Day 3 of the March SOLSC! #SOL15

Write, Share, Give

Write, Share, Give

ANNOUNCEMENTS

I’m glad you’re here for the third day of the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Or, perhaps you aren’t taking the month-long challenge but have arrived for our weekly Tuesday challenge.  Either way, you’re in the right place.

If you haven’t already filled out the participant information form, please do so by noon tomorrow.  I’ll be creating a spreadsheet of Slicers’ user names and URLs that I will post on Thursdays.  This comment tracker will help those of you who would like to get around to as many Slicers as possible this month.  I’ll be creating this tracker tomorrow afternoon so please make sure you fill out the form so you’re included on it. (NOTE: I will not include your contact information or e-mail addresses on the comment tracker form.)

ICYMI: Anyone who starts the SOLSC today or tomorrow will still be eligible for one of the incredible prizes we’re offering.  All you have to do is “write, share, and give” today and every day for the rest of March.  Click here for help getting started.

If you’re participating in the individual Slice of Life Story Challenge, this is where you share your writing.  If you’re sharing your students’ slice of life stories, then head over to the Classroom Challenge, which Anna is hosting this month.  (Please see the previous post.)

If you’re unsure how to post the permalink to your slice of life story, then please watch this two-minute tutorial:

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

This section is mostly the same as yesterday. If you’re a seasoned Slicer, feel free to scroll down to “Be Inspired.” Otherwise, please read this section carefully.

Username:

Please use the SAME email/username information on all of your March comments.

Commenting:

  • Please include the permalink (aka: unique URL) to your post when you leave a comment. Click here and scroll to the “New to Slicing” section of the blog post. Once you arrive, you’ll find two visuals that illustrate an example and a non-example of a permalink.
    • If you link your slice of life story incorrectly today, you’ll receive a reply to your comment from Julieanne Harmatz, who is helping us with tech support, or from one of the TWT co-authors.
  • The six of us worked together to create some comment guidelines. We may, at any time, remove a comment from our blog if it is inappropriate. Please refer to these guidelines when commenting this month:
    • Self-Promotion: Please don’t use your comment or link to your blog for self-promotion. The links in the comment section of our Slice of Life Story Challenge are meant to lead our readers to stories from people’s lives–not just whatever was on your blog that day.
    • Linking and Running: Please do not just drop off the link to your Slice without commenting on at least three other Slice of Life Stories. Comments are the foundation of this community. If you choose to link early in the morning, please return later that day to leave at least three comments.
    • Spam: It’s not just big advertisers who spam. Spam can include: Copying and pasting a comment from one post to another, or leaving a message such as, “Nice post. Visit my blog at…” This kind of comment is a form of spam.  We reserve the right to delete comments that fall into this category.

Thank you for appreciating and standing by our guidelines.

  • If you’ve never posted a comment on TWT before, or if your comment contains more than one hyperlink, then your comment will be held for moderation. I will monitor blog comments a few times today so I can approve comments that don’t post automatically. Therefore, there is no need to re-post your comment if it doesn’t appear after you click “post comment.”
    • If you use the same username/email to log in when you leave your comment, your comments should appear instantly in the future.
    • Tech-related questions? Contact Julieanne Harmatz at mjharmatz1{at}cox.net.
  • If this is the first time you’re participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge, please let us know that when you share your link as a comment.
  • If you have a Blogger blog, please make sure you’re using the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” option or removing the security layers to make it easier for people to leave comments on your blog posts.  Click here for more information about “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.”

Prizes:

Prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge.  You’ll be eligible for a prize if:

1.     You fill out the participant data form, which went live on February 22nd.

2.     You comment ONLY ONCE on the daily call for Slice of Life stories (Today – 3/31/15).

3.     You sign a Slice of Life Story Challenge Participation Pledge on April 1st.  (We’ll post the pledge and will ask you to “sign.” You’ll sign by leaving a comment certifying you wrote and linked daily, as well as commented on at least three other Slicers’ writing daily.)

  • In order to be in the running for a prize at the end of the month, you must leave the link to your slice of life story by 11:59 p.m. EST to be eligible for prizes.
    • Only links left before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time will count when you’re signing-off on the participation pledge on April 1st.
  • The call for slices goes up at midnight EST. Everyone has the same 24-hour window to post, regardless of the time zone in which they live.
  • Please play fair and leave only one link each day.

Social Media:

  • We are using #sol15 on tweets about Slice of Life Story Challenge.
    • NOTE: You must leave a link to your slice of life post on the daily calls for slice of life stories here at Two Writing Teachers to be eligible for a prize.

Questions:

  • Should you have questions about getting started with this Challenge, please contact:
    • If your last name begins with the letters A – I, please e-mail questions to Betsy, betsymhubbard{at}gmail.com.
    • If your last name begins with the letters J – R, please e-mail questions to Dana, dmurph08{at}sbcglobal.net.
    • If your last name begins with the letters S – Z, please e-mail questions to Stacey, stacey{at}staceyshubitz.com.

BE INSPIRED

  • BE INSPIRED.My fellow co-blogger, Dana Murphy, composed a beautiful slice of life story in late January about tiny moments that take your breath away.   In “Moments,” Dana reminds us to pay close attention or we might miss those magical moments.  There’s a dichotomy between childhood and aging in this piece, which makes it an intense read.  Click here to read “Moments” on her personal blog, Murphy’s Law.
  • Click here if you need topic ideas.
  • Finally, here’s a visual definition of a slice of life story:
Are you wondering what a slice of life story is? Click on this image to enlarge & to learn more.

Are you wondering what a slice of life story is? Click on this image to enlarge & to learn more.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“As writers, it is our job not only to imagine, but to witness.” -Dani Shapiro

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