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An overdue 2nd blogiversary

August 26, 2012

Somehow in all the hectic-ness of moving to a new school, I missed my blogiversary, August 18. Oh well. Still, I feel a need to reflect on what this past year blogging has meant to me. For comparison, here’s my first year reflection on blogging.

I think this second year of blogging has been one of deepening connections. I’m starting to feel like I know the people who comment on my blog most often personally, and many of them I’ve chatted with online either in the Global Physics Department, or just by a spontaneous G+ discussion. I’ve even been fortunate enough to meet many of the people in my physics blogging community face to face, like Andy Rundquist, and am working meeting even more—I can’t wait for Rhett to visit my school this October. Thanks to a big move, I’m also fortunate enough to actually get to work with two colleagues whom I previously only got to interact virtually before, Kelly O’Shea and Mark Hammond—I can’t wait to see what this collaboration is going to bring.

Numbers-wise, I tapered a bit in posting, compared to last year’s 355 posts, I only wrote 281 posts this year. Something tells me that the intense demands of teaching at a boarding school and teaching a new subject are going to continue this trend for the upcoming year. These posts also spared fewer comments, 1140, but on a comments per post basis, I’m improving. My blog also saw a 200% increase in traffic, drawing 92,000 views. I don’t expect this trend to continue.

This year, I’m looking forward to trying to do a lot more blogging from the perspective of a teacher almost completely new to math teaching, as well as trying to chip away at the 100+ drafts stored away in in MarsEdit (a truly awesome blogging client for the mac). I’m also looking forward to trying to launch some of the ideas I’ve mused about previously like the hand-curated newsletter, inquiryweb, and maybe even a podcast—who knows.

More than anything, I would like to thank all of my readers. Your comments, ideas and suggestions have been instrumental in helping me to improve my teaching and giving me the courage to try new things—like moving 1000 miles back to where I began my career. I offer you my deepest thanks, and like my last blogiversary, I want to invite you to join this conversation in any way you like, by starting your own blog, creating a twitter account, or even sending me an email.

One Comment leave one →
  1. JoAnn Flejszar permalink
    August 26, 2012 9:17 pm

    Hi John,
    I want to thank you for your blog. I have learned so much from and through you and others who regularly blog and I cannot thank you enough. I am a regular participant in the Global Physics Department and am constantly telling others about this amazing weekly opportunity to learn and share. I look forward to hearing about your adventures at your new/old boarding school. It is my goal to one day move to a boarding school teaching position, but for now will experience that through you and others. Good Luck this year and enjoy the year!

    JoAnn Flejszar
    Muskegon, MI

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