EnglishTeacherMelanie.com is 8 years old this month!
No, blogiversary is not a real word! It’s a combination of the words blog + anniversary. That’s called a portmanteau. An anniversary is a date you celebrate something that happened in a previous year. A blog is a website with posts that are added regularly. On my websites, posts are called lessons.
I started my website in 2009 as a way to market myself as a private teacher and to help English learners. I had no idea what I was doing. I had only been teaching English for 2 years but I knew that students liked the way I teach and that I had something to different to offer English learners. I knew there were things missing in your English education, so I wanted this website to be different from all the information already available on the internet.
I published my first lesson on this website on October 15, 2009. It was about weddings. You can read it here. I noticed that English learners often talked about attending a “wedding party,” which is not how you talk about a wedding.
That’s why I started this website.
I wanted to offer specific advice for independent English learners who had already spent years studying the language and needed to know more natural ways of saying things. I wanted this to be a space for students who were looking for something different and something real to help them become the English speakers they have always dreamed of being.
I also started this website because there is a lot of bad advice out there. I put together a list of the 8 worst pieces of advice I’ve heard over the years as both a language learner and a teacher.
In 8 years my lessons have changed significantly as I learned more about teaching and more about what English learners need. I’ve deleted almost 40% of the lessons I’ve written since 2009. Let’s be honest, some of those early lessons weren’t very good! I have started rewriting the remaining lessons to make them the best possible lessons.
After all this time, the 8 most popular lessons on this website are all from 2010-2012. No matter what I do or how many lessons I write, the 8 most popular lessons have never changed. For a lot of people, this is how they found me and this website.
The website is called English Teacher Melanie because I couldn’t think of a more creative name! On the plus side, it tells you exactly who I am! At the time it was unusual, but now everyone calls themselves “English Teacher _____” or “Teacher _____.”
I have had a chronic illness for many years, although it wasn’t until 2009 that I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. I couldn’t work full time, and I was only making $10 US an hour teaching at an online school. I decided I could make more money and serve students better by creating my own job and working for myself.
Running a business while dealing with a chronic illness is not easy, however, and I have been very inconsistent with posting lessons on this website. I have so many ideas that I have never been able to start because I don’t have the time or energy and that sucks!
Thank you for reading this. Thank your for supporting this website. I am grateful for each and every one of you who has read a lesson, posted a comment, joined the email list, or shared a lesson with your friends and family. I love my work, and it’s only possible because of you.
I enjoy reading all your comments, emails, and social media messages, and I am a better teacher because of all of you!