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Join the 7 Links Challenge August 15, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Food & Drink, Humor.

Between sharing recipes for food we drool over, and entertaining us with wit, humor, and charm, Greg and Katherine took the 7 Links Challenge.

As part of the Challenge, they invited 5 blogs (including SLTW) to identify:

1.  A beautiful post:  Photo Challenge ~ Colorful

What’s more colorful than food, glorious food?  Since I tend to eat food long before I have a chance to shoot it, I highlighted delectable culinary creations from Rufus’  Food & Spirits Guide.

Go hungry . . . leave happy. 

2.  A popular post:  What The World Really Needs

Time and energy are limited resources.  Attempting to help out with every “good cause” that comes our way is not an effective use of our limited time on this planet.

We can’t all be Mother Teresa . . . that was her job.

3.  A helpful post:  7 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic

Each blog starts out as a tiny minnow in an enormous  pond ~ the cyber sea.  As we develop readers (and friends), the traffic on our blog expands.  Minnows become fish and a few select fish become whales.

What determines which minnows become massive blogging whales?

I’m not telling . . .  😀

Wikipedia ~ The Death of Chatterton (in Public Domain)

4.  A controversial post:  Checking Out

I’m not convinced that there is an absolute correlation between suicide and mental illness.  

Just the opposite.  I suspect that many who commit suicide are saner than the rest of us.

My comments, and the post as a whole, ruffled some feathers.

That’s fine with me since the post served its intended purpose ~ to make people think about a subject that is often swept under the rug.

5.  A Surprisingly Successful post:  The Chain ~ Harbinger of Things to Come

Just for fun, I did a post on Chain Letters of the cyber variety.

Surprise!  Surprise!  Surprise!  WordPress selected it for Freshly Pressed and the comments rolled in at a fast and furious rate.

6.  A post that didn’t get the attention it deserved:  What’s So Special About Baby Ducks

Why do people who contribute to the suffering of animals by eating copious amounts of beef, pork, veal, duck, chicken, and turkey raised on factory farms go to the time, effort, and expense to rescue a few  ducklings trapped on the wrong side of a grate?

Why is saving a few ducklings that have fallen through a storm drain  newsworthy?  Are baby ducks more precious than baby chicks?  Baby calves? Baby pigs?  Baby seals?

What’s so special about baby ducks? 

You tell me.

7.  A favorite post:  Revel in Uncertainty

Even on the downhill slope, life continues to surprise and delight with unexpected opportunities and curve balls tossed in our path.  We think, “this is me,” and some hidden facet of our personality starts knocking to be let out “from the cupboard under the stairs.”

We say, “this is my life,” and new adventures appear on the horizon.

Life is full of surprising detours.  We cannot always predict what waits around the next bend.  Our life is our own when we embrace our freedom instead of our fear.

Revel in uncertainty.

No Rules.  Just Write!

Tag . . . You’re It!  Here are 21 Blogs that I would love to see join the 7 Links Challenge:

1.  Kate Shrewsday’s Blog
2.  Reflections from a Cloudy Mirror
3.  Water Witch’s Daughter
4.  The Laughing Housewife
5.  The Only Cin
6.  Janna T. Write’s Blog
7.  Uphill Writing
8.  A Nightingale’s Blog
9.   Agrigirl’s Blog
10.  Random Thoughts From Midlife
11.  Woman Wielding Words
12.  The Anvil
13.  Sinister Echoes
14.  Maggie Writes
15.  Souldipper
16.  Mirth & Motivation
17.  Naomi Notes
18.  Global Mysteries
19.  Footprints in the Sand
20.  Write Up My Life
21.   YOU!  . . . Yes, YOU!  If I read your blog, or you read mine, I’d love to see which posts you pick for this challenge.

If you wish to participate . . . select posts that fit the categories above (or make up your own categories), write a new post with links back to each of the selected articles, include a link to your new post in the comments below, and tag a few other bloggers to encourage participation . . . or just get all your blog buddies involved.

Sound like a lot of work?  It is!

But it’s also a ton of FUN!

If you don’t have time to review and share 7 links, pick one or two favorites and post links below in the comments for us to enjoy! 

