Do you NaBloPoMo? This is my first year and I’m terrified. Of all the years to attempt to write a blog post a day for an entire month, this is the wrong one.
I’m not back to work yet and need to find a new job like, yesterday. I’m also taking a project management class — total brain drain. I’m at a crossroads with where I’d like to go career wise. Too many options, too little time to do them all.
And frankly, I’ve been enjoying the writing and creative life so much over the past six months that I’d rather just keep doing that! Alas, a girl’s got to pay the bills and my writing income hasn’t quite caught up with our family’s needs yet. #lifegoals
What I’m trying to say is that it’s a crazypants nonsense idea for me to add one blog post per day to the pile of things I need to accomplish in 24 hours. My quality standards are high. I would rather write one good, solid blog post per month than thirty mediocre ones. And, because I’m a crafty blogger, I need to create the things before I can blog about them.
This is gonna be fun! Are you ready to dig in with me?
What is NaBloPoMo, anyway?
Basically, you write one blog post every day for the entire month of November, including weekends and Thanksgiving. That’s it!
…as a writer’s exercise because it was based on National Novel Writing Month which also happens November; where thousands of people cycle through trying to write a novel. I forget what the word count is, is it 60,000 words or something in the space of 30 days. I tried to do that one year and I just failed utterly and I thought well I could still post my blog for 30 days in a row that wouldn’t be too hard, which its turns out it sort of is. I don’t know if necessarily this is a controversy, but a lot of people don’t sort of take blog writing all that seriously. A lot of blog writers don’t take it that seriously themselves because they are posting links to current events, or using it as a discussion forum rather than as a place to thoughtfully express using good interesting verbs or good descriptive writing of what’s going on in their life or in their brain. I thought let’s just focus on that part of it, see if you can sit down and write something everyday and throw it up there. What happens after you do that for a while and you are doing it publicly it’s not like you are writing it in your diary everyday, you are throwing it out there for between 10 and 100 or 1000 people to read depending on your traffic. Your barriers start to come down and you start that perfectionism thing and start to loosen up for better or worse sometimes worse. Sometimes you end up posting up stuff you never thought was worth writing about and it turns out “Hey I really liked writing that post and I want to explore that more.” or you get more feedback or whatever. It’s just a way of loosening up that nasty perfectionism thing if you have that.
NaBloPoMo is the bloggy NaNoWriMo.
If you think you’ll need help coming up with something to write each day, you can join the BlogHer Writing Lab Facebook group, where daily writing prompts will be posted. The bloggers in that group are friendly and helpful, so even if you aren’t doing NaBloPoMo, you should join us!
Go sign up and grab a badge for your blog. BlogHer is giving away four passes to BlogHer17 as an incentive to participate. I would love to go to BlogHer17, wouldn’t you!?
What can you expect at Jen’s a Little Loopy during NaBloPoMo?
I have some ideas:
- Three big projects in the works right now – an awesome (free!) hat pattern you’ll absolutely love, a more affordable alternative to a blanket that’s gone viral, and the Fiesta Owl Poncho I’ve been working on (LOVE isn’t even the word!).
- ‘Tis almost the season! I’ve been curating a list of handmade gifts for you and the yarny people you love!
- If my past year had a theme, it was anxiety. November 14th is the one year anniversary of the day anxiety started trying to ruin my life. I’m going to open up a little bit about my anxiety journey and how I’m reclaiming the bits of joy anxiety stole from me. Hint: it involves exercising my creative muscles.
- Let’s talk about the elephant (and the donkey) in the room: Whichever candidate you favor, this is a big presidential election. I’m voting for Hillary Clinton, but I understand why people support Trump because I have been there, too. After the votes are tallied and a decision is made, we need to find a way to knit ourselves back together. It starts with us, the little people who make up this great country. I want to use my powers for good and seek out ways to heal the divide.
- Do you Instagram? I’m @jensalittleloopy, come say hi! I recently read a great Instagram guide and I’m going to share a review and tips for you to level up your Instagame. Bonus: I’ve been creating the ultimate hashtag list for yarny people, and I’m gonna share it with you!
- I haven’t done a Cooking the Oldies post in a while and we’re overdue. Good thing the holidays are coming up and there will be lots of opportunities to stretch my wings! My goal is two Cooking the Oldies posts this month.
- Coming soon: my biweekly newsletter! I’m not 100% sure what it is going to look like yet. My intention is to round up interesting, newsworthy things in the yarn and craft world and deliver that list of awesomeness into your email box every other Sunday. I’m going to work hard on this one, because we all get lots of email – if I am going to send a newsletter, it’s going to be something you’ll want to read! (Feel free to throw suggestions at me!)
All of this is good for about ten blog posts. Fifteen, tops. The rest of the month…we’ll see what happens. I have a feeling I’m going to be tapdancing my way through some craftiness and words. 😉
Let’s Talk About It!
Are you sold on participating in NaBloPoMo yet? Let me know if you are so I can add you to my bloggy feed reader! I want to visit as many NaBloPoMoPeeps as I can – it’s more fun to blog when you know someone is reading! 😉
If you’re already signed up, what are you hoping to get out of it?