10 Things about me

10 Things about me

I follow many other bloggers especially Irish Bloggers and I came across this great post at https://aoifeweefa.com/2015/07/14/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-me/ and at the footer of that post was some questions for others to do, so here you are, 10 things about me.

These are my answers to those questions.

10 things about me

1. What’s your party trick?

I can play any Queen song on piano, in the same style as on the record … you name it, I will play it.
On a more light hearted note, I can also have full and understandable conversations in a full on Donald Duck voice. I even did it to Donald Duck at Disney and got a great reaction.

2. Cats or Dogs?

Sorry, I can’t do this, I love both cats and dogs equally. However after recently trying to rescue 2 kittens who scratched and bit me quite badly, I am leaning a bit more towards dogs.

3. What is your most embarrassing moment?

Trying Karaoke with a song which I knew was too high …. it was far to high to reach. Thankfully in the days before camera phones.

4. If you could meet one person living or dead who would it be?

As a life long Queen fan, for the living person I would love to meet Brian May, and dead would have to be the amazing frontman Freddie Mercury.

5. How long can you hold your breath for? (yes, you have to time yourself)

1:23:77 – 1 minute 23 seconds .77 – I knew I was over a minute but that surprised me.

6. Why do you blog?

I have had a website since 1998 and in that time blogging sort of passed me out until about 2010 when I started small scale. I just love having my own personal space on the web. When I find something I like / dislike or have an opinion on I feel I can then say it on my own site with the understanding that this is my opinion based on my experiences.

7. What’s your favourite TV programme?

At the moment The Big Bang Theory but will watch re-runs of Fraiser, Friends and Star Trek the Next Generation any time.

8. How many brothers & sisters do you have and are they older or younger?

2 younger sisters.

9. Do you live in a city or in the countryside?

I live in Waterford City, I don’t think I would live in the countryside … unless it was in New Zealand ( I could do that !)

10. What was the last thing you bought other than food?

Quite ordinary really …. Diesel and a Daily Millions ticket.

 

Feel free to answer these in the comments below.

Shane McDonald - 10 things about me

Welcome to my New Travel Blog … Shane’s Travel Reviews

My new Travel Reviews Website

Welcome to my new site Shane’s Travel Reviews. This travel reviews site was created because of a few reasons. Firstly, I love to travel and I have been to many places from UK, Spain, France, Italy and Czech Republic to Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. As a result, I have many travel experiences to share, from the best hotels and reviews of attractions, to the very best in food, restaurants and places to see.

This travel site will include the many reviews from my travels over the past few years and they will appear here on an ongoing basis. Some reviews, like the Fairmont Hotel Singapore and the Christchurch Commodore Airport Hotel, in New Zealand were uploaded while the site was being created.

I hope you enjoy reading the reviews on this site and please bookmark the page.

Follow my Travels on Social Media

You can follow me on Twitter and on Instagram using the handle @shanestravels !

 

Project52 – Photography Project

The concept of Project365 is a way of documenting your life or your photography by taking a photo every day for a year. With the new 5 and 8 MegaPixels camera phones this project365  concept is becoming more popular and images are shared on social networks such as Facebook. I tried Project365 in 2010 and didn’t get far, due to not having the focus  or time, to post a unique photo every day.

This year I decided to post a Photo per week in Project52. That way I can maintain some quality within the photos posted rather than just posting any old photo.

What is Project52?
Every week, for one year (52 weeks), I will be taking a photo and posting it online, at shanemcdonald.me, My PhotoBlog.

Photos of what?
The Photos will be of anything ; whatever I am around or whatever I find interesting.
I will be using a DSLR at all times unless I am travelling when I will be using the iPhone 4S which has an excelent camera.

Week 1 of Project52
You can see the first post at shanemcdonald.me by clicking here.

 

Follow my PhotoBlog on Twitter @shanesphoto or my main account @smcdonalddotorg

Website Traffic – 2011’s Site Traffic in Review

Website Traffic – 2011’s Site Traffic in Review

Looking back at the year that was on my website, 2011 was the year Google Panda visited my site, Twitter and Facebook had an impact on search and website traffic, and an overall increase of 21% on traffic from 2010.

2011 looks like hitting 690,000 unique visitors and 1.8 Million Page Views.