Related posts:  Looking Back (Vix) * Reflections on Writing (Lisa) * Mirth & Motivation * Of Cemetaries and Samurai (Kate Shrewsday) * Maggie Madly Writing * Piglet in Portugal * Janna T. Writes * My Desktop Jacuzzi (Kate Shrewsday) * My Seven (Raptitude)


1. Carl D'Agostino - August 15, 2011

1. Beautiful Post- “Sunset in Key West” 2. Popular Post – “How to get away with cheating on income tax” 3. Helpful Post – “How to get children to clean up room” 4. Controversial Post – “To shower or not to shower” 5. Successful Post – “Free money” 6. Too little Attention Post – “Cooking with lima beans” 7. Favorite Post- “Stop paying relatives to make comments to give the appearance of high volume traffic”

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

Just the titles alone have me in stitches, Carl!

Can you do a post with links to all 7 so people can bounce from one to the next easily?

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

Wait a minute! You made up those titles on the spot, didn’t you?

Bwahahaha! 😆

2. CMSmith - August 15, 2011

Thanks for mentioning me, Nancy. I’ll try to get to this later if I can carve out some time. I’ve been sick and don’t know how long my energy will last today.

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

No compulsion on my part. If you don’t have the energy to do a post with 7 links, feel free to post links in this comment thread to highlight a few of your favorite posts.

Feel better soon!

3. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - August 15, 2011

Thanks for selecting me Nancy. I actually did this recently in “Reflections on Writing” http://lkramer14.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/reflections-on-writing/
but I may change my ideas, if I have time. My new most popular post is now “I is for ‘Incredible, Edible’ Ice Cream” which, during this long, hot summer, seems to be discovered on a daily basis for some bizarre reason. http://lkramer14.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/i-is-for-incredible-edible-ice-cream/

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

I thought a few bloggers had already participated (including Vix), but I couldn’t remember which ones.

I just checked out your 7/19 post and it links back to some terrific articles, Lisa. 😀

And the cartoon alone is worth the price of admission!

4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - August 15, 2011

Looks like I have some catching up to do. Great responses. Thanks for the kind words about our site too.

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

You’re welcome. I love swinging by your site to indulge in vicarious eating and drinking ~ keeps me from getting too chubby! 😉

For each of the 20 sites listed, I linked up to a recent post that I enjoyed and wanted to spotlight. I started with 7 sites and the list kept growing because I read so many wonderful blogs each week.

At 20, I decided I had to stop . . . but (like the Energizer Bunny) I could have kept going and going and going.

5. SuziCate - August 15, 2011

Thanks, Nancy. I will try to get to it. Just got back in town (whirlwind!) and trying to focus again………

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

No hurry. I actually think that Greg may have been the 2nd or 3rd blogger to tag me to participate in the challenge. I just didn’t have the time before.

If you’re short on time, I’d love for you to identify the last 2 prompts on the list ~ one of your favorites and one that didn’t get the attention it deserved.

I don’t envy you trying to choose one BEAUTIFUL post from the profusion of beautiful posts you’ve done.

6. Tammy - August 15, 2011

Thanks for the tag Nancy. I have a few in the hopper and then will attempt to do something like this.

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

That’s the reason I postponed doing it, I had other posts in the pipeline that I wanted to share, and didn’t really have the time to look around at past posts on SLTW.

Yesterday, I finally had time and had a blast. It’s amazing to look back and see how many different topics I’ve addressed in the last 18 months.

I hope that lots of my blogging buddies will take the challenge ~ I really want to see everyone’s FAVORITE post and the posts they feel did NOT get enough attention.

7. Cindy - August 15, 2011

Aaaaaargh, I am so way behind and battling to catch up …

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

I hesitated to put you on the list for just that reason ~ but I suspected PTC would have a field day with that omission. 😛

Feel free to ignore the Tag if you’re short on time . . .

But, when you have the time, I would love to know your FAVORITE post and a post you feel did NOT get enough attention.

8. Tilly Bud - August 15, 2011

Wonder if we should complain that we are now in a chain…? 🙂

Just kidding. Thanks for the mention. I quite like this meme so I may do something on it one day.

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

Bwahahaha . . .

It’s not quite the same since I didn’t say, “Those tagged will have 7 years of bad luck for breaking the chain.” 😉

Participation is voluntarily . . . no bad karma or juju shall attach to those who remain on the sidelines.

9. Alannah Murphy - August 15, 2011

Thank you for including me in the tag game. Sadly, at this time, I cannot play for I have been stung by an evil wasp about an hour ago as I walked home, and my arm is in agony, so not feeling my best…sniff.

