Last year, I set out to simply take part in the SoL challenge. I hoped to make it the whole month. I was deterred by a few things, comments mainly, which seemed to simply be a means of praising the work of our fellow writers. Additionally, failure to figure out the time zone difference in the settings, which caused a post to be late, again decreasing my determination level to carry on with the challenge.
But hey, what do we teach our students now? Failure Leads to Success. I failed. That is all there is to it. I took my eyes off the goal, failed to commit to completing the challenge. I let “simple” comments and a semantics issue (why is the time zone six hours ahead anyways?) bring me down.
Not this year.
I’m owning my shortcomings, committing to the challenge, and correcting the semantically challenged side of my brain.
Let’s do this.
I also would like to challenge those who may comment to critique. Let’s make each other stronger writers. Let’s (try to) avoid surface level complimenting and really get into the heart of these posts. It is on us to choose to take the easy route and hit the “like” button, or reexamine our thinking and provide meaningful feedback and considerable insight to our peers’ works.