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My 7 Links – A Stroll Through Blog History

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Posted on / by Alex Berger

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I was recently nominated to participate in the My 7 Links project sponsored by TripBase. The process is simple. Nominated bloggers identify several posts which meet seven criteria and then share them with readers. In turn I have the opportunity to nominate 5 bloggers who I feel are truly exceptional. So, here we go!

Your most beautiful post

Regular readers will note that I make an effort to make sure that every post is awash in vibrant, captivating, and enticing photos from my travels. Still, some stand out above and beyond others. While it doesn’t include pictures from my recent Scandinavia and Argentina trips I would say my “This Beautiful World: 30 of My Favorite Travel Photos” may take the cake.

Your most popular post

I’ll leave you to research my most popular posts of all time on your own.  So far this month my most popular post is a classic and one of my favorites, “Tallying up the Cost: How I Afford to Travel“.

Your most controversial post

Though this blog is almost exclusively travel focused I periodically blog on other topics I’m passionate about.  This can be education, technology, or at times entrepreneurship.  One of my most controversial posts of all time based on comments and discussion is, “Educating Millennials – Why We’re Doing it Wrong“.

Your most helpful post

While it might be a slight exaggeration to say this post has saved lives, it’s safe to say that there’s at least some truth to the claim.  My post, “How To Pick A Travel Partner and Avoid Killing Them” has dramatically influenced a number of people’s travel plans for the better and done a lot to prepare thousands of other readers for the challenges they’ll face on the road.

A post whose success surprised you

I knew it would be popular and successful but as I sat down to braindump for my, “Traveler’s 101 – The Complete Travel Tip Post” I had no idea just how useful and successful the post was destined to be.  While I’m no longer updating the version here on VirtualWayfarer, the response to the post was so positive that I split it off and created a stand alone site which has continued to grow and is now Ultimate Packing List.com.

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

That’s a challenging one. There are a lot of great posts which for some reason or another didn’t quite click.  Also, before I started integrating a lot of photos into each individual post people were intimidated by the large slabs of text and narrative.  One favorite (which I’ve re-added photos to) is, “Croatia: Zagreb & the Lakes and Waterfalls of Plitvicjka Jezera“. The falls were hands down one of the most spectacular places I’ve been.

The post that you are most proud of

Impossible to say as it changes from day to day. There are so many older posts which I really love but that aren’t at the forefront of my thoughts and current focus.  One of my more recent favorites, however, is actually a series of posts I did covering my time on the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Patagonia region of Argentina. The post, “Lands of Ice and Snow – The Perito Moreno Glacier” still brings a big smile to my face.  In my opinion the combo of stories, photos and Videos embodies everything a good travel post should be.

Also, please keep in mind that some of my favorite posts have led to split off/stand alone websites which are part of my Travel Resource Network.  For those interested these are Ultimate Packing List, Travel Resource List, Daily Travel Pic and the soon to launch Airfare Basics.

My 5 Nominations

Brendans Adventures – http://brendansadventures.com

Go See Write – http://goseewrite.com

Traveling Canucks – http://travelingcanucks.com

LandLopers – http://landlopers.com

Turkish Travel Blog – http://turkishtravelblog.com

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

14 Comments

  • Natalie
    June 22, 2011

    Oh Alex. you made me blush when I saw my blog on your list. Thank you very much.

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    • Alex Berger
      June 22, 2011

      I’m eager to see your 7!

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      • MaryAnne
        June 22, 2011

        Me too- I love Natalie’s blog! She does for Turkey what I wish I had done when I lived there.

        Oh, and I love this site too (though I’ve only been here a few times so far). The photos and writing are lovely, especially the thoughtful non-list, non-tip posts.

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        • Alex Berger
          June 22, 2011

          Thanks for the kind words MaryAnne and reading! I appreciate it!

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  • santafetraveler
    July 11, 2011

    Interesting choices. Love the format you used. Mine kind of rambles.Do you have a clone out there? That’s a lot of sites to keep up with. This was a fun project. Our 7 Link piece is at http://t.co/IlLBjpq

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    • Alex Berger
      July 11, 2011

      Thanks B! Checked yours out, great stuff! Thanks for reading!

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  • Cathy Sweeney
    July 11, 2011

    Nice to get acquainted with some of your work here, Alex. Gorgeous photos in your “most beautiful” entry. Love the diversity of locations and subjects, too.

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    • Alex Berger
      July 11, 2011

      Thanks Cathy! Appreciate the kind words. It’s amazing how many wondrous places are out there. I hope to do a follow up soon, though it will probably have to be 40 or 50 as I’ve done large parts of Scandinavia and Argentina since that list!

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  • Todd @ Todd’s Wanderings
    July 11, 2011

    nice list her Alex and it was nice to get to know your writings better. Very nice mix of places and themes.

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  • Michael
    July 12, 2011

    Your very helpful post is indeed very helpful and I have to say I agree wholeheartedly with all of the points you mentioned. Gathered from experience.

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    • Alex Berger
      July 12, 2011

      Michael – thanks a ton man! Great to hear you found it useful!

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  • Annie
    July 12, 2011

    I love Croatia and even though I haven’t been able to be there yet I think that Plitvicjka is one of the most beautiful things I’ve yet to see.

    Sounds like your most popular post could also by very helpful!

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    • Alex Berger
      July 12, 2011

      Annie – it definitely is something to look forward to! I’d love to go back and see it again during a different time of the year. My hunch is it would be every bit as amazing, but in a whole different way!

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