Because while I may be writing for you, I'm not necessarily writing with you in mind.
That said, I hope you'll stick around for the explanation.
BLOGGING FOR OTHERS
There's probably an art to better blogging. For that matter, there's probably an art to better teaching. I'm probably failing on both counts, but I'm okay with that. Sort of.
Let me rewind to the aforementioned Twitter conversation, which actually involved a few people, and effectively boiled down to: Do you blog for OTHERS or for YOURSELF?
|THE WORLD WOULD BE BORING IF WE ALL AGREED|
My link there was to my post way back in August 2012 (If You Build It... So What), when I pretty much decided I was doing it for myself. Does this mean I'm producing a pretty bad (auto)biography? Maybe. But it's one that's making me reflect, not only about teaching, but about my place in the world. (If you hadn't noticed, this post involves the latter. Sorry, you want some math pedagogy, wait until April 1st, I do have an idea for it.)
I originally threw myself on Twitter to see what it was about, and - to be honest - to see if it would drum up any additional hits for my web serial, the personification of math. I then started blogging, not merely to improve my teaching, but just to improve myself generally. (In fact I started by talking about writing.) Who is my audience?
Yeah, I've never been able to figure that one out. I feel a bit in synch with internet reviewers, or ViHart, in that I'm doing what makes me happy, putting it out there, and if it makes you happy too, bonus!
By contrast, Michael Pershan knows who his audience is. They're educators who can make him better at his craft, and in his career.
|WHY HE IS AWESOME|
Now that is blogging with a purpose. Where I blog with the thought that like-minded people may find me (passively), he blogs to pull in an audience (actively). Where I blog to better myself (through reflection), he blogs in order to get other people to help him do the same thing (through interaction). Where I can live with myself even if no one says anything about this post (goodness knows I'm used to it), he... might not be able to?
He may also completely disagree with me here, so I'm going to stop trying to interpret.
My point is, we have two styles at cross purposes. His style is (presumably) working for him. My style is... well, as I said above, there's an art, and I don't think I have it. But at the same time, I don't think I can change my style to be so dynamic, and still have it be genuine. In fact, even assuming I did, and could, I feel like I'd be changing too much of myself. Frankly, I don't want to become the best (or even better) if it means my style leans less weird and unpredictable. As in:
|ANIME vs SQUARE ROOT. FIGHT!|
The other thing that prompted this post was Michael Fenton's post about The Great Blog Exchange. (Is your name Michael? You too may be a teacher one day.) Essentially he's looking for personal blog recommendations. (He has a bunch in the comments already, but if you really want to go nuts, check out David Wees compilation of Mathematics Education Blogs. You're welcome!)
So here's the question - would I recommend myself?
After looking at what I said above, no. No, I don't think I would.
I don't know who my audience is (aside from myself). I only get a large number of hits when I do event posts (like Mystery Teacher Theatre, Day in the Life or Twitter Math Camp), so you won't be networking much. I post sporadically, have relatively few good teaching stories, and suspect my posts are all far too long. (I've started adding subheaders. I read somewhere that it can help.)
So... yeah. Guess you should stop reading, I'm unrecommending myself. In the sea of awesomeness out there, I am the voice of mediocrity.
However, just because I'm not worth reading, doesn't make the writing less worthwhile. And maybe, just maybe, if you do read, you'll say something that makes me better. (Change my story!) Or at the least, you'll see something you can use, or something that makes you smile.
|COULD BE WORSE, COULD BE THIS GUY|
For what it's worth, I hope you enjoyed reading.