My friend Fabian Kruse recently invited me to participate in a viral blogging campaign, which is normally not my thing. I don’t like anything reminiscent of chain letters, especially the digital kind (neither does Fabian, for that matter) but this one looked fun to do and I think you’ll appreciate it. It’s churning up a lot of almost-lost great content around the web so I want to give it a spin and keep it going.
The idea is pretty simple: a blogger is invited to link 7 posts they’ve written that fit seven particular categories, as specified in the original post. Then they invite five other bloggers to do the same. The idea is to get some good content up to the surface all across the web, give readers an easy way to discover content that’s been hiding, and give bloggers an easy way to connect.
At the end of this post, I’ll nominate some other bloggers whom I’d like to see dig some of their best work out of the basement.
My 7 Links
All of these choices are made from the writer’s perspective, because it’s the only one I have. You might disagree, and if you’ve been reading for a while I’d love to hear what you would have chosen instead.
1. Most beautiful post
A Day in The Future. It just came out like that and I have no misgivings at all.
2. Most popular post
Believe it or not, my now-famous “88 truths” post was really a just a throwaway I’d been playing with, which I posted one day because I didn’t have a decent post ready. It has been the one I’ve received the most feedback and praise for, and in those terms it is probably the most popular. When it comes down to raw numbers though, 40 Belief-Shaking Remarks From a Ruthless Nonconformist is clearly the most popular: 326 comments, 10,000+ facebook likes and almost one million views.
3. Most controversial post
There are a few that could fit here. I’ve told people to forget world peace and to give up voting, but I think Should We Have Compassion For Killers? is the one that most directly contradicts the conventional doctrine. The feedback was mostly agreeable, but I know a lot of long-time readers kept their opinions to themselves, and I know I lost a few. I stand by it, more than ever.
4. Most helpful post
Depends who you ask, I guess. The one I receive the most emails about that testify to actual improvements in people’s lives is this one. But I think in terms of raw practical value, the most helpful post is How to Improve Your Handwriting (or Anything Else) At Will. It is so simple and it always works.
5. A post whose success surprised me
Probably 4 Brilliant Remarks From History’s Wisest American. All I did was break down four quotes from Emerson, including the one where he says he hates quotations. I liked the way it turned out, but it seems pretty ordinary to me. It’s been a consistently active post ever since and I don’t really know what it is about it that makes people want to share it.
6. A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
A post called What is the Ego, Anyway? This three-letter word has become one of the most prominent and useful themes in the considerable overlap between self-improvement and spirituality, but it’s difficult to define and explain. So I built a narrative, beginning at birth, explaining what the ego is, how we each come to have one, and how it complicates our lives. It had all the classical hallmarks of a popular post: search-engine friendly title, a question on everyone’s mind, and (I thought) a clear point, but it never really went anywhere special.
7. The post I am most proud of
I’ve already mentioned A Day in the Future, so next would be You Are Another Bull in The China Shop. This one got a typical weeklong flurry of links and tweets, but then it pretty much disappeared. I think it’s one of the most important posts I’ve ever written, and it’s one of the few times I felt like an idea was too important to get wrong, and I just sat down and nailed it.
Here are the bloggers I’d love to see this from:
Sui – Cynosure
Jonathan – Illuminated Mind
James – Altucher Confidential
Tyler – Advanced Riskology
Kelly – Cleavage
If any of you have done it already, please link to it in the comments :)