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kenneth-gomez . Blog Published 15 July 2015


Part 1

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 180 – 220 words in an appropriate style.


In your department you have been talking about blogs. Now your boss has asked you to write one as part of your DPO.

Write a first entry for this blog.


So I was talking with my boss the other day and ‘we’ thought it would be a good idea for me to write a blog as part of my DPO. As you all well know, when writing an acronym or initialism for the first time in a text you should write it in full with the short form in parentheses. As you can see, I haven’t. I will have to answer to the grammar-police for that. In my defence I will claim ignorance. I know that the ‘O’ stands for objectives and really that’s all I need to know. Where would we be without objectives? Answers in the comments section please.

A blog yes, just what the world needs, another blog. Type in ‘blog’ in Google and you get 4.510.000.000 results in 0.42 seconds. Sixth in the list is Cuando nadie me ve – Sara Carbonero . How can I compete with that?

It seems I’m running out of words, which the Cambridge examiners do not take kindly to . Therefore, all that’s left to say is that I hope to see you around here again. I look forward to your comments and encourage you to click on the links, which are most probably the only useful thing you’ll get from this blog.

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Comments (16)
Jerry (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Ken, I knew you were funny but I didn't know you were THAT funny. Keep up the good laughs. See I'm not that funny. Jerry

Rocío UEM (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Congrats for the initiative, Ken! Good luck with your Objectives (life wouldn't have sense without them...)

Miriam (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Good luck with the blog!!!

Almudena (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Well done, Ken! I love your blog and the image ;-)

Pam (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Good luck Ken!

Danny Mak (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

I, for one, would rather visit your blog over Sara Carbonero's, but then again I'm not sure I'm a representative sample. I think objectives are only good inasmuch as you can enjoy and get something out of the process required to get to them. If the journey isn't the main focus and you can't find a way to become enthusiastic about it, maybe the objective isn't exactly right. It's an awful lot of time to waste anyway. Maybe older people realize that and it also factors into their decisions. I see only your wife could convince you to add an image here. I won't be offended. Nice work. Looking forward to future entries.

Wendy (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Fancy a coffee? Fancy? What? Elegant? I'm lost already and I've only read the title. Shouldn't I say, "Would you like to have a cup of coffee with me? Oh, I know. You must be British. American's would say, "Wanna get a cup of coffee" or just "Coffee?" Spaniards wouldn't complicate things either. They'd just say, "café?" They already follow your suggestion to "keep it real and keep it short" I can tell you're already enjoying writing your blog. I know you'll be able to keep it up for a long time.

Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

I recently read that, curiously, we are happiest in our old age. One of the reasons for this is that older people tend to have more reasonable and shorter term (for obvious reasons) objectives, while younger people set themselves longer term goals that are sometimes unrealistic or too challenging, which in turn leads to frustration and depression when they are not achieved. So the message would seem to be: keep it real and keep it short.

Rod Allister (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

I couldn't agree more. It's not so much your age that brings happiness, but realistic objectives. Or is it that you simply haven't done what you set out to do as a younger person and have aimiably resigned to defeat? What's the point anyway, some might say? Live within your means and enjoy it to the hilt! (Not sure that's an appropriate word! Haha!)Life should be as simple in youth as it is when you're older. If you're young (not Yung!), find out quickly what makes you happy and go for it now! Don't think about it or put it off or make excuses for not persuing it right away! And remember, you can't do it without a positive attitude or having fun!

Esther (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Thanks Ken, I am looking forward to reading more entries :) Yours and Rod's comments about happiness reminded me about this TED TALK that I think is great for many reasons and deals with the topic of happiness, the guy is a joy to listen to. http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice?language=en

Chema (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Good to see you putting in work on your objectives, Ken. Eye on the prize! Back when I taught B2, I used an article thrown together by one of your compatriots at the BBC. She claims that happiness is U-shaped along the course of a lifetime: flying high during youth, bottoming out in middle-age, and then rebounding in old age. Apparently, this pattern this holds true for people in over 70 different countries! Here’s a link to the article: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-20591893 If reading isn’t your cup of tea, you can always watch a TED talk by the same author: http://www.ted.com/talks/tali_sharot_the_optimism_bias?language=en Keep up the good work and sally forth and all that.

Markyo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

GSK .... (Great Stuff Ken)

Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Sounds quite weird to hear that objectives are the key to happiness, long term or medium run objectives, when you have the chance to live next to a baby or a very young child. They are almost all the time happy and satisfied. Their time horizon is restricted to now. Their attention is focused on the persons or objects next to them. Their needs seem to be limited to being fed, have a good night's sleep and being loved. Pablo Picasso once said: "It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child".

Anónimo (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Objectives are 'a' key to happiness, not 'the' key. Careful with the 'article'.

Pilar (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

Love it Ken! Congratulations. Great idea including an image, a humor strip!!. It completes the concept of your post beautifully. Congrats to you wife also. Pilar

Ilene (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:28 pm Reply

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” ? Anne Frank

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