I very much enjoyed the recent ‘ten blogs’ deal doing the blogosphere rounds, and I also love the monthly round ups that Shelly Terrell and Karenne Sylvester (and others) often do, but I got to thinking about all those other blog posts that are going to waste….

Maybe they appeared before the blog took off. Maybe they were eclipsed by an important event or meme, or perhaps they just didn’t catch the eye in the google reader as they passed by. There is a whole library of great writing and thinking out there which, for whatever reason, has been missed.

So, how about some homework for the weekend?

1. Have a look through the archives of your favourite bloggers. You can usually find archives in the sidebar, click a tag or category, or search for keywords in a search box.

2. Find a piece you like but haven’t noticed before and leave a comment.

3. Link to it on your blog, or tweet it.

What do you think?

These are mine….

Vicki Hollett is always interesting, and I love to read what she has to say whenever she comments elsewhere, too. This one about compliments is facsinating – particularly the advice for Asian students.

English Raven has been going long enough to accumulate a sizeable archive, and Jason seems to be haring along at quite a clip lately…. a new one every day. I liked this one as I have been thinking lately about the effects of personal circumstances on teacher development.

Someone else who has no off switch is Alex Case. He very helpfully republishes lists of his own favourites from time to time, but I want to know if you are past your TEFL peak  like I am.

The aforementioned Karenne is yet another prolific blogging superstar, and I had plenty of fun browsing the back catalogue of Kalinago English. This one compelled me to respond… never mind the width, feel the quality.

Over to you, and have a fun weekend’s pottering! I’m off to Osaka for the JALT PanSig conference… interviews, tweets and reports to follow.

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25 Thoughts on “a vast pool of human knowledge, neglected

  1. Wow, thank you so much Darren. I’d clean forgotten I’d written that piece. I think I’d like to start my homework in this blog.

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  3. Except of course, that I abandoned that plan because I just couldn’t keep up! I do think tho’ it’d be a great idea – if only I could be a blogger full-time and not have to teach too!

    Like the homework assignment very, very much – I think, if it’s okay with you I’m going to put this into the BELTfree Ning and get others thinking of doing the same!


  4. This sounds like fun and will also allow us to dig a bit deeper into the thoughts of those we love reading. What about finding a picture to go along with the posts to make it a bit more visual?
    Ill try to do my homework asap, teacher! 🙂

  5. Great idea, especially the leaving a comment to make the thread active again. If I’m not mistaken Vicki followed your link to her back here and then onto visit my blog, which is always a pleasure!

    Slight problem with linking to your oldest posts Darren, you blog hussy you

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  7. darren on May 22, 2010 at 6:33 am said:

    Alex – an ideological problem, or a technical one?

    You should be grateful…I nearly chose the magnificent thread in which you set about an elderly man.

  8. Hello Darren!

    Great initiative! This gives me a reason to finally catch up on my Google reads! 🙂 I probably won’t blog about it till next week, though, but you’ll definitely see them tweeted right away! Do you have a hashtag we could easily find the links?

  9. darren on May 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm said:

    Mike suggests #hiddengems and I like it ; D

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  13. Hi Darren

    Thank you for this great #hiddengems initiative. It’s engendered a lot of fab posts. In addition, it’s brilliantly brought back a fascinating array of useful and stimulating articles, which could have been missed the first time round.

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  15. My first thought was the post in which you saved my life by suggesting Xtranormal, but that was back in your Tumblr days. If I ever have an ideology, I’ll be sure to look out for ideologically objections as well…

  16. Yay! We’ve been doing our homework for the past two months! Check out our #FF series “From the ELT Archives” on our blog. Every Friday we rescue a buried post from the dusty archives. It has been a lot of fun and we’ve found some goodies. http://redriverpress.com/news (see Fridays)

  17. Great idea, Darren, and the post you chose to rekindle from my blog felt refreshing for me as well!

    With the relentless pace of social media (a post from 6 months ago now feels like ancient history), a lot of good and highly relevant stuff does end up tucked away, somewhat out of sight. It is a little bit of a concern to me, as I do sometimes whether many of us are becoming over-productive and under-efficient…

    I’m a little late, but I will go with this homework assignment of yours – good stuff!

    Thanks Darren,

    – Jason

  18. darren on May 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm said:

    Thanks everyone! I’m really pleased to see so many people picking this one up and running with it. I’ve left all the pingbacks in so we can all follow the spread of the idea.

    Alex – nothing on this one? How disappointing ;P

  19. Well, they do call it anti-social media. Oh no, wait a minute, that’s just me… I must admit that the more other people are doing something the less I find myself wanting to, so think of this as the Apple iPod of TEFL memes and me as the person who insisted on buying Hitachi twice instead. Did get round to doing that Vally of Pain 10 blogs thing, though, so if I can find anyway of doing this while still being an akward bugger might still happen.

  20. darren on May 27, 2010 at 5:46 am said:

    You kind of did it recently with those archives of ‘English Droid’ and so on.

    I use a Macbook, but a Cowon iAudio mp3 player and a docomo Phillips phone. You’re not the only one.

  21. Homework it is! I already have a nice collection of blogs in my blogroll and visit them from time to time. Not always I have time to write comments, though. It’s a shame,I know. How other bloggers would know I share their opinions or have some different ones if I don’t leave any trace. I myself felt recently, as if I was writing to a drawer (Polish expression… Does it exist in English?) 🙁
    That’s why probably my posts are so rare… I definitely need more linking and comment leaving activity 🙂

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  23. Writing to a drawer…. it sounds familiar, and the meaning is clear. I like it! But yes, blogging is all about interaction ; D

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