Jack from Perking the Pansies has nominated me to take part in the Seven Links Project.
This was, I’m informed, started by Katie at Trip Base with the stated intention ‘To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor (sic) to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.’
- The Blogger is nominated to take part by another blogger
- He/she publishes their links to posts in seven categories in their own blog.
- They nominate up to five more bloggers to take part.
When I finally meet up with Jack one day I will poke his eyes out with a sharp stick.
A brief disclaimer, before I begin.
Unlike many fellow bloggers who post daily (and I prostrate myself in awe at their feet!) I post just once a week (or less) but my posts are relatively long and varied – that is, I often cover in each offering a few subjects that have arisen between posts. And so it is difficult to classify individual posts. However, I will endeavour to shoe-horn seven of them into the required categories. Please forgive me if I fail.
My Most Beautiful Post
“Beautiful” suggests to me either evocatively descriptive or movingly deep.
Erm – I don’t really do either. My goal is to try to wring humour, even if it is just a tiny drop, from the trial by fire that is living in the most backward area of a foreign country.
I think, because of its subject matter, this recent post has probably come closest (and you would still need to take two buses and a train).
My Most Popular Post
For sheer numbers in the stats sheet, this blog post has come out on top. Other posts have elicited far more responses, but this had the most hits. Clearly the title alone rattled a few cages.
My Most Controversial Post
Not really controversial in a country known to the rest of the world for its “mañana, mañana” attitude to all things and its utterly incompetent bureaucratic procedures, I’m sure the Spanish authorities would be horrified by my irreverence.
My Most Helpful Post
Again, probably not strictly helpful, I have chosen this because it is in a small way informative and may actually encourage expats in Spain to get to grips with the neccesity of registering to vote.
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
In the infancy of this blog (February of this year, in fact) I reissued a small fictional piece that I had written some time before when I found myself confronted yet again by my bête noir. Visitors probably thought they were clicking on a deep and insightful piece that would change the face of Spanish governance. Oh, well.
A Post I Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved
This was quite a long and eclectic post that covered at the same time a few of my main themes – the illogicality of Spanish procedures, the problem I have with pest creatures here in the campo, and my favourite fall guys, the pets.
Clearly there are a lot of ophidiophobes out there.
The Post of which I am Most Proud
This is the post that I enjoyed writing the most, that flowed best, that managed (I think) to convey the exact mix of gravity and humour for which I always aim, and that elicited the most flattering comments from my readership.
I know. I’m easily pleased.
And now on to the sadistic part – the nomination of five more bloggers before the fairy of chain letters blights my life with foul personal problems, lack of sex for life and untimely and agonising death.
In alphabetical order therefore I hereby make enemies of ….
Derek – Derek’s Vandal Blog
Maureen – Staying Sane in Spain
Niamh – The Singing Warrior
Victoria – Old Fool’s Blog
Sorry, guys – you know what a vindictive little baggage that fairy can be.