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What NaBloPoMo Means for My Blogging Future

NaBloPoMo: I did it!

NaBloPoMo: I did it!

When I click “Publish” on this post, I will have successfully completed NaBloPoMo. Definitely fun, and definitely challenging. I already looked back over what I have learned during this daily writing adventure, and I think now it’s time to look forward to see how coming up with something to write about every day.

I used to love blogging, and that was back before anyone liked reading my posts. I have actually never stopped enjoying writing blog posts, but the pressures of school and teaching took the joy out posting. And NaBloPoMo has renewed my interest in blogging. With the possible exception of yesterday, I did not have much trouble coming up with posts every day.

Sometimes those posts where hard to write. When I wrote about dealing with depression, I worked on those 239 words for hours. And this wasn’t revision, either. It was more like walking on a balancing beam: slowly, word by word. There were lots of words and feelings swirling around in my head, but with each press of the keys, I was torn between opening up and publishing onto the internet my deepest pains and often irrational insecurities. I didn’t end up revealing why I was depressed or some of those dark emotions. But the post was honest and writing it helped me to continuing dealing with this bout.

Sometimes they were easy to write yet hard to publish. I mean, who wants to publish a blog admitting that she has been wanting to smoke when she knows that her parents, younger, impressionable cousins, and aunts and uncles would be reading it? In the end, I decided to publish it because it is real, it is what I’m dealing with right now.

I learned a lot this month, and I’m ready to put those lessons and my renewed passion for blogging into practice.

5 Blogging Effects of NaBloPoMo

  1. I’m going to pick back up on my 100 Things That Make Me Happy Besides Money blog. When I left off in August, I was on number 26 on my list, and that’s where I’ll pick up on December 1st. Since this blog doesn’t demand long posts, I’ve decided to do NaBloPoMo again there. Last fun announcement here: I’ve moved this blog from Blogger to my own hosted WordPress, so you can find it at http://LindenAMueller.com/besides-money/. If you want to subscribe in a feeder, click here. For delivery by email, click here.
  2. . . . and also my photoblog, which I started and almost immediately abandoned. There were two posts, and then *crickets* But I love taking pictures, and I want to develop my skill, so by publishing my work online and opening it up for criticism, I can hopefully improve.  This blog has a much different format than a written-content blog, obviously. Each post contains one picture and a description in the form of the title, plus a link to the photo on Flickr. I’m planning on starting of with 2 to 3 posts a week and move to eventually one post a day during the workweek. You can view my new photoblog at http://LindenAMueller.com/photoblog/. Same as before: If you’re interested, click here to subscribe in a reader, and click here for delivery by email.
  3. I’m going to revamp my Tuesdays with Linden’s Favorite Links posts. When I published my first link post, I intended to just share my favorite links from the week. But LorraineDesign does themed Wednesday’s Weekly Reader posts, and I’m going to offer the “sincerest form of flattery” and copy Lorraine’s great idea by collecting themed weekly link posts.
  4. I am going to write more often. But I won’t always publish those drafts right away. If there is one thing I have learned this month it is that when I get ideas, I need to sit down and write it. How many blog post ideas have I missed out on because I didn’t sit down and write them? Well, no more. I don’t want to publish more than 4 posts a week because I don’t think you want that (but if you do, let me know in the comments).
  5. I am going to set aside some time each week for blogging. Because I was forced to blog each day, I did. It is as simple as that. It forced me to come up with an idea if I didn’t already have one, and so I wrote for 30 days straight. The limits that I set for myself on day 1 stretched me, and I don’t know that there are limits I should establish for every single blog post I write, but it is something that I will be considering over the next few weeks.

Questions of the Day

If you are subscribed to my blog (via feed or email), did you read every post I wrote this month? Also, how many posts would you want to read a week?


12 thoughts on “What NaBloPoMo Means for My Blogging Future

  1. Amanda

    03 Dec on 2008 at 19:46

    I think that the bonus of NaBloPoMo is that it starts up the habit of writing daily. I’m hoping that for me the quality will come in time!

    • xgravity23

      07 Dec on 2008 at 16:29

      @Amanda – You are so right. I think that the more we write, the more we write at a higher quality initially. (Although there are always those little stupid typos!)

  2. Lorraine

    03 Dec on 2008 at 6:21

    “Lochen” Ha! I still get a kick outta that! Anyways, I promise to get back to you SOON with a couple of emails… :D

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  4. Daniel

    02 Dec on 2008 at 1:24

    Congratulations on doing 30 posts in 30 days!! Now you’re a running AND blogging marathoner! I read every one of your posts. I very much enjoyed getting one everyday, it helped make me feel more connected to you. The main reason I don’t comment everyday is because it’s difficult to do on my phone, which is what I read them on (in my email) if it loaded faster, I would comment more :) I would be happy with 4 a week since everyday seems stressful for you. I don’t want it to be a chore for you.

    Also I don’t think you would have been so quick to post about the smoking thing if you weren’t forced to write everyday. That post suprised me greatly and reminded me that my incredible sister is still just a mortal. :) that sounds mean when I read it, but that’s really not how I meant it. :s

    • xgravity23

      02 Dec on 2008 at 22:46

      @Daniel – Ha ha, I guess you’re right! I totally understand about not commenting every day. There are lots of times when I mean to comment, and then forget or go back to comment and can’t remember what I was going to say. And maybe I can do something about my site not loading very fast, but I’m not sure about that…

      You are 100% correct about the smoking post. I am certain I never would have even written that post if it weren’t for NaBloPoMo. I’m glad it made me appear more human in your eyes… *evil laugh* My plan is going nicely…

  5. Dad

    01 Dec on 2008 at 19:47

    #5 above is what I’ve seen for a long time. We make time for what’s important to us. For everything else, we make excuses. Congrats on reaching this goal, Linden!

    • xgravity23

      02 Dec on 2008 at 22:44

      @Dad – Thanks! And you are right: “We always have the time and money to do the things we really want to do.”

  6. Lorraine

    01 Dec on 2008 at 7:19

    Aw, you said I had a great idea! I’m looking forward to the New and Improved Links. ;-)

    • xgravity23

      02 Dec on 2008 at 22:39

      @Lorraine – Lochen, you have great ideas all the time! There are two sitting in my inbox waiting for a free night so I can snazz up my blog more! I am gonna do it tomorrow, I promise!!!

  7. ww

    01 Dec on 2008 at 5:21

    First of all, congratulations on completing your goal for NaBloPoMo! Second, I read every post you write, so it doesn’t matter to me how often you write… when it shows up in my blogroll, I read it! I don’t know if there’s a certain number of posts I’d like to read. I’d prefer quality over quantity.

    • xgravity23

      02 Dec on 2008 at 22:38

      @ww – Thanks! I’m with you on quality over quantity. I have to admit, I didn’t have time to focus on quality as much as I like to during NaBloPoMo, but I tried to catch typos when the posts came across my feed reader. I think they turned out pretty good, though. :)