Reflections on the Challenge- Year 4


#sol18- March 31, 2018 Day 31 of 31

  1. I am already looking forward to introducing the challenge to new colleagues at my next school
  2. I was disappointed that more of my students did not participate- a few did, but none every day (although two students from last year sliced stronger than ever)
  3. There is never enough time in the day
  4. My slices were shorter this year
  5. I never used any ideas from my idea list (which I did not even create before the month started- least prep ever)
  6. This is the second year I have meant to attend Leigh Ann’s “party” and didn’t make it
  7. I am happy that more teachers from my school sliced themselves this year
  8. I am happy that more students at our school were invited to participate this year
  9. I still never manage to draft ahead
  10. Some days I had lots of ideas, but I never used those extra ideas on another day
  11. I loved the variety of slices I read
  12. I never had as much time as I wanted to comment
  13. Having a school break during the challenge makes my topic choice more varied, but poses other challenges
  14. I felt proud when my 7PM writing reminder alarm went off and I was already writing
  15. There are a lot of amazing writers in this community
  16. Some days were harder to write than others
  17. I almost never knew what I was going to write before sitting down
  18. I always wrote at night (and I am NOT a night owl, just not willing to get up before 5AM)
  19. Most of my slices were “traditional” (not poems or other formats)
  20. I missed doing the Welcome Wagon (maybe next year)
  21. I usually sliced before commenting
  22. I was thrilled when Kathleen changed her commenting settings so I could comment on her posts more easily
  23. I love some people’s blog theme and may change mine-still happy with WordPress
  24. I may have to finally pay for WordPress because I wanted to add audio and video to a few posts
  25. I should include more pictures
  26. I want to join a writing group
  27. I never wrote fiction
  28. I should start using labels/tags now that I have so many posts
  29. I will probably struggle to find an idea for Tuesday
  30. I showed up every day
  31. I can’t believe it is over

12 thoughts on “Reflections on the Challenge- Year 4

  1. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

    Love your reflections! Congrats on successfully participating in another March and bringing students and colleagues along with you! I am grateful for you in this community!

  2. mbhmaine

    These are great reflections and I nodded along to so many of them. I love this format for a final slice. I’ve also been toying with the idea of paying for WordPress. Considering how integral my blog is to my life, it seems like it might be a good idea to pony up and have some fun new options. If you do that, I’d love to know what you think! Congratulations!

  3. mcoop1st

    Setting an alarm for reflecting is a great idea. I will do that next year for sure! Getting more peers involved was awesome. I never wrote fiction either. Great job reflecting about your slicing!

  4. aggiekesler

    Love that you wrote 31 reflections! I have a lot in common with you- I sliced at night, never had enough commenting time (except on weekends), and didn’t really plan out my slices ahead of time. 🙂 Congrats on making it through year 4!!

  5. Cara Wegrzyn

    I loved finding your links when I woke up in the morning. I’m also considering making changes to my blog now that I actually use it. 31 reflections on this challenge is a fitting way to bring the month to a close. Congratulations on another year of Slicing! See you around.

  6. terierrol

    I have many of those same reflections that you shared. Writing with my students was fun, but I want to get some colleagues interested. After three years, I too am thinking about paying for WordPress to get the extras.

  7. Cathy

    You could also title this: 31 Truths. I was nodding my head in agreement all the way through. I especially agree that there is never enough time to comment on all the posts I’d like to visit. That is the greatest challenge of all.

  8. Darin Johnston

    >I can’t believe it is over<

    That about sums it up. It seems like we just started this month, and now it's gone. This means we are in April, and it's May soon, and many changes coming.

    Thank you for your reflections and for being you! 🙂

  9. Elisabeth Ellington

    I can’t believe you got to 31! Good for you! Much of this resonated with me too. I am sure I will struggle with a topic on Tuesday. When it’s every day, I don’t put much stock into what I write about any particular day, but when it’s just once a week, I feel the pressure of choosing just the right topic! I have done the Welcome Wagon for two years now and really love it. I feel like I’m giving back to this amazing community and it also pushes me to connect with at least one blogger whose blog I probably wouldn’t follow for the entire month otherwise.


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