Today’s assignment: visit and congratulate five other Blogging 101 bloggers, and set a goal for the next 30 days.
I have written congratulations to the following five people *waves vigorously*:
Looking Glass Mama
Remind Your Mind
Because I can…
Congratulations to all ‘graduates’ of Blogging 101 – Zero To Hero!
Today’s assignment: sketch out an editorial calendar to cover your next 30 days of blogging.
I am actually liking the idea of ‘planning’! It will give me a possible reason to buy this:
It is from HappyOrganizedLife at her Etsy Store. Erin is one of many people I have fallen in love with; her work to say – I have fallen for her work! Erin has also created a Travel Set which I REALLY
want need to buy!
I have already created; well drafted what I want to write about for the next few days. I am just waiting for the results of the poll I created in my previous post. I am thinking about making some resources; which I know I will use!
One of these posts is going to be a Q&A post; as angiemdelamere has offered to a buddy with me *waves hi* which I think is a fantastic idea!
Today’s assignment: develop a regular feature for your blog.
Why do this? Why create a regular feature on ‘My TEFL Adventures’? I know that doing this regular feature will make readers have something specific to wait for at regular intervals — in other words, my blog has a hook. Just like Ailsa and her Travel Themes and it is always a good idea to work on healthy blogging habits and regular features help me stay on track.
But what can I do? Some of the examples that have been given on the Daily Post are:
- A weekly photo post (or even better: a weekly photo gallery post) – that could be an idea; but I feel that this is not suitable for this blog at this particular moment in time
- A monthly Q & A with one of your blogging buddies – I think this is a good idea; but I do not know where I would start from though?!
- A Music Monday, featuring the song that rocked your weekend – this could be a possiblity, but currently I am not listening to much music 😦
- A Flavor Friday dedicated to the recipe you experimented with over the previous week – to be honest I do not really cook at home and my food is the same most weeks!
I have thought of about doing a ‘Throwback Thursday’ post where I write about something that has happened in the past or a ‘List Friday’; where I write list of things. However; similar to what Papered Thoughts (Rin) does at her blog and on her Instagram. As ‘My TEFL Adventures’ is a blog is about my TEFLing adventures I think that my regular feature must be something linked to TEFLing or English.
I could do a “Idiom of the Week” or a “Metaphor of the Week” – what do you all think? I have created a poll and I hope that you will all help me decide. As I do appreciate all my readers and followers; as you are the people (in theory) I am writing for, other than ‘venting’ my experiences.
Which feature should I do?
Today’s challenge: publish a roundup post that links to posts on at least three other blogs, and tell us why we should read your recommendations.
A roundup? What is a roundup? I don’t actually know; as I have never done one! However; WordPress state that “Roundup posts are collections of links to things you love — shouldn’t be the basis of your blogging, but they can be great add-ons. They’re less stressful and time intensive than generating an original post. They open new avenues of conversation. They attract new readers, and are highly share-able.”
This is going to be a hard and lengthy post as there are so many blogs I am currently loving and need you all to read and follow them. Most the blog below are ‘Travel’ or ‘Teaching’ themed; I do apologise for that. As after all this blog is all about my TEFL adventures…
Firstly, I have selected:
Cornish Kylie – Teaching adventures in Thailand
Kylie’s blog was one of the first few blogs based on TEFLing that I started following. Kylie is currently in Thailand; which is one of the places I have been interested in Teaching in. One of the posts that Kylie has written that has stuck in my mind was published on September, 28 2013 – Five for Friday; myths about TEFL teaching. This post has made me think about TEFL teaching more. It was one of the many reasons why I have done the extra modules via i-to-t TEFL.
Nerd in the Brain
I have only recently started following Nerd in the Brain; it is a wonderful insight into home schooling. Fab resources and clever ideas for children. I know that I am going to use some of them when I am travelling – especially this idea about NEDs – wonderful for the students’ responsibilities.
Where’s My Backpack
This is another blog I have only recently started following; I love the weekly themes that Ailsa creates…it is good to see what is around the world with the themes! An excellent blog for Photographers to build their portfolio.
Today’s task: visit five other participants in the blogging event you chose yesterday. Leave at least two comments.
During the week, I use my breaks to blog; however it does not allow me to access some of the blogs…Ailsa’s blog – Where’s My Backpack is one of them (I have contacted the ICT department and asked them to “open” access to the blog…)
As you can all see; today’s assignment for Zero To Hero is to visit five participants and I have left two comment. these comments were on:
I find that Ailsa and her blogging themes inspiring…I cannot wait to do more!
Today is day 22…I cannot believe I have been doing the Zero to Hero programme for 22 days.
Today’s challenge: pick a blogging event from the Blog Event Listings to try for some instant community.
I have seen on Kylie’s blog – Cornish Kylie some posts from Where’s My Backpack; which Ailsa creates weekly travel themed prompts.
I have decided to do close up images of items I use everyday…
Not many photos I know; but I will be doing the next one…
Today’s assignment: publish a follow-up post inspired by your post from Day Nineteen. If applicable, publicize it on a social network.
Today’s assignment is to post something similar to Day 19; however I would love to be able to post a Audio File…I decided to find it on YouTube and post that. I have already posted many posts with Videos in.
I have always wanted to try playing music in the background of a class; when I was a child in Primary School one of my teachers had music playing and once a week we had a form of meditation. I felt wonderful afterwards; but then I was about ten or eleven?!
Has anyone else experienced having music played in the background of their classroom or have tried it? I have many CDs of ‘relaxation’ and ‘meditation’ music (as I meditate myself daily) and I would love to know what you all thought?
“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”
– Saint Augustine
Zero To Hero: Day 19 – Try a New Posting Style
Today’s assignment: build your storyteller’s toolbox by publishing a post in another format or a style you’ve never used before.
I have decided to you a quote…which is the only posting format I have not done yet; I love using the “blockquote” tool in my posts. I am using them when I am catching up on my Zero To Hero posts.
I thought that I would quote about travelling; as in theory that is what I am (or will be more) blogging about. I love to meet new people and travel on public transport. I really don’t like driving my car; if I could walk, bus, train or even fly to work I would.
I love it that I have internet access at my current place of work; as I can post on their system…I have to find WiFi on the weekends which can be a bore sometimes. I am currently “stealing” the local Costa’s WiFi while I write this catch up post…
Day 17: Increase Your Commenting Confidence
Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them.
The six posts I have left comments are:
After reading those posts; my post from Day 16 seems a bit rubbish…do you all agree?
Day 18: Plug in to Social Networks
Today’s assignment: if you’re active on a social network, set up Publicize to link the account to your blog or add a widget highlighting your profile. If you’re not, explore your social options to see whether one might be helpful.
I already ‘publicise’ all my posts; I have found some new followers through Twitter and you may already see that I have a ‘plug in’ for my Facebook page for this blog. I also have added my personal Instagram account to this blog too…ooh not forgetting my Google+ page (I don’t fully understand that one yet…)