Yesterday was November 30, the last day of BlogHer’s National Blog Posting Month or NaBloPoMo! I made it successfully to the end, which means that I wrote a post for Red Shutters each day of November; that’s 30 posts, people!
Which makes this post 31 in a row. Shazam!
I had attempted NaBloPoMo last year, and didn’t make it past day three, so reaching the goal this time round was especially important to me. Last time, I followed someone else’s writing prompts, and that, I think, was the reason why I didn’t make it to the end. This time, I wrote about whatever I wanted to write about, and the freedom really made the difference.
NaBloPoMo wasn’t all about checking off “blog every day for a month” of my to do list, though; I learned a few things along the way:
1. I can do this – Writing every day for a month—while working, parenting, and fulfilling my other commitments—seemed so daunting! But I loved it. And when you love something, it’s no longer a chore; it’s a gift.
2. It gets easier when you do it every day – Writing is work. It’s good, engaging, and wonderful, but it’s work. Writing every day stretched my “muscles” and got my creative energies flowing. Each time I sat down to write, the starting was easier than the last time—though the words found their way out on their own terms. The act of doing, of writing, of committing to this thing that I love made me look forward to the next time, and the time after that.
3. It’s better with friends – I could not have made it through NaBloPoMo without my blogging tribe—Cheryl, Danielle, Lisa, Melissa, and Phyllis—whose support, blog comments, and encouragement helped me stick with it, from day one through to day 30.
Generally, I felt good about my posts, though, I’ll admit to struggling a bit around Thanksgiving time. Then, I ran up against less free time than usual with fewer hours to write, and I was not able to do as good a job as I would have liked on a few posts. That disappoints me, of course, but it’s a good reminder about the necessity of planning ahead.
Making an editorial calendar (i.e., a plan for what I was going to post when) made a significant difference. As did giving up some sleep in November!
Will I keep it going in December? Hmm… between professional deadlines and personal commitments, I am not sure that I can. I’ll try, though, to be here on Red Shutters more often than before.
Missed any of my last 30 posts? Follow this link to the posts tagged NaBloPoMo, and enjoy. Thanks, as always, for reading.