I believe being a writer is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your students. ~ Stacey Shubitz
This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a space for me to share my corner of the world.
We are twenty-three days into the challenge. Ideas for posts are becoming more difficult to find, and the neglect of other responsibilities in order to read and comment on slices may be at an all time high.
Sometimes I feel as if my computer has a suction hose and is keeping me attached to the screen and keyboard. I begin reading slices and commenting and find that hours have passed. I have forgotten to start dinner, left laundry in the washer, and stayed in pajamas until noon...all because I was reading and commenting.
Then the guilt sets in. There are so many new slicers that I have yet to "meet" and regular slicers that have been forgotten, just because there is not enough time. We all know that it is the comments that fuel the writing. When our writing has been acknowledged, we are motivated to continue. That is the beauty of being a part of this community. But it is also the time consuming part.
One day I decided to compute just how long it would take if I read and commented on every slice. I went back through the daily posts at Two Writing Teachers and found the average number of posts was about 285.
If it takes four minutes to read and take in the deeper meaning and to leave a thoughtful comment on every slice, it would take 1,140 minutes for all 285 slices. When you divide that by 60 minutes, it would take 19 hours!
Even if you are a quick reader and take just three minutes per post, it still takes over 14 waking hours! If it is a commenting challenge weekend, you might take two minutes, BUT that still means 9 hours of commenting in a day!
And that my dear slicers, is a little commenting math to think about as you read and comment today. Now, to get back to that laundry!