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Our Blog stats surprised us too! 2010 in review. Thanks for the support bloggers!

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,600 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 40 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 109 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 30mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was December 12th with 53 views. The most popular post that day was How to make Rompope!!!!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, salsaandsalsa.com, en.wordpress.com, mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for queso fundido, susan g komen, quesos fundidos, salsa and salsa mazatlan recipes, and salsa and salsa mazatlan.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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How to make Rompope!!!! December 2010

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Lela collects $515 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation July 2010
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Carnival Splendor! The Fun Ship Indeed! March 2010
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A Molca-what? April 2010
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The Salsa and Salsa Blog has arrived… March 2010
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Salsa Blog reaches 2000 visits

It finally happened!  We reached 2000 viewers today!!

Truly blessed to have the support of all the Dancing Chefs and friends who have believed in what we do, how we do it and why we do it!  We are quietly (who am I kidding?!) I’m sitting here going WOOHOO! hahaha – celebrating our 2000th click with a glass of bubbly and I raise my glass to you all.  Salud, Dinero y Mucho Mucho Amor!


Hands on Nashville receives Lela check

We are pleased to announce that Lela’s donation made it to Nashville!  For the month of May, we collected donations for victims of the Nashville Floods.  We chose ‘Hands on Nashville’ as the charity that received the donation.

Our contact in Nashville was the lovely and very helpful Shannon Finnegan Scott, who as we had mentioned on the tour, works at Cannon Productions (Production Coordinator).  When we chose Nashville, we didn’t know where to start…we thought of Kenny Chesney (lol) and eventually found our way to Shannon.  We told her about Lela, and she was more than happy to help and be our person in Nashville 🙂

‘Hands on Nashville’ is an organization that Shannon supports and so we looked at it and they do wonderful things, so Shannon was sent the check and she arranged a meet with Brian Williams, the Executive Director at Hands On Nashville.  Brian was delighted to hear about Lela and the kindness you all showed with your donations.

Miss Shannon F. Scott and Head of HON Brian Williams

We thank everyone for their generosity!  We raised $457USD for Nashville, so give yourselves all a big round of applause!! We have reconstructed our Lela Page, so be sure to have a quick look!  Also, all Lela photos from June onwards will be posted on the Salsa and Salsa Business Listing Page, so if you haven’t added it to your ‘LIKES’ on Facebook, be sure to click on it so view the pictures and tag yourselves.

June has been a busssssssssy month for us, with Father’s Day, my trip to the WSOP in Las Vegas and the growing crowds at the Salsa Tour, we are getting more photos than ever (which we absolutely LOVE!), we have lots to share with you.  Look forward to a few more blog posts this week with some guests photos and some exciting news we have that we are waiting to announce 😉

Stay tuned,

Pamela


Things that make you go…AWESOME!

A friend of mine recently posted on her Facebook status a link to someone else’s blog.  I don’t often have the time to click leisurely, but the title caught my eye.  ‘1000 Awesome Things’…  so I sat there and checked one million other status reports from other friends, and then I went back to it…hmmmm, 1000 Awesome things…  so I clicked it.

Apart from the title of the blog giving it away, the blog is about, funny enough, 1000 awesome things!  I read only 10 things and laughed, nodded, turned to my partner and discussed, smiled and even at one point yelled out “TOTALLY!”

Although I’m late to jump on this fast growing blog, it only recently got published as a book in April of 2010.  I totally recommend it to anyone who wants to remember what it’s like to laugh, cry, dream and explore.  The blog started back in June 2008 and it’s creator  Neil Pasricha has a smooth and easy to read style that makes you want to read all 1000 things.  The blog’s edge is the countdown from 1000 to 1.  It is currently at #495, so if you’d like to follow it along, simply click on the link provided below or on the right panel in our Blogroll.

I’m dying to get my hands on the book – a lot of people that know me well would be surprised at hearing me say that…  Pamela? Read? Really?!  I’m not a reader, I admit it.  I rarely want to read and have rarely picked up a book and read it from start to finish in my life. I’m more a magazine person.  Test me on Vogue, Harpers, Vanity or National Geographic. I’ve read them all.

But don’t get me wrong. I have read some books – when I was younger and had more time on my hands, I was all about reading…

First came my Anne Rice addiction :

Interview with the Vampire (1976)
The Vampire Lestat (1985)
The Queen of the Damned (1988)
The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)

Memnoch the Devil (1995)
The Vampire Armand (1998)

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay changed my life.  Then the movie was so great that I decided I wanted to travel the world and see different worlds for myself.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson was another book that made me explore the world of fantasy fiction.  Now THAT book I could not put down and funny story, never got to finish because I left it behind when I moved from one home to another…I hear there are more books in the series now, so maybe it’s time I get reading again.

John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief also had me staying up late at night, my dad yelling out “Go to bed!”…that book made me want to be get into the legal world.

What books changed your life?  What books are STILL changing your life?  What are you reading now?  I love knowing what people are reading.  Even though I’m not currently reading anything, I love hearing people tell me what they are reading.  Their interphttps://i1.wp.com/www.cirkla.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/baby_laughing.jpgretations of someone else’s vision, story or life – it fascinates me!

Well, back to the 1000 awesome things, I would like to hear what you guys find awesome.  I find the laughter of a baby awesome, call it my getting clucky (oh oh, boyfriend watch out…) but nothing beats the purity of a babies laughter.

Alrighty folks, I really enjoy reading your comments and emails, as well as your Facebook messages and Testimonials on our site.  So keep them coming.  We have some pretty big news coming up soon, so stay tuned!

Over and out

Pamela





Lela finally makes it to Chile

She made it!  Lela’s donation finally made it to Chile! 

Sister Gabriella Vergara Ríos was kind enough to send us a photo too.  In the picture, you see the head nun (centre), Sister Gabriella (holding the receipt from Western Union!) and a few of the students that were overjoyed to hear that a little pig from Mexico donated so much money.  In fact, we sent a total of  $336,582.39 CLP !!  On top of that, the girls and the Sisters wanted to express how very very grateful they are to EVERYONE who donated to Lela for the Chile cause – and religious or not – God bless you (in their words) 😉

Happy Chileans give thanks to Lela and your donations!

Western Union Receipt sent from Mazatlan

The money will go to helping repair the school which was badly damaged in the earthquake back in Feb (see past blog entry)

Again, we send a big big thank you to everyone and hope that Lela continues to help those around the world.

On another warming note – Mazatlan is heating up.  Our weather is slowly but surely getting warmer and warmer, with the humidity settling in just nicely.  For those planning on visiting soon, be sure to bring shorts, swimsuits and plenty of sunscreen, because Salsa and Salsa is about to get HOT HOT HOT!

Click the sun for Mazatlan weather!

Don’t forget to smile today 😉

Pamela


Old Fashioned Skills – who still has them?

We are slowly but surely, venturing into unknown territory when it comes to the world wide web.  Like most people, we too find it hard to keep up with all the new gadgets, social networking sites, uploading, downloading, stats, news, and everything online!

Salsa and Salsa on Facebook

Thankfully, I love it all!  I can’t get enough of Facebook – my personal page allows certain games (Bejeweled, Lexulous, Geo Challenge and a few others) and I dare anyone to try and beat my scores hahaha! Our facebook page for Salsa and Salsa tends to stick to just Salsa and Salsa, with photos, videos (well, one for now, but I encourage you guys to send us your videos of the tour, so we can post and share it with other Facebookers!) as well as lots of fun comments.

Review us on Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor is another forum which grabs a lot of my attention.  As most of you know, we have been trying hard to reach #1 on Tripadvisor and we are just about there…this week we reached #2, we were stuck on #4 for months!!  What a relief to jump from 4 to 3, then 3 to 2.

Now we’re knocking on #1’s door, ready to kick it down and take it off it’s hinges! hahaha.  It’s all about the reviews on that site, so if you haven’t reviewed us, go ahead and take a second to do so, it might just be the review that gets us to #1!

Our blog, of course, is always enjoyable to write and we love reading the comments from our readers.  The blog world is truly new to us both, and I myself (and I’m sure I can speak for Leonique) am amazed at how one person’s thoughts can reach another person who may just be on the other side of the world!  Awesome.

To Twitter or not to Twitter?

We have yet to venture into Twitterland…so many guests on the tour have said “NOOOO! Don’t do it!” – I’d like to hear from you guys – should we Twitter or should we not?!  What’s the biggest difference between Twitter and Facebook – aren’t they the same thing?  My understanding is that Twitter is simply just status updates.  No photos, no videos, no comments, just status reports… so if this is correct, what’s the point?  But I am willing to hear you Twitterers out (ok, I just made that name up, I wonder what the real term is), I am certainly opened to hearing from you and being swayed to the dark side…

How did you hear about us?

Cruise Critic is another forum which we have yet to join, although I know A LOT of cruisers frequent there.  Should we join Cruise Critic too?  How did you hear about us?

Sometimes I feel it’s all too much – all the technology – but truth is, where would we be without it?  I have yet to get an iPhone, although I had my eye on it months before its release, I am fighting the urge to just spring for it – I mean, who doesn’t need a gadget that can identify a song from simply holding the phone up in the air?  Or want to see if your table is wonky, hold the iPhone up and use the Spirit Level app that comes with the phone  (that one made me laugh!)  I was actually out with a friend at a restaurant when she pulled it out, checked the level of the table, and called the waiter over to let him know (I’m not joking, the funniest part of the story is the waiter just looked at her and said “ok, thanks?” hahaha)

With that in mind, I take a step back and think where would we be without all this technology?

Skype Me!

Skype helps me communicate with friends and family overseas, for free (if you haven’t heard of Skype, check it out – show your phone company that you have had enough of their ridiculous prices! and add the words “Skype Me” to your web talk repertoire).  I have to really rack my brain to think of items I can do without these days… I can certainly do without a car.  Even living in Mexico, I can find my way around easily, cheaply and without the added cost of gas, insurance, license costs, highway tolls and all the other costs that are inflicted on drivers.  I have been here for six years and have had no need (or desire) to buy a car.  On top of that, I feel very proud of the fact that I am doing my part in not contributing to the world’s pollution problem.

Computer – gotta have it.  No question about it – I could go without all the other things, but gotta have my laptop!

What can you go without?  More importantly, what can’t you go without?  Most of you will realize that it is hard to come up with the go without list…but try, it’s a good test on coming to terms with the fact that most of us surround ourselves with things we don’t really need.  We are all very lucky to live in a world that allows us to buy buy buy, all in the name of keeping up with technology.  I mean, I’ve fallen a victim to it – but I try hard to make up for it by giving back to the environment, spending time in nature (in other words, stepping away from the computer and getting outside!) and occasionally reverting back to the old fashioned ways, like riding a bike, drawing a picture (rather than taking a picture), whipping cream or eggs with a whisk (lol) and using a molcajete instead of a hand blender (double lol).

Food for thought…what old fashioned skills do you posses?

Till next time,

Pamela