Welcome and thanks for stopping by for Math Monday!
I've had this idea for quite some time to discuss and share math more within my own blog and within our blogging community. I shared my idea with the post - Launching Math Monday! It was summer-ish still and everyone has lots of energy when it's summer-ish. I enjoyed launching and sharing several Math Monday posts. There was a little excitement on twitter over the idea. Two friends have joined and posted along with me on Mondays. I enjoy sharing math thinking but school life is busy for everyone, myself included. I wasn't sure if this was a great idea or worth the time and energy right now.
I was with friends this past weekend and I over heard someone tell their blog partner, "we've never blogged to gain followers or readers." I've been thinking about this comment. Another blogging friend shared a comment she received or heard during a presentation she was doing, "blogging is for bragging." Teaching is a hard profession. Teaching can be a lonely profession. Blogging for many is about sharing ideas. Blogging for many is making connections with like minded people and for meeting people who stretch your thinking. Blogging is risky for the writer. We all have different comfort levels and things we are willing to blog about. Blogging can be a platform to live a writerly life, as we guide our students in doing.
To be honest, I haven't done a Math Monday post in a few weeks. I think math is hard for many to share, think, and write about. With just a few friends joining I wondered if it was a valid idea to continue to pursue. I struggled with this the past few weeks and realized I needed to look at my data. Readers may not be joining, quite yet or leaving comments but they are stopping by. My data shows the Math Monday posts have had 86, 65, 79, 119, 180, and 185 visits. I never expected the numbers to be this high! Maybe these posts are helpful to others. It makes me think of the movie, A Field of Dreams. "If you build it, they will come."
Math Monday will be back in it's original format next week. Please consider joining and sharing anything related to mathematics.
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