Student Blogging Challenge – I Am

SBC I’ve signed up to the 2016 Student Blogging Challenge as a mentor to 30 students, mostly from the USA, plus one each from Australia, England and Puerto Rico.  The post topic for this week is I Am. I’ve just checked in and there are already 18 posts on-line, a diverse range of personalities and interests.

I thought if I’m peeking into their lives, they should get to peek into mine. It’s only fair!

So here is my I AM post, especially for you guys. You know who you are….


I AM me. I live in Australia, on the east coast near the ocean. It is a small town with about 5,000 people but the nearest city is only 20 mins away.

I have two very different jobs. I am an Information and Communications Technologies Consultant which means I spend a lot of my day answering questions about computers and software. I am also an author and this blog sits inside my website. Sometimes I combine these two jobs like when I teach a Minecraft Writing workshop. I use Minecraft to show how to structure a story. Avatar

My favourite sport is hockey although I don’t play anymore. Soccer and gridiron are also popular in my house. I like to write (fancy that!), read, hang out on the internet, do jigsaws and lego  and make things with origami.

My family and I all like animals. We have two Burmese cats, tropical fish and a tree frog. Past pets have included deerhounds (although there are no deer around here!), lizards, parrots, turtles, snakes, ducks, chickens and guinea pigs.

I think it’s important to be honest and to be a good friend. I like to volunteer because it feels good to help out and I get to meet new, interesting people. I am quiet but I am not shy. I often visit schools to talk about being an author.

I wish I could paint and draw manga. And play a musical instrumental. I wish I could run faster. But mostly I am happy with who I am.

I made an avatar – for the first time – but it doesn’t link to my blog. My WordPress blog sits inside my website and nothing seems to work if I post on Blogger. So I had to embed a link in my comments  while I’m working that out. I’m also learning other new things. I had to look up ‘freshman’ and ‘varsity’. We don’t use those words in Australia.

I also have an About Me page on my website.



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8 responses to “Student Blogging Challenge – I Am”

  1. Hi Sandy, you commented on my blog a bit earlier this week. I came over to see what type of person you are and your life seems very interesting. I hope to visit Australia soon and I am also interested in animals and wildlife. I agree that it is important to be a good and honest person. Have a good day.

  2. Karnpreet Grewal says:

    Hi Sandy. I like animal too, but I am not allowed to have pets. I also like to volunteer at school. I appreciate that there are artistic people in the world because I am defiantly not artistic. Are you artistic? Have a great day!

  3. sandy says:

    Thanks for the comment Inderpal. I think you would like Australia. Some people say that the east coast of Australia, where I live, is a lot like California.

  4. sandy says:

    Thanks for the comment, Karnpeet. I’m an author so I’m artistic with words but hopeless with other things like drawing and playing a musical instrument. I think it’s great that you volunteer at school and I’ve left you a comment about that back on your blog.

  5. OSCAR says:

    Thank you sandy for reading my post, and yes I do like animals but my dog is the laziest animal on earth. My dog is a girl German shepherd . By the way I loved your post because I liked the part when you said that you have two jobs I actually know someone who can relate to you.

    what about you do you have a favorite animal or A favorite Hobby?

  6. Russell Ferrell says:

    Hi Sandy,thank you for commenting on my blog last week.You have a very interesting life.It must be really awesome to live in Australia.I also like to build legos. I tried origami but wasn’t very good.The only pet I have is a bluenose pit bull. Thank you and have a nice day.

  7. sandy says:

    Hey Oscar, Thanks heaps for your comment and questions. I think we should introduce my lazy cats to your lazy dog. As long as she doesn’t chase them. My favourite animal is the green tree frog. I am very lucky because I once had to look after. My favourite hobby is reading. If I could live in a library I would! See you on your blog.

  8. sandy says:

    Hi Russell. Maybe you will visit Australia on day. I love it here. Many years ago I visited California and I loved it there too. See you on your blog.

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