20 The Most Popular Pages on the site

1. Piano Chord Shapes : 198,647  pageviews
2. 420 Chords – ChordMap : 152,515 pageviews
3. Guitar Chords :  51,751 pageviews
4. Learn To Read Music : 50,402 pageviews
5. Easy Music Transposer : 42,333 pageviews
6. Queen Album List / Discography : 34,164 pageviews
7. Chordmap Italiano : 33,584 pageviews
8. Learn Types of Music Notes : 32,594 pageviews
9. How to Transpose : 32,199 pageviews
10. Shanes Queen Site Homepage : 31,194 pageviews
11. Guitar Chord Bm : 27,729 pageviews
12. Guitar Chord List : 27,131 pageviews
13. Piano Chord C Major : 24,666 pageviews
14. Bohemian Rhapsody Chords : 24,075 pageviews
15. How to Fix and iPhone / iPod Touch, with a Frozen Safari App : 23,121 pageviews
16. Homepage :  20,130 pageviews
17. Guitar Chord of Bb Maj 19,159 pageviews
18. Piano Chord of C  : 16,702 pageviews
19. Piano Chord Variations in C :  14,552 pageviews
20. Piano Chords in Spanish : 13,443 pageviews

Top 10 Pages on the Blog

1. How to Fix and iPhone / iPod Touch, with a Frozen Safari App : 23,121 views
2. Flight Radar Vs Plane Finder iPhone Apps : 8,615 views
3. Blog Homepage : 1,683 views
4. Fix an iPhone or iPod Touch which Won’t Start : 1,570 views
5. iPhone 4 expected in Ireland in Early June : 762 views
6. Irish Language – What a Waste of Time  : 642 views
7. Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore : 592 views
8. UFO Spotted over Copacabana Beach : 572 views
9. Goalkeeper Saves Penalty and Celebrates as Ball Rolls in to Goal : 548 views
10. NDrive – iPhone Sat Nav App : 360 views

Google Panda Update Visited the Site

Google Panda is a change to the Google’s search results ranking algorithm.This change reportedly affected the rankings of almost 12 percent of all search results, my site was affected in October with traffic dropping by about 60%. Below is the output from Google Analytics which shows the dramatic drop in traffic during that time – thankfully traffic was come back up towards normal levels.

ShaneMcDonald.org Website Traffic 2011

SEO Review of 2010 – Top 50 Pages on ShaneMcDonald.org for 2010

I decided to do a quick SEO review of the website now that 2010 is over.

The following is a list of the top 50 pages on shanemcdonald.org for 2010. You can see the page details, page views and unique pageviews / visitors on the post below. I will also be publishing the top 25 SEO Keywords for the site (might extend it to the top 50 keywords for 2010). These will be uploaded in the next few days.

Top 50 Pages on ShaneMcDonald.org for 2010

Website PagePageviewsVisitors
/music/piano-chord-shapes.html 13513995072
/music/chordmap/ 12602150129
/queen/album-list.php 7614526762
/music/guitar-chords.html 4189517550
/music/learn-to-read-music.html 3792226299
/music/easy-music-transposer.html 3579429997
/music/piano-chord-shapes.html 3283223227
/music/learn-types-of-music-notes.html 2318117143
/music/chordmap/ 227698772
/music/how-to-transpose.html 2196116906
/music/guitar/guitar-chords-full-list.html 2195017020
/music/guitar/b-minor.html 2110614717
/music/piano-chord-C_Major.html 2105915776
/ 2056616653
/music/tab-q-nato-bohemian-rhapsody.html 1901717837
/queen/queen-bio.html 179869454
/music/guitar/Bflat-major.html 1525811366
/queen/queen-tabs.html 142637145
/music/piano-chords-in-C.html 130767489
/myblog/2010-01-15/how-to-fix-an-iphone-ipod-touch-with-a-frozen-safari-app/ 127497383
/music/piano-chord-D_Major.html 123878952
/music/chordmap/piano-chords.php?Root=C&id=1 1236410839
/music/musicglossary.php 116945671
/myblog/2010-06-07/iphone-4g-expected-to-be-in-ireland-uk-in-early-june/ 98824993
/music/piano-chord-G_Major.html 98637153
/music/tabs.html 95987071
/music/learn-to-read-notes.html 90416402
/queen/tab-q-nato-bohemian-rhapsody.html 87678199
/music/guitar-chords.html 85313694
/music/playing-piano-chords.html 83484533
/music/piano-chord-E_Major.html 81496013
/queen/Freddie_Mercury.html 73866080
/queen/Roger_Taylor.html 72625900
/music/piano-chord-A_Major.html 69875467
/music/piano-chord-B_Major.html 68955067
/music/tab-datr-somebody-to-love.html 68926371
/music/piano-chord-F_Major.html 67995283
/queen/album-detail.php?id=1 67325775
/music/learn-to-read-music.html 60254750
/music/guitar/c-minor.html 60124750
/queen/album-detail.php?id=2 55844510
/music/tab-notw-we-are-the-champions.html 54965153
/queen/album-detail.php?id=4 54754460
/music/guitar/c-major.html 54304662
/queen/album-detail.php?id=3 53634335
/queen/John_Deacon.html 52574405
/music/index.htm 52143584
/queen/album-detail.php?id=5 48843968
/music/guitar/f-major.html 48814088
/music/learn-types-of-music-notes.html 47323699

Source : Google Analytics – ( Date Range 1st Jan 2010 to 31st December 2010 )

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