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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Blogging, Twitter and Distractions

Having realised that I haven't posted on this blog for well over a month, I thought it was about time I made a comeback! I hope I haven't lost many of my faithful readers during the dry spell that was July.

A bit of a dry spell... by jczart on Flickr

My excuses? A week meeting my new niece in sunny Stoke, another week spring (that should be summer) cleaning and sorting out the tip that our flat had become, a week being very lazy (after all that work) and a final week getting back down to the grindstone to my project Five Six Seven (which you will hear about very soon!)

I have opened Tweetdeck for the first time in weeks and found no messages or mentions, so I don't think I have been missed too much! That is, of course, the very nature of Twitter. The same people at the same time every day have random conversations, which I must say are great fun, but when the same people disappear off the face of the Twearth nobody really notices. For many teachers like myself, the summer break is a chance to disconnect from teaching and get our real lives back for a bit, spending more time with friends and family and less time stuck in front of a Twitterstream. Having said that, I am getting a smartphone, so I will surely become a Twaddict again sometime soon.

In any case, I haven't completely disowned ELT for the summer. I have been working on Five Six Seven and its website. Sometimes, one needs to choose one thing to focus on and ignore all other distractions.

If I have been away for too long and neglected my own blog, it doesn't mean that I have been ignoring yours - I may not have commented but I have been reading...I promise! I'm just no longer spending hours every day reading and commenting and tweeting.

I will be away in the last week of August, but as soon as I am back I will be launching the Five Six Seven website, ready for Back to School in September. Then it's all go!


  1. Hi!
    We all have had distractions during the summer--some more work-related than others--so I don't think there's anything to worry about in terms of being missed. It's a good time, if afforded, to take a break and recharge. I hope you have. =) Look forward to your return.

  2. Hi Michelle. Glad to have you back. I'be been waiting for your post as I'm one of your ardent followers. Love to read about new ideas and techniques used in classroom.


  3. For what it's worth, you were twmissed ;)

    Good to have you back and recharged! Project Five Six Seven sounds intriguing - looking forward to hearing about it!

  4. Thanks for the comments, guys! It is actually very refreshing taking a break from the whole blogosphere/twitterverse or whatever - it can go a bit stale sometimes if you let it!

    Sophyta, Thank you for your kind words :) I'm just breaking myself back into it so it may take a while for the new ideas and techniques to come out, but I hope I can provide something sometime soon!


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