This is the way I usually write or create the posts for Dispatches. While travelling, I take notes or film things. Usually I go over all the video footage and notes I’ve made on the flight or train trip back home. I put it together and write it up on my laptop. When I get to a place that I can use email, I send my dispatch to Matt Kay, at marketing in Macmillan in London. He then puts it up on the Global site. The whole process means that my dispatches are put up at most two or three days after I post them.
So far so good. But on the trip to the IATEFL conference at Harrogate several things conspired against me and disrupted the normal flow of information. First of all, it was a big event for Global, meaning I did not have enough time to really take proper notes. Secondly I left Harrogate and went directly to Russia to speak at Macmillan conferences in Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Thirdly, and most seriously, my laptop got infected with a virus somehow while I was in Harrogate and it managed to crash on me on the train journey to London – the time I had earmarked to make my post.
So, all in all I lost a week. And this being a blogpost about the IATEFL conference, a week made it very much too late! You see, this conference was attended by an extremely large number of great bloggers in our profession – all of whom have now gone and written up their blogposts about it. Every time I thought I had a good angle to write about I found someone else had covered it. So, after much head scratching and pulling of hair I thought why not just collect some of my favourites here. My dispatch from Harrogate is entitled in other words: the words of the following excellent colleagues in the blogosphere.
Luke Meddings reflects on how one can come back down to earth after an international conference. http://lukemeddings.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/ups-and-downers/
Gavin Dudeney muses on how much technology took centre stage at IATEFL. http://slife.dudeney.com/?p=433
Karenne Sylvester takes one of my nagging fears about the narcissism in social media and explains how IATEFL changes ‘me me me’ to ‘we we we’. http://kalinago.blogspot.com/2010/04/at-top-of-maslows-pyramid.html
Ken Wilson enthuses about the enthusiasm we all felt when we met people in person that we knew only virtually via social networking sites. http://kenwilsonelt.wordpress.com/2010/04/11/coming-soon-tweet-ups-and-tweet-watch-how-iatefl-harrogate-changed-conferences-for-ever/
Nik Peachey makes the excellent observation that, contrary to what people might think, many of the rising stars in the world of ELT and technology are women. http://quickshout.blogspot.com/2010/04/let-us-now-praise-famous-women.html