May 19, 2008


Last week I learned what MEME is, and on the same day I was memed twice and today once again, so I finally decided to answer all three memes (two are the same) on the same post.

Quoting Larry Ferlazzo, the first one to tag me, "Meme is a term used to describe a question or series of questions that a blogger asks another. Usually, a blogger “tags” several others to respond."

Both Larry and Bertha tagged me with the same questions, and Carla Arena also tagged me, but with just one question. So I'll answer the questions here and then write a little reflection about it.

Larry and Bertha's questions:
  1. What was I doing 10 years ago? Since I'm 25 years old, 10 years ago I was in the first of the 3 years of Brazilian high school, in Military School.
  2. Five things on my to-do list today: answers these memes, tune up my bike, write a post for the adolasl2 blog (which belongs to the youth group my wife and I coordinate at our church), grade some essays, continue preparing material for the practical writing course I'll pilot in a few weeks.
  3. Snacks I enjoy: pão-de-queijo (the literal translation would be "cheese bread", but it is not bread...)
  4. Things I would do if I were a millionaire: HELP, in all possible ways, but only people who really needed it.
  5. Three of my bad habits: procrastinate correcting and grading essays, use the computer for too long without stopping to stretch, not eat as much fruit as I know I should.
  6. 5 places I have lived: uh, boring answer, only Brasília (but planning on having this the list grow soon...). Boring because it's only one place, because Brasília is GREAT!
  7. 5 jobs I have had: English teacher (that one is enough...)
Carla's question:
  • How's my blogging related to my business? The original idea of this blog was to test things I was learning while taking the EVOnline session Becoming a Webhead in 2007. Later I started posting about new tools which I discovered, and now I feel that I have also been doing some reflective blogging - as this post will become in the next few lines. As a language teacher it is crucial that I be in touch with the most updated kind of language: the online one. Most of my students are connected, so I have to be connected too; and the ones who are not, I can help them be; after all, a language teacher not only teaches a language, but opens doors to new places, new cultures, new contacts, so why not new connections and networks too?
My reflection

At first I didn't feel like answering the questions , especially the first ones, because I thought they were too personal and would change the tone of my blog. But then I decided to go over the questions and answers again to make my mind whether I would go on with this Meme thing and, to my surprise, there was a lot of profit from it. The most important were:
  • learning a bit more about the people I read;
  • learning that there are people who read me (and are apparently willing to learn more about me);
  • strengthening my connections; and
  • (the most important) building new connections, i.e. at the end of a meme people say who they would like to hear from, this way I could discover some interesting blogs to begin reading and could even discover blogs of people I know but never knew they had a blog!
Who I would like to hear from:

Since I'm answering two memes on the same post, I'll tag people this way: I'll invite the 5 people Bertha tagged (Nina Liakos, Illya, Hala, Maria Cláudia, Susana Canelo) to answer Carla's question, and the 5 people Carla tagged (Cris Costa, Mary Hillis, Gladys Baya, Vance Stevens, Bee Dieu) to answer Larry and Bertha's questions. But please, do not feel obligated to respond.


Berta said...

Dear Ronaldo, first of all, thanks so much for accepting the meme. To tell you the truth, I was tagged last year during the Open Webpublishing session with Bee and accepted the meme but did not tag anyone. I stopped the ball from rolling because I was not probably in the mood for it, I guess. I also thought that the question was too personal (5 things people don´t know about me) and I guess I was too honest and later on decided to to delete one of the five, ha, ha. It was something silly, ha, ha.

I enjoyed reading more about your past and present life. You are a very bright and creative young EFL teacher and it is a pleasure to read your blogs and visit your class environments. Your students are very lucky to have you.

I was positively surprised by the involvement you and your wife have with the youth at your church, wow, that´s great. I also listened to your love story in Carla´s Voicethread and was amazed by how young you both were when you got married, wow. Is that common in Brazil? Here kids are getting married at an older age (well, my son is 28 and has not even given it a thought, ha, ha).

I am sure will keep bumping into each other in cyberspace.

Muchos cariños, Berta in Caracas.

Ronaldo Lima, Jr. said...

Hi Berta!

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving this nice comment.
And answering your question, no, people don't get married that early in Brazil, in fact most people get shocked when they hear how young we were when we got married, but we had been dating for 5 years and were (and still are!) head over heels for each other so we decided there was nothing else to do....

Berta said...

Great to know, Ronaldo. I am happy for you. It´s not common that couples are so sure about their lives together. Congratulations.

I replied to your "why blogging?" meme in my wordpress blog

CU, cariños, Berta

Carla Arena said...

Dear Ronaldo,

It's just great to know even more about you. And it always amazes me how precocious you are! Got married so young, started working at Casa so young, has been a maestro at your church for years...Fantastic to be around a warm-hearted person and great professional like you. I'm lucky!

Thanks for taking the challenge and replying the two memes I got. I especially liked to know why you are blogging. The same reasons I blog!

Beyza said...
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Beyza said...

Dear Ronaldo ,
I was really wondering what a meme is and you blog post made it clear in my mind but I still have a question. How can I know whether sb tagged me or not?
Btw I am a member of learning with computers and you are doing great in the group.As I usually don't have time I can just follow the emails but I bookmark some links in delcious in order to digest them whenever I have time.
Your blog is great.Keep up with good work!
Greetings from Istanbul:)

Ronaldo Lima, Jr. said...

Hi Beyza,

I'm glad this post was clarifying. Usually when somebody tags you, this person sends you an email to let you know.

And thanks for the kind words, I'm also glad the online activities week in LWC has been useful.