My Site Table of Contents – I did it!

This page is updated regularly. Old posts have been deleted. Posts are re-organised. 

For the most up-to-date Table of Contents, visit this page.

I’ve taken up Lorelle’s huge challenge, Blog Exercises: Organise Your Content, to organise all my posts on this blog. I’ll explain in my next post the sweat, tear, and joy of completing this task. I’m keen to find out what you think of the outcome. Would you like to try organising your site too?

This task is never going to be perfect, but I’m willing to show you my attempts, my progress, or my failure.

Site Table of Contents

This Site Table of Contents is a microscopic view of my 195 blog posts published on Janet’s Notebook from 5 April 2012 till 27 July 2013.

It covers stories of my life before the UK and my life after living in the UK since 1996. It covers my hobbies, my identity, and my thoughts on history, language and cross cultures.

It depicts my life in the south of England, my family with a son with pets, my local community, and my moments of glory and sadness.

It also reflects my love affairs with WordPress, and how my life has been enriched and transformed with WordPress through this brilliantly supportive and engaging community.

Who am I?

Is there an easy answer? I’ve been searching for my own identity throughout my life. I love exploring my thought process to find out who I am — if there is a perfect answer at all.

In this section, you’ll find out about my root, my new life in England, and my hobbies.

My Hobbies

I have a few hobbies, and surprisingly, they all have to do with paper.

Origami

Origami means paper folding – 折纸. I love learning about the mathematical structures of origami, and I love trying out endless possibilities with paper. It takes only 25 steps to make a crane, which symbolises peace. Welcome to the magical world of origami!

  • Sharing my favourite things
  • Origami Challenge: modular origami cube (deleted)
  • Origami for therapy (deleted)
  • Geometrical origami (deleted)
  • How to Make a Chinese Takeaway Book in 10 minutes? (deleted)
  • How to Make a Book in 2 Minutes? (deleted)
  • How to Make a Beautiful Origami Accordion Book (like a Very Hungry Caterpillar)? (deleted)
  • How to Make a Beautiful Origami Accordion Book? (deleted)
  • How to make a stunning origami modular star with 12 units? (deleted)
  • How to make an elegant origami cube with 6 units? (deleted)
  • Origami joy with William Morris prints (deleted)
  • Tea for Teachers
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Create with Paper (deleted)
  • Borigami and Origami Daze (deleted)

Basic Book-binding and Card-making

Nothing can beat a handmade book or a handmade card. It’s enjoyable to create. You’ll put a smile on the face of your loved ones.

Stamp Collecting

I collect modern British stamps. I buy them as they are newly released in presentation packs. These stamps help me understand the British culture. Now I have more than 150 packs of them, ranging from literature, entertainment, sports, history, invention, science and many other topics.

  • Lest we forget (deleted)
  • Delightful British Mint Stamps: Entertainment (deleted)
  • Weekly Photo Challenge: Mine with British stamps (deleted)
  • Delightful British Mint Stamps: Literature (deleted)

My Chinese Family

I grew up as the youngest child in a family of 10, in a very traditional Chinese family in the south tip of Malaysia. My family is split between Malaysia and Singapore, after Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965.

My British Family

I married to a western man, who loves Doctor Who, and we have a 12 year old boy, who also loves Doctor Who. Ben is now taller than me. My parents-in-law live in a very typical, small English village and my Chinese face makes me stand out in the village.

My Son and His Illness

My son Ben was diagnosed with a rare disease called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) when he was 13 months old. The disease affected his multiple organs and abnormal blood cells spread through his lymph system. He received a year’s chemotherapy treatment with several operations. He’s now a healthy boy.

My Identity

I refer myself as Chinese, Malaysian, British resident, Asian, a teacher, a mother…… in different social situations.

Cultural Differences

I sense cultural differences everyday. Before I’ve become too numb to feel the subtle differences, I write them down.

Wife in the South of England and My Community

Living in the suburbs in the south of England for the past 13 years, I’m surrounded by dog walkers, bird watchers, train enthusiasts and ramblers, and Jehovah’s Witnesses would knock on the door once in a while.

Living with Pets

We used to keep a few hens, but they all were killed, some in mysterious circumstances. We used to have a milk snake which went to a proper school with me one day. Now we have a 50cm long blue-tongued skink living in the lounge with us. I didn’t choose him as a pet.

My Joy and my Struggles

I had some extraordinary moments in my life. I visited Buckingham Palace on its summer preview day. Last year, I held two glittering Olympic torches. There were also some unhappy moments, but I’m coping fine.

My Local Community

I live near the historical city, Winchester, in the south of England. I have wonderful neighbours. My neighbourhood seems to be famous for strange reasons: bank robberies, swingers, and dodgy politicians. Colin Firth went to a college nearby just 10 minutes’ away.

My Neighbourhood

My Local Church

I go to a local Anglican Church, and help running a Fair Trade stall. From my house, I can hear the church bell ringing.

Leisure: Travel and Entertainment

I’m perfectly content in Britain. I would love to travel around the country more.

Travel

I go to different cities to teach at some weekends. Reading, Oxford and Winchester all have their unique charm.

