I was thrilled to be nominated by my friend Debbie of Gourmet Traveller to keep the Tripbase “7 Links” Project going. The project is described as a way of uniting bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again. For me, all I had to do was search through my blog archives and provide links to 7 of my blog posts under pre-assigned categories, post them and then pick five other bloggers to do the same. So without further ado, here’s a little walk down memory lane through my 618 posts…
Your most beautiful post
For me, this was a tough choice. I do not consider myself a photographer, though I have learned a lot in the past 2.5 years. And I try. Food styling isn’t really my thing as you might have noticed by my minimalistic approach to photographing the dishes I make. I merely try to make the food I write about look as appetizing as possible and sometimes I succeed. But to look back over my posts and choose what I think is the most beautiful? Very difficult. And perhaps you won’t agree with my choices (I have two, couldn’t decide) but as I keep reminding myself, photography is very subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I never thought I might choose a post with meat as the key ingredient as one of my “most beautiful” posts and, indeed, much of the post is not pretty and well-styled because, well, it’s showing the process of making prosciutto. I am, however, very proud of my very first Charcutepalooza product – duck prosciutto.
I couldn’t think of “beautiful” posts without thinking of my boys’ cooking club, Les Petits Chefs. Any one of these posts are beautiful in my mind – I mean, what’s more adorable than those little hands creating fabulous food? – but the one I chose and am infinitely proud of is when they made chicken tikka masala from scratch (including the curry paste) in under an hour for my Project Food Blog entry – Picture Perfect.
Your most popular post
Far and away, my most popular post (and it’s only a few months old) is “How to make macarons – what’s working for me right now.”
Clearly a post with “How to” ranks very well in Google searches and I know it got a lot of Stumbleupon love but looking at the comments, it’s also one of my most commented posts (apart from contests). Clearly, macarons are still enjoying their moment in the sun. Which is just as well because there’s a LOT more macaron love coming up on my blog (including a fabulous giveaway on Wednesday!).
My second post popular post is actually my About Me page.
I was shocked by this but actually fairly pleased. I’m glad you’re all interested in who I am!
The third most popular post (ranking up there with About Me) was my Guacamuffins and Guacpops for Cinco de Mayo.
This was my entry in the Avocadoes from Mexico Cinco de Mayo Blogger challenge. I didn’t win the contest but obviously these were a hit with a lot of readers!
Your most controversial post
Probably the post I struggled with the most in terms of deciding whether I should post it or not was Not the Daring Bakers – it’s ok to say no. In this post, I talked a little bit about being very ill this past spring and of the journey to decide to take some time off my PhD.
I don’t usually post personal stuff like this and I didn’t want it to be sappy and over the top but it was helpful to write it down and I was blown away by the support I received.
I haven’t really had many controversial comments in my blogging career so far but the post that received the closest to what I would call controversial comments would be Being on Reality TV – being me, trying my best and having fun.
I also had a hard time writing this post. I went into the whole thing way too naively (Yes Neil, you were right!) but the process was fascinating and I wanted to capture that. The post elicited a couple of unpleasant comments about how I had been portrayed (I really am a great dinner party guest, trust me!) – but again, I was overwhelmed by reader support (and readers chiming in to defend me against the naysayers).
Your most helpful post
It’s got to be “How to make macarons – what’s working for me right now”
I think any post named “How to” and which includes step by step pictures is helpful.
A post whose success surprised you
Every single day, I get a substantial amount of hits from people searching “how to make rice cakes” and they end up on one of my very early posts – “How to make rice cakes – not the Quaker ones!“
For everyone who has searched this term and ended up on this page, I apologize for the poor photography and lack of real information in this post. It’s obviously time for me to figure out how to make rice cakes and post a recipe, non?
A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
Every year around Christmas (oh, and Thanksgiving, and Easter and Valentine’s Day and 4th July and Mothers’ Day – do I need to go on?), I get to the point where I simply cannot read about holiday indulgences any more. I mean, I love food, yes, but I have my limits. Last December, my Petits Chefs gave up an hour of their time and I used a $200 gift certificate from Kraft Canada to purchase ingredients for the boys to make food for Out of the Cold. Les Petits Chefs raise awareness about hunger was one of my least trafficked posts ever and this made me sad.
No, it wasn’t a “pretty” post but it was real. Little boys making food for people less fortunate than themselves? This should have been one of my most popular posts. Never mind, in my head, it’s one of my favourites and I know the boys’ parents were super proud of them. And the people who ate the food they prepared were very grateful. That’s what counts.
The post that you are most proud of
I never imagined I would be posting cooking videos of myself online when I started this blog but the post I found myself most proud of is my Project Food Blog Video 411 entry. This was truly a joint effort with Neil and I totally could not have done this without him. I still get emails today from people who have made the dish telling me how much they enjoyed it
So there you have them. My (a couple more than) 7 Links. I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane with me.
I’m passing the baton over to the following five bloggers – I can’t wait to read their posts: