Zero to Hero – Day 27: Build On the Popular

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Today’s assignment: find the post that has received the most views, likes, or comments, and write a related follow-up post.

I was hoping that a post that would involve my Stats would come up soon; as I have been watching my Stats closely. I love to know what people have said, what they have looked at and where they are from.

I think the technology of the Stats is epic, as I feel that it brings me closer to my readers. Does anyone find that?

Here are what I have seen (Please note that these images were taken yesterday)

Averages per Day

From this I am guessing that on average I get 16 views a day; which I would love to increase

Months & Years

Also since starting Zero to Hero my visitors has increased LOADS! I wonder how many visitors I will have on my “Blog-anniversary” in August…

The most visited post; other than my “Home Page” it was my entry for Ailsa’s Travel Theme – Close Up…I am definitely continue doing these themes! Very creative! This post had 13 views in the last SEVEN days!

After reading this, I decided to look at the “all time” stats for the most visited post…which was:

Home Page had 483 visits and About Me with 99 visits and my Liebster Award Entry had 32 visits!

I LOVE stats!!!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award…

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Oooh how exciting! I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by Ivan @ Navigate: Searching in Existence *waves* Many thanks Ivan!

These are the rules:

The Liebster Award is awarded to bloggers with under 200 followers to try to promote their blog a little and also bring together a community of bloggers.

The rules of the competition are as follows:

  • The nominated user must provide a link bank to the person who nominated them.
  • Provide 11 facts about yourself.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Choose 11 more people and ask them 11 questions.


11 Facts about me

  1. I am half Welsh and half English = British
  2. I am the oldest of two children
  3. I am fluent in British Sign Language
  4. I am a bit of an Autograph Collecting Nerd
  5. I have two cats = Sam & Gizmo
  6. I currently drive a red car (don’t ask me which make; it gets me from “A to B”)
  7. I LOVE James Bond films
  8. I used to play the Drums and Cello when I was younger
  9. I tried to learn how to play the Trumpet – did not work!
  10. I have TWO Bachelor of Arts degrees – Criminology & Sociology and British Sign Language
  11. I have an SEVERE allergy to Nuts!


11 answers for Ivan

1. What did you feel when you are informed you got nominated for the award?

Surprised Ivan; I had seen other people been nominated but I did not think that I would get one!

2. What is the best achievement you can have in your life?

Ooh that is a hard one Ivan;   I think that achieving a PhD in Linguistics from either University of Arizona or Penn State

3. Do you play any musical instrument? If yes, what instrument?

Nope not any more; unless you count my (okay) singing voice?!

4. How do you value life?

It is important and we should all seize it to the full!

5. What country do you want to spend your life?

Good question Ivan; I would love to spend the rest of my life flying from Asia back to Europe. China, Japan, Singapore, Philippines and Hong Kong are my top places I want to live in for the rest of my life.

6. Do you believe in reincarnation?

Yes definitely! I have been told that I have had at least three past lives – I loved Jenny Cockell‘s books about her past lives! (I actually know her)

7. What is the best blog (not post) you saw?

The best blog…ooh another hard question! Thanks Ivan…I would have to say CornishKylie: Teaching Adventures in Thailand

8. Do you like history?

Yes! I think that History is very important! It makes us what and who we are today!

9. When the last time you went to church?

On a regularly basis? Not for years; but I do attend church on “Births, Deaths and Marriages” – last November for Remembrance Sunday

10. Do you believe that aliens really exist?

Yeah I do; because if it is just us here on planet Earth it is an awful waste of space!

11. Why do you blog?

I blog because I want people to read my experiences and (if needed) to learn from them…also I love to write!

11 Questions for my Nominees

  1. Do you love to travel?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. Do you sing in the shower?
  4. Have you had to learn a new language for work?
  5. Have you ever done anything crazy for charity?
  6. How do you feel about being nominated for the Liebster Award?
  7. What do you do when you are not blogging?
  8. Are you on Facebook?
  9. Do you tweet?
  10. Do you have an active lifestyle?
  11. What is your favourite recipe? (If you can, please can you post it too)



My 11 Nominees

  1. Drinking in Japan
  2. Little Kate, Big World
  3. Free Thailand
  4. Jill’s Scene
  5. Fitty’s Arty Blog
  6. On Road To Inkrichment
  7. Marie A Marvel
  8. Marlee Poppins in France
  9. Being Chelle
  10. Splinters
  11. English ESL Blog

One more module down…



Here is a section of certificate for my China Specialist Module…all excited! I am SO happy that I passed it second time around. I needed to add some more information and some examples on how I would boost my students confidence. I found a couple of videos uploaded by that I REALLY want to try out:

I am not a fan of loud noises; but it does look like a lot of fun…has anyone tried this teaching technique?

I am currently at…..drum roll please…

120 HOURS!!!

Yippie! I still have ten hours to go with Audio & Video Lessons module!

Mind Snacks – Mandarin Learning

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Has anyone else tried this game? Yep it is a game; I have been trying to get a head start in Mandarin – Mind Snacks have an app which I have downloaded! Can’t speak a word but understand and read FORTY words so far!! Interesting right…

I think that the game is aimed at kids but I like it all the same! My work colleagues think I am strange for playing it but then I am a visual learner!!

Games in the classroom are fun!