Slice of Life Story Challenge

DAY 1 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL22

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Write. Share. Give.

I’m celebrating you showing up to share your writing this month!

I’m celebrating your willingness to dedicate a month of your life to being part of this online writing community!

I am celebrating the first day of the 15th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!

Please fill out this year’s Participant Information Form if you haven’t completed it yet. Like last year, we’re asking participants to register and commit to this Challenge no later than 11:59 p.m. EST todayThis form will close tomorrow morning, March 2nd. In keeping with the spirit of a month-long challenge, it is important to participate fully all thirty-one days.

We’ll be providing one tip a day, for the first half of the challenge, at the end of the announcements section. Also, you’ll find a section called “BE INSPIRED,” which will follow each day’s announcements. That section will include a link to someone’s slice of life story and/or a quote about writing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A special welcome to the first-time Slicers who are joining us this year! Be sure to leave the words “I’m a first-year Slicer” somewhere in your comment for the next few days so longtime members of our writing community can welcome you.

The daily call for slice of life stories goes live at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (i.e., New York time) daily. Since we have participants on six continents, we consider the day over at midnight Eastern Time. Comments can close as early as 12:00 a.m. (the following day) since the post has been live for 24 hours. Often, the daily call for slice of life stories will stay open until the next morning since our co-author team is usually sleeping just after midnight (since most of us live in the Eastern Time Zone). If you are posting the link to your slice of life story after 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, please go to the next day’s call for slice of life stories and leave your link there.

We will be continuing Multi-Lit Fridays this year so that participants are invited to blog in another language! The first Multi-Lit Friday is on March 4th.

BE INSPIRED

Jessica Carey, of Where There’s Joy, often shares posts about her family and her students. You may find your slice of life story in the hallways of your school like Jess did when she wrote “Fresh Air” on a recent SOL Tuesday.

QUESTIONS

Need to contact a co-author with a question? Please email us rather than leaving your question within your comment (below). Thank you, in advance, for your patience with us. We receive a high volume of emails during the first few days of the challenge. We will respond to all emails as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the individual challenge, you may contact one of these co-authors.

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – F, please email questions to Amy Ellerman at ellermanamy[at]gmail.com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters G – L, please email questions to Betsy Hubbard at betsymhubbard[at]gmail.com. 
  • If your last name begins with the letters M – Q, please email questions to Beth Moore at beth[at]elizabethmoore.work.
  • If your last name begins with the letters R – U, please email questions to Melanie Meehan at meehanmelanie[at]gmail.com. 
  • If your last name begins with the letters V – Z, please email questions to Stacey Shubitz at stacey[at]staceyshubitz.com.

If you have questions about the Classroom Challenge, which will take place next month, you may contact Kathleen Sokolowski at mrs.sokolowski[at]gmail.com.

Please note: We’re unable to respond to challenge-related questions via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

341 thoughts on “DAY 1 OF THE MARCH SOLSC! #SOL22

    1. Hi there!
      Welcome to our writing commnity.
      I was unable to access your blog since it requires a login. Would you please make your blog public so our community can support you on your writing journey?
      Please shoot me an email (my email address is above), once it’s accessible to all so I can come back and visit.
      My best,
      Stacey

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    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the permalink to your blog post. It is the url to the homepage of your website. Please be sure to go to the published version of your specific blog post and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

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    1. Hello! I’m so glad you noticed that the link in your initial comment wasn’t live–I’ll go ahead and delete that one. Next time, if you add a space instead of the Enter key, you won’t get the “preview” version you have here–you’ll just have the live link after your teaser. It just helps the comment section stay as streamlined as possible. Thanks so much!

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    2. Hello! If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time. Thank you!

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    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the permalink to your blog post. Please be sure to go to the *published* version of your blog post (not the version in the editor) and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

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    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the permalink to your blog post. Please be sure to go to the *published* version of your blog post (not the version in the editor) and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

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      1. Beth, I just emailed Melanie (my last name begins with R.) I have now tried three times unsuccessfully. Not sure why! Unfortunately the blog I have had for the last two years will no longer allow me to add entries, so I started a new one yesterday. I have done this for two years, but I can´t seem to figure out why it won´t post. It is the published version. Thank you! I have a colleague who should be able to help me in the morning.

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    1. Hello! If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time. Thank you!

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    1. Hi, Colleen! Next time if you leave a space between your teaser and your link, the link will be live. I know people can still copy/paste to find your post, but it’s a bit more user-friendly when it’s just a click away. Thanks!

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      1. Oops! Also looks like the link you’ve provided is not to the public version of your site. Make sure you’re viewing the published post when you grab that address to copy/paste.

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    1. Hello! Your link does not lead to your blog post. Make sure you’re viewing the published blog post and copy the address from there. That should help us all be able to access your slice. Looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Hello! If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time. Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

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    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the url to your blog post. Please be sure to go to the PUBLISHED version of your blog post (not the version in the editor) and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

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    1. Hello! If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time. Thank you!

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      1. Hello!
        If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
        Thank you!

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    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

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    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the url to your blog post. Please be sure to go to the PUBLISHED version of your blog post (not the version in the editor) and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

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    1. Hi, Sarah! Thanks for posting today. I’m going to offer a WordPress tip. After your teaser and before you paste your permalink, it is helpful to just leave a space after your ending punctuation rather than hitting the Enter key. When you use the Enter key, it creates the “preview” version of your post in the comments section–which takes up extra space. With so many comments during SOL, we’re encouraging slicers to add their comments this more streamlined way. No worries for today, but if you could try that tomorrow, we would really appreciate it. Thanks so much!

      Best,
      Amy

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    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the url to your blog post. Please be sure to go to the PUBLISHED version of your blog post (not the version in the editor) and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the permalink to your blog post. Please be sure to go to the PUBLISHED version of your blog post (not the version in the editor) and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the permalink to your blog post. It is the url to the homepage of your website. Please be sure to go to the published version of your specific blog post and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hi, Janet! Thanks for posting today. I’m going to offer a WordPress tip. After your teaser and before you paste your permalink, it is helpful to just leave a space after your ending punctuation rather than hitting the Enter key. When you use the Enter key, it creates the “preview” version of your post in the comments section–which takes up extra space. With so many comments during SOL, we’re encouraging slicers to add their comments this more streamlined way. No worries for today, but if you could try that tomorrow, we would really appreciate it. Thanks so much!

      Best,
      Amy

      Like

    2. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello!
      If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time.
      Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hi Julie!
      I clicked on your link, but it says “coming soon.” If there’s a post there, then you’ll need to open up your sharing settings so it’s visible.
      Thanks!
      My best,
      Stacey

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    1. Hello! If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time. Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello! If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time. Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello! This does not seem to be the permalink to your blog post. It is the url to the homepage of your website. Please be sure to go to the published version of your specific blog post and copy the url from the navigation bar. Thank you!

      Like

    1. Hello! If you hit enter between your teaser and your link, you will see a box with a post preview (like your comment today). Unfortunately, these previews clog up our comment section and can make it difficult for some users to navigate our site. If you use a colon or just a space instead, that won’t happen next time. Thank you!

      Like

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