Essential Information for New and Returning Participants

to the 11th Annual

Slice of Life Story Challenge

Community Standards

Comment Guidelines

Please refer to these when writing your slice of life stories and commenting as part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge.

  • Self-Promotion: The links in the comment section of our Slice of Life Story Challenge posts are meant to lead our readers to stories from people’s lives.
    • Blog posts should not be selling something (goods and/or services) under the pretense of being part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge.
    • Please don’t use your comment or link to your blog for self-promotion of any paid goods and/or services.
  • Linking and Running: Please do not just drop off the link to your Slice without commenting on at least three other Slice of Life stories (shared by others in the comments section of Two Writing Teachers). Comments are the foundation of this community. If you choose to link early in the morning, please return later that day to leave at least three comments for your fellow writers.
  • Etiquette: In our community of writers, it is generally considered poor blogging etiquette to leave a comment that contains your personal contact information and/or signature, implying that you expect a comment in return for the one you left. Please refrain from including your URL, Twitter handle, email address, or other contact info in your comment. Our daily calls for slices are where all participants can find the writers they are looking for.
  • Spam: It’s not just big advertisers who spam. Spam can include: copying and pasting a comment from one post to another or leaving a message, such as, “Nice post. Visit my blog at…” These are forms of spam.

Please note: We reserve the right to remove any comment deemed inappropriate and/or in violation of our commenting guidelines.

Adults-Only in the Individual Challenge

  • The individual challenge is for educators at any stage of their career.
  • We realize some participants may have a child and/or a student who you’d like to invite to participate in the Challenge alongside you. If this is the case, we invite your children or individual students to participate in the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.
    • As of 2016, individuals under the age of 18 who aren’t part of a classroom community must have an adult sponsor to participate. As an adult sponsor, you’ll be the person who leaves the link to your child’s/student’s blog post, on their behalf.
    • Beth discussed this policy in further detail on Wed., 1/24/18 in her Classroom Challenge overview post. Should you have further questions about this policy, please contact Beth, Deb, Kathleen, or Lanny.

How to Leave a Link to Your

Slice of Life Story

Usernames

  • Please use the same email/username information on all of your March comments.
  • You don’t have to have a WordPress blog to sign-up for a WordPress username.
    • Having a WordPress username makes it easier and faster to post your comments when you visit Two Writing Teachers.
    • Also, it minimizes the chances of your comments going into our spam folder, which we check a couple of times daily.

This is where one can find their username on WordPress. Go to https://wordpress.com/me and you’ll see your username in your profile.

Always Use a Permalink

  • Every blog post you publish will have a unique URL, which we refer to as a permalink. Please share daily with your permalink, rather than leaving a link to your blog.
  • To find this link: click on the title of your blog post. The permalink will appear in your browser. Copy that entire link so you can paste it into your comment when you leave a link to your slice of life story on Two Writing Teachers.

An Example & a Non-Example of a Permalink.

A Few More Things About Permalinks

  • Leaving a new permalink daily will provide readers with a perpetual link to each of your blog posts.
  • If you write & link your slice of life stories daily in March, you’ll be in the running for a prize.
    • Your permalink serves as proof that you wrote daily.

If you’re still having trouble finding the permalinks to your blog posts, then please watch this short tutorial recorded on Voicethread, which will help you find the permalink to your blog posts.

Comment Moderation

  • If you’ve never posted a comment on TWT before, or if your comment contains more than one hyperlink, then your comment will be held for moderation.
  • The co-author team monitors blog comments several times a day so we can approve comments that don’t post automatically. Therefore, there is no need to submit your comment multiple times if it doesn’t appear after you click “post comment.”
    • If you use the same username/email to log in when you leave your comment, your comments should appear instantly in the future.
    • Tech-related questions?
      • Contact Beth Moore at beth[at]elizabethmoore[dot]work.

Prizes

Who Can Win a Prize?

Prizes will be given away at the conclusion of the month-long Slice of Life Story Challenge. You’ll be eligible for a prize if:

  • You filled out the Participant Data Form, which went live on Sun., 2/18/18.
  • You comment ONLY ONCE on the daily call for Slice of Life stories (3/1-3/31/18).
  • You sign a Slice of Life Story Challenge Participant Pledge on April 1st.
    • Lanny will post the pledge and will ask you to “sign” by filling out a Google Form, which will certify that you wrote and linked daily, in addition to commenting on at least three other Slices’ blogs daily.

BOTTOM LINE: We use the honor system.

Check out the Prizes!

  • Our prize team (i.e., Lanny Ball, Betsy Hubbard, and Melanie Meehan) worked diligently to curate a fantastic array of prizes for this year’s challenge.
  • Go to the Prize Reveal Post to learn more about this year’s prizes.

If You Use Blogger...

Enable the “Anyone” Setting

  • It’s difficult for non-Blogger users to leave comments on Blogger blogs that don’t have all of the commenter options open.
    • The SOLSC isn’t just about writing; it’s about building relationships through commenting and getting feedback from others about your writing. Therefore, we request you go into your commenting settings and select “anyone.”
      • By selecting “anyone” you’ll make it easier for people to leave comments on your blog.
  • While it’s up to you whether or not to moderate comments, some Blogger-using Slicers never moderate comments and have had rarely had issues with spam.

CAPTCHA

  • Please make sure you’re using the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” option or removing the security layers to make it easier for people to leave comments on your blog posts.
    • When CAPTCHA is turned on, the page often reloads several times and/or deletes a comment in the process. Therefore if the commenter isn’t someone you know well, it’s likely they’ll move onto another blog without taking the time to leave a comment for you.
  • Click here for more information about No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA.

Questions for Our Team

Questions About the Individual Challenge

Please direct your question to the appropriate co-author based on your last name.

  • If your last name begins with the letters A - I, please email questions to Betsy Hubbard, betsymhubbard{at}gmail.com
  • If your last name begins with the letters J - R, please email questions to Melanie Meehan, meehanmelanie{at}gmail.com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters S - Z, please email questions to Stacey Shubitz, stacey{at}staceyshubitz.com.

Questions About the Classroom Challenge

Please direct your question to the appropriate co-author based on your last name.

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – G, please email questions to DebFrazier4 {at} gmail {dot} com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please email questions to beth {at} elizabethmoore {dot} work.
  • If your last name begins with the letters N- S, please email questions to Lanny Ball lanny.ball {at} gmail {dot} com.
  • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please email questions to Kathleen Sokolowski mrs.sokolowski {at} gmail {dot} com.

Other Useful Information

Links to More Information on TWT

Happy Writing!

Essential Information for the 11th Annual SOLSC - Google Slides