Friday, April 2, 2010

At the close of day...

I began this blog in the fall of 2008 and had two aims in mind. The first was to get myself writing again. I liked the imposed discipline of having to write something every day. The second aim was to be more mindful and more public about my teaching.

I have said this before, but teaching is an incredibly private activity at the university level. It's also work filled with fear. You fear you are not that good, that your colleagues will pass judgement on you, that your students find you lame and uninspiring. Somehow I thought blogging would help me confront the fear that often holds back those of us who do this job from talking honestly about our lives as teachers.

In large part, this blog has been successful. I have written a lot more than I ever thought I would. It has also helped me become more public about my teaching. Colleagues have told me that they have read the blog and found its insights useful, interesting and occasionally amusing. I even picked up a few regular readers, too. In fact, Google Analytics says this odd little blog has had 2,953 visits and some 743 unique visitors since April of last year. The average length of these visits has been just over four minutes, and the blog has been visited from someone (or some web crawler) in every continent but Antarctica.

The time has come, however, to take a breal. My aims have been accomplished and I find that I am starting to repeat myself. So I would like to thank those people who have stopped by. I know there are more of you out there than ever left a comment. I want you to know how useful it has been to write for an audience, however small it might have been. I may occasionally sound off in this space in the future, but in all likelihood daily posts will be less frequent.

Thank you all for reading.

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