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 …………….