This is my second year slicing and because I appreciated the frequent comments from several slicers last year I volunteered to be part of the welcome wagon. This affected my slicing in a couple of ways.
First it narrowed my focus. I began to feel like I knew “my” slicers and appreciated their writing more because of it. Last year I kept wishing I had a way to remember who was who. The welcome wagon also made me feel that commenting was just as important as slicing. Several days I posted quite late due to my welcome wagon responsibilities.
I also realize how insecure I am with my writing. I’m learning to be a better teacher of writers, but I’m a very new writer. As I look back on some of my first posts last year I remember how insecure I felt slicing. My insecurity was strong as I tried to find a way to encourage these amazing writers; I’m a Young 5’s teacher for heaven’s sake! These people know writing! They teach big kids, they wrote for their school newspapers? But I also know that everyone needs feedback so I commented on days that it took me longer to form a comment than it did to write my own post.
I also realized I still shy away from writing fresh emotions. I think I need to start these posts as drafts, so I remember what I wanted to write about and then return to the topic when my emotions are lessened. I guess that's how I'll write the post about my friend Mary's retirement announcement.
It’s been an amazing week. Thanks Stacy and Ruth for the experience. See you on Tuesday!