Today’s post will be short. Plainly stated, I’m not sure it matters if I post in the Slice of Life Blog Forum anymore. Last spring, during Slice of Life, when each blogger who signed up is supposed to post daily and react daily to at least three other bloggers, I complained that I was not getting the requisite three comments. The response? It was that there were so many participating, it would be hard for everyone to receive their three comments. Huh? While I think I understand the point made, it still didn’t set well with me.
So, since March, I have continued to post on Tuesdays to the Slice of Life Tuesday Forum. I’ve tried to be careful to post reactions to at least three other bloggers’ posts. (Admittedly, sometimes I miss and this is probably what happens to others.) Still, I am not getting three responses (if any) from the other participants in this forum. I must not be striking a chord with them. And, since there are fewer people participating in the Tuesday Forum, one would think (if one uses thought process that was conveyed to me above) that I’d receive some response. It is rare that I do.
Yes, I know most of my posts are long. I do like to delve deeply into the content on which I am writing. I am a non-formal educator, one without a license, but also one that has two Master’s degrees in other fields (my second degree is to be conferred in December). I’ve written curriculum, and even conducted a research study. I’ve formed and led student groups on writing, reading, and gardening. I have been heavily involved in many aspects of public education and consider myself a student advocate. Still, I do not garner any more readership from the forum whether I post there or not.
There are many reasons for writing, and just as many for sharing one’s blog with other writers. However, one of the reasons to write is to be read and to know one is being read via the connections made with others and their comments. Although, I regularly hear from some non-Slicers on my blog. It’s gotten rarer and rarer to hear from a slicer.
I intend to keep writing daily. It has become a habit or routine, as one might put it. And, I’ve recently been thinking about taking my writing in a different direction. But, I know I will be taking a break from Slice of Life. It was good (not great) while it lasted. Thanks to those I was able to connect with while I was a Slicer. Maybe I’ll “see” you in March.