Like many others who have a blog, I have phases when I blog a lot and phases (months!) when I don’t. The last phase was quite long. One reason, as often, was that I’ve been working a lot. But to be honest, I could still have found time to write a blog post now and then. So, it was a bit lack of motivation, lack of inspiration, and having my focus elsewhere.
Now, I decided to get back to writing again — blog posts and articles — for several reasons:
- At the IATEFL conference in Manchester, a teacher from Russia said she had been reading my blog. I was chuffed and it made me want to write again.
- At the same conference, Cleve Miller from english360.com and I were telling Gary Motteram from the University of Manchester about a project we’ve been working on, and Gary said that this sounded great, but that nobody was writing about their work. So, I thought it was time again to do this.
- I’ve also been told by several teacher trainers and teachers (face to face, on Twitter, by email), that they like my article in the Blended Learning book or that it is popular with trainees. I was chuffed again and decided it was after all worth putting in these extra hours to write about the work I’ve been doing.
- I’ve started thinking of the next pre-sessional EAP course and the things I might want to try out this year, or do better. So, I thought it would be good to first write down what I’ve done so far. Which leads to the next point…
- Writing about my work also helps me reflect on my work, whether it’s a course I’ve written, technology I’ve used, or anything else I’ve done in the classroom. So, it’s good for teacher development.
- And, of course, writing can be one way of developing one’s career.
So, as I have some downtime now and I feel that inspiration is coming back, I wanted to get started right away. My first steps:
- I made a list of topics that I’d like to blog about.
- I wrote my first blog post yesterday and am writing this one now 🙂
- I contacted the editor of a professional magazine and suggested an article, and she told me to go ahead and write it.
What are your reasons for writing (or not)?
How do you motivate yourself to write?
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