Tag – I’m it! My blogging friend Barbara over at Hole in the Donut just passed on the challenge of a little rummage in the treasure chest (or should it be dusty attic?) that is my travel blog at Heatheronhertravels. For your delectation and delight I have come up with a few of my older posts that are noteworthy in one way or another. So without too much navel gazing I spent, oh about 5 seconds and came up with some of these past posts. Do let me know what you think!
Your most Beautiful post
In this category I nominate;
Of course, like my children, I like to think that all my posts are beautiful in one way or another – with the amount of time I take shooting many colourful photos to bring my posts alive and crafting the words to try and be both inspirational and informative I hope you’d think so too.
But there’s something about the natural beauty of Greece (if you ignore the souvenir shops, the dusty broken pavements) that holds a special place in my heart. My sister lives on the Greek island of Zakynthos and so we get the chance to visit her every year there, normally in May when the flowers are still fresh on the hillside or in October when the cyclamen are flowering in the olive groves and the scent of woodsmoke from the olive prunings is in the air.
This Greek Turtle post and video bring back for me the gorgeous turquoise sea, the hot sun, and the pleasures of jumping off the boat and swimming into a sea cave to cool off. And if you’re lucky you might just see a turtle.
Your most popular post
After I’d been blogging a while I started to gather a ton on information about how to do things better, especially after I moved the blog from its old home at Blogger to the current WordPress installation. I decided to share all that knowledge I gained along the way in a new area called My Blogging Journey and was surprised at how popular some of the articles became. Clearly there were other people tearing their hair out trying to work out how to set up their featured content gallery or changing their header and finding my articles helpful.
One of that series of articles that has been particularly popular has been;
Because I wanted to continue to share the things that I’d learned but didn’t want to dilute the Travel inspiration articles, I decided to move all the “How To” articles to a new home of their own and now you’ll find them over at my new website
Feel free to go on over and take a look – you might find a useful article or two to help you improve your own travel blog.
Your most controversial post
To be absolutely honest I don’t really court controversy here at Heather on her travels. You’ll never find an article here on how to have sex in a hostel or the top 10 places not to visit. I prefer to see the positive in each situation and look at travel as a pleasure rather than a challenge. But occasionally an article has provoked an unexpectedly adverse reaction, such as the one where the owners of a restaurant I’d reviewed took issue with what I’d written. If you read through the comments you’ll see what I mean. It made me stop and wonder at the reach of our blogging opinions and how we have a responsibility to try and be fair and balanced in what we write that might impact the businesses and reputations of others.
Another example of unexpected controversy coming to me was the article I wrote in a fit of frustration after having a poor experience with a car hire company. Although I felt my article was balanced in tone, it seemed to open up a succession of similar unhappy tales from other customers who had experienced poor service – again read the comments to see what I mean.
Your most helpful post
In this category I nominate;
Much as I love visiting Greece, it’s always something of a relief to come home and be able to throw paper down the toilet again. This little article I wrote was prompted by the humorous signs I saw in the bathrooms of numerous bars in Greece whose owners clearly don’t enjoy having to unblock the toilet. If you’re visiting Greece I hope you’ll find it helpful!
A post whose success suprised you
A friend of ours from Bristol has decamped to enjoy his semi-retirement in Chiang Mai and I used his photos and stories to write this article about one of the many elephant sanctuaries in Thailand that are now a major tourist attraction.
Subsequently it’s become a very popular article on the blog that people are finding by searching for the term ‘Elephants’ – there must be something about these animals that attracts people.
A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
I don’t really put too much store by whether an article is popular or not – I tend to write for my own pleasure as much as yours and put out there whatever catches my attention. So it was tough for me to think of anything in this category. However, I’d like to nominate;
This was my very first post back in December 2007 and I think it that it could deserve another airing, if only to see how far I’ve come in over 3 years of blogging.
The post that you are most proud of
It would be hard to single any one post out as I try to make all my articles as good as they can be, but I do enjoy making and listening to my Travel Podcasts. Although there are a handful of excellent travel podcasters out there, podcasting doesn’t seem to be a media that has been fully exploited in the travel niche. I’m proud that I have built up the expertise to make podcasts about the places I’ve travelled that I hope will inspire you and give a real flavour of the place with music, interviews and soundscenes. For my most recent example of a travel podcast, I hope you enjoy the sounds of Salzburg and Wolfgangsee;
If you enjoy listening to my travel podcasts you can download the audio files from my blog or Subscribe through iTunes
And now that I’ve cleared out that dusty attic, all that remains is for me to nominate a few more bloggers to share their 7 links with you – I nominate;
The 7 links idea was started by Tripbase – you can find more information here
You’ll also find our sister blog with tips on how to build a successful travel blog at My Blogging Journey