4/31 11 Things About Me As a Blogger #sol19

my blog journalScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 8.32.28 AMFor the month of March, I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge (#sol19) sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. I will be slicing each day for 31 days inspired by my work as a literacy specialist and coach, my life, and my fellow bloggers.  


4/31 11 Things About Me As a Blogger #sol19

This blog is inspired by Trina’s post which inspired Elisabeth’s post.



Here’s Trina’s reason for 11.  I adore AKR, living in Chicago in my past life, I had the chance to meet her when she was still physically with us.  Her enthusiasm was infectious.  

From Trina:


One.  I tried blogging six or so years ago or so, but couldn’t really find my voice or perhaps didn’t see myself as a writer yet.  That first blog was about a summer reading challenge I did with my students.  I blogged 1-2 times a year after that until…

Two.  In 2016, while working with Clare Landrigan, she began to encourage me to write about my experiences with students and teachers as a literacy coach along with my observations.  Why I decided to go for it, I’m not sure.

Three.  In the beginning,  I wrote my blogs out in google docs and transferred them to Word Press.  Now I compose as I go, not over laboring the process. I keep a messy blog journal of ideas, March to March.

Four.  I think that one shift, to just write, has been the most transformative in my blogging and in my collaboration as a literacy coach and writing teacher.  Not spending so much time organizing and structuring knowing that I can go back to it has really transferred into my daily work with students and teachers.  I thank many for that but especially my Connecticut friends and their deep dive into joy writing.

Five.  (Can I make it to 11?) I would say my blog is slice(ish).  I write a great deal about my practice as an educator, my inquiry, resources, and other practitioners’ work I admire.

Six.  I’m streamy in my writing.  I admire tighter structures in other blogs, but mine feels very conversational most of the time.  It feels like the way I collaborate.  I’m thinking about the conversation we might have about this idea.

Seven.  I love metaphor… and simile.  Perhaps it’s my midwest roots, but I’m thinking about how things are like others.  I adore Lanny Ball’s post on snow as it relates to classes and students.

Eight.   My welcome wagon commenter, Brian Rozinsky, is my saving grace.  He’s funny.  He calls me on it when I don’t quite make the connection stick.  He has responded to every blog I’ve written since that March challenge in 2017.  I can’t express how knowing he’s there makes me feel.  He’s a close friend I’ve never met.  (in person)  Sidenote:  his blog is NOTHING like mine.  It’s witty and tight and amazing.  Follow him at Cast of Characters.

Nine.  I have a blogmance with a group of literacy coaches and teachers in Connecticut.  I feel like they are my coaches.  One or maybe two of them were in my welcome group with Brian two years ago and I’ve read all their blogs and tweets since.  They have taught me so much.  Shout out to Let’s Observe ,  Where There’s Joy, Writing to Learn, and their amazing gang for sharing ideas and encouragement these last two years.  I love that I was able to be Five Hundred a Day‘s welcome wagon last year and follow Standingtall47.  Your Blog PLC is one to be reckoned with.

Ten.  I read someone’s blog in the last two days that said they don’t question that they are a writer anymore.  They don’t question that they will come up with something to write about each day.  I agree about that and I add that it has transformed the way I discuss writing with kids,  the way I discuss writing with teachers, and the way I am willing to just write with both not worrying about perfection or judgement.

Eleven. I read a lot of blogs.  I read 6-10 blogs in our slice group each week, plus follow those bloggers and others when they blog outside of the slice.  I’ll write more about bloggers in next week’s Friday Follow, suffice it to say that reading their writing improves my practice in so many ways.  Just like we tell people that reading more makes you a better reader, writing more and reading writing mentors in the genre you are working in makes all the difference.  I’m so grateful to those generous writers who have encouraged me and taught me so much.










26 thoughts on “4/31 11 Things About Me As a Blogger #sol19

  1. If I wrote this post, you’d be a number as well. You feel like a coaching mentor. You push my thinking and my writing. I am grateful for your writing and this friendship that has formed.

  2. This is what SOLC is all about! I’m so honored to be included in this group of writers (We have become a writing group!! How cool is that?). I look forward to reading posts, receiving inspiration and ideas, and then responding to posts and sharing thoughts about writing and about life. This experience has made me better, thanks to each one of you and many others in the SOL community!

