Happy Writing Anniversary! #SOL18


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Exactly one year ago today — February 20, 2017 — my writing life changed. Began, actually. I wrote my first blog post here on Wondering and Wandering. (Click here to see!) I remember surfing the net during February vacation week and stumbling upon a blog post mentioning Two Writing Teachers’ annual Slice of Life Challenge. I had never heard of it before. I dug around a little bit, read a few posts about participating, and was convinced it was a challenge I’d like to take. It seemed like just the gentle nudge I’d been waiting for to get writing, something I had been wanting to do for quite some time. Writer’s Workshop has always been my most favorite part of the school day, and I thoroughly enjoy sitting and writing alongside my Kindergarten writers. They get a kick out of watching me, too! That cold February day I heard the rallying cry loud and clear — that writing teachers need to write — and off I went! I honestly thought I’d be lucky to make it through the month. After March perhaps I’d post from time to time.

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So here I am. Still a humble, little blog with just 100 posts (SOLC Tuesdays and Poetry Fridays), 43 followers, 1,350 visits, but readers from as far away as New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Now that’s exciting! I can’t wait to see where this journey will lead over the next month. The next year.  I’m writing each and every day in my notebook thanks to Teach Write’s #DWHabit and I’m filling up my Writing Ideas Padlet to help get me through March and beyond. Feel free to join me there! Take an idea. Add an idea. Thanks for stopping by.

How did your life as a teacher writer begin? I’d love to hear your story!


Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday. Won’t you join us?




13 thoughts on “Happy Writing Anniversary! #SOL18

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary. I have enjoyed your posts and look forward to future ones. It is amazing when you check the stats and see the locations of people who read your blog. It really is a small world.

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  2. What a great idea for a slice next month. I have been actively committed to SOL since last year as well. I had written a few blogs prior to that, but committed to the month and then kept on until morning as they say. I owe my push to Clare Landrigan who encouraged me to ‘give it a go’ and still encourages me to write. What an accomplishment, all those followers and posts. I look forward to reading many more.

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  3. Congratulations, Christie! It seems like you’ve been blogging for much longer! The March SOL Challenge helped me get started on my blogging journey also. The support and encouragement I received from teachers and writers from around the world definitely kept me going! I’m so glad we’ve met through this virtual community. Now for a visit in real life!

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  4. Happy blog-iversary and congrats on your 100th post! My start as an adult writer began just like yours. Reading blogs that took me to Two Writing Teachers and slicing. Not a single regret…except maybe I wish I would have started writing again so much sooner!

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  5. Congratulations, Christie. Writing is such a freeing type of experience. I suggest that we make a 2018 March SOLSC commitment-create our joint blog for the Wonder Ground like we keep saying. I just created a logo for the challenge, hot off the app smashing press.


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