My 7 Links, anyone?

Have you heard about the My 7 Links meme? Started by the travel site Tripbase.com, its mission is “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.” Nominated bloggers are asked to sift through their archives to find posts that best fit the criteria of seven different categories.

I haven’t been spending a lot of time in cyberspace lately, and I have to admit that when I got the email from Miss Footloose of Life in the Expat Lane asking if she could nominate me, I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. But since my recent one-year bloggiversary makes me a veritable old-timer in the blogging world (LOL) I decided to revisit my massive archive (101 posts — again, LOL) and share My 7 Links with you.

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My Most Beautiful Post

My posts are my babies, and I have an uncanny ability to overlook the ugly ducklings in my brood and proclaim that they’re all beautiful! If I have to choose though, I’ll go with my recollection of taking Elder Daughter to visit Auschwitz. It may seem like an odd choice, considering all the ugliness that took place there, but I think the post captures what Yeats called the “terrible beauty” of the site today, and the ache of a mother who wants a better world for her child.

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My Most Popular Post

Become an Ugly Expat in 12 Easy Steps is actually #2 in terms of page views, but its popularity was more organic than that of the frontrunner (my ode to Dr. Seuss, which benefitted from a “Freshly Pressed” designation on the WordPress homepage.) Ugly Expat prompted a lot of comments and was later reposted on Expatica.com. And boy, was it fun to write!

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My Most Controversial Post

This was a tough one. Not because I like to stir up controversy (I don’t), but because some hot-button topics — such as flying with children or the appropriate treatment of maids — are bound to generate a fair bit of heated discussion. Trailing Spouse? Accompanying Partner? The Identity Crisis of the Expat “Other Half” was my take on a subject that’s been getting a lot of digital ink lately.

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My Most Helpful Post

I’d have to say my series on What You Need to Know About the Big Five and Expat Adjustment. I know I found it to be extremely helpful — researching those personality traits gave me a lot of insight into my own behaviour, and made me much more forgiving of what I’d always thought of as my “weaknesses” as an expat.

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A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

Loneliness can be a big problem for expatsOh! The Places You’ll Go! has surpassed 4,000 page views since I posted it on Dr. Suess’ birthday back in March. That was a very entertaining day. But the biggest — and saddest — surprise has been the 600 hits for The 10 Worst Things About Being an Expat Wife. I’m not complaining, believe me, but what does it say about the state of the Expat Significant Other when the much more upbeat 10 Best Things About Being an Expat Wife only got 450?

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A Post that Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved

Canadian winter

I’d hoped 10 Ways Repatriation is Nothing Like Home Leave would get a conversation going about the joys and tribulations of the ex-expat. Instead, it kind of went pffffft.

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The Post I’m Most Proud Of

My ode to the Tea AuntieTea is Served, my tribute to the lovely Auntie who used to bring me tea in Singapore, turned out just the way I wanted it to. Bookjunkie, who blogs at Tiny Island and Singapore Actually, has mentioned to me more than once how much she likes this post. I imagine she’s met a lot of tea aunties in her time, so I must have done something right.

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What are your 7 Links? You can check out the My 7 Links rules or find out who the nominated bloggers are at Tripbase.com. On Twitter, search for the #My7Links hashtag.

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About Maria

I'm a Canadian repatriate, former expat spouse, mother to two TCKs (and one yellow Lab), mentor to new immigrants, writer, reader, world traveller (grounded for now). I write about expat/repat issues and am still trying to figure out my place in the world.
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One Response to My 7 Links, anyone?

  1. Really enjoyed working my way through the posts I hadn’t read before. Great list of wonderfully written articles. Whether it’s on the challenges of repatriating or the highs/lows of life in various countries, I aways enjoy them. Write on!

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