1.5 Years Blogging: My 7 Links

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I was just nominated by Erin from De La Pura Vida to take part in “My 7 Links“, which is a project to highlight seven of one’s favourite blog posts.

Basically, it’s like going down memory lane but also sneakily a pyramid scheme for SEO. Brilliant!

A bit of an introduction: I started this blog completely as an afterthought. It was 5am in early Jan 2010 and I was waiting to board my plane at Toronto Airport, headed to the Caribbean to start my job on a cruise ship. I was bored and had run out of things do on Facebook. So I decided to start a blog. 1.5 years later, here we are.

1. My most beautiful post

The Audacity Of Happiness
I ramble on about how happiness is fairly easy to achieve. You just need to be audacious about finding happiness. Or get drunk often.

2. My most popular post

7 Habits Of Highly Effective Travel Blog Stalkers
I share my knowledge on how to stalk travel bloggers without getting yourself arrested.

3. My most controversial post

The War On Terror: A Colorful Traveler’s Perspective
I share my thoughts on Osama Bin Laden being killed.

4. My most helpful post

Life Lessons For The New Year
I don’t know if I can say that any of my posts are helpful per se, but if I had to choose the most helpful I’d say it’s this one. Basically, it’s a compilation of lessons I’ve learned and behaviours I strive to adopt. In a nutshell: be helpful, stop whining and don’t be a dick.

5. A post whose success surprised me

7 Habits Of Highly Effective Assholes
Anytime anyone calls me a nice guy, I want to punch them in the face to prove them wrong. I wrote this guide for people facing a similar predicament.

6. A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

The Science Of Non-Conformity: A (un)Manifesto
I was so excited when I wrote this (especially since I added a pretty graph). I was expecting literary agents to be hunting me down for a book deal or something. Who knows what happened, maybe my science was flawed.

7. The post that I am most proud of

The Art of CouchSurfing Awesomely Series
I wrote a 9-part series on the Art of CouchSurfing Awesomely. It took me ages and I’m very proud of it. You see, I’m kind of a big deal on Couchsurfing. So it was about time I shared my expert knowledge with the peasants.

And now to nominate 5 (of the many) awesome travel bloggers I follow:

  • Grace Pinay On The Move
  • Chris The Aussie Nomad
  • Sally Unbravegirl
  • Adam Travels Of Adam
  • Lindsay The Traveller World Guide
  • What do you think of My 7 Links?

    About Me

    In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.

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    • http://www.pinayonthemove.con Grace

      First of all great job on 1.5 years of blogging. Thank you for nominating me into this pyramid scheme :) getting to work on this for this week.

      • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

        Great! It's kind of fun :)

    • Claire

      Your most popular post was the reason I started reading your blog in the first place ;) Couldn't stop laughing!
      My recent post It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

      • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

        Aww, thanks Claire :)

    • danika

      I love the post on 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Assholes – but from a marketing and success standpoint its a classic example of a "top 10 things" style list and how effective they can be.

      • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

        I guess that's true! Or maybe there's a shortage of "how to be an asshole" guides haha.

    • http://www.thetravellerworldguide.com Hogga

      Hahaha… I love all your posts. Thanks for the nomination friendo <3
      My recent post Wherever You Go, Don’t Forget to Pack a Smile

      • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com cruisesurfing

        Aww, Hoggo…

    • http://www.unbravegirl.com Sally

      Your the second person to nominate me! Wheee! I feel popular. (But, don't worry, I'll always remember that you're my #1 stalker. :) )
      My recent post Top 5 Reasons I’m Proud to Be an American

      • http://www.cruisesurfingz.com Roy Marvelous

        Woohoo, do I get a stalker award??