Did I mention how difficult this is? I don’t know my most beautiful post (isn’t that a bit presumptuous?). But I do know I liked the way I felt during this particular morning and hope I captured it in words and photos: Foggy Isolation.
- Most Popular Post: Creative Companion: Cat vs. Dog. This post, I think, was the catalyst that finally drove some traffic to my blog. Who can resist photos of cute kitties and puppies?
- Most Controversial: I have yet to write this post. But, rest assured, it is simmering (partially written). It will focus on Arizona’s mining past and present (photos have already been snapped).
- Most Helpful: I’m cheating here, but I’m going to choose two (because these are probably the only times I’ve offered helpful advice): Colors of the Desert , because of its suggestions about use of color in fiction, and State of Flow for the suggested creativity exercises that allow writers to tap into that “creative zone” at will (something I still need to master).
- Most Surprisingly Successful: I didn’t think many readers would share my love of the desert saguaro, but the first in my Saguaro Series, End of Mighty Saguaro , garnered a lot of comments (as did my second and third posts).
- Post That Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved: I’m a bit biased here, but Rancher Wannabe is one of those posts that I felt really showcased the desert southwest (and my adoration for it). The photos, the experience, everything about it rattled through my bones. But, alas, I only got a handful of comments.
- Post I Am Most Proud Of: Oh, Baby!, because of my obsession with the nesting great horned owl (next to a busy highway) and the emerging fuzz ball babies that I actually captured in photos. The words in this post seemed to flow effortlessly, too.
Part of the Seven Links Challenge includes nominating five other bloggers I admire*. If you don’t know their work already, I encourage you to visit:
- Wordsxo – Julia Munroe Martin (@wordsxo)
- Write for Me – Hallie Sawyer (@Hallie_Sawyer)
- Cynthia Roberston, Writer – Cynthia Robertson (@literarydaze)
- The Ole Master Plan – Lori Parker (@girlparker1)
- Bad Luck Detective – Suzie Ivy (@SuzieIvy)
*Sorry I couldn’t list all of you, you mind-blowing bloggers, but – readers – if you check my blogroll, you’ll see more of my favorite stand-outs.
So what about you, writers, readers, bloggers? Did I pick the right posts? Can you share with me some of the favorite posts YOU have written on your blog? I’d love to take a peek!