Busy is good sometimes but not so good when it comes to telling you about it. In the last 5 weeks, I've been at home for 4 days so there's likely a million blogs that you've all written that I've not read - I'll find them soon. But to business and a good way to return from a slow blog period is probably with a review of previous posts. Jim over at the Glebe blog offered me just the very opportunity the other day in his post The Seven Links Blog Challenge .
I'm going to take liberties with the rules here. You're meant to pass the suggestion on to 7 other blogs and I'm not sure I want to decide which of my followed blogs I like the best - if I follow you, it's because I like you. Still feel free to have a go yourself and I'll be interested to see your choices (that is if I don't disappear into the undergrowth again and don't notice you've done it)
I had to select from my blog posts (this is number 128 at this site so there have been a few to chose from) which best fitted the following categories.
Most Beautiful Post
I'm not sure if I can say it's the most beautiful post but it features some of the most gorgeous sculpture I've seen for a long time. Inside with Jaume Plensa is only beautiful because it features some beautiful things so Mr Plensa must take the credit here.
Most Popular Post
There are two ways of measuring popular in a blog. The blog which has received the most comments is Motoring around Scotland which features beer and tea as well as ancient stones, a castle, a bit of scenery and a sunset. Seems eclectic may be the way to collect comments.
The blog with the most visits, I'm saving for another category. My second most visited blog was the first of my visits to the Sculpture Symposium in Kirkcudbright this year. It was a great week for art - I did 3 visits here to the symposium and another 3 to the Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts trail which was on at the same time - the first blog for that can be found here . Between the two events, my blog had more visitors that month than any other.
Most Controversial Post
If you're looking for controversial, then you are rather in the wrong place. That said, there are things that some people like that really don't ring other peoples' bells, so may I present Marmite Chocolate Returns.
Most Helpful Post
I don't really think I have particularly helpful posts either (on the helpful post front, if somebody spots one called How to fix a Nissan Almera Passenger Side Wing Mirror do let me know). My candidate for this category is also the blog which has had the most visits, it's Anneke Kuyper . On the face of it, it's just a blog of rather lovely pictures and prints I saw in Amsterdam, but apart from her own site (here), you'll be hard pushed to find much of her work elsewhere on the net and I seem to get a regular trickle of visitors to that page still (maybe because I appear quite far up the google list when you type in Anneke Kuyper)
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
Inaccessible Tongland seemed surprisingly far up the ladder of post visits. Not sure why, it was an ordinary walk to an uncared for ruined church where I had a cuppa in the church yard.
A Post I Didn't Feel got the Attention it deserved
I'm sure they all get the attention they deserve but that's not a reason to cop out on a choice for this category. I'm going to go for Chelsea Thursday - 20:50 .It was posted near the beginning of my blogging on this site before many of you had found me, so it seems like a good opportunity to draw your attention to an exhibit I saw in the Saatchi gallery in London. For a lot of people it sits in that "it's not art" corner of the art world but I found it facinating.
The Post I'm Most Proud Of
Proud is perhaps not the word but one of my favorite blogs is Tea, the Religion of the Art of Life .I usually have an idea about what the next couple of blogs are going to be and I aim for a bit of variety when I consider the order of posting. This blog on the other hand was suggested by a friend, written and posted next - there was an enjoyable bit of surfing for material for it and marks a small break from my travels.
Well that's me back in the North Atlantic again drinking offshore tea from a plastic cup again. Hopefully more posts soons. But just to finish off here's a picture of a lovely afternoon at Portobello Beach.