For a few weeks now, I have had this idea bouncing around in my head. A new blogger initiation! All it involves is writing four blogposts. There will be no hazing of any kind, except for the kind where we all say how much we think you’re awesome. That’s a form of hazing, right? Like happy hazing?
It has recently come to my attention that there are about a zillion new math teacher blogs that I don’t know about. They are new and probably awesome and exciting and fresh. I also have come to find out that there are a bunch of lurkers who are reading and absorbing and loving the math teacher blogs out there, but are on the fence about blogging themselves.
For those who have taken the leap and started blogging recently: awesome!!! Welcome! Define recently however you want… 3 months, a week, half a year, whatever… if you feel like you’re a new blogger, you should read on! This is for you!!!
If you’re a lurker but don’t yet feel like you want to blog, maybe you just need a little encouragement and motivation to get you to start. There’s a site with an awkwardly long url that a bunch of people created with the sole purpose of convincing you how awesome it is. If you’re nervous about writing, read this footnote .
Take the plunge!
What The New Blogger Initiation Is:
New and new-ish bloggers pledge to participate. This is to help kickstart you into actually doing it. You sign up. There isn’t any time limit on what constitutes a new blogger. If you’ve never blogged before, you’re definitely good to go. If you feel new, or just want to participate because you’ve been lagging in your blogging and you need to rejuvinate yourself, sign up!
Each week for a month you will be emailed a mystery prompt (but it will be rich and evocative and you’ll want to write about it) — and given a week to write a blogpost on that prompt . Short, long, picture-based, whatever. No pressure. Just get something down! This will happen just four times… In your email, you’ll also get instructions on how to submit your blogpost once it is written and published on your blog.
Each week, I (or hopefully me and a few other bloggers) will compile your posts and share them with the rest of the blogosphere by linking to them from our pages. This way we’ll get to say hi and get to know y’all, and you’ll get to say hi to each other, and everyone will be happy.
Of course you can write as many other posts as you want. This is just hopefully a way to kickstart you into starting or keep you with us if you’ve just started!
And remember, if you need help starting a blog, we have a site to help you!
All You Need To Do:
All you need to do if you’re a new-ish blogger and want to pledge to participate is to sign up below by Tuesday, August 14th. You’ll get your first mystery but awesome prompt via email soon thereafter!
UPDATE: SIGN UP IS OVER! FORM TO SIGN UP HAS BEEN REMOVED.
 Do you think you’re bad at writing, so you don’t want to blog? HELLO HOLA we’re math teachers so we don’t care. We don’t snicker when someone writes there instead of their, or misuses a word. Do you not have time to do it? Just try it out for a month and see if it really takes more time that you have! Do you think you aren’t creative or interesting enough or have anything to say that would interest anyone. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Seriously, we all feel this way. We just put it out there. And writing even about the smallest things like a bell-ringer/do now that you like, or musing on an article about education that you found interesting or disheartening, or a single math problem you found interesting, or recollections of one of your favorite math teachers, or whatever. Heck, I just learned the most amazing trick about how to teach matrix multiplication from a teacher who thought that everyone taught it that way. I love the little things.
 It’s a secret what these are.