Seven Links Challenge

My generous friend Ruth (click on her name to view her blog – she’s an amazing photographer who captures ‘everyday’ scenes with much more than an ‘everyday’ kind of eye) invited me to participate in a “Seven Links Challenge”.  I think the title is self-explanatory (or it will be very soon), so I’m just going to dig right into it:

  1. Most Beautiful Post: I have a soft spot for very-old and very-young people; so many of my posts that tell stories of these two key demographics are usually very touching to me.  As such, I have way too many posts that are ‘beautiful’ to me (it’s like trying to pick my ‘favorite’ child; I love them all!), but here are two that still trigger the exact emotions in me as I felt when I experienced the situation I then wrote about: “Mama’s boy”, and “One man, many views”.
  2. Most Popular Post(s): Apart from my home page, two of the ‘big hitters’ are “Two for the price of none” (988 hits), and “I like chocolate Santa Claus” (698 hits).
  3. Most Controversial Post: I don’t write a ‘controversial’ blog (very much by design), but I do include posts from time to time that stem from my meditation practice.  And sometimes the word ‘meditation’ (and/or people who practice meditation) can raise some people’s hackles, so I guess if I had to pick any post that might be deemed as ‘controversial’, it would probably be one of my meditation-related posts.
  4. The Most Helpful Post: I didn’t select any specific post for this item, because I think the ‘most helpful’ post is whichever one gives a sad, upset, frustrated, or lonely person a bit of joy, calm, peace, or comfort.  Hopefully many of the posts I share meet my definition of ‘helpful’.  (If you would like to share which post you have found to be “the most helpful”, I’d love to hear about it!)
  5. Surprisingly Successful Post:Oh, oh, the supply man!” with a whopping 1136 hits.  Who knew office supplies were so popular?
  6. Post That Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved: Two posts came to mind for me: “Royale with cheese”, and “I think Jesus would laugh, too.”
  7. Most Proud-of Post:Goodbye sweet girl”: This is the post I wrote the day my sweetie and I took our dog to the vet to have her put to sleep.  I’m proud that I was able to share such a painful, raw experience openly and honestly, and yet still with quiet calm.  I’m proud that I was able to honor our sweet girl, and help her memory live on.

Ruth then asked me to invite other bloggers I know to participate (if they’d like to do so).  She already tapped my friend Jonathan (who writes a daily food blog that is really more about his family than it is about his food), so I’ll see if these folks want to play:

  • Christine at Christine Plus Camera (another great daily photo blog)
  • Judith at Touch2Touch (a sometimes philosophical, sometimes artsy, routinely intriguing blog that makes me pause and really think)
  • Nadine at So Many Things I Would Have Done (a gal who is finding her way in the blogging world, and in the ‘real world’, too)
  • Joss at Crowing Crone (a creative type who has a wonderfully resilient and loving spirit)

Thanks for reading this semi-long post.  If you remember an entry that I didn’t include that you think I should have, let me know – I’m always up for some conversation.  🙂


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A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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9 Responses to Seven Links Challenge

  1. Touch2Touch says:

    Thanks for the lovely mention — and for the challenge, Stef. I think.
    It’ll take time and reflection — I’ll see how it plays out.
    Your blog is always coming up with surprises as much as smiles!!!!


    • Stef says:

      Judith, the ‘challenge’ is meant to be a fun one – so I do hope if you choose to accept it, you really do have some fun with it. And no rush; I took several days to do it – and I really enjoyed reading some past posts, and remembering things I had forgotten! I got to smile all over again… 🙂


  2. rutheh says:

    Well done and beautiful post today. I read them all and am glad of it.
    I think the 7 links challenge helped me really think about my posting history and I am learning more about others blogs more deeply.
    Glad you accepted the challenge, Stef.
    I am Smiling in Pittsburgh.


    • Stef says:

      Ruth, thank you *so* much for all of your kind words and thoughtful comments. I agree, the challenge did help me reflect on the past 300+ days of writing; it was a wonderful opportunity. Thank you for giving it to me! 🙂


  3. Christine says:

    Thanks for the nomination and kind words!


  4. thank you for this as it made me take the time to think and pick posts and re-read stuff I’d forgotten I had written.
    walk in beauty.


    • Stef says:

      I did the same; and I was pleasantly surprised by some old memories I had forgotten (and therefore got to re-live), and I was also a bit startled at how my writing has progressed over the past 11 months. It was fun to see!


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