There's this really fun blog-meme going 'round the 'sphere at the moment called Vale a pena ficar de olho nesse blog (it's worth keeping an eye on this blog) and I've been very nicely mentioned/included by:
- Sean Banville
- Anne Hogson
- Claudio Azevedo
- Anita Kwiatkowska
- Sue Lyon Jones
- Valentina Dodge
- Rick Oprea
- Mike Harrison
- Eva Büyüksimkeşyan
Thank you very much for your luv!
Now, it's my turn to do this spreading of the goodwill and pointing out great blogs to put in your reader but thing is, we're not supposed to mention blogs which have been mentioned by other people and all the goodies have been listed and listed and relisted.
Darren on Lives of Teachers made a very valid call out to shake things up a bit so I tossed around doing a post entitled the 10 Blogs About Blogs which Taught Me How to Blog...
Jason, don't you dare gazump me... got-it?
then decided, nah, that'd be way better saved for the promised series of guest-posts I'll be doing on other people's blogs about becoming a blogger- more on that series to start soon, however no dates, so that I won't have to write even more sorry I'm lates :-)
Did I mention my computer crashed - did I? did I?
Just as I was supposed to be relaxing after a lot of
stressful months... :-(
So... instead I thought I'd tell you all about the ELT blogs I was reading and learning from back in 2007 and 2008 before I tried dipping toes in myself.
So the He who Probably Doesn't Remember being one of my biggest influences - the one who got me off my butt & filling blank blog pages (as like everyone else I'd started a blog and then didn't know what to do with it for ages...)
was none other than the Dude from That'SLife:
Yup, Gavin - it's your fault.
See, prior to his NetVantage workshop at ELTAF where Gavin was holding a talk in Frankfurt about the various web2.0 tools implementable by companies for marketing one's business, I'd mostly been rather an awestruck reader and very occasional blogger on my own website.
A reader of non educational blogs, yet not really sure how to blog, like most good people spent a good time trawling through the 'net trying to find others doing it well in our field to learn from, Gavin made it seem so easy in our discussion over a cafeteria lunch so I looked around and found some good sites: to be honest it simply blew me away, the thought that there were actually teachers out there who wrote about whatever they wanted to (and not always politely and sometimes completely crazily and sometimes they made me laugh and sometimes they made me angry and sometimes they motivated me... and I was so intrigued by the way it looked like they were actually having conversations with their readers)...
Sometimes what they wrote about had absolutely absolutely ZILCH to do with teaching and sometimes they were oh-so-very-full of how amazingly wonderful they were as human beings but sometimes there were gems: filled with extraordinary teaching tips and ideas for using technology in the classroom and I wanted in...
Boy, I wanted in...
Here's a list of the nine other bloggers who influenced me to join in on the ELT Blogosphere
When I first found his site (actually pre-Dude) I was terribly confused - I mean why did his most recent articles appear at the top instead of like a book, in order, right? I had to read a lot about blogging and a lot of blogs before I realized that's the way they're supposed to go.
He often took the piss out of methodology, still does, and he made funky lists of things teachers should do to be more effective and surely that wasn't allowed? I mean TEFL is serious teaching. To be frank, no matter how modest he is, you are not an ELT blogger until you have studied this blog. The man is a genius, dive through his archives: go, learn.
I used to simply stare at Nik's blogs and wonder how and why anyone in the whole world would write that much and be that dedicated to doing something for education just for the sake of it. He was enormous influence and I caught the bug from him.
Ditto. But to be honest, he still does this to me - when working with my students reading blogs and looking at our reader I see up-close just how often he posts and how varied and far-reaching his work is. Sometimes I suspect he does all of this in one giant batch - it's mind-blowing.
Ditto. He posts every single day and many, many times and he knows absolutely everything about anything related to EFL and current themes and events and teaching tips and technology advice and whenever you find yourself in a bind and you don't know what to teach tomorrow : visit his blog, you will walk away with many, many ideas.
This was the first serious-about-teaching, ELT blog which I found and although The ELT Notebook is no longer updated, there is an enormous wealth of posts there ranging from how to teach different skills, working in one-2-one scenarios, teacher development and loads of lesson ideas.
She didn't manage to turn me on to Second Life but like Sue, she did turn me on to the idea of talking about lessons and sharing one's own professional development via a blog.
In the beginning, I tried to maintain two blogs - one for teachers and one for my students. In the end I couldn't manage both and gave up How to learn English. However, Clare's blog was an inspiration for how to write in short bursts providing readable and easily digestible text for language learners.
I will always, always be fond of Sandy: he put the edge on edublogging. He deals with real issues in his own particular way, on his own terms - sometimes I might raise an eyebrow at the way he writes or the words he uses but he tackles what is not tackled openly elsewhere and has thus, earned my absolute respect.
And last but not least...
10. David Deubel
Well, by the time I got serious about my blogging and started really delving into the theories of the blogosphere, the concepts behind communicating in this fashion, the sheer immediacy of it all, the greatest lesson I carried away from brilliant writers like Darren Rowse, Liz Strauss and Chris Brogan was that who you share your 'sphere with is of incredible importance - you need to reach out to them and you need to work with them.
The blogosphere is not about single people writing articles, it's about a community conversing.
So I started looking for people who understood this. And it goes without saying that Mr EFLClassroom2.0 is all about the love of sharing and the gift of community. :-) Thanks, David.
If you're an edublogger too - who was it that convinced you to start a blog, who influenced your style and approach, taught you the ropes?
p.s. Sorry, was limited to only ten blogs but if there were more allowed here are 10 more (!) who've been in my reader since the 'early' days : Seth, Ronaldo, Jamie, Mike, DaveESL, Graham, Pete, David V, Troy, and Aniya
p.p.s. As often occurs, Alex and I have similar ideas at more or less the same time - read his history of ELT blogging here.