Every year that I have participated in the March challenge of writing every day, I wonder. I wonder if I can do it. If there will be something slice-worthy in my daily life. If people will read my posts. Even with the knowledge that I’ve done this before, I still wonder. Sometimes with that wondering, it helps to remind myself of the things I know.
Here are some things I know:
- My daily life will probably have many more than one slice-worthy moments, and I have to be aware enough to notice.
- Consistency helps to build readership–it reminds me a little of a coffee shop in terms of we know when to expect people. Just as we frequent our coffee places at predictable times, there are certain-time-of-day bloggers. We get to know who usually comes just before or just after we do if we are consistent. We form a sub-community, and we read each other’s posts. It’s not a formal agreement; it’s like saying good morning to the person who stops at the coffee shop at about the same time as you do every morning.
- I will meet and connect with someone–maybe multiple people–and I will continue to share snippets of their lives throughout the year by way of weekly slices.
- Once March is over, weekly slicing will be hard for a little while. I think it’s like running a marathon in that you run and run and run, and you can’t imagine not running, and then it’s over, and you take a break.
- Not every day’s piece needs to be a masterpiece, and if there’s even a typo or a mistake in a post, we’re a very forgiving community. It’s yet another place where perfect cannot get in the way of the good.
As much as I need to get myself up for the challenge of writing every day, I also have to get myself ready to comment every day, as well. Here are some thoughts about commenting since that’s such an important component of our community:
- People love getting comments. We all appreciate knowing that someone read our work. Everyone I know watches for and reads their comments.
- Comments feel especially good when they are indicative that someone read a piece closely and gave it some thought. Generic comments don’t feed writing souls.
- Comments feel even more especially good when they reflect not only the content, but also the craft moves of the piece.
- While it’s not even remotely a perfect science, the more generous and thoughtful I am with my comments, the more generosity and thought I tend to receive. (Life can be like that!)
If you are still debating joining our community, stop debating and join. If you don’t write for all 31 days, no one will shun you or call you out or think less of you. Really, the sky won’t fall, and we will be there to welcome you back if you falter and cheer you on as you get going again.
Tomorrow we begin. Onward to the 11th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!
I am the Writing and Social Studies Coordinator in Simsbury, CT, and I love what I do. I get to write and inspire others to write! Additionally, I am the mom to four fabulous daughters and the wife of a great husband.