Between a phone meeting with my graduate advisor about my research study, thinking about getting out to the polling place for April elections that include voting for school board candidates, the snow that’s coming down, and a hair appointment later today, I forgot that it is time for a Slice of Life: Tuesday post. Part of this forgetfulness is due to the fact that I was somewhat relieved to have the Slice of Life Story Challenge over for this year. I relished in being able to post my photo-only, ever-popular, Silent Sunday thematic post this week. And, as usual and expected, I had a nice response to that.
Along withe a few other slicers this year, I felt a lack of support from the Slice of Life Community this year. I have only participated once before, and it was last year. So, I do not have much to which I can compare the experience. All I can tell you is that it just was not the same (for me). Over all it is still a great experience, and I reflected on that in my blog on the 31st, as most of the slicers did this year. However, it was the lack of or few comments I received on my blog from other slicers that bothered me. Some have said that it is because more people are participating and the requisite three comments do not spread very far. I am not sure that is the reason. I know there were many participants last year and I felt more connected. One wise blogger pointed out that my feeling that last year was better is probably because I was new and received regular visits from welcome wagon participants. She could be entirely right. Still there were days I received no comments at all.
When I don’t get three comments from other slicers involved in the Slice of Life Challenge, it in turn served as a de-motivator for me to leave comments for others. Here is what my numbers show. My return comments (that I try to make to each blogger) are not included in these numbers. It isn’t pretty! But, thank you to those who did take the time to comment!
Commenting Numbers For March
March 1 – 5 comments from others
2nd – 2 comments from others
3rd – 5 comments from others
4th – 3 comments from others
5th – 3 comments from others (one not a slicer but another friend that blogs)
6th – 4 comments from others
7th – 1 comment from another person
8th – 1 comment from another person
9th – 4 comments from others
10 – 3 comments from others (one not a slicer but another friend that blogs)
11 – 5 comments from others (2 comments from the same person who is not a slicer but a personal friend)
12th – 5 comments from others (2 comments of the five from the same person – a slicer)
13th – 2 comments from others
14th – 4 comments from others
15th – No comments from anyone!
16th – 6 comments – (2 from the same person)
17th – 10 comments
18th – 10 comments
19th – 1 comment
20th – 3 comments
21st – 6 comments
22nd – 5 comments pertaining to this post
23rd – No comments from anyone!
24th – 3 comments (2 from the same person)
25th – 6 comments
26th – 4 comments
27th – 3 comments (one not a slicer)
28th – 4 comments
29th – 2 comments
30th – 2 comments
31st – 2 comments
There are 14 days of the 31 days is March, that I did not receive the minimum number of comments from other slicers (3 comments). And, more notably 2 days during which I did not receive any comments at all. If part of the blogging challenge is to connect with others, these numbers tell me that I am not doing it! Certainly, I felt by participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge this year, I would receive more feedback.
Let me be clear. I will continue to write. And, I will probably continue the SOL Tuesday postings, but I see some need for the guidelines of the annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge to change. It is a huge undertaking that those at TwoWritingTeachers.org have made to host this blogging challenge and I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the challenge. I can only imagine the amount of work that is put into it. I just wish it had been more satisfying for me, personally. But, maybe there are some growing pains that need to be addressed. Thoughtfully responding to the posts of others is part of blogging. I expected more.