Have you heard of NaNoWriMo (or in long form: National Novel Writing Month)? Basically, November is novel writing month and every November thousands of people dedicate themselves to trying to write an entire 50,000 word novel. From what I understand, an outline and some planning can be done prior to November and the novel does not have to be edited or polished by the end of the month. Haven’t heard of it? Up until a couple of years ago, neither had I. Since then, I’ve had a few friends participate and many people I now follow online (blogs or YouTube) participate. “But Megra,” I hear you say, “the title of your post isn’t NaNoWriMo, it’s NaBloPoMo.” Ah, good catch, you’re right. The reason for that is that I am not participating in the challenge. I toyed with the idea, but in the end decided against it for this year (maybe next year). I have, however, decided to participate in a different writing challenge that grew out of NaNoWriMo. NaBloPoMo is for bloggers, who dedicate themselves to blogging (any type of blog – written, photography etc.) every single day in November.
Unlike NaNoWriMo (which has a word count), there is no daily word count for blog posts. I think some people self-impose challenges on themselves, but the only restriction from the group I’m participating in (on blogher.com) is that you blog daily. (Writing a bunch of posts one day and then scheduling them throughout the week is not allowed). As I said before, it can be a writing post, a photo blog post, poetry. Anything you set your mind to. I am not giving myself any additional requirements. Writing a post a day is going to be challenge enough – especially as I just started back at my old job and November can be a busy month.
“Now Megra,” I hear you say (so many questions today!), “why are you telling us about this today? Why not just wait until November 1?” Another good question! Remember how I said I’m not imposing an restrictions or guidelines on myself? That may not have been entirely true. I am going to try to keep a little bit to the structure I have already set up. So Friday’s will remain Library Day (book related) posts. Monday and Wednesdays currently have less structure so I won’t be as picky about what I post those days but my goal is to keep them consistent with the regular content (you won’t hold it against me if I vary a bit will you?). The other difference you will notice (if you haven’t realized this already) is that posts will also appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. <Megra12 Note: Did you get confused there? To sum up: the introduction is today because tomorrow is scheduled to be a book related post. So consider today a bonus post>
One more thing – I have a bunch of ideas ready for the month and both BlogHer and WordPress will have prompts to help inspire content. That being said, if you have any suggestions for posts, let me know in the comments and I will consider adding it to my list.
(Crossposted to BlogHer)