9 reasons why you shouldn’t follow my blog

pencil-1486278_960_720.jpgThe other day, Zhenya Polosatova posted an interesting tweet:

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Later on, in this post, she shared some interesting answers and as is her habit, she invited other bloggers to join in the discussion. I really liked the idea of a blogger looking at their own blog from a stranger’s perspective asking: Would you follow your own blog? I pondered the question for a while but I finally gave up – I guess I found myself too close to find a positive answer.

Then an idea occurred to me. If I can’t find a perspective from which I could see my blog worth following, maybe I could come up with some reasons why people shouldn’t follow my blog. So, dear reader, I’m warning you; this, in fact, is going to be a bit of bad publicity for me.

Let’s cut to the chase. In no particular order:

  1. I’m a non-native speaker of English writing a blog in English. So if you are a strict grammarian, don’t bother to come here. You are about to witness a lot of language inconsistencies, weird collocations, incorrectly used punctuation, wrong word order, you name it.
  2. Also, I’m not an excessively thorough writer. In other words, I don’t really sleep on my posts before I share them; I write a post, hit the publish button and then I let it live its own life. Just like that.
  3. I’m a teacher of English as a foreign language so if you are not a teacher (or if you have nothing to do with education), find a different place where you can procrastinate. This is a site for ELT nerds (if you don’t know what ELT stands for, you are in the wrong place. I said it!)
  4. If you are a student of mine, stay away from this blog too because, dear student, I sometimes talk about you. I try to be nice but still, you may see things from a different perspective (for example, I may be convinced that an activity worked well while you may think it was crap). I don’t want you to think I’m a liar making things up.
  5. If you happen to be a close friend of mine, don’t you dare to visit this blog either. You’ll think this can’t be me writing this. You’re right – I am (I feel to be) a different person when I write in a foreign language.
  6. Sometimes you’ll have to read between the lines to realize that something is an overstatement. I don’t mean no harm but combined with the fact that I’m an NNEST (who can easily misuse a word or a phrase), this can be too much for you to handle, dear reader.
  7. If you are an academic, read academic journals, not my blog. I’m just a teacher and I mainly describe classroom practices. I rarely share research findings or stuff like that here so my posts may appear superficial to someone with an insatiable thirst for scientific evidence.
  8. From a practical point of view, I rarely tag my posts or create separate pages so it’s not easy to navigate through my blog.
  9. There are times when I post too often (my son calls it ‘spamming’). So if you hate spam, don’t follow this blog. You might get nightmares.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

 

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About Hana Tichá

I'm an EFL teacher based in the Czech Republic. I've been teaching English to learners of all ages for almost 25 years and I still love my job. You can find out more about my passion here on my blog.
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10 Responses to 9 reasons why you shouldn’t follow my blog

  1. Tyson Seburn says:

    I think #4 is the perfect reason for #4 peeps to read your blog.

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  2. Zhenya says:

    Hi Hana
    Thank you for this idea to write about ‘the reasons not to follow’: so curious when I saw the title, and it was so much fun to read! Reasons 1, 2 and 9 are top ones for me to follow you, by the way!
    Zhenya

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Clare says:

    This made me smile, Hana!
    And no matter how hard you try to put us off reading your blog .. I’m here to stay 😉

    Liked by 2 people

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  5. M. Makino says:

    I have about 15 posts on deck waiting to be finished, or in some cases waiting to be published. Sometimes though I’ll just sit and punch one out in about an hour (the urinal cake one being a recent example) and these end up crushing other ones that took weeks to complete. Go figure.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Hana Tichá says:

      Well, you obviously blog for different reasons than I do because it’s never taken me weeks to complete a blog post. 🙂 By the way, your articles are highly informative and you even do research before you publish!

      Liked by 1 person

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