Some dust has been bitten.

Another year of the Slice of Life Story Challenge comes to an end. I didn’t do as well this month as I’d hoped, but I’ve made it through to day 31. Having surgery early in the month knocked me for a much harder loop than I’d been anticipating. I missed posting a couple of days — which, considering how sleepy and silly some of my posts were, is probably more a gift to blog readers than anything to be sorry for. Much more importantly, I was supposed to be welcoming new folks into the slicing ranks by reading and commenting on their posts every day, and I deeply regret how hard I fell down on that promise.

I participated in this challenge in 2008, the very first year. That was also my first year of blogging. I’d only had my blog for a month when I stumbled onto the TWT blog and into this challenge. Such a lucky thing that I did! I absolutely credit that first challenge with pushing me across the line from maybe-I’ll-have-a-blog to being a blogger. So grateful to that original group of slicers and to all the great folks who’ve jumped into the challenge over the eleven years between that first run and this one.

What my blog is and how I use it has morphed fairly dramatically since 2008. It’s interesting to look back at early posts and see the ways my voice has changed, the ways it has stayed the same, how some of the more embarrassing posts still sound totally like me. I clearly have a voice (“a Voice“), and it’s interesting to hear it over time.

I’ve come to think of March as my blog-iversary because of this challenge. No matter how absent I’ve been from this space, I always find my way back for Slice of Life in March. I exhaust myself with daily posting … and then I’m ready-not-ready to dive into April and writing poetry all month. March reminds me why I like having a blog and primes me for the rigors of National Poetry Month.

Thank you Two Writing Teachers, for another excellent slicing challenge, for giving me the chance to read such an interesting cross-section of blogs and for getting me reacquainted with my own little corner of these internets.


It’s the final day of the annual Slice of Life Story Challenge over at Two Writing Teachers! Hundreds of folks have been participating. If you haven’t been one of them, maybe next year will be the year you’ll join in!

4 thoughts on “Some dust has been bitten.

  1. That is a lot of slicing! Even as I stumbled through my second year I found myself wanting to write posts similar to last year’s because my daily life hasn’t changed much. As a decade-plus Slicer, do you have to work to avoid that or do you just go for it? What is your strategy?

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    1. I think if I compared my slices over time, I would find a LOT of repeated topics. The “I’m so tired, I can barely write this slice,” post is probably repeated dozens of times! But I don’t worry about it. I’m not good at planning what I’ll post. I just go with whatever’s on my mind in the moment. Sometimes I wish I was more adept at that kind of planning, but it hasn’t worked for me yet. I know folks who map out their posts well in advance. I’m impressed by that, but I don’t think it will ever be me. I made a plan for April because I have a particular theme for National Poetry Month, which I’m going to post about today, and that was really difficult. Even as I was making my list, I was questioning whether I’d actually stay with it for a whole month. We’ll see. 🙂

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