Top Ten Reasons to Participate in SOL

I am participating in #SOL21. Thanks for creating this space to write, share, and grow!

1. You’ll become a better writer. Blogging will not force you to become a better writer, it’ll just happen as you do it. Slice of Life helps you place writing on your daily schedule – it helps you establish a routine. And becoming a better writer holds important benefits for the rest of your life—whether you are creating a book, a presentation, a résumé, an ad, or an anniversary card for your spouse.

2. You’ll become a better thinker. Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper. You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them.

3. You’ll live a more intentional life. Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started.

4. You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things. By necessity, blogging requires a filter. It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, and every happening in your life. Instead, blogging is a never-ending process of choosing to articulate the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things.

5. It’ll lead to healthier life habits. Blogging requires time, devotion, commitment, and discipline — all good things to embrace — they will help you get the most out of your days and life.

6. You’ll meet new people. In a writing community such as Slice of Life on twowritingteachers, participants will legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed—the only thing missing is you.

7. You’ll inspire others. Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader. And because blogs are free for the audience and open to the public, on many levels, it is an act of giving. It is a selfless act of service to invest your time, energy, and worldview into a piece of writing and then offer it free to anybody who wants to read it. Others will find inspiration in your writing… and that’s a wonderful feeling.

8. You’ll become more well-rounded in your mindset. After all, blogging is an exercise in give-and-take. One of the greatest differences between blogging and traditional publishing is the opportunity for readers to offer input. As the blog’s writer, you introduce a topic that you feel is significant and meaningful. You take time to lay out a subject in the minds of your readers and offer your thoughts on the topic. Then, the readers get to respond. Often times, their responses in the comment section challenge us to take a new, fresh look at the very topic we thought was so important in the first place. So try to respond to as many bloggers as possible each day.

9. You’ll become more confident. Blogging will help you discover more confidence in your life. You will quickly realize that you do live an important life with a unique view and have something to offer others.

10. You’ll find a platform to recommend. We all love to recommend something we have found enjoyable or beneficial—whether it be a nice restaurant, a good book, or a new outlook on life. The fullness of joy is not experienced until we have shared that joy with others. A blog provides an opportunity to do that very thing. It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced and recommend good things we have discovered to others.

Hanging out with Albert, thinking about my next blog post.

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Reasons to Participate in SOL

  1. Thanks for these reminders, especially at the outset of this year’s challenge. I especially appreciate #8 as the dialogue sparked by these blogs has proven an unexpected bonus.

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  2. Lynne, this is a great list to show to those who are on the fence about blogging here at TWT. Self improvement is something many of of strive for and writing is one way to achieve that goal. One more thing that I might add,which is implied in your points, is that writing and being part of a community of writers is fun.

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  3. YES YES YES – I love this March challenge and blogging. It is a place to play with ideas, embrace life and learn along the way. This is a great list to share with students as well. Many do blog independently or on a class blog. These reasons are authentic and meaningful. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Excellent post! It’s my first year participating in March SOLSC; it’s only day 3, but I am loving it. Just like other monthly writing challenges I’ve recently participated in, I love #4 “develop an eye for meaningful things.” It’s so true – when I received disappointing news yesterday, one of the first things I said to my husband was, “ya know, I could blog about this tomorrow!”

    Regarding #5, I’m noticing how much less time I spend (or even able to, anyway!) scrolling aimlessly on social media. I have been spending time crafting words for my posts or commenting, reading other people’s posts. I love this community!

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  5. Lynn, I appreciate your list of reasons to participate in #SOL21. I especially like #3 “You’ll live a more intentional life”. Writing has become a significant part of my life and I continue to encourage teachers to become writers as models for their students. Developing an eye for meaningful things is another good reason to write. I think I will share your list with my graduate students this summer.

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  6. I love the developing an eye for meaningful things. It’s so true. Knowing that I’m going to blog helps me strive to see the mundane in a meaningful way – a way that I can write about later. Anything can be exciting with the right approach.

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