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.

Link parties

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

 

 

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

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……….

 

Three Quotes, Three days – Day 2

So I am taking up the three days, three quotes challenge as passed on by Meg from DrMegSorick, who write a great blog about writing and sharing her journey to self-publishing.

The idea is to post between 1-3 quotes a day for three days challenging a new person each day.

Here is day two, I wanted to share some of my favourite travel/ Tolkien quotes today (I may get over excited and share more than 3)

Found here

Found on alittlebookthief

This is by far my favourite book and creature.

Found here

So today’s challenge goes out to the wonderful Lynz at Lynz Real Cooking. She constantly inspires my taste buds with her recipes. She also gives some interesting insights into life in Saudi and some beautiful pictures. Maybe some food based quotes will be coming our way?

Hello there_ alex

Check out these to…..

Street Art Around the World

Books vs Kindle

Sharing over a coffee

National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015

Three days, Three Quotes day one

So I am taking up the three days, three quotes challenge as passed on by Meg from DrMegSorick, who write a great blog about writing and sharing her journey to self-publishing.

The idea is to post between 1-3 quotes a day for three days challenging a new person each day.

SO here is day one!

I have had a bit of a rubbish day so going for some positive thoughts to cheer myself up.

Found here

Use What Talent You Possess; The Woods Would Be Very Silent If No Birds Sang except Those That Sang Best. – Henry Van Dyke

I found this great quote here at Seeds 4 life.

Found here

Today I challenge Tessa at Nothing Was Said she writes an interesting mix of life excerpts and we are currently doing the NaBloPoMo challenge as cheerleaders for each other.

Hello there_ alex

Three more quotes will be here tomorrow. If you enjoyed this then check out these posts.

Auckland Botanical Gardens

Book Nooks

The Hobbiton Tour

National Blog Posting Month 2015
National Blog Posting Month 2015