7 Links Meme

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Here, but not here, as today is my first day working at home in my gradual return to work. So, perfect timing for me to change it up a bit today. If you've been reading for awhile, you've probably noticed that I usually don't participate in any memes or other blog related games/awards. I've never meant to come off as snooty or anything similar by choosing not to, but more often than not I didn't like the content. I've just never really liked blogging with a preconceived idea or ever feeling like I had to. With that said, when Bree posted her 7 Links Meme, I really hoped to find my name at the end of the post.

I'm so glad that it was and hope that you enjoy this post as a result.

What this is about:
To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

1) Blogger is nominated to take part
2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
- Your most beautiful post
– Your most popular post
– Your most controversial post
– Your most helpful post
– A post whose success surprised you
– A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
– The post that you are most proud of

3) Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
4) These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
5) And so it goes on!
6) The site Trip Base be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on their blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

1. My Most Beautiful Post(s)
From here:
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To here:

I really think that my most beautiful posts would be the two birthday posts for Isaac.
Isaac: One Year
Isaac: Two Years

2) My most popular post(s)
Without much surprise, my most popular post was Baby Love's Berry Reveal, due in no small part by it's inclusion on designmom.com.

Also popular were my weekly posts with both Isaac and Ezra.

3) My most controversial post(s)
My most controversial posts were somewhat expected, first this one during the extremely heated '08 presidential year and additionally the more FYI'ish Santa Free Family. Religion and politics, of course I saw that one coming.

4) My most helpful post
I think my most helpful posts have been virtually any that I have opened my heart to be extremely honest. More specifically though, I think my most helpful have been related to our choice to pay off our debt as Dave Ramsey crazieLinks. I've written about our money situations since the very beginning, under Financial Matters. What I find really interesting though is how many people commend me for sharing about our "struggles" when in reality neither Tony or feel like we're struggling with money. For the first time in our lives, we actually know what we're doing with it.

5) A post whose success surprised me
This one was a hard category to fill, because it kind of feels like saying I had no hope for a post, but I was surprised by how much this post seemed to resonate with people: Stuck || Unstuck.

6) A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
I was kind of surprised that this post admitting that I truly did want to cut Isaac's hair and that there was a definite reason why we were not didn't garner more than 3 comments.

7) The post that I am most proud of
I'm sure if I actually spent the time to dig into my archives I would find a few that I've forgotten about that would fit this bill, but the first post that popped into my head is this post in which I explain my faith and share my testimony.

A lot more detail could probably be shared in just how imperfect I am, but suffice it to say, I am definitely a sinner saved by God's amazing grace.

Now for my five nominations:
Life and Running in Iowa
My Life in Transition
Mama at Home
In Her Shoes and Through Her Lens
La Buena Vida


Unknown said...

Wow! I'm nominated :) This could be a fun one to do. I love looking back at my old posts so this will give me a good excuse to dive back into my past :)

Meredith said...

I remember most of these posts of yours! I had missed the post about cutting Isaac's hair the first time around, and I'm glad that I got to read it now.

What a fun post! I was secretly hoping to see my name at the end of your post too, and I'm glad that I did!

Julia Goolia said...

ooooh, I'm into this one, too. I will do it sometime soon. And I hope today went well overall---thinking of you during this 'transition'. :)

Anonymous said...

Very cool. I love all your links. I'll be doing it soon! :)

Bree said...

I usually don't do the memes either, but thought this one was interesting. I am glad you decided to do it. It was fun to read through some old posts that I missed of yours.

Molly said...

Oh, I really love this meme. I went back and read your posts. I do love your honesty, Leah. I think your testimony post was one of the first I read and I was hooked. I just love people who keep it real because I do that myself ;)

Noe said...

I have really enjoyed reading this post {and all the posts linked}.
To read that you do know some spanish made me smile. Me hizo muy Feliz! :)


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