  3. I love number 4 and thank you for number 9! I love how you have learned the value of not structuring and organizing and just getting it down and going back when and if you need to! So important for each of us to learn that, as Ralph Fletcher says, their is no one single process that is “right”! Our blogmance is one of those things that keeps me going – get’s me excited for Tuesdays and every day in March! You clearly do amazing work and share it brilliantly because you passion for learning, questioning, and kids is apparent in every slice! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Found myself nodding along at most of what you wrote, especially ” my blog is slice(ish)”! I enjoy dipping in on your slices to glimpse your thinking about writing and coaching.

  5. This is such a cool format! I may use you as a mentor text in the future. I also love that you have found this community so empowering. This is my first year – I’m so glad I finally took the plunge! Thank you for sharing!

  6. I don;t even know where to begin! I was so inspired by your piece and learned so much. I love Amy’s books and can’t wait to get my hands on this one. Thank you for the inspiration! By the way, I LOVE your blog phrase: you can only lead as far as you grow. Sums up my thoughts as well. =)

  7. Love the format! I love reading how different slicers started blogging and are continuing on this journey. Finding a community that supports us as writers is a gift! You definitely have an amazing community around you!

  8. This is inspirational to me. I have always wanted to blog and participated in the SOLC last year… and then slowly stopped writing after March ended. And I’m back again. I’m spending too much time on the structure, and the purpose, and the audience… perhaps just writing is enough. Thank you for your words.

  9. Thank you for your encouragement as I dip my toe into the writerly life. I didn’t take the big plunge this year, but I am reading a lot of blogs and writing for myself right now. I see a lot of myself in #3 and appreciate hearing how your process has evolved.

  10. Howdy. It’s your mentee, who never seems to reciprocate. I have to tell you a feel ashamed that I haven’t repaid the gift of your welcome wagoning. I’m so grateful for your comments and support. Writing, at least for me, requires imagining an audience, and it’s been great knowing that you’re out there reading and responding. I took a lot of tips from these 11 items. One, I should read the AKR book. Two, that I really appreciate that your blog is “Slice(ish). It shouldn’t have to fit any template. Three, that you draft right in your blog, not on a google doc. I draft in docs and transfer, but with a reason, now. I’m using that comic sans trick, and it seems to be working! Four, that you have a deeper understanding of the meaning of a writing group than I had. I need to put more effort into that. I won’t “go to eleven” with this comment, but I may try it myself. Now I have the 31 things and the 11 things formats to try!

    • It’s not about reciprocal comments I enjoy reading your blog and being part of your audience. Most importantly explain that comic sans thing. Also I write 500 words because of you. 👊🏻

      • One of the moderators on TWT posted about the fact that although so many people have this visceral reaction to the comic sans font, some other people have discovered that when using the font, they actually seem to be able to write more freely. I’m always open to a new trick…or gimmick…or placebo, so I tried it. I change the font in my google doc to the hated comic sans, and wrote. It really seemed to work. Of course, I change it back to something more tolerable once I’ve finished writing. Look at the entry “Comic Sans Trick” on the home page of TWT by bethmooreschool

  11. Blogmance–love this new word! Your blog is so different from Brian’s (which I also love). It’s so neat that he was your Welcomer and has continued commenting on your blog every year! I also write sliceish blogs all the time and wish I made more time to write more posts reflecting on practice and praxis. Your blog is one of my favorites to read! So glad you borrowed this form!

  12. Some of my favorite commenters continue to be my Welcome Wagon Slicers! I always look forward to reading their posts, as well as their comments. I find myself missing them when they vanish for a while, and sometimes even worrying about them! Isn’t it amazing how close we can get to other writers in this virtual community? Nice Slice!

  13. Shucks 😳 I’ve got the warm fuzzies. I continue enjoying our ongoing virtual dialogue, in all its sometimes sliced, other times conversational messiness. Plus, being introduced to a new mentor text and seeing you apply it is nifty!

  14. Pingback: 11 Things About Me and my Writing – FiveHundredaDay

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s