I’ve been nominated, I’ve been nominated! Nominated to take part in the 7 Blogs project, that is. This means that Barbara Weibel and tripbase – respectively, my gentle nominator and the mastermind behind the project – like me; that they really like me! My part in this project is simple. I may share with you “My 7 Links.”
The goal of this project is to help travel bloggers unearth what they consider to be their best posts; useful, poignant posts that may have been written long ago, perhaps before they had a readership; posts that perhaps deserve to be released back into the wilds of the internet. I’m beyond pleased to have been nominated, and really relish this chance to highlight some of my past posts. I’ve been pigeon eating for over five years now, and until about a year ago, only 5 people read what I wrote. I used to write about Japan. Then I wrote about Ireland. Sometimes I wrote about New York City, too. Now I write about Italy, but if you’re reading this post now, chances are you knew that already. You might not have known that I was once an English teacher in Japan who fielded molestation at the hands of children, struggling to learn Japanese and stuffing my face with as many negitoro onigiri as I could find. You might not have known that I was once a Creative Writing master’s student at Trinity College Dublin, feeling a chill down my spine each time I realized that Irish-English syntax was seeping into my speech. And you might not have known that in a former life, I was an editor at an advertising firm in New York City and absolutely hated my job. Well, now you might get to know. Without further ado, my seven links:
My Most Beautiful Post
I’m no photographer, but I try my best. This post, written during a weekend I spent on beautiful Inis Mór, was photo-rific, and I tried to make the words match. Please enjoy The Five Senses of Inis Mór.
My Most Popular Post
Thirty nine comments – are you guys kidding me?! Don’t tell me, let me guess; its because it has the word “screw” in the title, right? This post, written about the lovely game locals like to play with foreigners – that is, screw them out of as much money as possible – seemed to strike a particular nerve with the expat community at large.
My Most Controversial Post
There honestly haven’t been that many controversial posts on I Eat My Pigeon, as a) I try not to be a pain and b) everybody always agrees with me because I’m great. So at the risk of creating my own special hell, this post – an essay about learning to love porridge when I lived in Ireland – drew some of the only dubious comments this blog has ever received, focusing on the difference between porridge and oatmeal (apparently, I didn’t know). I usually never delete comments I receive, even the ones that challenge my opinion or correct a fact, but I deleted the snarky comments on this post because they were really condescending and every time I looked at them they made me mad. Just in case you happened to look at the comments and said “What controversy? Homepigeon’s gone mental.” Also, “Please Sir, May I Have Some More?” happens to be one of my favorite posts; I hope you’ll like it, too.
My Most Helpful Post
I like to think that my blog helps absolutely no one, but if I had to choose among my many pointless and superficial posts, I’d name my Mini Japanese Cultural Lesson page. When this was a Japan blog, I originally had a “glossary” because my friends and family – my only readers at the time – complained that they didn’t know what certain Japanese terms meant and I hate having to explain myself. Later, I found myself writing small – several hundred words, max – posts about various aspects of Japanese culture. When this blog became an Irish blog, I compiled the glossary and mini cultural lesson posts onto their own page, which is featured at the top of my blog as I’d always like to remind myself, and others, where this blog got its start. Should the reader want to learn the meaning of hyakuenya, izakaya, gentei, and kancho, he or she may click here.
A Post Whose Success Surprised Me
I’m surprised any time I get more than 3 comments on a blog post, so naturally I was shocked when this one – a quick list of things I do here that I didn’t do there – drew in 30 comments. So what if half of them were me? The post seemed to touch a chord among other wandering expats who’ve measured the changes in their lives by what they now eat, where they now shop, and what language they now speak outside the home.
A Post I Felt Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved
I’ve often wished my blog reached a wider audience but that’s my own fault for not being
good enough of a writer savvy enough at social networking. I’ve always liked this post about living alone in Dublin. Warning: porn and lousy attempts at Irish syntax included. Sometimes I just crack myself up.
The Post That I Am Most Proud Of
This one is tough, as there are a few posts that I hold near and dear to my heart. But I’m going to say that my penultimate post – USA vs USA – about what happens when we encounter other expats in the wild is my current favorite, and one that, unlike some of my other favorites, I think can touch more people. Elvis bless America. I love us.
Thank you for reading my bid for the 7 Blogs project. I now pass the baton to five brilliant travel writers to share their seven links:
And lastly, I would like to thank the academy, as it’s been an honor just to be nominated.