Reflecting on Travel and Posts – 7 Links

Egyptian local in the Old Market, Sharm el Sheik on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

Thinking time required

I first heard about this project from Christina on the My View from the Middle Seat site, at the time my laptop was in intensive care after my attempts to introduce it to the pleasures of caffeine. Therefore there was a delay in really getting involved.

However once my computer pulled through unscathed and the posts began to appear it became increasingly interesting and I decided to take up the challenge. In some ways my choices were made easy as there is little on my site which is older than five months old, but this also meant there was more to choose from.

It is an interesting concept which was set in motion by those nice people at Tripbase Requiring us as site editors to consider each of our posts critically, appraising them and being entirely subjective in choosing suitable posts for each category. Here then are my choices and the reasons for making them:

My most beautiful post

This is probably the most difficult one for me to choose. What are the most important ingredients of a beautiful post, the narrative, or the images? A combination of the two seems appropriate to me with some stirring prose and complimentary photographs. A desert adventure provides plenty of opportunity for both therefore my jaunt into the Moroccan Sahara fills this particular slot for me, hopefully you will agree:

Berber Desert Odyssey – Campfires, Camels and Starlight

Camels enjoying a Saharan Desert sunrise in Morocco on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain_Mallory_01060-1

Camels enjoying a Saharan Desert sunrise

My most popular post

This should be easy to choose; just check out Google analytics or how much retweeting, stumbling it is receiving right? Well maybe not, how about comments; surely if people are commenting it means it has struck a chord? What about time, this seems quite relevant which is why this choice is a relatively new one about how the life experiences the Army provided me has impacted on my style of travel:

How the Army taught me to travel

A view across the Nile near Luxor in Egypt on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

A view across the Nile

My most controversial post

When I looked at possible posts for this project, this category stood out as the one that should be quite easy to fulfil. However those that know me and read my site regularly know that I am outspoken and have an opinion on most subjects. Therefore this actually provided more pause for thought than initially anticipated, eventually though I plumped for the ‘hot potato’ that is public relations and blogging:

Collaborating For a Better Future

The Imperial War Museum, Salford Quays near Manchester on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

The Imperial War Museum, Salford Quays

My most helpful post

We all have an ego right and all like to think that we are being helpful providing indispensable advice to others through our sites. Therefore it stands to reason that we believe every article we have written to be helpful, making this the category with the most options of all! Providing a little advice on photography has been a quite satisfying project since the birth of this site but the post that seems to have provided the best tips in helping the diplomatically challenged negotiate a good bargain in the markets of the world:

The Fine Art of Haggling

Souks worldwide are great places to find an authentic bargain souvenir on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain_Mallory_01484

Visit the souks and find a souvenir

The post that surprised me most

This particular post was written during the period when I was struggling with my thoughts about my own reasons for travel and needed some distraction to prevent me becoming too withdrawn at that time. A light-hearted post was the order of the day and some tongue in cheek signs of the serial traveller fitted the bill. People really seemed to like it so here it is, hoping it provides you with a few smiles:

Ten Sure Signs You Are a Serial Traveller

The mighty Sphinx at Giza near Cairo in Egypt on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography

The mighty Sphinx at Giza

A post that did not get the attention I think it deserved

This article is one I really like and has received a degree of success but in line with my ego which is trending throughout this project it feels as if it should have received still more. Photography is one of my passions and sharing the images of my travels is another; this tale of a train journey in Morocco deserves a little TLC:

Images from a moving Train – Photo essay

Phone call at a train station in the North African country of Morocco on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain_Mallory_01833

Phone call at a station

The post that I am most proud of

Another one that panders to the ego of the writer as surely if not totally proud of it why post it in the first place? This seven links stuff is pretty tough after all, it requires quite a lot of consideration and maybe this is the toughest one of all. This post was the one that gave me a few sleepless nights deliberating over my reasons for travelling and it is one that could have easily been used in several categories. Ultimately I was happy that it managed to convey my feelings at the time:

New Travels, Conscientious Direction

Poverty exists in tourist hotspots such as Marrakech in Morocco on Mallory on Travel, adventure, adventure travel, photography Iain_Mallory_01498A

Poverty exists in tourist hotspots

It was difficult to pick the appropriate post for each of these categories, in a few cases a number of articles could have been chosen instead of the ones here. I hope you enjoy reading these, that  they give you a taste for more and lead you to finding those other posts which could have made it here.

Please take a browse, my ego always enjoys a little massage, let me know if you think there are any that you think suit a category better than the ones I have chosen.


Comments 8

  1. Annie

    I am really enjoying getting to know people and their blogs through the 7 Links Project! Now I can go back and catch up!

    Love the camel photos in the first post 🙂

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      It is an awesome concept isn’t it! As you say a great way to get to know people better as you can also see what makes them tick a little with the choices they have made. Glad you liked my camels and thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

  2. Gina SuuperG Stark

    Iain!! I love this grouping, as I really love your writing style – so engaging and comfortable. One more thing I love: the photo on the haggling post! It reminds me of a similar one I took with a disposable camera in Morocco of a similar shop scene – so colorful and bountiful! Thank you for the inspirational accounts of your travels…I tell ya, this wanderlust thing doesn’t let up! 🙂 Cheers, ciao and chocolate! Gina

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      Thanks Jodi glad you enjoyed it, I think the project gives people a chance to see what your site is about so a great idea. Have you done one yourself?

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      Thanks Lisa your kind words and opinion means a great deal to me, it is good to know that I am heading in the right direction as the steep learning curve of what is required to produce good quality posts that people will actually read is beginning to pay hit home recently. I am quite pleased with these and the more recent posts that have been put out and it is gratifying to see the comments showing people appreciate them too.

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