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
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:
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:
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 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:
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:
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:
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.