So, I’ve been lurking around various places in something that is apparently called the mathtwitterblogosphere, stalking a few folks who seem to know what they are talking about and stealing great ideas left and right.  After a couple of weeks of doing this, I started feeling, umm, guilty.  At some point I figure you should give back, right?  So, I jumped into twitter with both feet sets of fingers and started posting stuff like crazy.  Funny me, no one followed me for the first couple of weeks, so I’m not really sure who read any of it.  Still laughing at myself over that one.  But I digress.  Twitter, for all it amazingness, limits me to 140 characters.  Pretty difficult to express myself fully in that space, plus I wanted to have a better record for myself of my successes and failures as the year progressed.  Enter blogging.  I still feel a bit weirded out by it, and I’m not sure why on earth anyone wants to read my random, unorganized thoughts, but whatever.  Here I am.

All that being said, I proceeded to join a bloggers anonymous (jk, it’s really a first time blogger support group) and have an assignment each week for 4 weeks.  Homework…hoping I have time to do it all.  Here’s my prompt for the first week:

Where does the name of your blog originate? Why did you choose that? (Bonus follow
up: Why did you decide to blog?)

I spent two full weeks trying to find an available, intelligent, math-geeky name for my blog.  Honestly I lost sleep over it (really!).  I’d wake up in the middle of the night thinking, “wonder if _______ is already taken?”  Without fail, all the great ones were.  This is my punishment for waiting so long to jump on the blogger-wagon.  People, I even pulled out college textbooks looking for phrases or notation that would be cute.  I had my facebook family thinking of stuff for me.  Nothing was working.  So, I decided to just make up something stupid.  Enter PurpleProntoPups.  Purple:  simply, my favorite color (also my 4 year old niece’s…hmmm, am I a good influence on her?) I have to have something to go with it (yep, purple was already a blg name) so I put my favorite festival food, pronto pups, with it.  (FYI, pronto pups are similar to corn dogs, but the breading is pancake batter…a couple of street booths make it with donut batter–DO NOT knock it until you try it.  It’s been a staple food every October at the Fall Festival in my hometown for 40+ years).  And, voila, purpleprontopups was born.   Wish there was something better behind it, but I just decided to find a name and get started.

PS.  i just write, and edit as I go.  I never re-read what I’ve written, so skip over any grammar issues or typos.