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It would be interesting if each of the bloggers on this list told which of their blogs they think was their best writing, their best photography and their biggest adventure. I suspect it would be an interesting collection of blogs.
D MJ Binkley
Great idea Dave & Merry Jo, maybe we should start a new topic & let everyone get involved?
"Which blog do you think is your best writing, which is your best photography & which is your biggest adventure?"
and maybe a fourth category of which destination you enjoyed most whilst you were there or which one has sentimental meaning for you?
Just an idea.
For Writing Proposing on The London Eye for obvious reasons this means alot to me.
For Photography "Why do you look so scared?"........"BECAUSE IT'S A WEDDING RING" my most recent blog & although no picturesque sun sets I had great fun taking these pictures.
For Adventure My stag weekend, Pamplona Bull Run it's the scariest thing I've ever done & I've done a lot of crazy things!
and at the moment our favourite trip to date is Horse riding in the wild west & gambling in the number one place in the world, Arizona & Las Vegas July 2007 but it only just beat our trip to Egypt & Jordan.
I’ve got a feeling after our wedding next month (Feb 21st) that blog will win all of our categories.
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2010 Best Writing From snowbound to sun-drenched sands.... a winter respite in the Turks and Caicos
2010 Best Photography Napoleon, the grape and feasting in Tuscany
2010 For Adventure Searching for lighthouses...The Cape in Winter We really didn't do anything adventurous this year but this was a fun day.
Overall from all blogs
Best Writing Perfectly Paris
Best Photography The Big Rock, Canyons, and Camels Pinnacles and Sunsets
For Adventure Meandering in Malaysia
Enjoyed the most Impossible to answer. That is like asking which kid you like the best. 193 Days International Travel, 13 Countries, 45,000+ air miles, 15,000+ photos and unending memories
Surprised by The Beauty, The Battle & Bayeux My husband wanted to travel to Northern France because he is a World War II buff. I was concerned it might be too much history for me and I would get bored. It was an amazing trip and our guide for the beaches was amazing. I could have signed up for a second day of touring with him. I finally understood the intricacy of WWII. Fantastic trip.
Sentimental meaning It has been known to rain in Vietnam My brother was killed in the Vietnam War so it has been important to me to see where he spent the last year of his life and meet the people. I thought of him often and had some great memories. This could fall under most adventurous as it was flooding and made travel hazardous.
Chris and Nikki, can't wait to see your wedding blog ------- don't get arrested!
I hope others will post what they think are their best blogs. I can't wait to read them. Reply to this
We're looking forward to sharing our wedding blog with everyone, not long to go now only 29 days until we get married! Reply to this
Which of your blogs do you rate the highest?
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I agree, I really like that blog! Reply to this
Which of your blogs do you rate the highest?
I dont really consider myself to be a writer, so my blogs are more souvineers to remind me of what I thought about and did in the various places. Most of them are made up of emails I sent to my boyfriend while travelling.
I particularly like the following 2, because I was nervous about going to those countries, and felt proud of myself for going despite the fear. Sometimes, I look at the blogs I wrote, and get all excited by thinking 'I really went to those places!' What I really like about these trips is that the feeling of travel achievement stays with me, even after the trip. These blogs make me wish I started blogging way sooner. Most of my 22 years of travel has gone undoccumented and I have lost most photos I used to have.
I also like the following one, because after knowing Ali for years online, I got to finally meet him in person, and he took some cool photos for my blog.
My first blogs on Travelblog from 2008 are ridiculously badly written and uninteresting. Thanks to Travelblog I feel my writing has got better with every blog I write so I'd have to say I think my best-written is my most recent: Those that roam the Arctic wastes
My photography skills are not the best - I enjoy the writing side of blogging far more. I also can't appreciate good photos as much as I can good writing so it's hard for me to choose. Possibly Wars, weddings and horse fights in Mindanao
In terms of biggest adventure maybe A short jaunt in the Afghan Pamir
For the fourth category of favourite trip it'd have to be Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu Reply to this
But for me, I'll go back a while to my 'blog with the most clicks', that one perhaps most appreciated by others; the story of a deceased bear in South Dakota. Motorhome News from North America 42 - (and that whole adventure, travelling by motorhome for 40,000 miles right around North America, was also our greatest adventure for sure).
For photography though, probably much more recent, for a collection of pictorial memories we both like, from France. Motorhome News from Europe 43
And finally, for sentimentality, there's nowhere quite like Italy of course; the Amalfi coast, Assisi and Perugia. Motorhome News from Europe 19 Reply to this
Writing: A tough category, so I've specified sub-categories:
The Stuff of Nightmares - Most emotional writing from Rwanda in May 2008 - I occasionally cried at my computer whilst penning this one.
Quest for the Church of Bone - My cleverest bit of writing from my experiences in Portugal during April 2008.
Loving the Love Hotels - My quirkiest writing from Japan in October 2006 - the title says it all.
When Ghosts Walk the Earth - The best structured blog from Taiwan in August 2006 - particularly proud of the opening and closing paragraphs.
Photography: I have a real affinity with the Middle East and it is reflected in my photos:
Where Tourists Fear to Tread - Visiting Sana'a in Yemen in June 2010 - a photographer's paradise.
Walking in the Shadow of Jesus - Israel in July 2010 - managed to capture a similar mood through each of these photographs, despite the difficult lighting conditions in most of these sites.
Age Shall Not Weary Them - Xi'an in August 2009 - again there is a similar mood through the majority of these photographs and again when faced with challenging photographic conditions.
Life and Death on The Great Migration - Very proud of these photographs since shooting wildlife (with a camera of course) is usually one of my weakest areas of photography.
Adventure: The easiest category for me, there are four standouts:
The Tribes That Time Forgot & More Tribes that Time Forgot - Southern Ethiopia Tribes in July 2010 - tough and interesting travel for sure.
Bowing before the feet of the Heavenly Leader - Paying homage to the Great Leader in North Korea in September 2009 - an experience granted to few people.
They Have Ghosts - Entering an exorcism temple in India in November 2004 - one of my least read blogs, but the most intense travel moment so far.
Thank you for assembling this wonderful collection of your blogs. You have had some great writing, photos and adventures. I started to tell you which ones I enjoyed the most but they are all great.
Thanks for sharing. Reply to this
Hopefully you will also enjoy my fourth photography nomination about the wildebeest migration, it will appear within two weeks. Reply to this
I wonder, if it is the actual making of the blogs we become addicted to, or the compliments and attention from our fans. What is everybodies opinion of that?
Hmmm, that sounds a tad narcissistic, doesn't it? I think (most) bloggers write because of a need to express themselves. Others blog to make sure they document their travels, as memory aids to serve them well when mental faculties fail them (like me?). While comments and compliments are very welcome and encouraging, writing is really a form of expression that is, by itself, a "reward". Just my humble opinion. Cheers all around,
Btw, some of my personal favs are :
For Adventure: The Butanding Whisperer of Donsol
For Misadventure: Misadventure in Nanjing, China (2007)
For Photography: Growing Old With Fond Memories (Nothing beats photostory on my grandkids!)
For Writing: Sorry but there is so much sentimentality here, I can't decide which one. Indulge me ;-)
When Every Prayer Bead Counts in Israel
A Story of Friendship
Konya: Mevlana and the Center of Sufism
Same Places, Through The Years (Revisiting Europe)
The Heritage Houses of Silay City