Darren Rowse at Problogger.com has issued a 7 link challenge. Given the lack of attention that Howls has been getting from me lately, I figured that this would be the prime opportunity to give it a shot. It almost sounds like a golfer’s game anyway.
The idea is to link 7 posts, 1 from each category, creating what Darren refers to as a sneeze page. But this being a golf blog, 9 is a more appropriate number.
1 My First Post: This is the easiest one to find. My first post on Howls (which is my first blog) is entitled I … am … Blog!. This was the beginning of the LoneWolf story. In fact, it was the beginning of LoneWolf. Up to this point I’d been using the nickname WildWillyIII. But that’s another story (maybe another post someday).
2 Post I Enjoyed Writing The Most: In many ways, I … am … Blog! is in the running for this honour. It was my first post and it has a special place in my heart. But there are a couple of others that just edge it out. (Plus, what good is a list of links if they all go to the same post?) If you’ve read much of my stuff, you’ll realize that I love humour. So it won’t surprise you much that the winner of this category is one of the humourous posts. Just Keep Swinging captures a wonderful story that is partly true and partly made up. To paraphrase a book description from one of my favourites “It was story of a round that never was, but should have been.”
3 & 4 Post With Great Discussion: This one is actually a tie. I could sit down and figure out which one is better, but I’d rather have them both, plus this gives me an extra link in the post (in case you are wondering, I’m actually going for 9 — it’s a golf thing). The first of these is Doug Gilmour Night. This is in honour of my favourite hockey player and the passion and commitment he showed in playing the game. Some good comments there (not enough, but good ones). The other is part of my fitness series which also generated a few good comments. Two Feet at a Time — Swimsuit Edition.
5 Post On Someone Else’s Blog Which I Wish I’d Written: The Armchair Golf Blog is one of my favourite golf blogs and his Exclusive Interview with Tiger’s Left Knee may just be one of his finest. Even if you don’t follow golf, I’m sure you’ll find it quite amusing. If not, you may need to check yourself for a pulse.
6 Most Helpful Post: I think that the posts I’ve put up lately have been more helpful than earlier posts. The earlier stuff is more a chronicle of what I’ve been doing, thinking, whatever. Of the lot, I’d have to say The Waiting Game — Dealing with Slow Play is the most helpful.
7 Post With A Title I’m Proud Of: Once again, I … am … Blog! is in the running for this. But in the spirit of having a different link, I’ll refer back to That’s Amazing! Not the greatest from an SEO perspective, but I still like it.
8 Post That I Wish More People Read: Frankly, I’d like to see all of the posts get more readers, but if I have to pick just one we’ll go back to an early classic: Castaway — the Golf Edition. I’d really like to get Tom Hanks to comment on that one!
9 Golf Blogger that I Admire: Dave Lair, the Orlando Golf Blogger, was one of the first bloggers that I ever had any contact with when I started my blog. He encouraged me and inspired me as he continued working on his craft. So I’ll finish out my front 9 with a favourite from him — 25 Irrefutable Laws of Golf.
So, that’s my 7 9. Have you written a 7 Link Challenge post? Share it in the comments so others can find it.
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