Thursday, October 2, 2008


I don't know what happened to me today, I had a panic attack just to think that I would have to deal with this new tool. In fact, I paralyzed, I couldn't even think properly. In order to be here now and write this, I had to call my doctor and take some medicine. But the more terrifying it is, the more I fight against it.


Carla Arena said...

I loved the way you finished your post, Ana. "But the more terrifying it is, the more I fight against it."

It shows that you're ready to face the challenges of blogging, technically speaking and pedagogically.

Look, one tip: go to your dashboard and on your profile, change the language to English so that all your blog is in English.

Doing great!

Cristina Costa said...

starting is the hardest, after that everything will come easier. In fact, once you start, you won't be able to stop... it has happened to me, and i could only ask myself...why haven't I started before! ;-)

And the key is to be persistent, to never give up. And if your heart is in it, as it seems, you will keep trying.

It helps when we get help from others. A little help from our friends always coms handy. That's why it's important to learn in a group - we always have someone to go seek advice, support...just a bit of comfort.
Hang on in there, you are doing great. And anything just call on us. We are here in the blogsphere and in many other channels, you will soon learn about.
keep blogging. You are doing a fabulous job!

Dennis said...

Hi, Ana.

I sympathized with the beginning of your post because I've had similar panic attacks. I've found, however, that there's no real reason to panic, so, like Carlinha, I was glad to see the conclusion of your first post: "But the more terrifying it is, the more I fight against it."

Here are two examples of Net-caused panic attacks that I've had:

First, there's an online word game that I'm addicted to, "Scramble." In order to do well at this game, you have to be very quick at analyzing randomly-generated groups of letters in order to see what words (of three or more letters) they can be configured to spell. When the letter-generator moves too fast and I can't think or type rapidly enough to keep up with it, I get paralyzed, too . . . regularly! If I just take a deep breath and calm myself, however, I can "get back into" the game. (I wish I could always remember that immediately after that paralysis sets in!)

Second, I was involved in an online seminar last year, and one of my individual assignments was to respond to questions and comments made during a particular week of the seminar. I was very pressed for time, however, and when the volume of questions and comments kept growing larger and larger, I "froze" because it seemed that the week would never end and keeping up with the posts was impossible. Thankfully, a dear Brazilian friend of mine, José Antônio da Silva (from Brasília), stepped in and rescued me. I was grateful, for the sake of the seminar participants, that JA voluntarily took over, but I was ashamed and stressed out for a long time afterward about being unable to handle those responsibilities myself. Looking back on that experience now, though, I realize that there was no need to panic. I wish I had realized that then!

My advice for you, Ana, is something my mother used to say, "Keep on keeping on!" You've made wonderful progress, and you'll continue to do so.

Best wishes—

Dennis in Phoenix