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Reflecting Allowed

Maha Bali’s blog about education

Different Untroductions


Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 47 seconds

Been struggling to find time during Ramadan and lots of other commitments to post my untroduction to #clmooc so I thought I might use some things I had done before that are a bit less “introduction-y” than usual. Sorry… Time is really tight here 🙁

There is this tag cloud I created when I was giving a keynote-like talk and didn’t know which part of me they wanted to talk to

And there is this “Ingredients of Me” can which i blogged about earlier. Both this and the above are focused on different things I do. That’s not necessarily an untroduction, just an introduction that focuses on activity rather than official position, qualifications and rank. It’s a step, but it isn’t all, right?

Ah well I did go and do a new one… But i am still not too happy with it because it still focuses on things I do… I just did a hashtag/Twitter cloud of all the hashtags and Twitter handles I identify with. It’s still focused on what I do and it,s nothing as deep as what Tania Sheko did by revealing herself so much with beautiful photos… But… i reveal myself slowly (or too fast) on this blog anyway…

I keep remembering something a close friend of mine told me, to the effect that “who we are” is something different from “what we do”. And I think all of my attempts here focus on what I do, not who I am. Although the above focuses maybe on the communities I identify with? But how welcoming is that? Some of us are discussing what hashtags do to include/exclude… So by mentioning these hashtags, might I be showing off that I know all these people, or I do all these things? What I meant to say is… i love all these people and I love all these things… But because I love them, I also “do” things with them and I identify with them, so…

Still struggling to untroduce myself…

It made me realize that my struggle isn’t so much that I don’t have time to put something creative together, but rather, it’s a mental and emotional struggle of trying to figure out “who I am” rather than “what I do”.

Ah well… Some random things maybe? Still not the essence of who I am, but… Hoping that even those who know me might find something new about me…

I love almost all kinds of music and I love singing (refused to learn any musical instrument properly but i can play any song i want on piano instinctively)… But my favorite music genre is country music and don’t make fun of me 🙂 Of course, lately, I just listen to nursery rhymes and Disney songs with my child. So my favorite songs include Lavender’s Blue Dilly and Little Bo Peep, along with Frozen’s and Sofia the First’s songs. And a few adult songs we have gotten our girl to like… Such as Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head and… Happy… And quite a few more.

I love writing and I love people and meeting new people and getting to know people deeper. And connecting people with each other.

I’m looking forward to #clmooc even though I will be stretched timewise with Ramadan and other commitments 🙂


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