What I Learned From Other Slicers #sol18
March Year 2 Edition March 30, 2018
The intimacy of sharing a writing community and reading someone’s writing each day across time and place is profound. Images and ideas stick with you long after you have left.
I have learned so much from so many bloggers this March. Last year I was so focused on just getting the writing done I didn’t allow myself enough space to just enjoy other writing and other perspectives. This year I let go other reading to really read blogs consistently, reading between 20-25 blogs every day and sometime more than that. Reading deeply in one genre gives you a stronger understanding of craft. Here are 10 highlights from a month full of so many, tucked into my blog journal, my electronic folder, and my reading list. They will remain there for some time.
From Alice Nine I learned about many different types of poetry, my favorite of which was golden shovels, My Daddy’s Golden Shovel. In addition, Alice has a wonderful way of weaving teaching techniques into her blog and respond to comments in a way that continues to teach. To everyone else that wrote, explained, and taught me poetry techniques I am truly grateful. Special recognition to Fran McVeigh, Lynne Dorfman and others.
From Lanny Ball and Stacey Shubitz, and others, I learned true slicing, those truthful everyday moments that hold so much meaning and sentiment. Stacey let us into her little family and allowed me to peek at moments in young parenting that are long past for me. Last year, Stacey taught me how to make those watercolor illustration for my blog.
From humbleswede and Fran Haley, and others, I learned that my dog could have a say which leaves the possibilities open for so many other things. Lily still hasn’t gotten her say, but she has received honorable mention.
From Darin Johnston & JCareyreads, I learned that we can be PLN friends, share ideas, and strengths, and hopes with each other. Their honesty and thoughtful responses are the hallmark of what makes this challenge so meaningful.
From comments like those from ureadiread and others, I was affirmed, supported, and taught. 5 star commenting from Brian Rozinsky for this whole solid year. ( I have still yet to learn brevity from him)
From mrspalmerponders and others, I thought about the true depth of mentor texts. Her How-To about blueberry picking will stick with me.
From my friend, Clare Landrigan, I continue to learn that you can accomplish what you set your mind to, that encouragement means everything, and you can know a person, but learn a lot more from their writing.
From my little welcome wagon tribe, I learned that affirming someone else feels pretty great.
Bonus: There were so many blogs that I truly enjoyed like this one from Anita, Frog, Toad, and Vygotsky I hope I told each of you when you wrote them.
This year blogging after school and posting in the AM worked for me as did reading blogs throughout the day. This technique was encourage by my welcome wagon crew being spread across the country posting at all different times.
I learned a few things about myself too, but I’ll save those for day 31.
Day 30 of a 31 day challenge. Writing with my writerly friends as part of the Slice of Life Challenge. Read even more of their amazing blogs at Two Writing Teachers. Thanks to Melanie, Stacey, and Lanny for coordinating so much for so many and encouraging me personally.