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8 Fabbertastic Facts About Nick Ramsay

In an effort to introduce himself to his fellow Japan bloggers, Chris G has written eight random facts about himself, including one about a dangerous Jurassic goose.

Chris has tagged me to do the same, so here we go…

8 fabbertastic facts about me

  1. I am incredibly forgetful.
  2. I wake up at the sound of a pin dropping.
  3. My favorite PC game of all-time is the Sim City series.
  4. I am incredibly forgetful.
  5. I once tried to sell brand new Japanese Pokemon cards on eBay for $100 each. I sold zero.
  6. I hate eggs. I’m not allergic. I just can’t stand them. The shape, smell, and even the name makes me shiver!
  7. When I was in primary school, I played Jesus in the musical “Godspell”. As I was hanging on the cross at the end, I wet myself, and my disciples got covered in wee as they carried me aloft, down the aisle between the audience.
  8. I once made $100 at a Japanese university by clapping my hands for two minutes. It was part of an experiment to compare how clapping styles differed between Japanese and non-Japanese.
  9. I once made $800 by giving blood, urine and stool samples at a Japanese medical clinic. It was part of an experiment to compare how blood-clotting differed between Japanese and non-Japanese.

Passing on the meme…

Let me pass on the baton to Shane, Deas, and Billy West.

Here are the rules:

  1. People who are tagged need to write a post containing 8 random facts about themselves.
  2. At the end of the post you should name several other bloggers to be tagged.
  3. Leave a comment for the bloggers and link to your own post.

Nick Ramsay Google Battle Update

In October last year, I laid down the gauntlet and swore I would take the number one spot in Google’s search results for my own name. My opponent was none other than the politician, Nick Ramsay, who happens to be a fellow Brit, born in the same year as myself! Supported by internet powerhouses Wikipedia and the British Conservative Party, it was going to be tough…

Rising to the top

Five months later, and I’ve done it! I’m now No.1 in Google’s search results for my name. The key to my success was probably not telling my competition I was competing with him! 😉

Comparing search results

What’s your Google battle?

If you could get your own blog or website to rank higher in the search engines, what “family-friendly” keyword or search term would you want to rank higher for? It would obviously need to be related to your site. One of the more popular search phrases for people in this community is “Japan blog”, which returns GeishaBlog.com as the first result. I bet that one gets a few hits!

NickRamsay.com is Unavailable

Nick RamsayThat’s right, NickRamsay.com is unavailable because I bought it!

I have no idea why I didn’t register the domain name earlier, but this time I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by. If you remember from my post Nick Ramsay vs Nick Ramsay, I’m trying to rank higher for my own name in Google’s search results than the other Nick Ramsay does. This is one step towards that goal.

Right now, I’ve got the domain pointing to this blog, so if you try to visit NickRamsay.com, you’ll end up back here. Perhaps in the future, particularly if I start to teach English online, it will come in very handy. In the meantime, if you forget the name of this blog, just type in NickRamsay.com!

How about you? Do you have a blog or website? Is your name in the domain name? Leave a comment! 

Afterthought: One advantage of having your name as your domain is you can tell people the name of your blog, and they’re more likely to remember it. Another advantage is when you have the same name as a politician and people type in his name as the domain name, only to land here! 👿

Nick Ramsay vs Nick Ramsay

Google search results for Nick RamsayI’m sure most of you have googled your own name on the internet, and I’m no different. It’s no surprise to find someone else with the same name as you considering the billions of people on the planet, but in my case, the other Nick Ramsay is also British, and the same age as me!

I take pride in my computer skills, so it’s a bit disappointing not to see my own website at the top of Google’s search results for “Nick Ramsay”. It’s understandable, however, when you realize that Nick Ramsay is a politician. Not only that, but I’m beaten by his profile page on the highly popular Conservatives.com website.

Being a politician, I assume Nick regularly gets mentioned in newspapers, blogs and other media. Whenever someone talks about him online, they are likely to link to his Conservatives profile page, using the name “Nick Ramsay”. Linking with specific keywords (i.e. anchor text) is the best way to get your site ranking highly in the search results.

