…unless you (like Jason Renshaw and possibly Darrrren Ellllliotttt) have worked it out from the clues, in which case I would very much appreciate you not making guesses online. The reason for that radio silence and having to ask ELTJ for special dispensation not to say where I work in my mini-biog is the very real chance of my boss getting harassing phone calls from people like the below (message through the TEFL.net Contact Us button):
message = I copied this from ESL cafe -before it was midly censored- “TEFLnet site is bullshit.. They post articies that are plagarized -do youknow that–they are as bad as the thiefs who steal the article — typicalPommy crap-you f..ing poms are morons and this site proves you are all braindead losers in the tefl world. You should should shut the site down –As ESLcafe says– only Losers come to your site.” Seems the American world and Asian world views this site as a joke – and if you look closely – you guys should be sued to the end of the world -no wonder esl has such a bad name— clean your site up before you get negative comments like this every day
It could be that this guy has a legitimate point (the return email address turned out to be fake when we wrote back to ask him what it might be, and the ESL Cafe forum post doesn’t exist now if it ever did) or it could just have been a rush of blood to the head, but there are certainly people like Paul Lowe who wrote to every blog I ever commented on to say they should delete my contribution and sent chain emails to every school and publisher he could think of that would not have been beyond a threatening phone call or two.
Welcome to the wonderful world of TEFL online! If you are a TEFL blogger (and let’s face it, everyone who reads TEFL blogs is), here’s hoping that they continue to be attracted to me who can now cope rather than the rest of you who probably have better things to do than deal with them. It does slightly annoy me though, because I would probably get brownie points from my school for getting them into ELTJ etc, especially if I move back into more teacher training as I’d like to.