My Seven Links

July 26, 2011

I’m a little late on the ball, but I thought I’d participate in Tripbase’s “My 7 Links” to organize my best blog entries here on Once A Traveler. Since OAT is still rather young, I think it’d be best if I include links from all my articles on Keeping Pace in Japan, Matador Network, and Vagabondish. I hope I’ve been able to provide some tips for you runners, travelers, and curious readers out there in the world.

1. My Most Beautiful Post

Most beautiful? I really don’t consider any of my blog posts beautiful. Beautifully controversial, perhaps? Well, here’s a post very near to my heart about me struggling staying abroad: Have I Lost That Traveler’s Ambition?

2. My Most Popular Post

WIthout a doubt that would have to be one of my early articles on Matador Network, 10 Customs You Must Know Before a Trip to Japan. It was so easy for me to write, and seemed so simple coming from someone who spent two years in Japan.

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3. My Most Controversial Post

No surprise, here: it’s about religion. I had been a series of seven blog posts regarding everything I could think of for newbies. Although the content is now somewhat dated, people still ask me for advice.

5. A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

In the wake of the March 11th tsunami, I ruminated about my time in Japan, and how I considered working in one of the affected areas. It was just random thoughts, not very poetic at all. Yet, Matador republished the story and it got tweeted around quite a bit.

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6. A Post That Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved

Not so much as a post, but an idea I have for a book. Or at least something that merits further research. I had been researching the cultural expression of choice across borders; that is, looking for a phrase most adults uttered on a regular basis that in a sense epitomized their culture. I still want to find the appropriate phrases for all 200+ countries.

7. The Post I’m Most Proud Of

Growing Up: An Essay from The Immature Traveler on Vagabondish. I wrote this in New Zealand after a long run in one sitting. Although I’ve certainly been proud of other articles, the words flowed into this one so naturally.

Nominated Bloggers

1. Roaming Tales
2. Monkey Brewster
3. Where is Jenny
4. Angela Fox Peterson
5. Jet Set Citizen

Less than eleven weeks to go in Korea. Clock is ticking.

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