Darren at Problogger issued a 7 link challenge last week, asking bloggers to post links in his seven categories. It looked like it would be fun, so for the benefit of new Smartacus blog readers I’m jumping onto the blogwagon.
The challenge of the challenge was finding posts that covered each category. While I could easily have reused posts for several categories, I tried to put different posts for each. Enjoy!
- Your first post – Wow, it’s always embarrassing to look back and see where you were. Still, it makes you appreciate how far you’ve come that much more. My first Smartacus blog post was an SEO Primer I wrote as a summary for a local Entrepreneurship professor. It’s not something I’d be proud of now but as you can see some of my views have changed a bit since then.
- A post you enjoyed writing the most – I thoroughly enjoyed writing Robert Scoble is a Big Baby after getting offended by his blog post, impressed by Lisa Barone’s response, and amused by the continued “discussion” between the two. (This post came close to being my #6 but it worked better here.)
- A post which had a great discussion – I haven’t always written posts with the intent to solicit comments, so that narrowed down the possibilities. Still, my Five Lessons from Conan vs Leno was our most discussed post ever by far. Suddenly I’m thinking discussion may be something I need to pay more attention to… What do you think? (hint hint)
- A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written - This is the hardest one to choose, since there are so many great posts out there. My choice is the Conan Makes Quintessential ORM Power Move on Outspoken Media. I’d already decided to write about the Conan/Leno issue and was almost finished my post, and almost chucked it when I read this one. It’s one of the main reasons why I added Outspoken Media to our blogroll.
- A post with a title that you are proud of - OK, I just realized that this was the TITLE I’m proud of, not the post itself. (So I didn’t read the category right at first and picked Four Lessons I Learned from the US Census as the post I’m most proud of. So sue me.) While I haven’t tried too hard for cleverness in my post titles, I guess so far I’m most proud of my SEO is Evil post. It’s short and sweet and succinctly covers all those “SEO vs PPC” and “SEO Ethics” variations that flood the interwebs every week.
- A post that you wish more people had read - When I wrote Seven Social Media Secrets I had just attended another small business seminar on social media and heard the same crap I always hear. It embarrassed me to think I’d fallen for the lure yet again, and the post wrote itself in a ridiculously short time. If more people realized this stuff fewer snake oil salespersons would be in business.
- Your most visited post ever - Again, my Five Lessons from Conan vs Leno was our most viewed post ever. It touched a nerve for some, and offered a different view of a hot issue at the time. (It also helped that Lisa Barone from Outspoken Media loved it.) Sorry about the repeat, but I guess it was just that good.
I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did (except for the embarrassing one).