Thursday, March 2, 2017

{solsc} 2/31 #sol17 The Power of Positive Peer Pressure

Since January I've been part of a new writing group. A small group of us from the Iowa Council of Teachers of English have a Facebook page where we can share writing with each other.  We share blog posts, but also other pieces of writing that might otherwise never see the light of day. It's been great to have a new group to share writing with.

It's because of this group I was excited to start the March challenge this year--more excited than the last couple of years.  So I started gently nudging others to join me this year. Honestly, in the last few days, I pretty much took over the page sharing everything I could about March.

I knew they would be reluctant, nervous, and skeptical. I persisted. And last night as I was visiting a few blogs, notifications came in from several of them that they had written and posted. "Positive peer pressure" was mentioned :)

Anyway, I want to give a shout out this morning to these ladies. We all remember what our first year of slicing was like--would anyone even read our posts? Were we "doing" it right? What the heck is a slice anyway? Check out their blogs today and say hi!

Nikki Smith

Kari Straube

Melissa Haupsteen

Haley Moehlis

Lauren Petri


  1. Your "positive peer pressure" takes me back to my first year when Michelle encouraged me, gave me that extra nudge. It's amazing how welcoming and accepting this community of writers has developed over the years.

  2. How great, Deb. I'm at the bookstore today, but will keep visiting your post to find the links! Happy writing for you!

  3. How fun to have a group join in! I will definitely visit your friends.

  4. Having your own small writing group - lucky you! I am glad you are caring for your friends who began this challenge. I'll hop over. My young colleague Leah from is also a newcomer. I hope you'll find time to visit her blog too.

  5. Fabulous - nothing better than positive peer pressure when it comes to writing.

  6. I've never been able to convince any of my friends to join me for slice of life, so I should take lessons from you in positive peer pressure. And now I'm off to check out those slices from your writing friends.

  7. We definitely need positive peer pressure when it comes to writing. Especially 31 days in a row! Kudos to those 1st year participants!

  8. Way to provide some peer pressure ... I mean encouraging words to be pushed right in ... So happy they are joining in the fun!

  9. I'm glad you included links, Deb. I know how discouraging it is to write and post and then "crickets." I've been blogging since 2009 and still get discouraged. I just told my husband that my post tomorrow (Friday) won't get comments, but I needed to write that post for myself and my students.

    I think the FB group is a brilliant idea, too.

    Say "hi" to Chloe, and give her a treat.


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