There’s a hot new blogger project making the rounds. When I got an invitation from Donna L Hull of My Itchy Travel Feet to participate in the My 7 Links blog project started by Tripbase, I was a little intimidated. I realized that figuring out posts that fit the seven categories listed was going to be challenging. I was being asked to pick my favorite offspring. I love all the blogs we post on Santa Fe Travelers or they wouldn’t be up there. Yes, I love some more than others, but it’s really hard to choose among them. Here’s what I finally came up with:
Our most beautiful post:
My thoughts immediately turned to our Friday Photo of the Week feature. My husband, business and blogging partner Steve Collins has discovered photography this year and is having a ball. Some of his photos posted fit this heading. It was a difficult choice, but here it is.
Almost full moon over Santa Fe was shot the day after the June full moon. The haziness, eeriness and redness of the moon was caused by smoke from wild fires. If you’re a photography buff or enjoy a visual story, check out the rest of our photos.
My most popular post:
The post that got the most comments, and probably the most attention, was a post I did for another blog. Downtown Traveler indulged me and posted NYC memories: Growing up in the East Village in the 1950s. This post was also a contender for the “most proud” category below. I loved writing this piece. The sense memory it conjured took me back over a half-century to the sounds and smells of my childhood. It took a while to get started. It’s hard going back and reliving your life. In the end, I liked the process so much I’m currently capturing my memories down on 21st century version of paper; Word.
Our most controversial post:
We don’t do controversial. At least we haven’t so far. We write about Santa Fe and our travels to other places. We don’t dish. If we don’t like a place, we don’t write about it. We are not critics. So, I don’t have a post to list here.
Our most helpful post:
Most of our posts are helpful or at least we like to think so. We offer information to help enhance your travel experience to Santa Fe (and anywhere else we go). I picked our series on outdoor dining in Santa Fe, it’s timely at the moment. Choosing this was like drawing straws; somewhat random.
A post whose success surprised us:
The popularity of Put the Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio on your Santa Fe itinerary should not have surprised us, but it did. For many people, Georgia O’Keeffe’s name is synonymous with Santa Fe even though she didn’t actually live here until the last few years of her live. She lived in Abiquiu (where the home and studio is) over an hour northwest of the city for many years.
A post that we feel didn’t get enough attention:
All of them! It’s challenging being a niche blog. You don’t get as much attention as general travel bloggers get. Again, the choice was hard, but the winner (or maybe loser) in this case is, Dining out in Santa Fe on the New Mexico Green Chili Cheeseburger Trail. Thought with food being such a hot topic, and the Green Chili being a bit cultish in NM, thought this would garner attention and perhaps controversy.
The post I am most proud of:
Again, it’s hard to choose. The contenders (besides posted NYC memories: Growing up in the East Village in the 1950s– see above) came down to two posts in our Ireland series. I had the honor of interviewing two Irish food legends, culinarian Darina Allen and Chef Paul Flynn. In a coin toss, Meet one of Ireland’s hottest chefs- Paul Flynn of The Tannery won. Talking to both these food legends is an experience I won’t forget.