Well here it is, after a year and a half of procrastinating, my very first post. It’s been a long time coming but finally I’ve got here! So why the blog?
I live in a small village about an hour’s drive away from the nearest city and the very small secondary school where I am a part-time EFL teacher. Job opportunities closer to home are few and far between which is why, when I saw someone advertising online classes I began to wonder…
And so it all began!
I am currently developing an online teaching business for adult learners (ACEnglish) and have spent the past year and a half doing courses, research and making lists of all the things I need to do, but not actually producing anything… procrastinating in a word! My to-do list got so long that I didn’t know where to begin, and suddenly, instead of feeling excited I began to feel stressed. What I needed to do was prioritize and tick off some of those things on the list, a blog being one of them.
So I started to create my blog (a good few months ago!) I kept dipping in and out, looking at other blogs for ideas, reading up about SEO, ROI, OMG! But there was still no blog after a few months. I followed the advice of Jack Askew who runs the Teach English Online Course and started to schedule time blocks and set deadlines for myself.
After a lot of indecision and a bit more procrastinating…
- What domain name shall I use? (I’ve changed it twice!)
- The logo (colours, fonts?)
- Which template shall I use? (I’ve changed this countless times!)
- Which widgets do I need?
- Will anyone be interested in what I have to say?
- Will I be able to keep up with it once I start?
- What shall I write my first post about? ☺
… I’ve finally done it! All I have to do now is keep it going!
I mentioned earlier that this blog came about after I decided to delve into the world of online teaching. The tagline for my blog is “All things EFL. A collection of practical ideas, resources and thoughts on EFL today” and it’s my attempt to give something back after taking so much. From all the courses I’ve done/webinars I’ve attended over the past year and a half, I have learnt a lot and connected with so many great people online who have been more than generous with their ideas, resources and advice. You won’t find a lot here yet, but my intention is to post something every couple of weeks (that’s if I don’t fall into old habits, they do die hard.)
I have to admit that my reasons for blogging are not entirely altruistic. I hope to continue to expand my PLN and keep learning from all the like-minded people out there. It’s also a great way to organise my resources and ideas, be creative and reflect upon my own teaching practices. Lastly, it has been (and will continue to be) a personal challenge to be more disciplined and finally put procrastination to bed.
It’s been a long slog to get here but it’s also been great therapy and when I finally hit that “publish” button…
For the procrastinators amongst you out there:
And the over-thinkers: