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  1. Beth 03/11/2014 at 10:22 pm | | Reply

    The first two years it was about just getting it done. Could I do it? It wasn’t until I finished that I realized how much the comments meant. I have done 3 student blogging challenges over the past three years since my first year of participation. I think that is the fuel for me. I know many readers stop by and don’t leave a comment and I am ok with that. I try to comment on posts that are entered around the same time as me. I often post late and I think they get overlooked. At this point, I try to comment on blogs that have no comments and cultivate bloggers in my teaching life. When it has gone big, its gone viral. I like to think about how many other writers the slicers are growing.

  2. Jacquelyn Haworth Hoy 03/11/2014 at 10:25 pm | | Reply

    This is my second year, so I do not have the history that you have with the Slice of Life. I have found that there are certain bloggers that I try to follow and make comments…and then scroll down and get as many as I can. This weekend we were traveling so I barely got a post up and so did not get many comments written. I think it is important to write comments as it supports the other writers…and now I notice that we have younger people taking part that makes it all the more exciting and fresh. I wish I could comment on all of them…but decided when I saw the number that I would not be able to…and to just do the best. Sometimes I scroll and check to see if there are any with no comments…and I will comment on those. This is a bit long…probably because I really don’t have an answer…but you pose a good question. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

  3. Mary Hill 03/11/2014 at 10:29 pm | | Reply

    I am trying to share everyday in the challenge. I lost Internet this weekend; so I also missed a day. Growing community is deliberate process with me. I like visiitng and reading blogs. Thanks for sharing. I love your Tag Cloud too. It is so neat.

  4. Deb Lairson 03/11/2014 at 10:44 pm | | Reply

    You pose some very good questions on your blog post today. Honestly, I don’t know the answer. I haven’t participated before this year, so I don’t have anything to compare. I love the comments that I get and love to read and post on other blogs. My purpose for this writing challenge is (hopefully) to create a habit of writing and blogging. I started my blog last summer and hadn’t been on it since, until the slice of life challenge. 🙂 So, connect or not connect, it is a great pleasure to be in the presence of such amazing writers and bloggers! 🙂

  5. @kellylou 03/11/2014 at 11:39 pm | | Reply

    My experience with the March challenge is similar to yours — two years ago I felt as if there was much more interaction between myself and the other bloggers, and I feel a big part of that has to do with how much we have grown. Last year and this year, I scroll and look for posts with no comments and try to comment on 3 or more each day, remembering how much it meant to me that first year when people commented on my posts. I would love to build more community during the challenge, but am not sure how to do that, and for me the month is primarily a helpful reason to write every day — bonding with other writers would be a well-cherished treasure, but not something I expect, just due to how very many of us there are, which is a really great thing! (For some reason I am now hearing The Facts of Life theme song in my head. Issues!! Haha.)

  6. Laura 03/11/2014 at 11:47 pm | | Reply

    I am so glad you sliced about this. I was wondering about all of these things. I started strong especially when we were off from school. I could devote at least one hour or more writing and commenting. On a day like today it was school and straight to my son’s science fair. It doesn’t leave me time to comment on many. I didn’t want to just comment on the same people’s slices everyday, I wanted to try to read many different ones. Great question. How many total slicers are there?

  7. writekimwrite 03/11/2014 at 11:47 pm | | Reply

    It is important to comment on atleast three as that is the agreement we make when we take part. I usually comment on the three who posted before me then look for the slicers I regularly read and then if I have more time just randomly click. What amazes me in my third year is how despite growing numbers there is a community and something special that happens when we write/post together. I start to recognize names even if I do not always read the slice because of the way we post our links.

  8. nf 03/12/2014 at 1:13 am | | Reply

    I’m so glad you chose to write about this, as I too have really been feeling a lack of community. I mean there’s community in the fact that were all in this challenge and experiencing many of the same feelings, but on the other hand I sometimes feel very lonely and haven’t made any real connections with people. I’ve also been reflecting on the type of comments being left and wonder how more of a connection with someone might then change the types and depth of comments left – thank you again for writing about something so pertinent. I wonder if a different posting format would change anything?

  9. GirlGriot 03/12/2014 at 10:58 pm | | Reply

    I find myself both thrilled and overwhelmed by the number of folks in the challenge these last few years. When this challenge started, I think we were a mighty dozen! It was was so easy to keep up with people, to comment on everyone’s post. Now I feel sorry that I can’t leave comments for even half the posts, there are just too many. And I post so late in the evening, by the time I get my writing up, it’s usually the stroke of midnight, and I need to sleep!

    This year, I’m trying to be a little kinder with myself. I will do my best to respond to at least 10 posts for every one I write. I will try to read some of the bloggers I don’t know while I cycle through the writers I’ve been getting to know over the last seven years. With over 200 people in the challenge, I have to accept that I can’t be present every day for every person.

    I love getting comments, love when a conversation starts through the comments and subsequent posts are inspired by comments. So it’s important for me to leave as many comments as I can, so that other writers can feel that connection, too.

  10. Tracey 03/13/2014 at 6:06 am | | Reply

    What a great conversation. I am a ” first timer” and just loving it! I feel privileged when even one person comments on my posts. Being able to click on any one post and be transported to their life is one of the things I am enjoying most about this challenge. We all have more than one thing in common, most of us teachers as well as writers. I feel I have made some connections with people even if they don’t know it..if you get what I mean. They are sharing their life one slice at a time and I feel like I am beginning to know them more. As far as a catch up goes..I would love to!! Want to come to Australia? It’s warm here, no snow. 🙂

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