NaBloPoMo – Why? Am I mad?

I am prone to moments of madness, of deciding to do something that really is unrealistic normally because I am constantly in denial of how demanding my job is. So here we are at the start of November and I have decided to participate in NaBloPoMo (I think that’s the right acronym, it hardly trips off the tongue).

So what does this mean? It means I will be (remember to sound positive) writing a blog post every day! Yes every day for one month! That’s 30 blog posts before I have even start to engage with the Christmas shopping. On top of this the next couple of weeks at work have the potential to reach a whole new level of pressure but what the heck, maybe making myself take 10-15 minutes a day to just write something will help clear my head.

And that’s what has persuaded me to have a go. I have spent a pleasant Sunday morning having a lie in,  drinking tea and reading lots of advice and tips of surviving NaBloPoMo and what really struck me, and why I enjoyed Writing 101 so much, is that it is all about finding time to write, it just happens that it’s on a blog.  I enjoy writing and I think over the last 8 years of blogging I have found my voice and style although it sometimes hides when I feel I have to write a set piece, such as the End of Month post. I have no aspirations to be the next Booker Prize winner, my imagination just isn’t in that league, but there is a little voice inside me which would love to write a book one day of some sort. Maybe I should embrace this quiet ambition and give it a chance, let it out for some air and see what happens?  So this is the first step, to start the habit of finding time to write, for me, every day.

The other worry of course is what in earth am I going to write about. It won’t be a daily post about gardening that’s for sure. I am a more rounded person than that and to be honest a few years back I was paid to write two posts a week for a blog on gardening and boy did I struggle. My heart often wasn’t in it especially if I was writing to order. One of the tips I gained in writing 1o1 was to seek inspiration in things you see, read or hear and at the moment I have a couple rattling around my head which might come out. However, what has reassured me is that if you register on BlogHer you can receive daily prompts and also look back to previous year’s prompts so there is a wealth of ideas out there to get the mind working.

Finally, the other reason I am attracted to this challenge is because it will help with engage with some new bloggers. I want to break out of my gardening blog rut (no offence to regular readers) and engage with the wealth of interesting blogs out there and this is one way of doing it. If you are interested you can access the blog roll for NaBloPoMo on the BlogHer website, when I looked this morning there were well over 350 and not one I recognised.

So here goes …………….

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. Good luck with the blogging marathon, Helen! Can’t wait to see what you come up with, but I’m sure it will be fun to read and you’ll have lots of us cheering you on from the sidelines.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Kate
      I suspect my initial enthusiasm will fade but I have written a list just now of half a dozen blog posts that are rattling around in my head so I should manage one week at least!

  2. annincumbria says:

    I am looking forward to this, good luck

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Ann
      Thanks, I may need it!

  3. Julieanne says:

    That’s quite a challenge Helen – good luck. I’m sure you can do it.

    Maybe this is a chance to do a blogpost or two about your history interests?

  4. scrangelina says:

    I like how driven you are. Even if you don’t make it, you have dreams and aspirations and that’s what makes you a more interesting person than those who never even try. I love your writing voice.

  5. Sandi says:

    You can do it!

  6. Alison says:

    Good luck with NaBloPoMo. I did a similar deal a couple of years ago where I posted one image every day for the entire month of December. It was a challenge, but not as big a challenge as finding something to write about. I’ve thought about doing NaBloPoMo, but don’t know if I’m up to it. Maybe next year.

  7. barbara says:

    Cool challenge…I just signed up! Good luck, and will be watching for your posts! 🙂

  8. Good luck – and yes, just the practice in writing will help to bring your ideas further to the fore..

  9. Anna says:

    Oh have fun Helen! I think that such a project will provide you with a welcome distraction and a break from the demands of work.

  10. Good for you in taking the challenge. I’ve done it for a few years and I always learn something new.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Crystal
      Lovely to find another new blogger taking the challenge, I found your post really encouraging

  11. Good luck! I’ve joined for this year again as well!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Petal
      Just popped over to your blog, you have had an amazing year, well done on the book

    2. thank you for passing by!

  12. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Quite a challenge. I always marvel when reading a book how the writers do it and tie it all up! Get all those things whizzing around in your head on paper (computer). Good luck! but don’t forget to sit on your nice bench when it is sunny to formulate some of your ideas!

  13. Good luck on your NaBloPoMo adventure!

  14. That is quite a challenge, good luck

  15. Helen, I’m joining you in the madness! Good to think we can keep each other company. Cheers and good luck, from this side of the ocean!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Helen
      Nice to see a familiar face

  16. Linda says:

    Oh! Great challenge! Good luck with it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you write about! I’ve signed up for 30 days of blogging at http://www.saraharrow.co.uk, although I probably won’t do it every day, so will take longer than 30 days ifyswim! I really enjoyed my blog comment challenge and found some great new blogs! Off to check out BlogHer

  17. Good luck with your challenge! And go for your dreams on the book 🙂

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