Prior to that I participated in several forums for a number of years - garnering a reputation for long, rambling posts. I still believe in this "conversational format" more so than even the more one-way blog and continue to chat, share, converse - namely on ELT Professionals on LinkedIN. (which I moderate).
Although the advent of micro blogging / posting platforms like Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr have made online conversation more into sound bites and sensation and less about sober thinking and discourse - they too have their place.
I have seen so many bloggers come and go but I think overall, that is a wonderful thing. It is natural, this kind of change and keeps fertilizing the earth that pushes up new bloggers. I hope I've inspired a number of new bloggers, in my own way, over the years.
I've cut back my blogging significantly this year. At one time I was blogging on 7 different blogs! Also a lot of guest blogging. Now find my blog posts here on EFL Classroom 2.0, on my public Edublog - Teacher Talk and the Official EnglishCentral blog. That's enough for now.
But after making a quick count of these 7 years - I can now confidently and proudly boast of over 2,000 complete, detailed blog posts. Reminds me of the Chinese proverb of how you can move a mountain if you just begin with a spoon and keep at it every day. Even prouder of the thousands of comments over that period and all the sharing and helping in the wider community.
So in celebration, let me share 5 posts I feel are good examples of what I've been doing as a blogger and represent 5 main "types" of blog posts I usually write. (get my free ebook of selected writings HERE.)
- this post really hit a sweet spot with teachers. Possibly because like any good blog post it used a solid metaphor and solid examples to clearly illustrate some fine points about best practices when teaching. It takes a specific example (video, class, course, lecture) and describes, illustrates it.
Example 2: It's Not A Box
- this post represents the type where I look at my own experiences as a teacher and share what I've learned.
Example 2. An old dog and special tricks
- this post represents many others where I speak out about what's wrong with existing "norms" and represents many other posts where I muckrake - something I think is important in any blogger. Problems of ageism, copyright, commercialism, textbookitis etc ....
Example 2: Should "shit detecting" be a school subject
- these lists distill into a practical form what might work in a language classroom and help teachers with specific advice, resources, tools that could be of use. They take me quite a few hours, 8 or 10 to make but worth it. Very popular, I'm working on one outlining things to do the first week of class - stay tuned!
Example 2: #1 in ELT blog posts
- posted under a variety of accounts/profiles like EFL Classroom 2.0, these posts describe a tool or resource and outline it for teachers, providing the benefits and/or drawbacks. Written about hundreds of these over the years.
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