The title of this blog comes from my experience when asked a typical 'get to know you' question. I'm a math educator, and here is a conversation I've had many times.
Them: What do you do for a living?
Me: I'm a Math Instructor
Them: Oh, I'm not a math person.
Okay, so there are variants, at some point I usually have to explain that I teach at a college, but it's really not college level. I usually end with the reassurance that "they are not alone", and "I hear that a lot", which in turn is not all that reassuring for me. It's not like I'm shocked to know that people struggle with mathematics as a subject, but what I find uncanny is how people are so quick to assign in to their personhood. I've had sore subjects to, I rarely find myself saying "I'm not blank person" (My first blog post "I'm not a writer" is meant with a hint of irony). The tone of this remark is often one of "Hey, hey now don't get too serious"... Like at the very mention of what I do for a living I might start quizzing them on their multiplication facts or say "... and what do you know? I've got an Algebra test right here!", which leaves me feeling like I need to say "hey, but don't worry, I'm not like that, it's all good".
Anyway, what better title than "a math person".
It's also ambiguous in my opinion and I have no idea what I'm doing with this blog right now.