So I’ve gone and done it. I’ve signed up for both NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
For those who aren’t familiar with either they are writing challenges centered around writing a novel and posting to a blog-in a month.
Specifically the month of November.
The goal of NaNo (as I call it) is to write at least 50,000 word draft of a novel in the 30 days that hath November.
Some do this as a fundraiser. Others like myself, like the exercise of it. I’ve participated in this for almost 11 years. My lifetime Word Count before I began this year’s NaNo is 337,490. I would say that in 2011, I first hit the 50K goal. Since, I’ve averaged 100-20,000 words over the 50,000. I can’t say how that happened except that once you get started, it gets easier to do it regularly.
Some people are able to take this draft and convert it into a novel that they publish. I’ll get there eventually and it’ll be worth the trip.
The goal of NaBlo (nickname) is to post at least one blog entry a day for the 30 days that November hath. One paper it would seem like this is the easier task but unless you are a journalist covering breaking news or you’ve already plotted this out, it’s not as easy as you think.
NaBlo was begun by Eden Kennedy who was inspired by NaNo. She established nings for both NaBlo and had one that was a NaBlo 365. BlogHer took over managing it in 2011 or so.
Admittedly, I haven’t been as dedicated to NaBlo in recent years, much less to blogging. Overall, I’ve had some serious things happen in my life that made such dedication all but impossible. Drilling down just on NaBlo, I must admit that when BlogHer took it over I was less than enchanted. I had joined BlogHer in the early days when they were “barnstorming.” Oddly enough I don’t believe I joined because of the barnstorming. I do credit a satellite event they held in “Boston” with getting me into what may be my first love, which is Twitter. I put Boston in quotes because it actually took place in the town of Burlington, which is not really near the city of Boston. The hotel they held the event at was oddly enough one of the few locations that was located on the bus system, which was how I got there.
The idea or revelation that women can and should blog was one I already had. The later revelation that many of the male experts are experts because they sought out their own learning and just practiced over and over and that if you drill down on these, many women actually are more knowledgeable, was also not something that came out of my association with BlogHer.
I suppose I’m not a huge joiner. None of the communities on BlogHer appeal to me, mostly because I can’t relate to any of them, not even the NaBlo one that developed (part of that being that it’s also on Facebook, where I haven’t been in a dragon’s age.) My experience trying to interact with the NaNo community on Livejournal was less than great and I hadn’t been back since, so I wasn’t even going to try with NaBlo on BlogHer outside of signing up my blog and adding a badge.
All that being said…
Boy was that a total confessional tangent.
So needless to say, I’m participating in both Nano and NaBlo. For those who are interested participating:
If those that are new to both, please avail yourself of the resources each makes available. Do not be afraid to take part in the online communities. It didn’t work out for me, but that doesn’t mean it can’t work out for others.
Never forget: “Always remember Ferengi Rule of Acquisition Number 76: Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the hell out of your enemies.”
– Quark, Deep Space Nine