Build a blog you can be proud of

by Naomi on September 6, 2011

in Blogging, Studio

Melrose Arch Hotel penthouse suite

While updating the website for our photographic studio recently (, it struck me again how stunning some of the interiors are that we’ve been fortunate to photograph. Regular readers will have seen some photo’s of the five-star Madikwe Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, such as in my post More Madikwe Magic, but not this one of the penthouse suite at the Melrose Arch Hotel in Johannesburg, taken by Dave.

To digress for a moment, intrepid blogger Nancy at Spirit Lights the Way invited us a little while ago to Join the 7 Links Challenge, i.e. share 7 of our top posts (as selected by us) in the following categories: Beautiful, Popular, Helpful, Controversial, Surprisingly Successful, Favourite, and a post that Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved. Thanks for the idea, Nancy, and for providing a few pointers in terms of objectives to bear in mind if you want to build a blog you can be proud of.

That last post I mentioned is a contender in my “Beautiful” category. Madikwe is one of our favourite places to visit because we love the African bush, and there’s a magnificent abundance for wildlife photography there. Some of this also features in my post Mud, mud, glorious mud! which is my “Popular” choice.

Illustrating a point from my last “Helpful” post Are You Thinking to Grow Rich?, our association with Madikwe Safari Lodge and friendship with their previous head ranger Marc Lindsay-Rae resulted directly from Hills of Africa Travel’s Soul Safari, which Dave and I did the photography and videography for. My selection for the post that “Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved” is A Gift That Keeps on Giving, which show-cases Marc’s success in winning the 2010 Africa Geographic/Canon Photo Competition.

His winning wildlife photo is of an endangered black rhino mother and calf charging him, leading on to my top “Controversial” post: Rhino Horns Belong on their Heads! This is perhaps only really controversial if you’re a low-life poacher who has been involved in the massacre, or an unenlightened purchaser of the product, but regardless it’s a cause that bears repeating.

Back to the subject of interiors, though (and closer to our doorstep), Jo’burg has its own particular personality, as mentioned in my post IMTA Feedback + More Mine Dump Glamour (a recent “Favourite” post). Among other things, there are plenty of exclusive places to stay, one being the five-star Melrose Arch Hotel. Here are more of Dave’s photographs of their penthouse suite – perhaps making this another option for the “Beautiful” category, depending on your personal taste for the topic.

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Penthouse Suite Bar - Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg

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Penthouse Suite Bedroom - Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg

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Penthouse suite bathroom at Melrose Arch Hotel

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Penthouse Suite Bathroom - Melrose Arch Hotel, Johannesburg

As far as “Surprisingly Successful” goes, it has to be this bulletin post WOO-HOO! 2010 SA Best Photographic Blog Finalist! Another big thank you to Nancy for nominating us first of all. The awards are taking place in early November this year and we await confirmation of the nomination and registration phase date on the website, SA Blog Awards. Good luck to local bloggers once they kick off, especially The Only Cin, who drew Nancy’s attention to them initially. Also, thanks to the SA Blog Awards for the part they play in encouraging us to create blogs that we can be proud of.

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nrhatch September 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Terrific post, Naomi.
Love the shots of that penthouse ~ it looks like our place . . . only classier and more spacious! 😀

Here’s hoping you and Dave win the 2011 SA Best Photographic Blog Award. Your blog is top notch!


Naomi September 7, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thanks a million, Nancy!! Would love to see your place 😉


Kate Shrewsday September 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

Lovely to see your seven links response, Naomi….quite heartening to see I’ve been around for most of them….Dave’s penthouse photos are beautiful.


Naomi September 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

Thank you, Kate…also for the fabulous blogging friendship for much of the way!


JamieDedes September 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Good luck! 🙂

Wonderful tour of old blog posts here. I hope folks take advantage and take the time.


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