Twelve Top Posts from 2012
I wasn’t going to do a 2012 roundup of posts, as Travel Unmasked only got going in September last year. However when Jennifer from Jdomb’s Travels nominated me from her round-up, it seemed simple enough. With a lack of post fodder to choose from on this site, some links will take you to my original blog, Shock And Orr, wherein my life is an experiment in progress. (Still true.)
1. Most Popular Post
Heading to Scotland for Hogmanay, Haggis and Highland Hijinks!
I don’t know how this became my most popular post, it was only published in late December. I’m not complaining though.
In other news, you can also see my ‘most successful‘ tweet below, called ‘Friendly Toilet Advice‘ – one of those puzzling occurrences, but that’s the internet for you. Barely a Like on Instagram, but 21 retweets that day on Twitter.
2. Most Helpful Travel Tip
Five great ways to travel for free
This post about the different ways you can travel long-term with a tiny budget went down well with bloggers not of the travel persuasion. It’s always surprising how many people have never heard of these options!
3. Surprisingly Successful
Such a simple post, but well received, maybe because people like happy messages. Six photo’s, each summarising a reason life is good (Shock And Orr blog).
4. Most Underrated
On Reading as a Mind Altering Substance, Inspiration, and Murakami
Ah, is it under-rated? Is it madness? It’s quite wordy, but that’s to be expected on a blog occasionally. With excerpts from Murakami’s ‘Kafka On The Shore’, and careening through topics including writers, auto-hypnosis, sci-fi, David Bowie and a delicate turn of phrase, I couldn’t (and probably wouldn’t) write it again (on Shock And Orr).
5. Most Controversial
3000th Tweet: Twitter Do’s and Don’ts
This post has yet to attract any real criticism, but I know a lot of tweeters who would strongly disagree. Goes down well with people new to tweeting for its points of reference. A last bonus point about Selfies on Instagram. You know who you are.
6. Most Amusing
Stop Stealing My Business Ideas
Where I explain how Facebook, Innocent Smoothies, World Book Night, Zazzle and others stole my intellectual property, and finish with a serious point about innovation and entrepreneurship.
7. I’m Most Proud Of
Yoten Yotei Charity Film Night
‘Proud’. It’s such a strong word. I don’t think there’s any one post I’m really proud of on my blogs yet, other than being a little proud of them all collectively. This is a link to the last thing I’m proud of doing. Back in 2011, after the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami of March 11th, I decided to organise a film competition in the Japanese ski resort I was living in. The aim was to raise funds for the the Japanese Red Cross, and it did pretty well. From conception to completion in 11 days, we raised ¥111,000 (Ok, only about £800 at the time) and promoted a few other local charity efforts on the night. Most of the ‘foreign locals’ working in the resort donated as many of our warm clothes to the relief effort as possible too, although many gaijin didn’t stick around long when the nuclear reactor at Fukushima started getting wobbly. Photo’s from local photographer Glen, also one of the judges for the night.
8. Best Travel Story / Perspective
I love this post because I loved finding the subject, and taking the time to speak to him. Brilliant. It’s also the most journalistic human interest post I have done so far, but I’ve got more of these coming.
9. Best Travel Adventure
Quickest Travel Video Competition in the World Ever, Maybe.
One of my first travel videos, made in an incredibly short space of time. This shows a few of the many adventures I am yet to write about on my blog! However, it also shows more of me than I would usually want, so it’s quite embarassing and I’ll be making a new improved version when I can.
10. Cultural Insight / Perspective
Indulgence (and Incredible India)
A bit of a heavy post in response to a weekly photo challenge, but some of my favourite shots from India, asking where we derive our values from and whether they are justified (on Shock And Orr blog).
11. Most Beautiful
Beautiful Resplendent Assisi: City of Peace
A really easy place to take wonderful photo’s because it’s just so damn photogenic. This post was nearly called ‘Don’t Judge a Holiday Destination by its Cover Story’. Seriously considered relocating here for a few months! Especially when you take into account the ‘hidden’ Assisi that I stumbled across.
12. Best Photo / Photo Gallery
Contrast (and Catania’s Pescheria)
A set of pictures capturing some great expressions from Sicilian locals working at the fish market. Not the finest photography per se, but importantly still enjoyable to look at and got great feedback from my Italian friends (on Shock And Orr blog).
So all that’s left is to nominate five of my own favourite bloggers! But as most people already have their 12 Best Posts equivalent up, here are five 2012 roundup posts already online that I enjoyed;
- Some appreciation and reflection from thoughtful couple Dan & Audrey at UncorneredMarket.
- Andy Higgs’ year in review on Grown-Up Travel Guide.
- A great selection of posts and photo’s from Bianca, aka NomadBiba.
- Ever adventurous Kate’s 12 Worst Travel Moments – warning: you may guffaw loudly.
- And last, but not least at all, a video round-up from Backpacker Steve that will make you want to get out there!
Let’s see what the rest of 2013 brings, it’s been good to me so far…