Sunday, November 01, 2009

NaBloPoMo

It is with mixed feelings that I am once again joining National Blog Posting Month. When I joined up last year I was filled with excitement for the challenge of posting every single day for a month. By the end of November 2008, however, I, and several of my readers, noticed that I was literally churning out posts and my writing was become stale with the forced effort of fulfilling the promise of NaBloPoMo.

Hubby was also officially “over” NaBloPoMo last year since it is his job to give my posts at least a cursory glance and edit before I post them. He kept complaining that he had a real job that required his attention and wanted to know when my month of constant blogging would be over. Thus you can imagine my surprise when he was my biggest cheerleader for joining this year. “You took off three months from writing. You’re doing this!” It may sound like an ultimatum (and kind of was), but he was right. I was a lazy, unhappy slacker for three months and now I’m a lazy, contended blogger again. And I like me better this way.

I blog because I love it and the lesson I learned last year is that if, at any point in the month, NaBloPoMo has become drudgery or my writing starts to suffer then I will pull the plug. Surviving the entire month would be great but not at the cost of driving my wonderful Devoted Readers crazy with half-assed writing.

So wish me luck, guys. We’re all in for a long month!

26 comments:

illahee said...

good luck!

LadyFi said...

More than good luck, I hope you have FUN!

And if not, I wish you the wisdom to pull the plug - if you feel you must.

Protege said...

Good luck, you will make it!;) It is good with themes and then also to post just pictures at times.;)
I wonder if I can officially be called a blog addict as I have been posting every single day for over a year, except a few holidays here and there.;)
xo

Betty said...

You can do it! You usually post everyday anyway, don´t you. But now that you know you "have to".....will it take the fun out it? I hope not!
Have fun with it!

Anonymous said...

I know you can do it with all the materal you have that you didn't write about for at least three months! You may have been an unhappy slacker but you were definitely enjoying the travelling during that time...go for it!
Don't "break a leg" but the best of luck.
You can do it.:)
Merthyrmum

Miss Footloose said...

You are so brave! I can barely make my commitment (to myself) of one blog post a week.

So, inspire me!

Miss Footloose
www.lifeintheexpatlane.blogspot.com
Tales of the Globetrotting Life

Bluefish said...

I wish someone can edit my blog before posting 'cause it's full of grammar mistakes. Good luck and I think I'll join this month as well.

Nicolasa said...

I think you're pretty good at posting regularly, so hopefully this won't be too hard! Good Luck! I am joining in too!

staceyjwarner said...

I posted everyday last month. It was the first time I hadn't taken a break. I'm not sure what came over me. LOL!

You'll do great! Looking forward to the journey!

much love

Lydia said...

Hey, it was you doing it last year that inspired me to want to do it this year! I'm really gonna do it!

Seriously, I am!

American in Norway said...

Hmmm maybe I should try... never mind.. I can 't I will be in ARGENTINA... at the end of the month.. maybe next year..GOOD LUCK!

Kat said...

I should do this. Because my blogging has been sporadic at best this year. I wonder if it would actually motivate me to complete the 5 posts I have started!

I am sure that you will do great...you could always do a readers ask post...or two :-)

Monique-aka-Surferwife23 said...

You will do great!! Looking forward to reading daily posts.

Surferwife

sprinkles said...

Good for you for joining NaBloPoMo. I couldn't do it because I wouldn't have anything to talk about. My life is very mundane right now since I'm not working and can't afford to go anywhere or do anything.

I'm sure you'll do great though and I look forward to reading each and every post!

Sandy said...

You can do it! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Michelle said...

I know how you feel about posting ALL the time. I did that for a long time and felt guilty when I didn't but ... now I'm ok with it. Good luck posting daily -- but I think you've got the right attitude!

Sharon said...

I think the moment I would sign up would be the same moment that all my brain cells would shrivel and die -- - Ahhh! Pressure!!!

But having said that, I bet you'll do awesome. And have fun with it!

(Cool Beans about all your followers by the way... that's great!)

Maricris Zen Mama said...

Kudos for all your efforts! I don't think I'll ever find a time to write everyday so you doing this is achievement enough. Best of luck!

blueviolet said...

I'm participating too! I did it last Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb. and then I fell off the wagon.

Good luck!

San said...

Woo! Looking forward to it! :)

SunnyMorn said...

Good luck!! And BTW you never bore me. But then again, I am easily amused...LOL.

the ungourmet said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with! :D Good Luck!

pamelavillars said...

I have another choice for you if you want it - there's a Nov. Poem a Day Chapbook Challenge at Writer's Digest Poetic Asides.

http://tinyurl.com/yfmxshh


It's not too late to start!

mub said...

I'm jumping in on NaBloPoMo again this year too. Good luck reaching your goal!

Yaya said...

Good luck! And I think that's a good idea, if it's gets to be too much, just don't do it.

Lynn said...

He has a real job that requires his attention...ha! It's kind of late and I'm just stating what makes me laugh late at night. Sleep deprived commenting shouldn't be allowed... :o)

My best, Lynn
*I am in awe of you who pull off the month long posts.