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Originally part of The best blogs of 2010
Which are your best, in your own opinion?
3 years ago, January 11th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #126435  

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.
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3 years ago, January 12th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #126497  
Good idea. I made a new discussion about it, with this cool branching tool we have. Reply to this

3 years ago, January 12th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #126500  
I'll start the ball rolling.

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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3 years ago, January 15th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #126656  
Ok- when I suggested this I thought this was going to be an easy answer and things would pop in my head. Not so!! I had some difficulty making the selections and deciding which categories they should go in.

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

3 years ago, January 23rd 2011 No: 5 Msg: #127102  
Hey Dave & Merry Jo, I'm slowing working my way through your best blogs, awesome so far

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

3 years ago, January 25th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #127350  
Mell,

Which of your blogs do you rate the highest?

Merry Jo Reply to this

3 years ago, January 27th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #127497  
My favourite blog, because of its pictures, is Want to see the world?... Look, it's just under your feet, because they remind me to everywhere we've been

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3 years ago, January 27th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #127506  
Deni and Dax,

I agree, I really like that blog! Reply to this

3 years ago, January 28th 2011 No: 9 Msg: #127576  

Mell,

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.

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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.

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3 years ago, January 31st 2011 No: 10 Msg: #127841  
Mell, I think you underestimate your writing. I like the way you include conversations. I enjoyed reading those blogs. Reply to this

3 years ago, February 21st 2011 No: 11 Msg: #129613  
Thanks for the compliment Merry Jo. I suppose I tend to underestimate my blogs, when I compare them with amazing bloggers such as Vinovat Sudarynya and EdVallance. Ones like those are of professional writer standard, in my opinion. Reply to this

3 years ago, February 22nd 2011 No: 12 Msg: #129653  
I agree with Merry Jo, you're definitely underestimating your own writing Mell, but thanks for the compliment anyway

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

3 years ago, February 22nd 2011 No: 13 Msg: #129665  
Like Ed says, the more you (Travel)blog the better you get!

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

3 years ago, February 22nd 2011 No: 14 Msg: #129683  
This is a difficult one because my opinions will change on this, and to reflect what Ed said, my first blogs are dire compared to the later ones (new camera equipment, writing for a general population and not just my friends, and more experience being three reasons), so most are from the last couple of years. I've chosen four for each category:

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.
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3 years ago, February 23rd 2011 No: 15 Msg: #129751  
Shane,

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

3 years ago, February 24th 2011 No: 16 Msg: #129775  
Dave and Merry Jo - thank you for your kind comments, it is quite humbling to find people who are so enthusiastic about my blogs.

Hopefully you will also enjoy my fourth photography nomination about the wildebeest migration, it will appear within two weeks. Reply to this

3 years ago, February 24th 2011 No: 17 Msg: #129785  
I haven't been able to get on Travelblog much this last week or so due to the wedding but I CANNOT WAIT to read through your list Shane! Reply to this

3 years ago, March 1st 2011 No: 18 Msg: #130185  
Like Ed, I think (and hope) that my writing gets more readable with each new blog, so I would say my latest,THE ROAD TO PAMUKKALE: A bus journey through southern Turkey , is my best-written (even though I shortened it for TravelBlog).
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3 years ago, March 9th 2011 No: 19 Msg: #130681  
B Posts: 840

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?

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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,

Liliram

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
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3 years ago, March 30th 2011 No: 20 Msg: #132399  

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