The Problogger 7 link challenge

by Manshu on July 15, 2010

in Opinion

I saw the 7 link challenge at Problogger today, and thought it was a really clever idea. The challenge is to write a post with links back to 7 older posts which fit the following categories:

  • Your first post
  • A post you enjoyed writing the most
  • A post which had a great discussion
  • A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written
  • Your most helpful post
  • A post with a title that you are proud of
  • A post that you wish more people had read

The 7 categories are really interesting, and that prompted me to respond to that challenge and come up with a post of my own. So, here goes:

1. My first post: Three posts came to my mind, when I thought about my first post. Should it be my first ever post on the internet, my first post on my own blog, or should it be the first post on One Mint.

I settled on my first ever post on the internet, which is rather pretentiously called: Understanding the nature and value of money, and I think I wrote it when I was 17 or so.

I thought about that idea for over a year. I do not remember if I talked to anyone about the idea; I just thought and thought about it for really long. I used to wonder what it means for an entire country to become rich, how can a nation make that leap, and what it really meant to have money at the level of a country, not an individual. I feel pretty proud of that post , especially when I look at the last para – Transportation: A revolution waiting to happen. I am happy I thought about understanding the nature of money for so long, and at a young age, as it has helped later on to keep perspective, and build on that understanding.

2. The post I enjoyed writing the most: I recently wrote about my experience of buying books online in India, and I enjoyed that post quite a bit.

I wanted to gift a book to my sister, and that led to me searching for online book stores in India. The post narrates my experience, and I enjoyed researching the stores, writing about them, as well as gifting the book to my sister.

3. A post in which you had great discussion: With over a 120 comments, the Reliance Infrastructure Mutual Fund post has generated the most discussion. A lot of readers have asked questions, and other readers have responded to them, which always makes me very happy.

4. A post on someone else’s blog you wished you’d written: I read at least 30 articles and blog posts on an average day, and I’d say at least 5 of them are totally refreshing, teach me something new, and make me wish that I had the knowledge to write such things.

However, this post by James Kwak on the loss of his beloved dog made me wish I had a heart to think about these things the way he does. If there is just one link you click in this post – let it be this one.

5. Your most helpful post: Probably this post which talks about How my LTA is taxed has helped a lot of people manage this particular tax better and save some money. I know it has helped at least a few people because they personally told me so, and that is why I include it here.

6. A post with a title you are proud of: I am not particularly good at writing headlines, but I think I did fairly well when I wrote: I am a PC, and I Kindle – a play on the new PC ads – in an article that talks about the Kindle app for the PC. I think the post with the cleverest title here was: I read PlayBoy for the articles, but the headline was not mine, it belonged to the Harvard paper I blogged about.

7. A post that you wish more people had read: Peter Lynch and his cocktail theory is a post I wish more people had read. It is a short post about a simple, powerful and funny idea about how market movement affect people’s behavior in cocktail parties. I wish more people read about the idea, and think about it every now and then. I feel that if more people were aware of this simple idea, it will at least save them from investing in the stock market when it is at its peak and burning their hands.

So there you have it – 7 posts which bring back pleasant memories. I hope you enjoyed reading this post, as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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