Being Sniffed At & Getting a Nod – Blog’s 7th Birthday!

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Funny how things work. My blog was “sniffed at” and  then mentioned on a list of recommended blogs in the same week! A week which just happened to lead up to this blog’s SEVENTH BIRTHDAY!

The other day I met a teacher who said he has a blog. A blog about a very specific topic, totally not EFL or language related. When I said I also had a blog, he wanted to know what it was about.

And I hesitated.

What is the blog about?

It’s not only about teaching English to Deaf and hard of hearing students.

It’s not only about teaching English.

Sometimes it’s just about being a teacher.

Or even about being a book-lover.

So I hesitated.

Then I replied “It’s about education”.

He looked at me as if he were holding back the words “yeah, right”, sniffed in disdain and walked away.

I can see it from his point of view. How worthwhile could the blog be if the blogger has trouble answering the simple question “what is your blog about”?  “Education” is an extremely broad topic…

Define “bright”…
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“Ha!” I thought to myself and smiled. Time works in my favor here, because I happen to know that not knowing what the blog is about works. Seven years have gone by and writing on the blog still helps me put my thoughts in order and reflect.  685 posts have been posted and read by people, even though 98% of my readers do not  teach English to Deaf and hard of hearing students. I’ve even passed the 2, 030 mark in Twitter followers…

Then, this!

On the English Teaching professional website, Chia Suan Chong posted an article called “ELT Blogs to follow in 2018” and included “Visualising Ideas“!

I feel honored to be mentioned among such fascinating bloggers and I truly recommend checking out their blogs!

I would just like to say thank you to all the readers of this blog!

Seven years have gone by but I’m not going anywhere.

I intend to stick around.

10 thoughts on “Being Sniffed At & Getting a Nod – Blog’s 7th Birthday!”

  1. Congratulations on making the list!
    And as to the question ‘What is the blog about?’ I also often answer in very general terms: ‘It’s an education blog’ or ‘It’s about language’.


  2. Congratulations! 🙂 My blog is about my teaching and my life as a teacher and a person. And it’s mine, so who cares? 😉 That’s why I enjoy reading your blog so much – it’s an insight into your classroom, but also into you as a person. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Well done Naomi! You deserve to be on this prestigious list of blogs worth reading. I certainly enjoy getting ideas, learning about your insights and touching in to your caring thoughts about teaching the hard of hearing. Wishing you another prosperous and innovative year in 2018.

  4. CONGRATULATIONS on being on the list and your 7th blog birthday, blogging sister!

    Mine has gone quiet a year now, so didn’t really think it deserved to be celebrated for seven years of existence ; )


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