Entertainment

I love watching British comedies, though I may not understand them. I love Stephen Fry.

      • Indulgence with Leonard Cohen (deleted)
      • James Blunt quits music? (deleted)
      • A Stephen Fry Friday – who would disagree? (deleted)
      • Eastleigh by-election: We keep on skipping (deleted)
      • Sweet Gangnam Style by Greater Manchester Police (deleted)

Education, History, Language and Culture

I’m a bi-lingual translator and a language tutor. I work with people of all ages. I love to teach and inspire. I enjoy learning about languages, history and culture around me.

History Through My Eyes

I love finding out facts and exploring history. I love interpreting meanings in everything around me.

Languages and Literature

I’m intrigued by languages and how language defines us, shapes our lives and enriches our understanding around the world. In this section, I share the delight of a few Chinese characters, introduce great Chinese writers and thinkers, and compare some interesting Chinese-English translation examples.

Chinese, Culture and Society

You’ll learn about some Chinese characters and a few sweet Chinese folklore stories. You’ll learn how the Chinese honour their tradition and worship their ancestors.

Remarkable Chinese Writers and Scientist

Mo Yan 莫言 is the first Nobel Prize Winner in Literature from China. I ‘interviewed’ him with an introduction to his major work. I also introduced writers Han Suyin and Li Shutong. You’ll read about Fang Zhouzi, a scientist in China who fights against pseudoscience and fraud in China.

English and Translation

Is translation the solution to the understanding of different cultures? Some Chinese and English are lost in translation forever.

Educational Resources

I share useful educational resources. I particularly love all the wonderful talks from TED: Ideas worth spreading. I support Fair Trade and its effort to fight poverty through trade.

My Love Affairs with WordPress

I’ve been blogging on WordPress since 2008, but I’ve only blogged in English since April 2012. In the past 15 month, I changed my blog title, I upgraded my site, I wrote about various topics, and I’ve made wonderful friends.

My Musings on WordPress

Friendship Built on WordPress

I made some wonderful friends through blogging on WordPress. It’s not shallow friendship. It is based on trust and love, on the rock named WordPress. Some gifts are exchanged. Some words of encouragement are sent by emails. With some, we even meet in real life, and our families also get to know each other. From a virtual to a real world, I thank WordPress for building this solid bridge for us.

Uniquely Tilly

My son and I stayed for 5 days with Tilly Bud, The Laughing Housewife, in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Here is a collection of my sweet memories. I also turned our stories into an ebook as a cherished token.

Simple WordPress Presentation Tips

I’ve picked up a few blogging tips, mainly presentational tips, which are helpful for blogging. I hope you find the tips useful.

Re-blogged Posts

I re-blogged the following 8 posts on my blog last year. I’ve stopped re-blogging as I found it a ‘lazy’ way to introduce great posts. More importantly, Re-blogging is not flexible for editing.

On revision this post in August, I deleted these re-blogged posts on this blog. You can still click the links below to be taken to the original posts.

You can find more Blog Exercises on . This is a year-long challenge to help you flex your blogging muscles.

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13 thoughts on “My Site Table of Contents – I did it!

    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Hi Opalla,

      Thanks for your appreciation. This is truly hard work, but it’s really worth the effort. Now I get a comprehensive view of my topics, my writing, my style. I didn’t start out writing those topics, but somehow after 15 months, I found out I’ve been round and round the circle!

      I’ll still move my posts around, and to continue think how to structure the site, and to make progress.

      The process could be similar to your experience in building your new kitchen. Hopefully this site will function better in the future.

      Reply
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  2. The Laughing Housewife

    Wow wow wow Janet! I’m so impressed by your organisation – and thrilled to occupy a category of my own 🙂

    I couldn’t do this, I’m afraid: I wrote my 2600th post the other day. I’d like a life!

    Reply
    1. Janet Williams Post author

      I ‘only’ had 200 posts and if I didn’t do it, my site was going to be getting messier. I was already feeling lost in my posts prior to this exercise. So, this exercise was really worth it. It’s eye opening, actually. A Table of Contents gives me and readers a chance to see what the site is really about. It gives me a big shock and I still haven’t recovered yet.

      Now, my question is, do you think I have a clear focus? Do you think I miss something? What should I be proud of? Some old posts need tidying up. I’ll take it one step at a time to work on this project. Thank you for taking part, and being Uniquely Tilly.

      If you would like to try, perhaps start something small. Start with your family posts first, perhaps 20 posts at a time, and you can see you can have a few sub-categories there: your TV celebrity moment, your boys, and your snoring……

      Reply
      1. The Laughing Housewife

        Oh no, I’m not going there…!

        I think you’ve done a good job but I can’t help thinking that it is duplicating the work of the Categories. You could go through those old posts and check the category is right.

      2. Janet Williams Post author

        Perhaps Lorelle could jump in and answer this question — is a Table of Contents a duplicate of Category?

        Currently, my Category is not brilliant. I can see if you have various sub-categories, it could be effective too. However, I feel that a Table of Contents perhaps is more thorough yet concise. It has a stronger impact visually?

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