The other day, Zhenya Polosatova posted an interesting tweet:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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 liarmaking things up.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you are an academic, read academic journals, not my blog. I’m
justa 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.
- 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.
- 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! 🙂