To my incredible blog audience,
I finally concluded my term and then realized that I was in some pretty big need of decompression. I wanted to write a note to say farewell for 2012 and to express my tremendous appreciation to you for being with me through this past year.
I started The Chatty Professor in April 2011. During 2012, particularly in recent months, 3,000 – 4,000 visitors per month seemed to be finding their way over. I have no idea from any kind of analytics perspective if that is good, bad, or indifferent, but the thought that my niche blog could possibly be reaching that many people astounds and humbles me. I am thankful to each and every one of you who share, tweet, comment, Facebook, Stumble, (I’m sure I’m missing others), and support my message of communication that I will continue to champion into next year. More on that in just a second, but first, some major news that I have not shared here just yet:
After an incredibly strong start and phenomenal national/word-of-mouth press (and that is in large, large part thanks to you!), Say This, NOT That to Your Professor is graduating! My publisher, NorLights Press, has entered into a distribution agreement with Pearson Education. Pearson will be distributing #STNT in all channels, trade and college, which is extremely exciting. With Pearson’s mammoth sales force, my little book will now have the chance to reach its full potential and get into the hands of students everywhere. I just couldn’t be happier to see my little book fly. I will keep you posted on its development next year.
With respect to what’s coming for you in 2013 in this blog space, I am hardly short of content based on the write-in requests I’ve received over the past month or so. My feedback for a lot of these challenges may be equally supportive to some of you. Here’s a sneak peek:
-What to say if you didn’t get that ‘A’ (in other words, if you got the 3.8, not the 4.0)
-What to say if you end up in multiple-choice test hell (and those tests make up your entire grade)
-What to say if you are a grad student teaching on your campus, but also struggling in a class, and afraid to tell on one of your own
-What to say if you are a non-traditional student in your 50s and feel like you are losing your dream of being in school
-What to say if you feel you are being discriminated against because of race
-What to say if you are failing a class by 1 point
-What to say if you and your friend had the exact same study guide for a major exam, but your friend’s in-class test followed the study guide… and your online class test did not
Phew! That’s just a start… And, yes, all of these are driven by student inquiries except the first one about the ‘A’s (that one is my idea based on some experiences over my last term)
I look forward to interacting with all of you again in 2013. Abundant and peaceful wishes to you and your families during this holiday season.