Nick Ramsay vs Nick Ramsay

Taking on a politician in a search ranking contest is as silly as me entering a sumo contest, but nevertheless, I’ll continue to push for that top spot, and hope Nick Ramsay the politician has a career change!

LongCountdown in the Spotlight

BlogsOnJapan: LongCountdown InterviewI must have done something worthy of attention because Mike from BlogsOnJapan.com pulled me aside for an interview. Mike is putting together a collection of interviews with bloggers in Japan, and LongCountdown.com made the list. Find out what my favorite place in Japan is, who my favorite celebrity is, and what I think of Japanese food by reading the Interview with Long Countdown

On top of that, I was surprised to find myself the subject of a podcast on TiltyHouse.com. The Dai-Cast team host a weekly podcast about various issues in Japan, and they chose to talk about (and poke fun at) my post, Planning a Lifetime in Japan.

LongCountdown featured on TiltyHouse.comIt was kind of surreal listening to people I don’t know discuss me and my family’s life insurance policy, but it was all in done in good humour and touched on the financial difficulties young couples face today. The podcast is an hour long, but if you’re patient enough to download it, you can find them talk about me around the 19:00 minute mark. Go and listen to Dai-Cast 067 – Can’t Do That on a Christian Podcast.

What’s my name?

In my post about choosing a name for our son, I said that one reason for giving him my wife’s family name, i.e. a Japanese name, is because it would be more convenient. In this post, I’m going to write about my experiences of having a non-Japanese name in Japan.

Nikuman - a meaty dumpling thing.Informally, my name Nick is pretty hard for Japanese people to pronounce. They tend to say Ni-koo, or nikku in romaji. Having been in Japan for ten years, I now introduce myself as Ni-koo, and to help people remember my name, I list a variety of meat dishes – yakiniku, nikujaga, and nikuman. Naturally, having a name similar to the Japanese word for ‘meat’ is funny enough to break the ice during an introduction.

Things get really awkward in formal situations, and I often struggle to remember what my own full name is. At least, I forget the order in which it should be written. Let me explain…

Last, First, Middle names - confusing to Japanese.Here’s a scan from my old passport. You can see that my surname is listed first, then below are my given names, Nicholas (first) and Hannant (middle – don’t laugh!).

The problem arose right at the beginning when immigration decided, based on my passport, that my name is officially Ramsay Nicholas Hannant, and City Hall put that on my alien registration card. Can you imagine how confusing it is to be recognised as Last name, First name, Middle name?

I can’t count how many times I’ve had to rewrite forms at banks and post offices because I got the order “wrong”. When we applied for a mortgage, I had to open a completely new bank account because my existing one was opened without using my middle name, and apparently this was impossible to rectify.

Everything must match my alien registration card: my driver’s licence, health insurance, pension, even our house is owned by Mr. Hannant. It’s a bit annoying that all my neighbors think I’m Ramsay Nicholas Hannant-san, but that was the name on the list at our recent neighborhood meeting.

Having a meaty nickname and a long-winded, scrambled full name is one thing, but the problems don’t stop there. When I applied for a credit card at a shopping center years ago, the staff promoting the cards and signing people up where young, part-timers who didn’t really know how the application form should be filled in. I asked one of the girls if I should write my name in English, romaji, or katakana, and she guessed at the latter. Clearly this was a mistake because when I eventually got my card, it had been converted into romaji, reading Ramusei Nikorasu Hananto.

I was able to use that card, without getting billed, for six months before the credit card company contacted me to say the name didn’t match that of my bank account, and I would need to fill in more forms to correct it!

I could go off at a tangent and talk about how I opened another bank account with the name “Nishi”, but I’ll save that story for another time.

Anyway, I hope from these experiences you can understand why our son Rikuto, will not be given a middle name, or my foreign surname. When something as simple as a name can cause so much hassle, why complicate things for the little fella?