2015, Blogging

2015 in review

So here is my blog in review for 2015. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. I know it’s a little late in coming but since I started in august here’s how things are looking.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

2016, Auckland, Travel

24 Things To Do In Auckland

Having come back from holiday and having a couple of weeks of school holiday left, I thought I would compile a list of things to do in Auckland.

I scoured about 4 or 5 different travel websites and read through the many things they suggested to be done in Auckland, many of these things are free, and took the ones I thought would be most important and interesting to do.
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2016, Blogging, Life, Travel

Still alive

So, I know I have been absent for some time but I needed a break.

 

I had a very hectic month in December what with the end of school, being ill and then going away over Xmas. I am back though and feeling better refreshed and have lots of things to share.

I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year?

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Travel

13 Things You Must Write In Your Travel Notebook Before Leaving

Just before i go away for the Christmas break I stumbled over this article with some great idea to write in my travel journal.

Sorry I Jane been so absent and not written any posts. I was really I’ll with a chest infection and sinus infection and then had to deal with the end of the school year plus Christmas which makes it really hetic. I’m away soon as well but I will try and post some shots and updates. I will be back full force in the new year.
Alex

BloggingU101, Book Reviews, Quotes

Blogging 101 Alumni feature

dr suess.jpgHappy Friday!!!!!!!

I have decided to step up and become a much more active member  on our little community. So, to celebrate this I’m sharing my favourite quotes in our new FRIDAY Feature – 3 quotes.

One of the most fun set of books to read aloud to children are the Dr Suess books. Dr Suess is actually the pen name for Author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel. His books have become some of the most popular children’s books of all time selling over 600 million copies which have been translated into more than 20 languages. He adopted the pen name Dr Suess during his time at Dartmouth college and the University of Oxford. He worked as an illustrator for many years and during WW2 he worked as an animator for the animation department of the United States of America government. After the war, he concentrated on his children’s books and has published over 60, many of which have become films, Tv series and even a broadway musical.

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Journal, Life

Sickness and journalling

I’ve been on and off work for the last week and a bit. I’ve been feeling really under the weather and it got the better of me last week. I have used this time sleeping and recovering and as I’ve been feeling better I’ve used this time to catch up on my journal.

I’ve also been exploring some new forms of journaling and have done some reading and youtube watching about Bullet journaling. Some interesting examples can be found on Marie claire UK, Life hacker and this in depth, one month in look at what worked and changes were made to make the system work from Boho Berry.

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#NaBloPoMo15, 2015, Blogging, BloggingU101, NaBloPoMo15, New Zealand

Link parties

I know we are not all here to write blog posts to reach the masses, some of us are just here to let loose, write for therapy. But whatever your motives are Link ups and link parties are a great way to get your blog posts out to a wider readership but also to find a more diverse selection of blogs to read. I try and participate in a wide range of link ups to build up the readership of my blog. It really works. When I make an effort to link up I can see the difference in my stats.

Now, what is a link party I hear you ask. Imagine this.

Day to day, we all go about our own business, but once in a while we go to a party and meet up with friends. Imagine now going to a party where you don’t know anyone, you chat to new people and make some new friends. This is a link up. You go to a blog and know no one, but leave your blog link and maybe visit a few new blogs and find some great new content to read.

To help you link up there is a wide range of link ups depending on what type of blog niche you have. Here are some that I have found.

My favourite is over at Dream big, Dream often there is a weekly chance to leave a link and either have it reblogged or just linked up with everyone else in the comments.

A lot of sites will have a directory of link ups they have found or use. Many will have a variety of different link up themes. So there should be one for your blog’s niche and every day of the week.

Here are some that I try and use.

Sunday – niftythriftythings

Monday – Newman’s Corner

Wednesday – Chaotic bliss

Thursday – for the love to

Friday – My Creative Scoop

Go on, put on your dancing shoes and go link up with some new friends to be. If you find any new Link ups come back and share them with us. 

Alex

 

 

#NaBloPoMo15, 2015, Blogging, Life, NaBloPoMo15

My Top 8 Great Blog Reads

Looking for a good read, Check out some of these.

  1. Vicky FlipFlop Travels – Sziget Festival – Some excellent on site info about this music festival. I went a couple of years back and really enjoyed it, we didn’t camp, but the atmosphere is awesome. I look forward to hearing more about the festival in coming posts.
  2. So obsessed with – September recap + what’s on my shelves – An interesting look into a bloggers life in September.
  3. In a faraway land – There are some great posts here with lots of travel info, especially for New Zealand where I am currently.
  4.  The Horizon Chaser – Looking for a good donut in Melbourne? Come check out this Donut crawl, listing some of the best and worst places to get a donut.
  5. Make, Take & Teach – a great teaching blog that I stumbled upon in my search for resources.
  6. More Than A Dash Of Salt – A yummy recipe for nut clusters.
  7. Live Craft Eat – Where I got the recipe to make cinnamon buns from. they were TASTY!!!!
  8. Teacher created Resources – Starting up a classroom means finding lots of ideas and sourcing resources so I have been reading this blog for great ideas.

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National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015
#NaBloPoMo15, 2015

Quality over quantity

I have been posting daily for most of November for the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month). So far I think I regret signing up. It may be that because I’ve fallen ill and am not feeling at my best so the last thing I want to do is think about my blog or write posts.

Think back over what I’ve written in the last few weeks I’d day the quality of what I’m posting has gone down. I’m getting lazy. 😦

I guess this does prove that you can burn out from blogging. I may have to stop trying to post daily and save myself from complete burnout.

I need to get back to my schedule of posting and actually go back to using my editorial calendar to get ahead of myself. Even though we are now 23 days into the month and I know there are only 8 more days to go……….