If there’s one piece of advice I can give to a mathblr, or any studyblr really, it would be
it’s okay to make a mess
I’ve had this blog for a while now and I can say at the beginning I was really excited about getting my mildliners and washi tape and being part of something. But as time went on I realised I didn’t exactly have time to make things look nice.
And for me, the process of doing mathematics never looks nice. I cross out. My writing is terrible once I find a path to take so I don’t forget my idea.
But really, that process is beautiful. I can look back at old workings and laugh at the time I made a sign error and got to angry that I scribbled over everything only to realise there was no sign error. Smile at that one question that look like 10 sides of paper because I couldn’t figure it out right away.
Sure, it’s important to make your work readable. You need to know what’s actually going on in it.
A bit of mess never hurt anyone.