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 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)
From this I am guessing that on average I get 16 views a day; which I would love to increase
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!!!
Zero To Hero – Day 26: Extend Your Brand
Today’s assignment: extend your brand with one of the following: a custom Blavatar, a custom image widget, or a Facebook fan page.
Blavatar – I did not know what this was until I followed the steps on the Support Pages; and I did not realise but I already have an image that I am using as my Blavatar – it is the image of my ‘beautiful’ face. So I do not need to create one of them…
Custom Image Widget – I remember created my of images with PhotoShop on my Proboard and InvisionFree forum boards many years ago. I never though about creating some go on the blog…I would if the creator of the theme would be able to do some…I will do some research and find out…
I have already created a “fan page” for the blog on Facebook – I have posted this post as a Link…if you have not ‘Liked’ my page, please feel free to do so…I am happy to “Like” back!
This was a draft which I wrote on my phone; but I was unable to post as I had no access to the internet it
Today’s assignment: look back over what you’ve published. What have you been most proud of? What are the common threads? Which have been most popular? Create and save at least two draft posts with ideas that come from those.
There are many posts that I am a proud of and some have surprised me with the amount of views and comments. I do have some drafts ready and waiting; nothing to do with Zero to Hero though. they are truly about my TEFL adventures. that is the main reason why I created this blog; was to journal my adventures and share my thoughts and feelings. I have two drafts ready and waiting to be published. One is a list of things I would like to take with me to remind me of home and the second is jobs I am thinking of applying for.
One thing that I have noticed about my published posts are that they are getting longer (slowly) which I am happy about; however I would love to have a post which would make people think…currently the draft of the list of things is getting longer as I am adding things to it all the time. Images; quotes and examples of what I would take with me.
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?