Challenge 10 – Evaluate

Hi everyone,

This is sadly the final challenge from the Student Blogging Challenge for 2012. I have really enjoyed participating in the weekly challenges, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts. The first challenge was to take a survey on the actual Student Blogging Challenge website, which I have already done. The second challenge was to have a survey of your blog by someone who has not seen it before. I did this survey on my dad, who has only seen it once, and that was last year (I couldn’t find anyone that had never seen my blog before) Here it is:

The next challenge was to write an audit of your blog since the beginning of September since the challenges had started. Here are the questions and my answers:

  • How many posts did you write?
I wrote 15 posts
  • How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?
11 were school based or my own interests and 4 were from the challenges.
  • How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?
In total, I received 110 comments (including some from me!)
  • Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?
The post that received the most comments wasn’t actually a Student Blogging Challenge post, but one that I had written myself. It received 57 comments and it was a post about 50 places to visit before you die. I think it received that many comments because people must have found it interesting to compare many places and find out which ones they have been to and which ones they haven’t or really want to visit. In terms of the Student Blogging Challenge posts, the post that received the most comments was the one I wrote about Science and Dolphins. It received 6 comments including 2 that I wrote replying to the other comments. It must have received that many comments because people may have the same interests as me and like Dolphins, and so they find something similar between them and myself. 
  • Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?
Non – Student Blogging Challenge wise, I enjoyed writing all the 100 Word Challenges because they were a fun thing to do with just 100 Words!
Student Blogging Challenge wise, I enjoyed writing about Dolphins, because I love Dolphins and while I was researching them, I also found out a lot about them!
  • Did you change blog themes at all and why?
I didn’t change blog themes at all because I feel that my current theme fits everything in well and suits my blog. 
  • How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?
I have 16 widgets. I think that this is just right, as they don’t actually look like that many when you look at them in the sidebar, and also, most of them are ones like my blogroll, etc.
  • How many overseas students do you have on your blogroll?

I don’t actually have any, but I think I might add some soon.

Well, that’s it! I just want to thank Miss W who organised the Student Blogging Challenge! And, I will definitely be doing it again next year! If you have a blog, did you do the Student Blogging Challenge? If not, I recommend doing so next year!

Bye for now!

T&T

Challenge 7 – The sciences

Hey!

This post is for the Student Blogging Challenge again! This week, we had to write something about Science. I am using one of the recommendations of something to write about from the website, which was to write about your favourite animal and include lots of information and links.

Well, first of all, my favourite animal is a Dolphin! It was just until recently when I swam with a Dolphin that I started to really like them… I found them to be very interesting creatures and while I swam with them, I also learnt a lot about them.

Firstly, you should know that there are quite a few types of Dolphins, but the one you probably would have heard of is the Bottle Nose Dolphin.

Here is a picture of it:

So, I will actually be writing about Bottlenose Dolphins. Firstly, here is a short video all about the sounds they make and the way they move:

Bottlenose Dolphins or just normal Dolphins are the most amazing creatures and are so graceful and just amazing. Now, for some real facts!

Bottlenose dolphins live and travel in groups of 10–30 members, called pods. Though, they can also travel as an individual or in a pod of up to 1,000! But, 10-30 is the most common number.

The diet of a Bottlenose Dolphin mainly consists of fish. They often try to look for fish with their pod. Dolphins are amazingly smart creatures and scientists say that they are as smart as humans, but in a different way. Bottlenose Dolphins are grey at the top of their body, light grey moving down towards their tail fin and almost white underneath. I learned while on holiday, that Dolphins have little grey spots underneath them, on their belly area. Depending on how hold they are, the sports vary. So, if a Dolphin is older, like 28, they have more spots than a Dolphin who is, say, 4.  Dolphins also have a Dorsel fin which is the fin on their back. Part of why they are called Dolphin is a combination of Dorsel and Fin. Not sure how Fin got to Phin though! Well, I hope you learned something about Dolphins!

Do you actually like Dolphins?

Anyway, here is a final video with more information about Dolphins before I finish this post:

T&T

Links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolphin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottlenose_dolphin

Videos from: Youtube

Photos from: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01127/dolphin-pod-460_1127965c.jpg

http://www.junglewalk.com/animal-pictures/200/Atlantic-Bottlenose-Dolphin-619.jpg

Challenge 6 – More Choices

This post is for the Student Blogging Challenge – Challenge 6. For this challenge, we are allowed to write about anything we want to! So, I have decided to write about… one of my passions/hobbies/interests which is Reading!

First of all… Why should you read?

Well, Reading is not only interesting, it is a great way to enhance your vocabulary and general knowledge! Books, are something that you can enjoy… Because, when you are reading a book, you can imagine all sorts of things, like what the characters in the book look like and so on.

So, reading is great! There are so many books in the world that you can read, so if you don’t like one particular book, why don’t you just read another one from those millions of books out there! Here are my recommendations for some books to read:

The Harry Potter series – by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series is about a boy named Harry Potter who finds out he is a wizard. He goes to a magical school and meets his two best friends and also some enemies. Throughout the books, the forces of good and evil clash and Harry finds out to destroy the evil Lord Voldemort (the man who killed his parents) he has to kill all the parts of Voldemort’s soul concealed in objects to destroy Voldemort himself.

White Ninja – by Tiffiny Hall

Most of you not from Australia probably wouldn’t have heard of Tiffiny Hall, but she a Martial artist, author and trainer on Australia’s The Biggest Loser. White Ninja is her first Novel for children, in the Roxy Ran series consisting of three books. White Ninja (book 1) is about a girl called Roxy Ran who finds out she is capable of Martial Arts. She has to fight of the bullies at her school. One day, when a new boy comes to her school, he takes her to training. Roxy has to find the White Ninja before the Samurai’s (the ninja’s opponents) do.

The Truth About Verity Sparks – by Susan Green

The Truth About Verity Sparks is about a 13 year old girl called Verity Sparks who finds out that she has the ability to find things without really looking for them. This rare ability is called Teleagtivism. When Verity loses her job as a milliner, she goes to live with another family since her parents are both dead. Verity helps the family solve mysteries but she herself has many mysterious of her own, like who her real parents were, since she knew that the parents she remembered having had adopted her.

Floors – by Patrick Carman

Floors is a very interesting book about a boy called Leo who works at a very mysterious hotel, where he finds boxes that lead him to hidden floors and strange puzzles. Leo must face different challenges, but he has a new friend to help him.  The hotels fate is in danger and so is Leo’s.

The Secret Series – by Pseudonymous Bosch

I have only read the first book in the series… and all I can say is… it’s a SECRET. So, read it for yourself to find out what it’s about. The first book is very good and I am told that the following books are really good as well.

Well, I’m afraid that’s all I have time for!

T&T

P.S. – Photos courtesy of: http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/money/shopping-and-legal/shopping/book_buying_guide.aspx
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