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Commenting Challenge

The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the bottom of this post by Tuesday evening, 3/12.
The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the bottom of this post by Tuesday evening, 3/12.

Last week, I had a lot of trepidation about putting a piece of writing out into the world. Crafting the writing was easy.  Sharing it took a lot of courage.  My writing was met by some of the most caring comments I’ve ever received since I started sharing slice of life stories back in 2008.  I am so grateful to all of the people who took the time to craft a caring comment in response to my writing.

As you know, feedback fuels writers.  The SOLSC isn’t just about writing your own stories down on the page.  It’s also about commenting on other people’s stories.  Therefore, I want to challenge you to give as many comments as you can give daily to other writers.  I know it’s time-consuming so only give as many as you can.  (If time is an issue, perhaps it’s best to set aside 15 – 30 minutes daily just for commenting.)

If you’ve been participating in 6th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, then you may participate in the commenting challenge I’m issuing today.  A copy of Interactive Modeling by Margaret Berry Wilson is up for grabs for the person* who comments on the most slice of life stories in the course of the next 36 hours. Many thanks to Responsive Classroom for sponsoring this giveaway.  (I reviewed Interactive Modeling a few months ago. Click here to read my interview with author Margaret Berry Wilson.)

Giveaway Specifics (Please read carefully!):

  • Please keep track of the blogs you comment on all day today through tomorrow (11:59 p.m. EST on Sat., 3/9/13).  Once you’re finished commenting, please come back to THIS post and leave your name and/or the username you’ve been using for the SOLSC, your blog URL, and the exact number of blogs you’ve commented over the course of 36 hours.  (NOTE: If you visit a blog today and tomorrow, please count that blog only once in your tally.)

  • The person who comments on the most blogs will win a copy of this book.  I am asking for everyone’s good faith participation when it comes to reporting the number of comments you have left on other slicers’ blogs. 

    • * = If there are two or more people who left the same number of comments, then I will draw the winner’s name out of a hat.

  • When you leave your comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday. 3/10, please have it look like this (customized with your information, of course) in order for your entry to count:

Name:  Stacey Shubitz/User Name for SOLSC: Stacey

My blog URL for the SOLSC:

I commented on (number) posts from 3/8 – 3/9/13.

Please do not leave the link to your slice of life story here.  Please go to Ruth’s call for slices for today or tomorrow (depending on what day you’re reading this post) to leave the unique URL to your slice.


UPDATED on 3/11/13:  She did it again!  Jen Baumgarten commented on 92 blogs in 36 hours.  Whoa!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this Commenting Challenge.  Our community is richer when we leave comments for one another.  Thanks for working towards building our writing community.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

18 thoughts on “Commenting Challenge Leave a comment

  1. Name: Maureen Ingram/User Name for SOLSC: Maureen

    My blog URL for the SOLSC:

    I commented on a ridiculously few number of posts from 3/8 – 3/9/13, the number is irrelevant! I just wanted to say that I am impressed with how many new slicers and blogs there are and I am trying very, very hard to post on blogs that are unfamiliar to me, in an effort to reach out to “newbies” in the way that folks reached out to me last year. This slicing is fun! Thanks, again, Ruth and Stacey!!


  2. Name: Jen Baumgarten / User Name for SOLSC: jen b.

    My blog URL for the SOLSC:

    I commented on 92 posts from 3/8 – 3/9/13.

    I am quite sure this challenge sabotages me every year! This is the second year in a row that I ended up sick and having to cancel all of my plans for the weekend, leaving me on the couch. Thankfully, reading blog posts gave me something to do ALL day. Last year I read EVERY post. This year? WAY TOO many posts to get through in one day. Crazy! but Crazy GOOD! I read some AMAZING things today! Now I am wondering about spending my time reading posts, rather than writing them! 🙂


    • Jen,
      That is impressive. I have to agree with you. Last year was my first year to join Slice of Life and I worried I wouldn’t be able to write every day. As the challenge continued I realized how many blogs I enjoyed visiting to read what had been written. Day after day the number grew. This year when I decided to join the challenge again I knew the challenge wouldn’t be the writing, but instead making the time to read all of the blogs I wanted to read. Like you, I hope every night to spend more time reading than writing.



  3. ::phew::! 30 COMMENTS! I was a pleasure reading wide these past two nights. I have enjoyed each of your 30 very different and several hilarious posts. Whew that was like a marathon!!!
    Name: Jessica Rowe Username: pinkieup


  4. Stacey,
    I am away on retreat this weekend and am choosing not to comment, and only place my posting up sometime tomorrow, to honor the silence. I will comment on many posts on Sunday–after the challenge, but because I know the value of response (partially because of the wonderful responses I have given and received. Thank you for reminding us about the importance of feedback.


  5. Sounds like fun, but honestly, although I read many of the slices, I usually comment on wordpress since it’s so much easier than navigating through the e blog sites! Sorry!!


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