Happy Fifth Birthday, NaBloPoMo!
It's November! It's NaBloPoMo time!
And people did -- in the blogosphere and here on BlogHer.com.
Thirty days later, thousands of bloggers have a successful, daily, editorial grind under their belts. In my opinion, many posts are of a quality that they are akin to writing opinion columns for any daily media outlet -- be it a newspaper, television show, radio newshour or, yes, a blog.
I feel bad enough about my lack of abilities to fashion a homemade fall bouquet to grace my Teflon Chef holiday spread -- and now I feel like a failure for falling down on the NaBloMoPo job.
You get the post done with exactly 10 minutes to spare before the stroke of midnight. There is no proof reading. There is no going over anything. It was rough and it was fast. It was done with passion.
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.
As Lisa said way back in 2006,
This is a massive accomplishment -- a gift that Eden has equipped those of us who participated to give to ourselves. We needed it, too: As Lynne d. Johnson and I described in our BlogHer '06 writing class, many women bloggers we encounter are shy about calling themselves writers. Blogger after blogger has said to me, "I would never call myself a writer but..."
Still true. So true that NaBloPoMo is now something you can do any month in the year -- though, says Kennedy on the site, "November is still the biggest." You can add your name to her blogroll, join groups of bloggers like you, sign up to win prizes, and get badges for your blog.
So are you in? Can you post every day for a month? Have you done it before? What did you learn about your blogging?