What do you blog about?
My thoughts and learning about education mostly, the occasional letter to a senator.
Are you paid to blog?
I am not paid to blog
What do you do professionally (other than blog)?
I work in the public school system, mostly as a math resource teacher.
How long have you been blogging at this site?
I purchased my own domain in 2010. I have been blogging on educational issues since 2008. From 2000 to 2005 I would write write a journal of my motorcycle travels in a blog format though I don’t think there were actual blogging sites then. http://driver1111.tripod.com
Do you write in other platforms? (e.g. in a print magazine?)
I submitted chapters and stories to books and magazines in the past, but have never been published.
Can you remember why you started blogging?
I was working for an educational technology company and they wanted someone to write for their blog. I enjoyed the process immensly and continued at http://philosophywithoutahome.blogspot.com
after elaving the company.
What keeps you blogging?
I have grown and learned so much I coudn’t imagine not reflecting on my learning.
Do you have any idea of the size or character if your audience? How?
According to the stats on my sites I get dozens to thousands of visits each week, but I suspect most of that is web crawlers. I do get the occasional comment, but my feeling is that there are few regular readers of my blog.
What’s your attitude to/ relationship with people who comment on your blog?
I wish I could get more comments on my writing. It is mostly a self-reflective exercise and I would appreciate an outside perspective.
Do you feel as if you fit into any particular community, network or genre of blogging? (e.g. schools, science, education, museums, technology)
If so, what does that community give you?
I mostly identify with math education, leadership, and or edtech. These are the communities I follow.
What do you think are the advantages of blogging? What are its disadvantages/ limitations?
Blogging is a great way to get your thoughts out quickly and for some it has been a boost to their careers. For me it has been a methods of learning. A professional development in my education career. This of course is limited because there isn’t a formal review of my work and learning. I make up for that by allowing the contacts I have made through blogging to lead me to more formal education when I think it is necessary.
Do you tell people you know offline that you’re a blogger? (e.g. your grandmother, your boss)
I do not promote my blog in any way shape or form outside of the occasional tweet and facebook post. I do put my blog on my resume and have mentioned it in interviews.
Is there anything else you want to tell me about I haven’t asked?