I usually have little time to participate in blog awards, surveys, etc. But when Jenn of Jenn Cuisine asked if I'd be willing to participate in the My 7 Links Project, I thought "sure, why not?" It sounded pretty interesting, and I figured it would be a nice way to reflect on some of the highlights of the past 2 plus years of blogging! These designations are of course very subjective, and I'd love to hear about your picks in the comments if they differ from mine. I hope this encourages newer readers to explore my older work =).
My Most Beautiful Post
s'mores cupcakes for a number of reasons. It was a really fun shoot on a tight schedule that was totally unplanned and fell together magically and organically. The branches and leaves you see came from right outside my apartment building. The photo to the right holds a special place in my heart since it earned me my first blog photography award. To top it all off, these are without a doubt the best cupcakes I have ever made. If you make only one cupcake from my site, I hope it's this one!
My Most Popular Post
spiked spaghetti with tomato vodka cream sauce, yet its popularity continues to surprise and delight me. Can you believe that this pasta is the 18th most favorited post of all time on Foodgawker? If any of you reading this are among the 2,216 who've starred this recipe, thank you for blowing my mind =D!
I was especially pleased with the success of this post because it was one savory recipe among many dessert recipes. The positive reader response really gave me confidence to continue sharing a wide variety of content here. And of course it's also pleased me to hear from all of you who've tried and loved this recipe. It's my boyfriend P's favorite pasta, so this recipe definitely stays close at hand.
My Most Controversial Post
Like Jenn, I'm interpreting this as "most discussion" and the winner is without a doubt my pignoli (pine nut) almond cookies post. I was quite fired up when I wrote this post. It was after my mother (who lives nearby) had stopped by to visit, got offended that I was baking instead of giving her my total attention, and then accused me of sabotaging the health of my coworkers by bringing them my sweets. The unintended but positive side effect of this fight was that it pushed me to finally face the tension I'd always felt between my love of baking and my desire to help others improve their diet by becoming a dietitian. If you're interested in what I wrote on this topic, you can read it here.
My Most Helpful Post
My take on food photography and styling was my longest post, as well as the hardest one to write. Considering that my goal was to organize and cram all the critical things I'd learned in 2 years about food photography/styling into a single post, I'm actually surprised it wasn't a more painstaking process =p. The singular goal of this post was to help other budding food bloggers and photographers the same way I'd been guided by those before me. The emails and comments indicate that many of you found the post useful, and that is the best possible outcome I could hope for!
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
Boston cream pie cake pops garnered a greater response than I ever imagined with 86 comments to date. The ironic thing, as I explain in that post, is that I never gave a darn about cake pops until I had a really gross one at Starbucks. Guess I just really love a challenge...and this one turned out beautifully. In fact, cake pops (these cookies and cream ones in particular) are now my most popular treat. Does that mean I owe Starbucks my thanks?! =x
A Post I Feel Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved
strawberry and cream cupcakes to be a big hit. Summer weather + fresh berries + cream + cupcakes + cute styling. Isn't that the tried n' true formula for a popular post?! What actually did bug me a little, though, was that these scrumptious bites of summer heaven weren't immediately made and devoured throughout the world ;p. They did finally get their chance to shine this summer, when they were one of my most popular flavors.
The Post That I Am Most Proud Of
my post on food photography and styling again for this because I really did pour everything I knew or could find out into this post. I really hope you find it useful. And please feel free to email me if you have any follow-up questions!
I hope you guys enjoyed that blast from the past. To keep the fun going, I've nominated 5 food bloggers to share their links next. To those whom I've nominated, please don't worry if you don't have time to participate. But I do hope you'll give it a try if you can =D.
Soma of eCurry
Jennifer of Le Delicieux
Sneh of Cook Republic
Pickyin of Life is Great
Amee of Rabbit Food Rocks