I've been trying to think back about the first year I participated in the Two Writing Teachers Slice Of Life challenge in 2011. My decision to participate was quick. I had no idea what I was doing and zero knowledge about blogging. Getting through the first week was exhilarating. I'd written, revised, and publicly shared my writing more than I had ever done in my life. By the 3rd week, some school colleagues thought I was nuts and some family members were down right unhappy that I was spending so much time on the computer. I ended up hiding and writing at 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning to try to keep the peace. Things have changed considerably since then. I no longer hide when I write, my family accepts that writing is important to me, and blogging and tweeting feel much more comfortable. My colleagues know about my blogs and my writing and sometimes even ask me questions. I did manage to persuade my sister to join me in NaNoWriMo this year. She enjoyed the experience and it was delightful to share it with someone I love. Sadly, I've yet to convince anyone to start their own blog and join me in the TWT challenge. But I get it. Blogging and writing are personal decisions. I'll just keep planting the seeds.