Where in the World Wide Web is Sean?

Crikees! It’s almost halfway through 2008 and I haven’t posted a thing since January!

Have you noticed I’ve been quiet? Have you been wondering where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to? (Maybe not! 🙂 )

Taking time off

Well, I’ve taken some time off to explore my interests, and sort out what I want to do next with my life.

In other words, I’m still trying to work out what I want to be when I grow up. 🙂

I’ve also needed to take some time out to deal with some personal issues that I haven’t been giving enough attention to in recent years.

Bye-bye ed-tech sector

I’ve decided to leave the educational technology and online learning sector. There are many reasons for this decision, but the main one is that it really wasn’t what I wanted to do.

I’ve actually been trying to pull away from the sector for about two years now, but it took until this year to fully let it go. My explorations into the educational uses of Second Life and virtual worlds last year was a last hurrah to that field.

I will explain more about the reasons behind my decision to leave the ed-tech sector in a later post.

New/old interests

In the meantime I’ve been doing a lot of reading, exploring new websites and blogs, culling blogs from my RSS reader and replacing them with new ones that reflect my current interests, changing my RSS reading habits, and watching lots of videos (great for me as I’m an auditory/verbal learner/communicator/thinker, but didn’t have the time to watch videos in the past).

What I’ve discovered is that I’m returning to many of the interests that I had before being in the educational technology sector started to consume my life.

Will I have my say?

There is one thing about my time in the educational technology sector that remains unresolved.

Over that time I read a lot, followed a lot of the conversations in the edublogosphere, but didn’t participate in those conversations as much as I would have liked to. There were many things I wanted to say about education and technology but never did. For the main part I sat on the sidelines of the conversation, getting frustrated with things I disagreed with, but never really adding my bit.

There were many reasons for me not speaking up, for not participating. Most of them are related to fear of one type or another. I’m thinking of talking more about these fears – and the related issue of why I have so much trouble blogging – in later posts.

I’m considering if I should leave what wasn’t said in the past and move on or whether I owe it to myself to go back and address some of the issues I felt strongly about but was too scared to express my thoughts on at the time. We shall see.

So… don’t keep us in suspenders!

So anyway… what have I been exploring this year? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned.. I will reveal all in a later post!

Watch this space. 🙂

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7 responses to “Where in the World Wide Web is Sean?

  1. Nice to see you’re back Sean & look forward to hearing about your new directions.

    About the past frustrations – go kick a garbage tin & then move on – don’t crawl back down there.


  2. I agree move on and don’t look back. I am sure what you have learned will be inform you new endeavours. Mind you I can’t help but think are are a Zarathusa who has returned from his mountain hide away only to tell us God is Dead :>

  3. @Stephan: Everything always comes back to Nietzsche for you, doesn’t it? 🙂

    Your imagery may not be far off, but then again, you have a bit of inside info, don’t you? 😉

  4. I think we should have a guessing game as to what your new venture is going to be…. I am thinking you are becoming a top chef.

  5. @Alan: Damn! The true reasons for Gordon Ramsey’s visit to Australia revealed! Actually you are very close – I am in training to be an Iron Chef! 🙂

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