Friday, November 20, 2015

Six year blogging anniversary

Image from British Council

One of my earliest blog posts was a cooperative effort. Silvia Pandini, a teacher from Brazil, was brushing up her English in my ESL class. "I will if you will," she challenged, and so we promised one another. Together, we posted a piece she wrote called "Teachers and Mills." The original was in Portuguese; Silvia translated her ideas; my contribution was to make the English smooth.

Silvia returned to Brazil soon after. But the blogging bug had bitten me, and I carried on. At first occasionally, then weekly and bi-weekly. A couple of times I tried to quit, but I missed the new opportunity to formulate my passing thoughts in words. For the past three years, this has been more or less a daily discipline. I post on books I've read, and also on non-fiction subjects that require time-consuming research. Meanwhile, I have other writing projects.

Recently, I was about to quit blogging again when something strange happened. For the first time in ages, I went ego-surfing and saw, to my astonishment, that "Carol Tulpar blog" is now a search term. The Google algorithms appear to have noticed me. Does that means I should carry on?

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