My 7 Links: remembrance of blogs past

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, photo/Steve Collins

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.

Outdoor dining at Harry's Roadhouse in Santa Fe, photo/Steve Collins

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.

Chef Paul Flynn at work, photo/ courtesy The Tannery

Passing on the baton:
Here are the 5 bloggers I am nominating for the project:
Butterfly Diary
Cruise Buzz
Euro Travelogue
Travel Designed by Stephanie






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19 Responses to “My 7 Links: remembrance of blogs past”

  1. Donna Hull
    July 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Great post, Billie. I enjoyed reading your choices and the reasons that you made them. Hopefully, this project will introduce many new readers to Santa Fe Travelers.

    • Billie Frank
      July 11, 2011 at 7:41 am #

      Thanks for the kind words, Donna. It was fun to do- thanks for nominating me. Hope people find the post, too. Only time will tell.

  2. Leslie (Downtown Traveler)
    July 11, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Thanks for the mention! It was my honor to have you write a guest post for Downtown Traveler. Your piece on growing up in the East Village is one of my favorites 🙂 Isn’t this a fun project? It takes you down memory lane!

    • Billie Frank
      July 11, 2011 at 7:42 am #

      Wow! That made me feel good. You have a LOT of great posts on your side. Writing that one made me sooo nostalgic. I would love to be able to go back to the East Village- but the one of my youth, not the 2011 version.

  3. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler
    July 11, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Love your list! You and Downtown Traveler are motivating me to get our 7 links post up. I’ve been procrastinating. 🙂

    • Billie Frank
      July 11, 2011 at 10:38 am #

      It was really fun! Let me know when yours is up. Would love to see it. It amazes me how every 7 Links post is so different is structure. It really highlights how we all have our own personal blogging style. Thanks for taking the time to look a this post.

  4. Alex Berger
    July 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Fun posts, love the adventures!

  5. Charles Higgins
    July 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    What an interesting compilation of your previous blog experiences..nice read….


    • Billie Frank
      July 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

      Thanks, Charles. It was really fun to do.

  6. Todd @ Todd's Wanderings
    July 12, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    Nice list and actually my favorite was the Chilli Burgers! I’m a die hard fan of anything green and spicy so sign me up 🙂

    • Billie Frank
      July 12, 2011 at 7:21 am #

      Thanks for commenting! That’s chile here in NM and they are particular- it’s a place where the unofficial State question is: “Red or green?” It refers to the color of the chile that goes in it, Consider yourself signed up. We should start a Chile of the Month Club-lol.

  7. Michael
    July 12, 2011 at 8:27 am #

    Surely there’s a whiff of controversy in one of your posts. Particularly enjoyed the post on the Chile Cheesburger Trail. Certainly a trail I’d probably search out when I get in that part of the woods.

    • Billie Frank
      July 12, 2011 at 9:27 am #

      Not even a hint so far. Maybe we should, it would generate comments, but that’s not what we’re about. We are mostly a guidebook for visitors to Santa Fe with some of our travels and dreams thrown in for good measure. While I sometimes rant elsewhere, I don’t rant on the blog. So, nothing for that category. The cheeseburgers are as controversial as we get, and we didn’t pick the ones on the trail- but people didn’t even get steam up there, so the Trail choices must be good-lol.

  8. Cathy Sweeney
    July 12, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    I remember reading your post for Downtown Traveler about growing up in the East Village — I loved it. I agree that your green chile cheeseburger post should have gotten more attention. I somehow missed it before, too — just read it now. That burger looks delicious!

    • Billie Frank
      July 12, 2011 at 9:28 am #

      Green chile cheeseburgers are as they say, “the bomb”. I didn’t eat hot when we first got here, but I’m hooked now. Thanks for the kind words about my childhood memories.

  9. Annie
    July 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

    My mom lived in New Mexico for a couple of years (although not in Santa Fe) but it’s still a place I know almost nothing about! It will be interesting to read through some of your posts and get to know it.

    It’s nice to find someone that is so knowledgeable in a specific area even though I understand your frustrations as a niche blog.

    • Billie Frank
      July 13, 2011 at 7:29 am #

      Where did your mom live?
      Post by post, we’ll cover Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, keep reading. We know the area well, and better every week as we continue to explore. There is so much to see and do and learn about here and we love sharing it. For someone planning a visit here, we are a really up-to-date resource. If something opens or closes, we can add or delete it instantly. And I never tire of writing about it. I love and am fascinated by Santa Fe.
      I’m not frustrated that we’re niche bloggers, I love my niche and we can spread our wings when we want to. What I would love to see is a broader audience so we can grow our readership and expand.

  10. Sailor
    July 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Nice to see some of your favorite 7 posts from the past.


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