I've been reading math teacher blogs since I was a high school junior. Yes, I realize that's weird. But, I also think it's a large part of what has made me into the teacher I am today.
This school year, though, has been crazy. Balancing life, grad school, teaching, blogging, and reading blogs has been trying at times. My blogging definitely suffered this year, but my reading of blogs was that spinning plate that I let drop completely to the floor and shatter into a million pieces. I had so many unread blog posts in Bloglovin that I discovered it doesn't keep all of your unread posts but maxes out at what appears to be 800 or so. For someone who is subscribed to 871 blogs, this is a problem.
So, from September - mid-April or so, I stopped reading blog posts. I just didn't have the time or the energy. I would feel guilty sometimes. I would wonder what amazing ideas I was missing out on. But, the more I got behind, the harder it was to jump back into to reading blogs.
Last month, I did something that isn't at all like me. I switched to Feedly. I'd tried it once before, but I wasn't impressed. This time, it reminds me much more of my beloved Google Reader. I deleted all of my subscriptions and started over. I just a handful of my favorite blogs and started there. I read any posts from the last two or so months, but I ignored the older posts. As a perfectionist, this was a hard thing to do. But, I know that any amount of blog reading is going to make a bigger difference on me as a teacher than zero blog reading.
As I've been keeping up with my subscriptions, I've let my number of subscriptions grow up to 149. This is so much more manageable than my previous number of 871 subscriptions. I've also given myself permission to not follow every single math teacher blog in the world. I know my blog isn't everyone's cup of tea, so why shouldn't it be the same for me? If I don't find a blog to be interesting or useful, I'm not subscribing. If it seems like all a blogger is doing is trying to sell me products they created, I'm not subscribing. I'm giving myself the freedom to make my blog reading work for me.
I write all this to say: A fresh start is okay.