How has blogging changed your life? Tell us one thing that is different now than from before you started blogging.
Though I started blogging partly to indulge my math-y side and become a better math teacher, the experience has helped me think about capturing stories. Even though I tried to fit the “science + tech” mold from a young age, I still have a strange creative streak and whimsical ideas. My favorite inspiration is my friend Melissa, who captures the stories of her family with humor, love, and enthusiasm. When we lived together in college, she entertained us all with her stories: fanciful tales of study abroad in Leiden, hilarious parental anecdotes (the wormy will live forever), and her interpretive reading of the latest Cosmo magazine. I used to think more in the mindset of capturing lessons, perhaps out of fear that I’d forget everything I’d learned from teaching a certain lesson or project. I used to think more about documenting my cooking experiences so I’d seem more “real” as a blogger. Melissa’s stories are inspiring me to elaborate more on the stories behind the lessons, the recipes, and my family. In a way, blogging is taking me back to a time when imagination ran free of 140-character limits and we didn’t mute our own voices to fit what we thought a writer [blogger] should sound like.