Sweet Caroline over at Sweet Caroline’s Cooking invited me to participate in the seven links challenge. What, you may ask, is the seven links challenge? It’s a fun little blog activity to have you evaluate and judge some of your past posts.
I’m supposed to give my past blog posts superlatives in these categories: most beautiful post, most popular post, most controversial post, most helpful post, most surprisingly successful post, most under rated post and most proud of post.
This was a pretty hard challenge for me, since my blog is just a babe…a little over 6 months old to be exact. But I did the best I could, so here we go:
1) Most Beautiful Post:
Since I already used my Pear, Proscuitto and Fig Tart with Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust for #7, I figured that my most beautiful post would have to be the recent Rainbow Velvet Cake I made for Nate’s bday. While my photography was certainly not spectacular, the colors in the cake are just so amazing! I mean look at those colors: beautiful!…and that guy in the back ain’t so bad either ;)
2) Most Popular Post:
That would be for the cake I made for Valentine’s day. The funniest part is that it’s so popular because it comes up as the 9th link when you search “how to win a man’s heart” in google. That search leads more people to my site than by any other means. Who knew so many people look to the internet to answer that question ;)
3) Most Controversial Post:
While my homemade jewelry holder wasn’t a controversial post (and in fact received lots of pins on Pinterest!), I put it in this category because it wasn’t a food post. Perhaps that’s a controversy for a blog with the word Eats in the title? Although by that logic, perhaps all of my posts would be controversial because they’re not about an Elephant? I dunno, but I do say in my About Me that I will often insert non-food posts when I find myself doing something crafty that I’m proud of :)
4) Most Helpful Post:
I don’t tend to give directions too much, but my Apology Cookie post was helpful for a different reason. Who hasn’t ever needed to make cookies that would say sorry without actually saying it? Ok, I realize that there are many recipes that would be appropriate for such a purpose, but that was what I chose to make that day…and it worked ;)
5) Most Suprisingly Successful Post:
This would have to be the Ho-tteok recipe, which is a sweet, chewy, Korean pancake. This was actually my most-clicked post but I figured I’d put it here instead of #2. I just found it surprising because it’s an ethnic recipe and probably most people haven’t even heard of it! But I posted it on yeastspotting, so I guess that’s how it got so much attention. I personally think they’re delicious, so if you can get your hands on some sweet rice flour, give it a try!
6) Most Underrated Post:
I would have to say that my most underrated post would be one from back when I really didn’t have a following at all, aside from my family and closest friends (not that I really have a “following” now, but I’m workin on it!). It’s a recipe for Apricot Chicken and it’s a favorite of my family. We tend to make it on Rosh Hashannah because it’s a sweet dish. It’s super easy and is absolutely, positively the moistest, most delicious chicken dish I’ve ever eaten. I’d eat it every day if I could, and this is coming from someone who doesn’t really like chicken!
7) Most Proud of Post:
This would have to be my Pear, Proscuitto and Fig Tart with Rosemary-Cornmeal Crust. It may be a mouthful to say the whole name, but it was soooo good. I’m most proud of this because it’s the only recipe on this site that I developed completely from scratch, without even another recipe idea that I took it from. In addition to being the only thing I’ve ever made that I spent so much time making beautiful, the flavors in it are completely amazing together. I entered it into a contest and while it didn’t win, it doesn’t make me any less proud. Obviously the judges didn’t know what they were doing ;)
You’re supposed to nominate 5 bloggers to do this challenge next, but pretty much all the bloggers I know have already done it. So if you’re a blogger reading this blog and you haven’t done it…then I nominate YOU!