New Blogger Initiation! Pledge by Tuesday, August 14th.

An Idea!

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 [0].

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 [1]. 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!


[0] 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 DOORSeriously, 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.

[1] It’s a secret what these are.



  1. I’m in…I’m one of those who are guilty of saying, “I’ don’t have time to blog.” I have now “assigned” myself to blog about a new project I’m undertaking this year, so stay tuned. Thanks, Sam!

  2. Ooh, One more thing: My blog Name is , no longer “roughlynormalteacher”. My twitter feed is @roughlynormal.

  3. Thanks Sam. I will share this with my staff. THis sounds like a great opportunity for teachers to get started in on the world of blogging. I know that blogging has empowered me and made me a better teacher by learning and sharing with others.

  4. Any chance the topics for new bloggers will be posted for the rest of us to use as well? I’ve had a blog for a long time, but it doesn’t get used much and I mostly put fluff. It would be nice to change that. Right now I mostly lurk a lot.

  5. I’d be happy to help too. Kate helped me get started, and I’d love to pass it forward. If anyone wants a helping hand (I use blogspot not wordpress), you can email me at mathantholgyeditor on gmail.

  6. This is crazy I saw this tonight. I was just thinking that I should try blogging stuff from my math classes, especially since I teach Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Mathematics, PreCalculus, and Calculus. I don’t know when I will have time, but this could really enhance my teaching I think, especially if I have other teachers joining in with me! This really is to just share ideas and I LOVE it!

    1. Hihi! I was actually thinking we would limit it only for math teachers, for the reason that I’m a discipline snob. Just kidding! But I was thinking of just math teachers so the number of people who sign up doesn’t explode out of proportion to what I (we) can handle. Still, if it’s just you, and you promise not to send any more science teachers our way, you should def sign up. It’ll be our little secret! ;)

  7. Hi Sam! It looks like you have had plenty of offers, but I wanted to let you know that I would also be happy to help in some way. Thank you for your leadership in the mathtwitterblogosphere!

  8. If you’ve signed up and gotten the mystery prompt, and now you need some hand-holding to get your blog set up, I might be able to help. I’ll help the first 5 people who ask me at my blog. (Kate helped me get started a few years back – I couldn’t have done it without her.)

  9. I’m also offering help, via twitter, to anyone who asks! I’m @crstn85 there and will be happy to answer any and all questions about starting up your blog.

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    1. Hi Patricia!

      I think things are already in swing here. However, three things: (1) You should definitely still blog! And we made a site to help you get started: (2) We will publish all the questions/prompts that we used in the new blogger initiation as soon as it’s over, so you can use those as inspiration to start, and (3) just do it anyway!!!


  11. I’m bummed that I missed sign-ups. I started my math blog at the beginning of the month and would love to meet more bloggers in this virtual PLC. I focus on middle school math, particularly Algebra I and Intermediate Algebra on my blog.

    1. I’m actually not in charge of the email list… but if you got the first couple emails, you should check your spam folder as it seems like the problem is likely is on your end.

  12. I have a colleague who just started blogging (after I heard about this challenge). I gather he’s missed the boat, but how could new bloggers connect with a network of other math ed bloggers to both see what others are doing and to find potential readers? When I began my blog in (whenever it was: 2006 or so?) I already had a network through which to alert people. I’ve put my colleague’s first blog post out to what remains of that network, but thought this might be a good place to check.

    Thanks for any suggestions, and good luck to everyone.

    1. I would send your blogger to this site, which has advice, tips, and other such things.

      Building up a readership basically just takes time, and posting regularly. That’s about it. But tweeting, commenting on other blogs, and just getting involved is really the best way to go about it. But I always say to anyone starting a blog that blogging for YOU is really all you should be doing when you start. You shouldn’t start a blog for others, but really to reflect on your own practices. But getting input on things takes time. That’s just the reality of it, methinks.

      The good news is there are a LOT more people reading and writing than just three or four years ago, so it might not take THAT long…


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