Our 7 Links: Seven Blasts from the Past

| July 17, 2011 | 3 Comments

We’ve learned so much since our very first blog post back in July of 2009. Although we never really know if a post will take off or or fade into obscurity, with a few years of experience we’re now better able to make a much more accurate guess. Since starting out, we’ve certainly learned that not all blog posts are created equal—and sometimes not for the reasons you’d expect. Today, Kathryn and I are take a look behind the scenes of Two Go Round-The-World to see which posts made your day, which ones bombed and which ones got you talking!

It’s this feeling of knowing but not knowing what makes a great post that gave Katie Erica from Trip Base the idea to start an online blogging initiative dubbed ‘My 7 Links’.

The idea is simple: bloggers publish seven links from their blog to share lessons learned and create a bank of long—but not forgotten—blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again! We were nominated by another blogger to participate—none other than Abby Tegenelia of The Neon Jungle Princess blog—and we’ve gone ahead and posted our seven links below. That being said, there’s a lot to choose from — 163,501 published words in over 240 posts! Surprisingly, however, this was not a difficult exercise!

Our Most Beautiful Post: To Luang Prabang by Rail and Road

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Our Most Beautiful Post

I’ve always loved this post — and felt that it came closest to describing how I felt when travelling through Luang Prabang. Despite it being dubbed “self conscious pretentious crap” in its comment stream for too much “pontificating”, I’m still probably most proud of this post and consider it ‘beautiful’. It was entered into the Grantourismo-HomeAway travel writing competition in April 2010—but didn’t win. Hmmm. Maybe I should rethink this choice? Check it out here.

Our most popular post: Is CouchSurfing Safe?

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Is CouchSurfing Safe?

Couchsurfing came to fame as an online alternative to booking into hostels, an open space where a spot on the couch was offered for free and the folks were friendly. But is the site edging toward infamy as an online haven for con men looking to defraud hapless backpackers? In short: No. That being said, this was by far our most popular post—continuing to drive a lot of traffic our way. We learned that this kind of evergreen content never goes out of date—and is therefore desirable for building lasting readerships with other blogs and sites. Content like this is needed over and over by the general public, creating a built-in guarantee of continued interest. Check it out here.

Our most controversial post: In Defence of Long-Term Travel

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In Defence of Long-Term Travel

If controversy is measured by the number of comments, then there are other more ‘controversial’ pieces we’ve done. We’re nominating this one, however, for the fact that we waded into an interesting ‘debate’. Like we said in the piece, “we’re all here for the travel—and it’s a rare occurrence when the medium becomes more interesting than the message.” But that’s what happened on this rare occurrence in the travel blogosphere. And our post sought to help the mildly interested catch up—if only to apprise ourselves of the situation in so doing. Check it out here.

Our most helpful post: Saving For a Round-the-World Trip

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Saving For a Round-the-World Trip

Our most helpful post was better yet a series of posts focusing on personal finances for a round-the-world trip. That being said, the savings and budgeting tips contained therein were of concern to anybody with an interest in personal finance! The series comprised the following articles: Constructing a savings plan for your travel fundSaving For a Round-the-World Trip and Budgeting for the return home. Check it out here.

A post whose success surprised us: Bare Country—Canada’s Five Best Clothing Optional Beaches

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Bare Country—Canada’s Five Best Clothing Optional Beaches

Okay—maybe not that surprised, seeing that it did contain the promise of nudity—and this is the internet, after all. However, we didn’t bank on the fact that this post would become our second greatest traffic generator! Extra marks for the title—which we just loved! Check it out here.

A post we feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: Inspiration Without Perspiration

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Inspiration without perspiration?

I feel the comments that this post generated deserve more attention than the actual post. Some great bloggers offer some candid opinions—and that’s what we’re here doing this for. Right? To generate some great conversation! Check it out here.

The post of which we are most proud: Rare Coincidences Are Very Common on the Road

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Rare Coincidences Are Very Common on the Road

I’m most proud of this post because of its sheer ridiculousness—and the fact that it is 100% true, right down to the very last detail! To read about such incredible coincidences is one thing, but to experience them is quite another. Check it out here.


Are there any posts of ours not mentioned here that you would have liked to see on the list? Let us know in the comment stream below!

And now it’s time for us to pass this chain-blog on. This is getting tough—because Trip Base’s ‘My 7 Links’ project has proved to be incredibly pervasive! But here are our nominations to carry on with the project, culled from our extensive blogroll! If you haven’t, be sure to check them out!

  1. Nicky and Rhys at Two Nomads One Narrative
  2. Monica over at A Pair of Panties and Boxers
  3. Tony and Thomas over at Contemporary Nomad
  4. Ren over at So Not Lost!
  5. Jessica over at Hedgehogs without Borders

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. My 7 Links: I’m a REAL Travel Blogger Now! | So Not Lost! | July 19, 2011

  1. Super fun! And thanks for tagging us in – we look forward to sharing our seven links sometime soon!

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