Kalinago English Goes "On hold"


There comes a time when there is no more time...  or well, significantly less.

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Rick's wonderful guest post and analysis of my site touched me hugely but it also confirmed a niggling doubt that I really haven't been covering enough of ELT, haven't been posting up enough lessons and links and defintitely haven't really been covering teaching speaking using technology.

The truth is, I simply can't blog as often as I used to, while writing an ESP textbook, getting ready for a symposium at IATEFL, volunteering on a global edu site and advising an mLearning company. 

Iz all a bit much really -  I've had to start facing up to fact that if I don't stop working until 2am then I'm going to dive straight into burn-out.

Also, once the symposium at IATEFL is over and the book is written, I will probably be crossing the ocean for the Americas, and probably even going home to Grenada for good.    I'm hoping I can continue working on my online projects while living by the seaside with a nice big dog.

At this stage of my life, especially after something I lived through devastated me last year, I really want to be closer to my family, to the people who can see into my heart, choices and actions - who really know who I am and love me.

Anyway, before this turns all sad, mushy and gooey - I have so very much loved talking to you all -  while I work away like a demon for the next few months, tidying up some loose ends and thinking about a new life in another country, Business English in 5 mins and Kalinago English are going to go on hold.

Of course, I'm not quitting blogging entirely... you know I get my daily buzz from writing so I'll be  diversifying into more micro-blogging:

Still on Twitter, I'll be sending my favorite tweets and the best of the blog posts I read to Karenne's 42.
Random things I notice, brief musings, reviews, interviews and notes based on the conference and workshops I attend, things I come across in the wonderful world of TEFL, will all now be posted on...  The Wonderful World of TEFL.
Rants about how I'm frequently left pfaffing about as I traverse Life in the EduWeb plus quick links to the super tools I stumble on, will be put up on the blog of the same name.
Oh, and for my fellow blogger readers - I'll be visiting you much more frequently and once dust settles I might even finish up that batch of guest-posts I started last year. :-).

Thank you for visiting me as often as you did, for all of the wonderful words and thoughts you've generously shared with me, thank you for sharing my posts on FB, for the RTs, thank you for passing along my posts via email to your colleagues, but thank you most of all for inspiring me, for laughing and learning with me.

But...hopefully, this is not goodbye and only so long.

Until we meet again,


19 Responses to “Kalinago English Goes "On hold"”

  • About says:
    April 04, 2011

    Hi Karenne,

    That's sad but I see what you're saying. A sad day for ELT and ELT bloggers and blog readers.

    Good luck with living by the beach and the big dog!

    All the best, you'll be missed!


  • Johanna Stirling says:
    April 04, 2011

    You've done so much for so many of us - you deserve a break.

    Life, health and happiness are (approximately) one million times more important than blogging. It's just that we bloggers tend to forget it!

    Jo x

  • Seth Dickens says:
    April 05, 2011

    We'll miss you Karenne - but I know how you feel. Good luck with all the new ventures and nice one for all the hard work up till now!

  • David Warr says:
    April 05, 2011

    Suspected as much. So long, and thanks for all the fish. Really looking forward to meeting you next week at IATEFL.

  • Tara Benwell says:
    April 05, 2011

    I just found this news. Really tough. It's almost like the death birth thing. Yesterday I was really excited to hear that Brad Patterson had started blogging. Today you're.. taking a break.
    Hugs. See you next week to help you pass that baton.

  • Clare says:
    April 05, 2011

    Karenne, I've really enjoyed reading your blog, commenting here and there, and getting inspiration. But I also know how time-consuming blogging is, and how much it takes out of you - not just the writing, but also the thinking, finding the right words, etc etc.

    Here's to all your new ventures, and hope to keep on reading about your successes!

    You go girl!

    Clare xx

  • Anonymous says:
    April 05, 2011

    Karenne! You've been such an inspiration to so many of us that you deserve a big break. We'll miss you but fortunately, you will still be just there behind that screen as approachable as ever. Kisses and hugs!!!

  • Vicki Hollett says:
    April 06, 2011

    This site has been a wonderful resource for teachers and I'm sure it will be sorely missed.

    But at the same time I'm delighted you'll be able to have more time for other interesting projects - big hugs and look forward to seeing you in new places.

  • Unknown says:
    April 06, 2011

    Hi there

    As someone who also put a blog project on hold I can say I haven't regretted it at all. You have to do what feels right, and nobody could say you haven't done a lot on here. Anyway, all the best in future endeavours.

  • Brad Patterson says:
    April 06, 2011

    Glad you know when to say when, and back off before you get burnt out.


    C u on twitter. Cheers, b

  • Natasa says:
    April 07, 2011

    Karenne, that's...sob...
    I will really, really miss your blog. However, I have had a look at your Posterous sites and they look great. Your contribution to our blogging community is enormous. Without you there would be no community to speak of. It is a relief to hear that you will not leave us completely.
    I really understand what you are going through. I have had to back off several times so far. And here is the big secret - you can come back to your blog any time you want. Remember how big bloggers say that you will lose your readers if you don't post regularly? Forget it. Maybe it applies to other niches, but not to ELT. Your readers will be here no matter how irregularly you post. Because we are a community, thanks to you.

  • Mike Church says:
    April 07, 2011

    Good luck, Karenne. Your contribution to the ELT community has been - and will continue to be - IMMENSE, and I hope you take pride in that.

    It's been a privilege to enjoy your site these last couple of years.

    Take care
    Mike x

  • Anonymous says:
    April 07, 2011

    No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o! But I totally understand. you have been and are a thoroughly delightful joy and inspiration. ELT Blogosphere will be the sadder,emptier and poorer without you.

    See you at IATEFL and remember that drink you promised me.


  • Jeremy Day says:
    April 07, 2011

    Thanks for everything, Karenne. You definitely deserve a break. Blogging is a wonderful way of creating opportunities (as you taught me), but of course you also neeed time to take advantage of those opportunities and ... live a bit.

    Your new life on the beach sounds wonderful.

    I didn't know about your ESP book ... I'll look out for that. Cool.

  • David Deubelbeiss says:
    April 07, 2011


    Thanks for all you do and I know it isn't the end but just a "reculez pour mieux sauter" part of your "life curve".

    seems like you are on the same curve as me - I'll have to get the dog though! Enjoy IATEFL and make sure to attend Thomas Farrell's plenary - he'll be a breath of fresh Canadian air!


  • Unknown says:
    April 08, 2011

    It's been great to share your thoughts. Lots of luck in the future. And we'll hear from you occasionally I hope.

  • Alex Case says:
    April 09, 2011

    This blog will be much missed, especially by me as it's my only link to this new generation of TEFL blogging! I'm sure you'll turn those other platforms into just as valued places though

  • helen says:
    April 15, 2011

    You have been an inspiration, and certainly made me more aware of how accessible and useful blogs are. It has a been insightful following your blogs, and fun trying out the ideas.
    Best of luck and enjoy the beach!

  • rliberni says:
    May 27, 2011

    I've been meaning to comment here ever since you posted this piece but life has just got in the way. I can't say how sorry I am to see you shelve this, even temporarily. You were one of the main influences on my move into ELT blogging and I used your blog as a model and what a model it has been!

    But as I said above life takes over and we have to make hard choices. I must admit that the beach does sound good!

    I do hope that you take up the baton again somewhere down the line and I know that when you do we will all be blown away once again!

    Take care.

    Berni xxx


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