I’ve been spending my early morning and late night time commenting. Commenting on student written blog posts, commenting on student writing, commenting on Slices of Life. In a recent survey of my students one of the things that they said made blogging worth while was the comments. It made them feel like someone was listening to them. I agree. This year because of the sheer number of Slice of Life participants I’ve found commenting to be a little daunting.
You see I have old friends. People who have sliced with me since the beginning, and even though I haven’t met most of them, they are near and dear to my heart. So I want to comment on all of their posts. I know if I miss a day or two they won’t mind. But they have become a part of my life. When I teach I hear Tara over my shoulder. When I drink coffee in the morning sometimes Bonnie and Tuvia are right there reading the paper. There are so many more. People who I have laughed and cried with over the years. People who have supported me in my career, life, and through tough times. People who have never even met me.
But I’m so excited to make new friends too! So, commenting has become quite the task every day. Reading each others slices is one of the best parts of the challenge. In some ways it can be harder than writing your own slice. But these are the stories of our lives and when we share them we are connected forever. So, if I don’t get to my DVR to catch up on some bad show that I probably don’t need to watch anyway that’s ok. Because I know those comments mean something and that they are time well spent. They mean something to me.
You don’t have to be a brilliant comment writer. I know some people leave amazing in depth comments. The little ones count too. Your acknowledgement of someone’s hard work, your reaction, your support. That’s all they need. You just have to start with something small. So dig into to those slices and leave as many comments as you can. Not because you’re supposed to, but because when you do you validate someone’s work. You honor their life. Who knows, you might even make some new friends.
For those of you that have commented on my writing or will comment in the future. Thank you. Your comments matter.
Now I’m off to go leave some comments. : )