Reflections: Keep On Keeping On


This year the Slice of Life Challenge seemed harder than the past two years.  At the beginning of the month, slices seemed rusty and not really what I wanted to post, but the deadline loomed. Comments seemed fewer and farther-in-between than in the past.  Those comments really do make a difference, even when the slice isn’t the “best” ever.  


In one slice, my writing reflected my thinking about those differences and comments, or the lack thereof.  Interestingly, a few of the comments that I received on that slice reminded me that I should be writing for myself, not for another’s comments. So true!  Another person commented on my obvious commitment to myself to write everyday and to persevere. So true!  The comments I read that day gave me the shot in the arm I needed to keep on keeping on.  My perspective shifted. My focus did, too. I knew I would, but I committed yet again to keep writing.  


And so I did.  I kept writing.  I kept commenting.  In fact, I decided to be part of the solution.  I tried to comment faithfully and thoughtfully on posts that I read.  The suggested, “Comment on 3 other blogs,” became a starting point. Could I do more?  I’m busy, too.  What I found, as I’m sure many of you have, is that the more I commented, the more enjoyable the month became.  Ideas seemed to flow more easily off my fingers. I experimented with different forms of writing, some weren’t perfect, but I had fun trying them out.  I took those risks. I accepted that everything wasn’t going to be perfect or even the best. I just keep on keeping on.


Then, other blogs gave me inspiration. Ideas were inspiration.  Forms were inspiration. Reading really great slices was inspiration.  Suggested “read this blog to for ideas” by the Two Writing Teachers was inspiration.  By reading slices, I realized that everyone has challenges, everyone has a day or days when the ideas dry up.  What do we do then? Keep writing. My writing still needs to grow and be refined; I’m not there, yet, but I’m working on it.  I just keep on keeping on.


Most importantly, as I kept writing, writing, writing, some fellow slicers did stop by.  They did comment. They did encourage. I was happy, but now, not dependent. I thank them all, all the wonderful people whose lives are busy and stressed and full of life’s activities, for stopping by. I thank them for taking time to read and offer those heartwarming comments.  I thank them for reading my slices that were full of risks, and, probably in all honesty, not all that great. For the kindness and the caring, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Finally, I want to give a huge shout-out to all the Two Writing Teachers staff who planned and organized and emailed and commented.  No one can know, unless they have done it, how hard it must be. It seems easy on my end. Not seeing the countless behind-the-scenes workings, I can only imagine, and, I thank you.  


About bjdonaldson

I'm an average woman who enjoys reflecting on life, writing poetry and ponderings, and having a good laugh. DIY, baking, and cycling are fun, too. If you visited me, I'd invite you in for a cup of coffee and a little chat. I am a Literacy Coach, Reading Specialist, and former classroom and Reading Recovery teacher at an elementary school. Getting up in the morning is not hard; I still love making a difference in the lives of children and teachers.

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  1. I want to say thank you for the comments you left on my blog. Your comments always made me smile! Thank you! This year felt different for me too. I’m still struggling to put it all together, but your reflection today helped me out a lot. I look forward to “seeing” you slice on Tuesdays throughout the year!

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    • I am going to try to slice on Tuesdays this year. In the past, I have gotten so busy that Tuesday comes and goes and I missed the chance to post. SOL will be on my electronic calendar this year. Ha, ha. Also, if my kids will help with Instagram, I’ll try to participate in the #100dayproject. “See” you soon! Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

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  2. As a first year slicer, I identify with so much of what you’ve said. I panicked when my short list of hopeful topics was all crossed through, and I wondered how I could ever make to the end. But, like you, I kept sitting down to write every day, some days just opening up a Word document and letting my fingers fly across the keyboard. Every time there was a kernel of a slice lying there amongst the blathering. 😉 What you say about the comments is also SO true. Some days I nervously checked (too often!) for a comment that would let me know my writing was “ok.” Silly me, huh? Now I’m excited to write for myself, believing that I have something to say. I am adding your blog to my Feedly feed so that I can keep up with your writing!


  3. Some of what I thought were my best slices were not commented on; and some I thought were just ok were widely commented on. I no longer think about reeling in comments (although I do still love to get them). I think about what I’m writing and whether I can make it better in some way. I’m also trying to learn not to be so long winded (as in this comment). In any case, it was good to have you aboard!


  4. Yay! You did it! I enjoyed your stories throughout the month. I have learned that the comments are rewarding but they don’t make me a good writer. My mom loves my style of writing, but my husband doesn’t. Now know that I write for myself. I still go back every once in awhile and read my old posts and it’s so fun to remember what I was thinking about at that time. Plus, I’ve gotten my students to blog and they want me to read my blog to them quite often. I love that! Keep writing!!


  5. I really enjoy Slice of life. Usually I read and comment on the different slices of life. On Tuesday night I post my slice. But I have never written for the March thing. I am not sure whether I will be able to write everyday. Regards


  6. I hope you will try it next year. Even though the demands are great, the personal rewards and personal satisfaction make it all worthwhile. I’ll look forward to reading your slices in March!


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