I’ve been smiled on by the Goddess of Good Fortune since I first sat down at a Keyboard and started pounding away at what I know (and, in some cases – don’t know), about technology. A large part of that good fortune has been; the surprising number of friends I’ve made out in the wild blue of the Internet.
Friends that encompass the spectrum of common interest – not always related to technology. Friends that include – journalists; application developers; law enforcement techs; company guys and gals – at all levels; Homeland Security technologists; fellow IT professionals ………….; and best of all – you – the reader who drops in here regularly. From the highbrow intellectual – to the super geek (which describes many of you), and on to the average Joe and Jane.
When I stop to consider that readers here come from every continent – I’ll exclude Antarctica – just for now – I’ve been smiled on indeed.
One class of Internet friend holds a special place with me, and that is – my fellow committed bloggers – since we all push the pen – so to speak. Tougher to do consistently than many might imagine.
A few days ago, I received an invitation from my Super Blogger friend (one of those law enforcement types – now ex), Rick Robinette, Webmaster over at What’s On My PC, to join in a “challenge” – My 7 Links Challenge.
According to Tripbaseblog, the originator of this challenge, here’s the scoop:
The goal of this challenge is to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.
But, more particularly, from the blogger’s perspective:
The most beautiful post.
The most popular post.
The most controversial post.
The most helpful post.
A post whose success surprised me.
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved.
The post I am most proud of.
That sounded like something I could wrap my head around – so, I decided to participate – but, I’m late – as usual. Although, working through 2,700+ articles is a bit mind-boggling.
The following are my posts in each of those categories:
The most beautiful post – Sorry – not on the horizon. I’m much too curmudgeonly to do “beautiful”.
The most popular post– Actually seventh on the list of most popular – but, the previous six are specific “how to remove” particular rogue applications. So, I’ll skip over those and go to – Free Malwarebytes – Is it the Best Secondary Malware Scanner?
The most controversial post – Explain to a parent that there is no conclusive evidence that video games are addictive and, you better settle in for a long battle. Video Game Addiction – True, or False?
The most helpful post – In the broadest context only, since it deals with the digital IQ gap. Part Of The Tech Savvy Generation? How Tech Savvy Are You Really?
A post whose success surprised me – A post designed to test the “crazy clicker” theory. I was not disappointed. Surprised at its popular – but, not disappointed. Hey Sucker – Read This! Michael Jackson’s Not Dead!
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved – Since this article reviewed a free tool which makes blogging a little easier – not to mention the benefits available to any Net surfer – I was somewhat surprised there was little comment on this. Still, with 12,000+ reads it was hardly a failure. Surf Smarter – Take A Sneak Peek At Links With CoolPreviews Firefox Add-on
The post that you I am most proud of – Remembrance Day 2011 – Lest We Forget
The final piece of this challenge is “To pass the blogger’s torch on, and to keep the My 7 Links Challenge going” – to quote Rick. So, I’m extending a challenge to the Webmasters of the following sites.
Accepted the Challenge: