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Posted on Jul 27, 2011 in Dear Diary | 22 comments

7 Links

Oh, you know me. I just can’t resist a good blog fad. So when Jennifer nominated li’l ol’ me to do a 7 Links post of her very own, well… here we are! And here we go:

Most beautiful post


I couldn’t figure out exactly what this title was really supposed to mean, so I decided to go with a post I wrote from the most beautiful place, with beautiful pictures of it. I’ll Miss You, Boulder recounts my small dive into faux-mountain climbing (i.e. having your friend drive you up to the lookout points, hahaha.) Regardless, I took some beautiful photos of the breathtaking scenery (honestly, what photos aren’t beautiful up there?)


Another post I’m proud of for what I consider to be especially beautiful food photographs is this one: Cupcakes and Pizza and Panda, Oh My! Taylor commented that the pictures looked like they could have been in Real Simple or Martha Stewart Living magazine, which made me just giddy. Giddy, I say!

Most popular post


Taking out posts that appear elsewhere on this list (like my Me vs. Me post at the bottom) and any landing pages, my most popular post is the following: Bad Day? Try this one on for size. It includes some details of the not-so-fun day that I got my credit card information stolen (ironically since this post it’s happened two more times – wtf?) but also my amazing Caprese Pasta Bake recipe. Bon appetit!

Most controversial post

Baaaaahahaha. I only laugh because I feel like this category doesn’t apply to me in any way, shape, or form. I avoid controversy like the plague (on the blog, and in life!) because A) I have skin as thin as vellum, and probably couldn’t take the heat, and B) I just don’t think I ever have enough information to be able to back up any claims I would potentially make! So instead, I’m just going to share my favorite just-for-funsies post:



I think you will enjoy. 😉

Most helpful post

Pretty much anything on my Weight Loss 101 page would fall under this category, but if I had to pick one based on popularity it would be Weight Loss 101: Getting Started, where I iron out real steps you can take to being your weight loss journey.

If I had to pick a personal favorite from the series, however, it would have to be my Weight Loss 101: Mythbusters post. I had so much fun writing this one, and reading your contributions of other totally busted myths in the comments was so much fun!

A post whose success surprised you

I continue to get a surprising amount of traffic on my Overnight Oats in a Jar post from waaaay back when (probably due to good old-fashioned Googling, but who’s complaining?) It’s kind of funny to keep seeing a post from so early on (check out the sweet iPhone pics on it!) continue to pop up in my Analytics.

A post you feel didn’t get the attention it deserved

This was probably the category I struggled with the most. I guess I kind of feel that my Thankful (Part 1) post recapping my first 5K, my first race, and my first real fitness milestone would have gotten a little bit of a larger response, since it’s one I’m so proud of. That being said, that also happened a while ago, back when the blog was still but a toddler.

The post you are most proud of

This one, on the other hand, was easy. I will forever be most proud of my Me vs. Me post, where I first came to public terms with my binge eating past, and how it continues to affect my future. It was really hard to push “publish” on that one, but I am so, so glad I did. It also remains the blog’s true most popular post to date.


So I recognize that there are way, way more than seven actual links above, but hey, whatcha gonna do? Now it’s your turn! I’m passing the buck, so to speak, and would love to see links from the following bloggers:

1. Claire @ The Realistic Nutritionist
2. Andrea @ Onion in my Hair
3. Cassie @ Back to her Roots
4. Laura @ Pretty Little Words
5. Holly @ The Runny Egg

And many, many more. But technically I’m only supposed to list 5. So, there you go. If you’ve already participated in the “7 Links” thing, post an 8th link in the comments (get it?) so I can make sure I don’t miss it!

Do you agree with the above self-assessment? Or would you have chosen different posts for things like “Most Beautiful” or “Most Helpful”? I think those are the hardest to self-reflect upon accurately!


  1. Good picks!!

    • Not that any of them are news to you, but thanks!

  2. OHHHH I SEE what this means now. I love it!! And that cupcake picture is DIVINE.

    • Can’t wait to see yoooours if you decide to do it! Also, schpanks. 😛

  3. Thanks for the nomination! 🙂

    I think you picked good posts here — and I definitely liked your me vs. me — I think when we have a hard time pressing “publish” that means we’ve got a good post coming out.

  4. Non-controversial…maybe that’s why I like you so much. :p And since I didn’t know you during the 5k, belated congrats!!!

    • Hahaha, I mean, can’t we all just get along? 🙂

  5. Love this post! I still have to do mine because I’ve been tagged a few times… I’m thinking this Friday!

  6. Ooooh excited for the tag!!! <3

    I agree, the pictures of the cupcakes were KILLER! How did you pull that off? Teach me your DSLR ways, oh wise Gretchen.

    • Bahaha, magically, didn’t even use a tripod or anything fancy. Just me, on a chair, lookin’ a fool. Perhaps I’ll have to come up with a couple of camera/photography posts in addition to the blogging ones that are formulating in my head? Would people even be interested in that?

  7. Gretchen …. you look marvelous! Honestly. Always very pretty in photos! The camera likes ya! Shhh …. don’t tell anyone …. I cannot ever take a good picture. Just not into it.

    Re cupcakes ….. my sweet-tooth is as terrible as anyone’s. The thing is …. I am tired of cupcakes. Same-old-same-old + too much sweet to eat. Boring.

    Last month I discovered vegan oatmeal/sour cherry cookies at my neighborhood bakery! They are delicious. Not overly sugary. Doing my best to buy 2 at a time. Years ago, I did the same with Debbi Field’s oatmeal-raisin cookies! Today, those cookies would be too sweet.

    Love your poochies + posts G!

    • Thanks, Marcee! Those cookies sound amaaazing!

  8. I really like your picks!!
    (I just hope you do not totally avoid arguments! They are healthy, too :))

    • Very good point. I wouldn’t say that I avoid arguments per se, just controversial “big button” issues, haha.

      • 😉

  9. I’m the same way with controversial issues. I love reading about them. And discussing. But they hardly ever find their way on my blog. Scratch that. They NEVER find their way on my blog.

    Love this post!! And great picks (and pics! 😉 )! 😀

  10. I’m the same way with the hot button issues. I don’t think I could stand starting a fuss either, I’d take it too personally!

    I’m glad I stumbled across your blog for this post since it gives me a good look at a bunch of your different posts. 🙂 Congrats on that 5K you did, the first 5K is always the toughest.

  11. I just have to say that I love your blog so far! I found you from Claire’s (The Realistic Nutritionist) 7 links post! 🙂


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