I received an e-mail from a blogger who is unsure about how to promote themselves as a math blogger.
As I was writing a reply, I thought that there might be some other people who were wondering the same thing. We've already covered this before (see #7) but maybe since the blogging initiative we might need a refresher.
I've found that the best way to promote myself is to be proactive.
Set a blogging goal for yourself so that you are consistently putting
out new material. Tell yourself you will blog once a week or four times a
month, etc. It took me about two years to get a regular following of
blog readers. Don't give up, even if you're sure that no one in the
world is reading your blog. Keep going. When you do start to get
followers, you want to have something for them to dig into and read.
Participate in the blogging world by reading and commenting on other
people's blogs. By putting yourself out there people will start to click
through and find your blog.
3. When you feel like you have
absolutely nothing to say, share a resource or write about something
that happened in class. People will either give you advice on how to
make it better or steal your idea because it's already good. My blog
followers majorly picked up when my posts went from random ramblings and
venting to sharing a resource, idea, or activity.
pictures to your blog posts. By doing this, you add visual interest as
well as giving a peek into your classroom. Reading about an activity is
always more enjoyable if you can see how it actually played out.
Don't try to be anyone but you. Don't mimic anyone else or say what you
think is the right thing. Write about what is important and interesting
to you. Write about what matters. Write with your own voice and your
6. Participate in a meme like #made4math or #myfavfriday.
This motivates you to actively blog as well as becoming a regular
contributor to a meme that serveral groups of people are reading. Here is a list of other math blog memes for inspiration.
7. Read Kate's post.