I’m shutting up shop. My blog and I are parting ways. My primary intererest has shifted away from autonomous language-learning and teaching. I am still interested in teaching and learning, but not within the field of autonomy.
Rather than adapt the blog, I’ll leave it here (for posterity, ya know), and create a new one.
Before that, I’ll take the opportunity to put my thoughts in order, and summarize as briefly as possible why I originally started this blog, and where I am now and why I want to change directions. This will be an exercise in mental self-discipline, best illustrated by the quote:
I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn’t have time.
(I thought this was Mark Twain, but Wikipedia tells me it is by Blaise Pascal,
Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parceque je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte,
although Wikipedia adds (rather unhelpfully)
One thing I’ve learned from blogging here: I’m a lone ranger. I don’t blog in order to create community. I know it’s not politically correct to say so, but I couldn’t care less about community, frankly, tho I do care about the individuals who’ve dropped by here and taken the trouble to leave a comment. Thank you. I’ve learned a lot and enjoyed the company.
I write, selfishly, primarily for myself, to marshal my thoughts, and gain insight into what I really mean. As E.M. Forster wrote, “How can I know what I think till I see what I say?”