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It is worth the pain to fix of the eye in this blog

Right. That’s that finished, and in time-honoured fashion, it is now time to write the intro. Phew! That was painful. If nothing else, the process showed me how poorly read I am. I tend to read the same as everyone else, proving that, oh, baby, baby it’s a small world.

I have endeavoured to select blogs that I thought were not being as widely selected as they might be and I notice that I have inadvertently chosen a very testosterone-fuelled selection. Again, this is probably a reflection on my own inadequacies, but they are still all (or nearly all) damn fine blogs.

It goes without saying that there are many other blogs that I would endorse – some of them more readily than some of the ones below. As if my endorsement mattered a jot. One realisation that came to me as I did my duty was that this blogging thing is fecking marvellous. OK, so it’s One Great Thing is also its One Great Failing, but the idea that anyone can publish themselves means that we get to read a lot of things that might not have been commercially viable and so were lost to us for  ever. Another realisation was that I need to broaden my blog -reading. Nearly everything that I look at (most of which is not listed here) is concerned with EFL. Where are the anarchoblogs? Where the poetry blogs? Where the funny football blogs? I hope that I have a long and happy retirement, sat in front of a computer screen, reading, chuckling…and writing.

1. The Football Ramble Even if you don’t like football, this is the one for you, fatty. It’s entertaining and educational.  Together!!! Who would ever have thought it possible? OK…it’s got very little to do with English Language Learning, but I don’t recall having read anything in the rules…

2. The Oatmeal I was introduced to this by Second Life magnate, Gavin “Notas” Dudeney, It has titles to rival that of my own efforts, including “This is why an octopus is more awesome than your mom” and “How many hungry weasels could your body feed?” I also like the drawings.

3. Lathophobic Asphasia is the fear of being struck dumb by a mistake. It is also the title of a very funny, very bleak blog that is not for those who clutch their pearls at the sight of gay porn which, from time to time, gets included. It is oft-times offensive and objectionable (I presume t0 some), but it tickles my fancy and that’s always welcome. It’s also worth reading if for no other reason than its author has a highly refined ear that enables the most accurate rendition of student accents.

4. TurklishTEFL As well as being a fine read,  Nick is a thoroughly pleasant person whose blog makes for enjoyable and occasionally provocative reading.

5. MarxistELF Whilst it may at times come across as a bit too heavy, for the most part it is a fascinating read. More than anything it is a humbling lesson in how dissent is best dealt with. Rarely do the gloves come off, although when they do…The writers of this blog deserve some sort of reward for their impressive patience and willingness to engage with their critics. Perhaps the only reward that they are interested in is the victorious triumph of the proletariat?

6. Shaun Wilden’s Blog Shaun had the pleasure of working with me when I used to live in Athens. I’d like to think that he learnt all he knows from me, but his evident success would quickly belie any such claim. In fact, I learn huge amounts of things from his blog and from his Twitter stream. A blog I frequently recommend to those who are embarking upon the process of enlightenment known as “The Dip.”

7. Notes from the TEFL Graveyard A blog that makes me smile. In fact, most of my blogs are about servicing my need to be entertained rather than my need to be enlightened. I suspect that underneath my self-loathing, I am a repulsively arrogant sod. God, I have even made this endorsement about me. What a loathsome individual I can be! MC Ward is supremely superior and he almost destroyed all competition in a BBC  writing competition.

8. 26 letters On a mission to better language teaching and learning comes erudite number 8. OK, so he blogrolls Sandy McManus and not me, but perfection, like imperfection, is an illusion.

9. TEFLTecher Ian has a beautifully designed blog and a fierce set of opinions. We have slugged it out over on Critical Mass, but that’s what blogging should be about. Dissent is the engine of progress. Ian was wrong though.

10. Ian Bone’s blog You may remember Ian as one of the initiators of Class War. So do I.

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  1. ij64
    May 11, 2010 at 18:12

    Dearest Diarmuid,

    If you are after some sort of Lib-Lao pact, you are barking up the wrong tree. My sword is still drawn, I will have the last word and I SHALL prevail! Joking aside, I feel highly flatulent to be included in your list and will be adding you to my bogroll as soon as I get home!

    Joking aside 2.0 (the real one) : Thanks a lot, Diarmuid! I am genuinely flattered and would give you a big hug if I had you before me. This is something I normally reserve for my wife and the odd tree when the fancy takes me, so take it as a measure of the depth of my feeling.

    Look forward to putting more words into your mouth sometime in the not too distant future,

    Yours liberally,

    Ian (@ij64)

    P.S. I am never wrong!

  2. May 12, 2010 at 05:58

    Objectionable, moi!? I hope I only offend those who deserve a damm good offending! Thanks very much for the complement and the plug. Steve (Lathophobic Aphasia)

    • dfogarty
      May 12, 2010 at 19:16

      Objectionable is a compliment, as far as I’m concerned. Keep up the damn fine work, Steve!

  3. May 13, 2010 at 15:59

    Hey Diarmuid, thanks for including me. I do try to go for the smiles one day and molotovs the next. Keeps life interesting and I don’t think we should ever get too comfortable 🙂

    So…since you mentioned me on here does that mean I can become an honorary Taoist?

    Also, have you ever seen FU Penguin http://www.fupenguin.com/ ? It’s a great read.

  4. May 21, 2010 at 15:19

    The Oatmeal made my day. Nay, week. Thank you.

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