Are we having fun yet?
Slicing is supposed to be fun. Sure it’s a challenge. Not just the challenge of writing every single day for a month, but also the challenge of the technology. Unique URL? Commenting? Where do I link? If I miss a day can I still share my link? There are questions that abound. Most of these questions aren’t about the writing. They are about the logistics of the challenge.
But the writing is good, fun even. This is the nature of writing. And the feedback on our writing? Now who isn’t loving that? If you’ve been writing and haven’t gotten any feedback, let us know when you share your next slice. (And double check that your link is working!)
The techy-stuff can be frustrating. But this is good for us too. It’s good to experience things that aren’t so smooth. Kids face this all of the time. I’ve helped many people join the blog-sphere this month. I sit beside them and walk them through posting and linking and commenting. Then I check back in a couple of days. We go through things again.
I’m reminded how even though blogging is something I could probably do in my sleep, it isn’t the easiest thing when just starting out. This is how many students feel when facing the blank page. We might think it’s easy to write a story or a friendly letter or an essay. But, in reality, it’s a little difficult to wade into new writing territories. (Right slicers? Feel free to comment about this!) It’s not always about the writing either, but about other things…wanting to get it right.
Take some time to consider how your experiences with this challenge reflect some of the experiences of your students. Take some time to breathe and remember writing is fun.
And if you still feel like you’re stumbling over the technology or the nitty-gritty aspects of the Slice challenge, please please please send me an email or leave a comment to this post. Honestly, cross-my-heart, I’m happy to help.
Speaking of comments…Wow, just wow! I know when I first started blogging I was shy about leaving comments. It wasn’t until I began receiving comments that I realized how they fueled my writing life. So here are some easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy (as my second grade daughter would say) no-pressure ways to leave comments:
- Share a connection you have to the slice.
- Tell the writer a favorite line (or even a favorite word) from the slice.
- Tell how you feel after reading the slice
- Encourage. Recently Mary Lee Hahn left a two-word comment on my “Test Prep” post. It stuck with me. The comment?
Comments don’t have to be long. Just leave a trail for the writer so they know you were there and read their words.