I rush home after school to post my Slice of Life piece. Then I eagerly look for friends’ icons, to read their pieces. Some are friends I actually know, have had coffee with, taught with, even written with. Others I know only through this March challenge, recognizing their little colorful square beside their link for the day.
And I eagerly sit down to write comments. I start with reading the folks who posted around the same time I did. Then I look for my particular friends. Then I look for titles that grab me and pull me in. I tell writers what resonated with me, and what turn of phrase or line was beautifully written. I make as many comments as I can, in-between reading comments I receive. Because I just love knowing that I also have a real, live reader. And I want to be that responder to others.
Commenting is what makes the SOL march Challenge so meaningful to me. Our little pieces leave our heads and journals and laptops and they go somewhere else. They go “public.” Granted, this is a very warm and welcoming public at Two Writing Teachers. But they have convinced each of us to put our writing on a blog for strangers as well as friends to read and comment. And for me, comments are the reward … for going public.