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How NaBloPoMo has Changed My Blogging

When I committed to 30 days of blogging, I did it with optimism* and a healthy dose of skepticism. I am pretty busy with teaching, The Diss, and running; I can barely keep up with all my emails, how was I supposed to blog every day for a month?

5+1Things I Have Learned (or Relearned) During NaBloPoMo

  1. When an idea popped into my head, I wrote it down. I get blog post ideas all the time, but rarely do I write them down. Because I knew I would need to be posting every day, those ideas became more valuable, and when I needed them, they helped me come up with a post. I’m going to make this a habit.
  2. When you have lots of ideas, write them all. I started NaBloPoMo with several post ideas, and I figured the ideas would keep coming. And for the most part, they did; some of my best posts this month were spur of the moment ideas that came on me during the day. But this week, post has been difficult, and it’s only Wednesday. Last night, as you might have noticed, I was tired, and when it was time to blog, I didn’t really know what I would write about, but Sarah came through by posting a guest post I had written at the end of last week, when I had more time and obviously more inspiration. It saved me yesterday, and I need to remember to keep some posts up my sleeve for when the inspiration dries up.
  3. This project reminded me that I work well under pressure. I haven’t ever really liked this aspect of my Self, but once again, I find it true in my life. Sometimes, I would be writing a post, and it would get late. Bedtime was quickly arriving, so I needed to finish up my post. It was then that my ideas would seem to flow faster. Why? I don’t know, but I need to use it better to accomplish tasks.
  4. Sometimes restrictions can be freeing instead of limiting. On the first day of NaBloPoMo, I committed to writing a list of 5 items in every post. I imagined that sometimes they would be related to the topic of the blog, and sometimes they wouldn’t. And in either case, I’ve struggled to finish those lists every day. But in many cases, the last couple of items on the list have been better, not worse, than the ideas that came to me easily.
  5. Things that you enjoy writing about won’t always engage your readers. I love quotes, probably as much as some women love shoes. Unfortunately, Quote Week was not a hit with my readers. Google Analytics showed that pages views dropped dramatically last week, especially towards the end of the week. But I loved writing those posts; they really meant something to me. I guess “you can’t please everybody.”
  6. Writing is still fun, and I need to make it more of a priority. One of the reasons that NaBloPoMo caught my eye was that it gave me a chance to write something polished everyday, and I have enjoyed that. I have always enjoyed writing the blog posts that I do, and this has reminded me how much I really do like blogging, even though somehow it feels like a chore. In other words, instead of making me get tired of blogging, it’s renewing my passion for it.

Question of the Day

Mom always said, “You learn something new every day.” What have you learned this month?

Notes
* What can I say, I’m an eternal optimist?


5 thoughts on “How NaBloPoMo has Changed My Blogging

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  2. Beth

    20 Nov on 2008 at 19:36

    I think I will try NaBloPoMo for the last 10 days of Nov. I just missed your premier blog on the topic.

    • xgravity23

      20 Nov on 2008 at 23:54

      @Beth – Awesome! Can’t wait to read all your posts!

  3. Mom

    20 Nov on 2008 at 18:06

    I loved the quotes. Thanks!

    I have four “Quote-of-the-day” widgets on my Google homepage. Sick…

    • xgravity23

      20 Nov on 2008 at 23:54

      @Mom – I’m glad to hear someone liked them at least. And I guess we know where I got my love of quotes!