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

Ouch! Sorry to hear that. Other than icing it, I’m not sure of the best way to remove the sting. 😦

Feel better.

Alannah Murphy - August 16, 2011

Thank you, I’ve asked one of my bat friends to eat the bastard ha ha ha 😉
(oh and no stinger, evil wasps can sting over and over)

nrhatch - August 16, 2011

Bats are worth their weight in dead insects! 😉

10. Naomi - August 15, 2011

No pressure or anything, right Nancy!! Thanks for including me & I’ll do my best to participate 😀

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

I’d love you to choose your most beautiful post ~ that should keep you busy for a bit since you have so many beautiful posts to choose from! 🙂

11. Naomi - August 15, 2011

BTW, your Husband Store post is a dead cert for my favourite 😀

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

Mine too . . . and I can say that without any self-promotion since I didn’t write it. I just edited a bit. A nip here and a tuck there. 😀

12. Paula Tohline Calhoun - August 15, 2011

I’m on it!! Just give me a day or so. . .

BTW are the items each supposed to be from your own blog, or from others that one has liked? It will make a difference, as I don’t think all that highly of many of my posts. . .how about a category for your least successful most hated or most ignored posts? Got lots of those!

Of course then there is the most self-denigrating comment. . . 😆

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

I think you should do what YOU want to do. If you want to make up your own categories . . . go for it!

If you want to pick favorites from other blogs . . . go for it!

But if you decide to pick “the stupidest post” or “the lamest post” . . . don’t feel compelled to troll around SLTW looking for it. 😛

13. souldipper - August 15, 2011

Thanks for being such a supportive blogger, Nancy. I admire your diligent cross referencing and honourable mentioning. I’m off to do my studies which put me in a constant catch-up state these days. Will have to play later…unless you find another party on Facebook, you fun peep!

nrhatch - August 15, 2011

No worries, Amy. Play if you have the time and the inclination.

It’s a fun exercise scrolling back through the “archives” at posts written “long, long ago.”

14. jannatwrites - August 16, 2011

Thanks for the tag on this challenge. I’m a bit apprehensive because I’m afraid looking back on my posts will be like coming across old pictures of myself – both shouldn’t have been seen in public 🙂 I’ll see what I can do anyway.

By the way, Carl’s comment and your response got me laughing…thanks!

nrhatch - August 16, 2011

I know just what you mean, Janna. As I wandered through the archives, more than a few posts got deleted. They’ll never see the light of day again. 😉

Carl had me going for a minute. I ran straight around to search for posts #6 and #7 and then realized he’d pulled my leg. 😀

15. Of Cemeteries and Samurai « Kate Shrewsday - August 16, 2011

[…] those who use the second to make the first. I am acting on a misreading of a blog challenge from Nancy: I thought we had to link to other bloggers, but my friend Tilly Bud points out Nancy was asking […]

16. eof737 - August 17, 2011

Oh thank you so much for the mention and invitation… I passed same on to you and everyone, in my 7 links post, a while back when Piglet included me on her list of five. Muchas gracias! lol!
I will add your link to my post on same… 🙂

nrhatch - August 17, 2011

Yes! Of course. I knew one or two bloggers had tossed the challenge my way before Greg, but couldn’t remember who, where, or when.

Thanks again!

17. 7 Links Challenge « JannaTWrites's Blog - August 18, 2011

[…] challenge, blog, blogging, community, fun, humor, humorous, writing by jannatwrites Nancy over at Spirit Lights The Way recently participated in the 7 links challenge and invited me (and twenty or so other bloggers) to […]

18. Tokeloshe - August 20, 2011

Well done!

nrhatch - August 20, 2011

Looks like 7 bloggers took the 7 Links Challenge ~ each with their own spin, Tok.

Feel free to dive into the challenge and post a link here. Or just add links to a favorite post or two.

19. My Desktop Jacuzzi « Kate Shrewsday - August 21, 2011

[…] my promise to Nancy and Tilly to hark back to some old posts. I believe it’s called the Seven Links Challenge and my initial response to Nancy was to cite seven favourite posts from others, because […]

20. Interior Photography, Favourite Blog Posts & 2011 SA Blog Awards — Naomi's Notes - September 6, 2011

[…] for a moment, intrepid blogger Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way invited us a little while ago to Join the 7 Links Challenge, i.e. share 7 of our top posts (as selected by us) in the following categories: Beautiful, Popular, […]

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