The colour of slicing…

Today I’ve taken time to read through more than usual of the slices from the past three days. With around 300 slices per day, at present, that’s a lot of reading and commenting to get through in between completing other tasks and necessities! So when I come across a short poem or a six word slice, I inwardly murmur, “Thanks for helping to make the task a little easier!” This doesn’t mean I don’t want to read the longer slices, just that they inevitably take longer!

From day to day, I vary whether I start from the top or the bottom or somewhere half way down. I check out the little avatars of different slicers and try to remember… okay yes, I read yours yesterday, so maybe I’ll read someone else’s today. I look for as many first time slicers as possible, as I remember how reassuring it was when someone commented on my original slices. I also check for interesting or appealing hooks. I know from experience that if you publish just after or before someone, that person is quite likely to read your slice.

Gond style fish painted by our students

I enjoy finding the friendly orange segmented SOLC logo and seeing how many slices have already been posted, when I hit my publish button. Being on the other side of the world (in western Australia), I know I can post on the actual day, or risk leaving it a few hours into the following day, as we are around twelve hours ahead of the US.

I relish the different pictures or headers writers have chosen, their colours, formats, ingenious compositions and layouts. I enjoy the handwritten slices, the cartoons, diagrams and other inventive ways that are used to present various pieces.

Definitely slicing gives you all the colours. My only regret? It’s just impossible to read everyone’s slice every day…!!

How do you go about choosing who to read next?

experimenting with shades of green
SOL22

32 thoughts on “The colour of slicing…

  1. I love that you named this beautiful problem that I think we all share! So much to read & so little time. For me, there are Slicers that I follow so that their daily posts come up in my wordpress feed, and, if I have a bit of time, I will read the teasers and see what draws me in at that moment. And that, by the way, is how I found you!!

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  2. Many years ago, I adopted someone’s format of reading 2-3 posts before mine and 1-2 right after mine. Then, I scan for 2-3 new bloggers and 1-2 familiar names/faces. Some days, like today, I may get to a few more. But, teasers like yours just now are hard to pass by!

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  3. I was thinking the same thing this morning! I don’t have any way yet; just trying to click on and read in between all the other daily tasks. Many I scan, but don’t comment. I thought to myself — if I read, I should comment, because I would want the comment and feedback to my writing. I agree about length — and I just posted a long one knowing full well not everyone will read it — ha. I will try to comment on every one I read today; that will be my goal. Thanks for sharing your thought process!

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  4. Isn’t it hard to choose? I’m happy it’s the weekend and I can get to more posts. I love how your piece made me think about aspects of slicing I hadn’t thought about before–especially the handwritten or drawn pieces and the many colors. I definitely look for first time slicer posts and I do love short pieces now since I can comment on more if I’m not reading as much. I look for friends whose blogs I enjoy. And I try to visit those slicers who comment on my blog and leave a comment for them as well. The commenting part is my favorite!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts. Yes, I totally forgot to mention the commenting, which I always try to do and also takes time…and then usually I try to reply to all the comments, like I’m doing now….!!

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  5. Yes, a challenge! Last year was my first year and I approached it with guilt, worried about meeting expectations. Part of my great letting go (ok that may be a slice waiting to happen) has meant letting go of silly guilt.

    I just choose. Similar criteria to yours. But no guilt. Do my best. Enjoy the process. Move on!

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  6. What it 🎁 gift it was to hear your process for how you decide which blogs to read. The water color images made the experience even more delightful. I’ll be spending some time thinking about my pathways. Thank you and the others who commented for shedding light on how you approach the daunting task.

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  7. Seriously, I WANT to read them all…. ! But alas, time is a thief and it steals my ability to indulge in the kinds of time consuming things I love such as reading slice after slice after slice. Yesterday I “accidentally” did the post and run thing. I finished my own slice, and then my daughter was beckoning, reminding me of commitments I had made to her. I wrote myself a note to go back and read and make my 3 comments, but when I saw my note, it was late and I was drowsy and ready for bed. I promised myself I would go back and make three comments on yesterday’s posts today and I pray I can keep my promise to myself. I tend to just read the title and either choose to explore the slice or move on. Usually, I just read slices in order so that I don’t miss something good because the title didn’t capture my heart and mind in a couple words.

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  8. It is hard to decide! And if we read and commented on every single one, it could take an average of ten hours if you spent two minutes on each one! I don’t really have any certain way I decide, but I try to mix up my system every day to try and reach different people. What fun watercolors added to your slice!

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  9. Your is my conundrum, too. I followed your blog, so I could get back to it—I’m not sure when. That’s a problem, too, because I have about a dozen blogs in my “reader” and feel disloyal if I don’t read them every day. ARGH! Thanks for expressing for me, and I’m sure for others, the delightful dilemma.

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    1. Thanks for reading! Yes, I haven’t subscribed to any blogs yet, probably for the reason of feeling ‘disloyal’, so I try to read familiar ones like yours…and yes ‘delightful dilemma’ is exactly the right expression!

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  10. The other day I saw the number if posts hit over 300 and was amazed! I feel the need to comment on so many…I find myself down a rabbit hole of commenting for much longer in March than I had planned! Thank you for posting. I subscribe to some of my writers that I know from year’s past and also regular slicers but am always venturing out to read more! This is an important topic and not one that is always talked about. Thank you

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  11. Yes, there are so many to choose from and I feel bad not reading them all! I definitely read and comment on more than I used to. It helps that I have followed several over the years, so when they show up in my reader, It’s easy to read and comment more quickly. Otherwise, I just scroll through and it’s usually a good hook that gets me!

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  12. I also went back to day 2 and 3 of slicing and Im glad I did. I didnt want to miss out on the amazing slices posted but also struggling to find the time to read through them all let alone comment. This, also, is an enjoyable part of slicing to me. Its the rush of it all. Im glad I stumbled against yours.

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  13. I agree, so many slices to read!
    I love taking a peek into someone else’s day.
    This year my goal is to read more than I have in past years.
    I’m trying to comment three times a day, each time on three different posts.

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  14. Comments are the lifeblood of this challenge. I enjoyed reading the different ways you comment. I play catch up on the weekends and may read a bunch from slicers I know or jump around and find new slicers. I try to do the bookends of my post, as well as some of the later posts. Some days I look for exquisite craft; other days I’m on the hunt for teaching ideas. It really is an all you can read buffet.

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  15. I agree and find myself reading for about 2 hours a night! I usually post my slice, then scroll all the way down, working my way up, and read posts that catch my eye. If the formatting isn’t pleasing to my eye, I will stop reading. I also read a lot more posts than I comment on only because at 10/11 pm it takes to long to format my thinking.

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  16. Sometimes I will try to respond to the three people who posted just before me. I often try to respond to others who have commented on my posts, and I, too, am trying to encourage new Slicers. I am not sure exactly how many slices I comment on each day – and average of 5-7, maybe. I have sometimes gone back to the day before to catch up as well. And again, I love your focus on color, and this lovely experiment with green, which I now know from your commenting is your favorite color. 🙂

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