My 7 Links

I have been nominated by Lillie Ammann of A Writer’s Words, An Editor’s Eye to participate in My 7 Links Challenge. I’m to pick older posts for specific categories to add to the bank of posts from the past that deserve to be seen again. Some of the categories were difficult to choose, and I wavered among several choices. Leave a comment if you have other favorite posts that you would like to see get more recognition.

My Most Beautiful Post

I shared the importance of the spring house in my family’s history and included an excerpt from my first novel, Spring House, in The Spring House: Most Important “House” in My Family’s History.

My Most Popular Post

A Real Spring House has had more than 1100 page views in the last year, second only to my homepage. The post tells of my experience in trying to get a picture of a spring house on the cover of Spring House without having anything to show the cover artist what a spring house looked like. Considering how the picture was drawn from my verbal descriptions to the artist, the original cover turned out amazingly close to a real spring house I later visited. I later updated the cover of Spring House, and the picture of a spring house on the new cover is even closer to the real thing.

My Most Controversial Post

I haven’t written any real controversial posts, but the mistake I confessed in  Oops! A Lesson Learned could have led to controversy if I had persisted in my error and had given out wrong information.

My Most Helpful Post

I learned so much about writing family history working on my first book Spring House that I wanted to share some of what I learned with readers. 23 Tips for Writing a Family History will help anyone who wants to tell their family story, whether they are writing fiction based on history or documenting history for current and future generations.

A Post Whose Success Surprised Me

The second most popular post on my blog is Nicholas Fain: Forgotten Patriot. Not only has the number of visitors to that post surprised me, but the comments made on the post have surprised me even more. There are more than 100 comments on the post (including my replies), and most of the comments are from descendants of Nicholas Fain.

A Post That Didn’t Get the Attention I Feel It Deserved

I get a lot of questions about how I fill in the gaps in history to keep my stories historically accurate. In response to a specific question from a reader, I explained in Writing Historical Fiction: Imagination and Logic and thought there would be more interest among readers in this subject.

The Post I’m Most Proud Of

Austin’s First Daughter, about my ancestor Elnora Van Cleve Brown, got press coverage and helped the attendance at a memorial dedication for her.

The second part of the challenge is to nominate up to five other bloggers to participate in the My 7 Links Challenge. I’m going to nominate only four, but if you would like to participate, leave a comment, and I’ll nominate you.

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