In effort to connect bloggers around the web and shed some light on posts that may have been lost to the ‘archives’, Trip Base created the 7 Links Project. Basically, a blogger selects you to highlight 7 posts based on certain criteria, you compile these posts into a collective post on your blog – then share the love by nominating 5 other bloggers to participate.
Well, guess who got selected?! Holla! My buddy Ryan over at Pause The Moment nominated me to share my Top 7 posts – which in our case would be my Top 7 videos from around the world. It’s a video blog…right…ok…got it?…. Here we go!
1. Most Beautiful Video Post
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right? Well with that in mind, I’d say my most beautiful video would be A Day with Dodo at the Patara Elephant Farm. While sunsets and jaw dropping vistas first come to mind, my day at the Patara Elephant Farm was one of the best of my trip. I had an elephant named Dodo all to myself and was able to admire up close the sheer size, personality and beauty of this creature. The video captured that experience for me and brings back wonderful memories.
2. Most Popular Video Post
It is without question that my most popular post is ‘Bet Brock’ – Eat a Cobra.’ When two friends and fellow travel blogger Dave from GoBackpacking bet me to eat a cobra snake and swallow it’s beating heart while in Vietnam – I knew I couldn’t let them down. What I didn’t know was how much people would ‘eat up’ this video of the challenge. Today, I’m often introduced as Brock, who went on a trip around the world and ate a cobra snake. Pah!
The most controversial video/post to date goes to The Friday Five: 5 Bad Excuses for Not Travelling. It is also the only post (of about 200+) that received a word of caution from my very own mother. In preperation for my round-the-world journey I spoke to many people who were ‘jealous’ of my trip but had poor excuses as to why they could not travel themselves. In this edition of the Friday Five, a weekly segement where I give a list of 5 things, I tackled their reasons and many weren’t as positive as I was, letting me know through comments and emails. In most cases however, it was those I was reaching out to that were being negative.
A few highlighted that I was still ‘green’ and too new to have credibility behind my opinions. With 1 year and 36 countries of backpacking under my belt I still stand by everything I said. What do you think?!
4. Most Helpful Video Post
Another Friday Five takes the cake as my most helpful video/post goes to: The Friday Five: The Best Things in My Pack. It was pretty basic really, as I featured 5 of my favourite items I brought with me on my trip. I have been told numerous times by viewers that after watching this video they went to buy a couple of the items for their own travels. Now if only I had created affiliate links, it could have been my ‘Most Profitable Post’.
5. Most Surprisingly Successful Video Post
Believe it or not, I haven’t watched every video on my site all the way through. When you spend hours editing each one, the last thing you want to do is watch it ‘again’. This is likely the reason my most surprisingly successful video/post was An Indian Short: Getting a Haircut. Sitting in a hostel one night someone asked to see the video and when I played it, everyone was in hysterics. I never realized how funny it was. The experience was quite the laugh and the video managed to capture the humour of this truly unique haircut.
6. The Video Post That Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved
Tibet was my favourite stop on my first round-the-world trip but The Tibetan Adventure is my video post I feel did not get the attention it deserved. The video, which takes the viewer through the Tibetan plateau, was a gift to our guide and took hours upon hours of editing including a few all nighters to complete. Set to traditional Tibetan music it takes me right back to Tibet with all its incredible vistas, temples and people. Hopefully you enjoyed it.
7. Most Proud Of
Talk about timing! The post I am most proud of might just be A Spanish Victory – The FIFA World Cup 2010 Final Game. It might not be my best editing or most adventurous but the fact that I was in Madrid, Spain to capture this epic event is truly phenomenal. To top it off I had the camera rolling when Spain scored the winning goal, a moment video bloggers like myself live for. Watch it through for that winning moment and the musical montage at the end!
PASS IT ON:
The 5 Travel Blogs I would like to Nominate for the Tripbase 7 Links Project are:
WHAT TO DO:
To the bloggers I have selected above, the rules for participating in the 7 Link Project can be found here. Be sure not nominate someone who has been nominated already. You can check the current list of nominations here.
Thank you for being a part of this interesting idea. I’ve read quite a bit from each of your blogs so I am looking forward to what you select for each category.