Friday, 4 January 2013

1 Year Blogiversary Celebration!

     A little more than a year ago I decided that I wanted to begin blogging about what I was learning during my education degree and a few days later I officially launched my first ever blog! One year later I am still blogging regularly and can officially say that I accomplished my 2012 New Year's Resolution (I don't think I've ever accomplished one before).

1 year of blogging, celebration

     I saw a lot of people posting their blog stats in their New Year's posts so I thought it might be interesting to share some of mine. Here are some stats that I feel represent my first year of blogging:

Blog Page-Views
- 102, 274 at the time of this post

Blog Posts
- 198 posts

Google Followers
- 246

Highest Traffic Month (by page-views)
- August 2012
- 16,992 page-views

Top 3 Most Read Posts (by page-views)
     - May 30, 2012
     - 7022 page-views 
     - February 8, 2012
     - 2370 page-views
     - June 27, 2012
     - 1402 page-views

Top 3 Most Commented Posts 
     - July 20, 2012
     - 41 comments
     - July 3, 2012
     - 34 comments
     - June 21, 2012
     - 20 comments

Top 3 Favourite Posts (my personal favourites)
1 ) My Thoughts on Educon 2.4
     - January 29, 2012
     - This was my first time tuning into this Professional Development conference
        and I LOVED the sessions that I "attended". I am so thankful that I shared my
        reflections through this post as I have revisited it several times since then to use
        the information while I am teaching.
     - June 27, 2012
     - I put a lot of work and thought into this post and I think it really helped me
       think more about differentiation and Gardner's Theory of Multiple
       Intelligences. I also have a limited background in American Sign Language
       so this post helped me think of others ways I could use that skill.
     - November 20, 2012
     - This post started a lengthy Twitter conversation in which I was able to discuss 
        and review my teaching portfolio with a principal and several teachers from
        across the province! It was so helpful to review it with others before I use it
        during a teaching interview!
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To celebrate, I have decided to do a type of giveaway that I haven't done before,
a Mystery Prize Package Giveaway!! 


     The winner will receive a hand-made prize package tailored specifically for them (valued at $30)! 
Upon winning I will get in contact with the lucky person, visit your blog (if applicable) and find out what you would like in a prize package! Maybe that includes:
- Gift cards to Starbucks/Tim Hortons
- New calendar organizer for the classroom
- Stickers for student's work
- Souvenir from Canada (if you are an American follower)
- Nail polish and/or hand lotion to pamper yourself
- Anything!
The fun thing about this prize is that you actually get something in the mail that you can unwrap and enjoy! I think that is way more fun that downloading an electronic file... I love getting snail mail!

     There are lots of ways to enter and for each entry make sure you leave a comment below stating how you entered and your email address so I can contact you when you win!

1 ) Follow this blog (if you already do make sure you still comment)
2 ) Tweet about the giveaway on your Twitter account 
     (leave the link in the comment)
3 ) Post about the giveaway on your Facebook page 
     (leave the link in the comment)
4 ) Post about the giveaway on your blog, please include the image above
     (leave the link in the comment)


A BIG, gigantic, thank-you to everyone who made my first year of blogging so awesome!
Contest closes Friday, January 11th at 9pm (central time) and the winner will be announced on Saturday.
Good luck!

45 comments:

  1. I follow your blog already! Congratulations on your one year blogiversary.
    Erin
    Sample’s Superstars
    esample4@gmail.com

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    1. my email is katiebaxsmith@gmail.com

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    2. Thanks for entering Katie! :)

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  3. I blogged about your contest here:
    http://iwanttobeasuperteacher.blogspot.com/2013/01/last-day-for-literacy-bundle-giveaway.html
    Congratulations on your blogiversary!
    Katie
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

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  4. I follow your blog! Happy Blogaversary!

    rmariemuniz@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you Rachel! It would have been neat if you would have won another contest by me :)

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  5. Congrats on your blogaversary! Keep up the good work!

    Ms. Julie aka Southern Teacher
    southernteacherwbt.blogspot.com

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  6. Hey - how sweet of you! Followed your blog!

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    1. Thanks for entering and sharing about the contest Cheryl!

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  7. Tweeted ... check @Ms_cheryl_fines

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  8. ...and on fb: https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.fines.1

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  9. ...not posting on my almost-defunct blog, b ecause it's almost defunct. However, I am seriously considering re-starting it ... so maybe by your 2nd year I can do that one! lol

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  10. I shared about your giveaway on Facebook, but I'm not sure how to send you the link. I hope this works.
    https://www.facebook.com/becky.hoffman.372

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher

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    1. The link did work, thank you for entering Becky!

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  11. I follow your blog and love it!

    faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com

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  12. I blogged about your giveaway here:


    http://faithfulinfirst.blogspot.com/2013/01/giveaway-goddess-gossip_4.html

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  13. I just found your blog and started following! ( I found it through faaithfulinfirst )
    Jana
    Jprowell11@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome Jay! It is always nice to see new people visit and starting following :)

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  14. I am your newest follower! #250!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome Cherie! Thanks for following and entering my contest :)

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  15. I posted your giveaway in FB! www.facebook.com/cheriemae.ong

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  16. I am reaching out for tips on how to give my son the extra help he needs. By the looks of things, I think I have landed in the right place!

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    1. What kind of tips are you looking for? I would be happy to help in any way I can

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  17. Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary! I am already a follower! I love the idea of a tailored prize to arrive by snail mail! Very creative!

    Diane
    Teaching With Moxie

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    1. Thank you Diane! I am excited about the idea too :) I LOVE getting things in the mail, so exciting!

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  18. I'm a follower. Happy Blogiversary!
    maestra.kirra(at)gmail.com

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  19. I shared a link on my FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/TeacherKirra
    maestra.kirra@gmail.com
    :)

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  20. Congrats, I am a new follower!

    Kelly Brown
    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and following Kelly!

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  21. https://twitter.com/kellybb31/status/287563505194917888

    I shared it on twitter~
    Kelly Brown
    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  22. Just started following your blog!

    Allie
    The Gypsy Teacher
    allieelliott@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for following Allie! I love finding new blogs and am looking forward to reading through yours

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  23. I follow your blog and you have some informative information for teachers.

    Danell

    danellcooper@yahoo.com

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  24. Congrats! I am a new follower.
    lraines78@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Lori! I love having new followers :)

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  25. I am a new follower and also a firm believer in Whole Brain Teaching! I am looking forward to reading your posts.
    Maria
    firstgradecarousel@gmail.com

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    1. Congratulations Maria, you've won! I've sent you an email and I hope to hear back from you soon :)

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  26. I am your newest follower and I am so glad I found your blog. I love WBT! :)

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